It’s not like I needed an excuse to be happy on this glorious gloomy day, but I do have one and I’ve been freaking excited for it for the last three months, and maybe a little more if you really think about it. It is finally the day all of the knuckleheads can finally go crazy and relax for a bit until the chaos starts back up at the end of September and I’m just making a rough guess to when the next round of madness will start up for when Volume 2 will be released in the fall. With only the release of their first single, “Lift Me Up” featuring Rob Halford of Judas Priest and the live performance on The Golden Gods awards, I thought we were all going to explode. These guys have a knack for teasing us, don’t you think? Since they’ve started up on the Mayhem Festival, they’ve been nice enough to upload a lot of webisodes over the last few weeks. I think I can finally say, I am caught up on all of them. Whoohoo!
At the beginning of the month, my dad and I thought we weren’t going to make it through the whole month to get to hear the infamous album I’ve been hearing about for a year and a half. Anyways, on Saturday, I literally had to tell myself, you actually made it! Only three more days to go! Who knew those three days would go by so freaking slow? That always happens when you’re looking for to something as big as this. Well now, I think I can start this review and I’m so excited because it gives me another excuse to listen to all the way through…again! Yes, I said “again” you should have seen me this morning I thought I was going to punch my laptop a couple of times because Spotify wasn’t loading as fast as I wanted it to, I’ve been told by my dad that he was going to listen to the new album before I got the chance. I got up at 11am and fixed up my mini speakers and had to wait 10 minutes and panic that he might actually get his wish and then it worked and then I was drifted off to heaven, or was it hell. I don’t know, I couldn’t really tell. Okay, let’s start after their first single and get to “Watch You Bleed” now.
I love how this song starts out. Everybody knows I love intros so much, and it is very simple acoustic and Ivan sings it so nicely and yet powerful and then shortly after it starts, it gets more upbeat with the guitars getting more aggressive and the drums start up. It stayed very upbeat and has a nice simple guitar solo and then breaks down again to the sweet acoustic sound and the song ends with Ivan singing softly as it fades away into the next song. Honestly, after hearing bits and pieces of it their YouTube videos, I though I’d like it a little bit more than I did. It’s still a very good song, but right now it’s not a favorite. The next song is “You” and I think I am in love with this song. I was watching a video of an interview with Jeremy and Jason and the reporter asked them what their favorite songs was and this was a little bit after the performed on Golden Gods and we really didn’t know what the track list was at that time, but Jason said there was a song called “You” and he loves it! And I’ve got to say any song that says boldly “I don’t give a fuck about you” makes me a very happy girl. I don’t know why, it just does. Anyways, it’s a very fast pace song. I don’t see how Ivan can do this vocally, because he’s basically doing his screams and roars throughout it, but it’s fast as hell. I love how the guitars sound on this one a lot. It’s just a really good song.
The title track I guess you could say, “Wrong Side Of Heaven” when I first listened to it, I thought it was a ballad. I love the slow introduction and this acoustic guitar at the beginning and the drums, then as the chorus starts it to get a little more uptempo, but when it ends it goes back to the slow ballad feel. It’s a very good balance between the two and the lyrics were interesting. Ivan talked as God was a woman and I am very curious to know why he thought to change of what everybody thinks of God being a man, and he says “she” instead. I thought that was interesting, but the sound of the song is like a slow, nice guitar riffs throughout. It’s a different song that I don’t feel like it would have worked with any other lyrics. I think they both meshed well together and I actually love that to pieces! The next song was one of the songs I listened to on YouTube on Sunday, because my stupid ass couldn’t wait any longer. Remember that interview I told you about, well Jeremy had said that this next song was his favorite, my friend and I were kind of like, “Oh, I cannot wait to hear this one!” That was the reason why I caved in over the weekend. The next song is called, “Burn MF” and this sucker gets me very happy and excited. All thanks to the intro too, I love Jeremy’s drumming at the beginning and the guitars cutting in and when Ivan comes on and explodes with the chorus with, “burn mother fucker burn! Burn mother fucker burn!” That was the second part that got me and then Ivan gets really mean and angry and it just breaks down and it’s the best song on the whole damn album and I’m not even done yet, but I’m still saying it.
Well, the next one is called, “I.M. Sin” and Ivan is so strong and bold with this song, I think it’s like a little bit like “Salvation” but a little bit more bigger than that song. I love the chorus a lot. You can definitely get pumped up with whatever you’re going to do, and then Ivan “talks” and I love it when he does that and then you get a lovely loud guitar solo to balance out Ivan’s voice. It’s a pretty good song, but it’s not a favorite yet either. Now instead of going back and doing the song over, I’m adding the version featuring Max Cavalera, from the band(s) Sepultura and Soulfly. He is singing in Portuguese, which I thought was a nice change in it. The next song is “Anywhere But Here” and man, if there was any way possible to get Ivan to sing on the original version of the band In This Moment’s song “The Promise” I think everybody would love it. But you can’t, but we do have this one instead. It’s a sort of upbeat-ballad and one version Maria Brink doesn’t appear until the end, but on the second one she’s on throughout the song and even does a scream or two. It’s a good match and everything in the song works beautifully. The next one is “Dot Your Eyes” and I heard my dad say four times this will be the best song on the record and then I had to get a long lecture about why he loves Death Punch so much, even thought for seven months straight I got my ass made fun of because I liked a metal band that “worshiped Satan,” well jokes on you dad! Anyways, I like this song and it’s another one of those that will get you pumped up and the second version of the song features another male vocalist, Jamey Jasta from the band Hatebreed.
I think the next song is one of those songs that gives you the time to think throughout the song and it’s just a ballad with aggressive guitar riffs and Ivan sings this song with a lot of emotion, at least I think so. Everybody says “music speaks when words don’t.” This song makes you want to cry and think about things as things can indeed get worse then it already is and I love this song, but I can’t listen to it a lot or I’ll just bawling my eyes out and that’s not pretty! The song I’m talking about is called “M.I.N.E. (End This Way) and it’s a damn good song! The next one after it is, the cover song we’ve all been hearing about featuring Tech N9ne and it’s LL Cool J’s “Mama Said Knock U Out” and I think it’s freaking bad ass and for some odd reason, everytime I hear it I think it’s this generations version of Run DMC with Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way,” except they covered this song and got another rapper instead. I thought it was pretty cool! My dad even said he liked it! The last song “Diary Of A Deadman” was, from what I heard, was supposed to be an instrumental and that’s it. Ivan apparently liked it and gave it a shot and put some pretty powerful words together, I love how it sounds “spooky” in a sense and I am happy I can hear Chris Kael playing bass throughout it. The guitars sounds awesome and Jeremy sounds great and unique too! I honestly didn’t want it to end, I wanted it to keep on going and never stop.
This was definitely worth the wait. Sadly, I have to wait a little bit longer to actually download it onto my iPod because my dad and I have no money at the moment to go buy it. I want the uncensored and Deluxe version and I think my dad won’t mind because he will freak out if the words “mother fucker” is bleeped out from “Burn MF” I mean, come on! I can’t wait to do this all over again in the couple of months. It has been fun chatting with other fans and get psyched up and hopefully they’ll continue to post videos. Cross your fingers! By the way, just wanted to let everybody know, this whole review is what I thought of the album, you are welcomed to think otherwise to the songs that I described, but it’s just my thoughts here. Whose ready for the fall and volume 2 of The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell? I sure as hell am!