Music Video Review: “Suckerpunch” by Delain

Dutch symphonic metal band Delain has released a new music video to go with their first single off their EP called Lunar Prelude. The single is called “Suckerpunch” and I have to say, I’ve been listening to the band since late 2012 and I always look forward to the new things from the band, but I think it was all routine! Because I am seriously stoked for the EP and the album to be released later this year!

When I heard “Suckerpunch” for the first time I realized it had a different sound than to their other songs on previous albums. I think of Delain as a good band, but could get better with evolution meaning their music could grow, become more like Nightwish and Epica. They seem to have a more mature sound with this song than maybe “We Are The Others” and “April Rain” where they had more of a mellow symphonic rock sound. I have to say, I love both of those songs but I was really impressed with this song! I still feel like the keys have that alternative edge, but the overall sound is more powerful especially with the roaring of background vocalists and orchestra. The band really outdid themselves with this song!

If you’ve been living underneath a rock but are still able to listen to Delain’s music, you might not know that the lineup has changed some in the last year. Don’t worry, it’s still Charlotte, Martjin, Otto, and Timo. The group has added both Ruben Israel on drums and Merel Bechtold on guitar. I knew about Merel becoming a new member of the group but not Ruben, so when I watched the music video, I was like, “oh, there’s a new drummer!” Anyways, the music video was sort of dull I guess you would say, but then again it’s not boring! I didn’t necessarily understand the concept of it. The one thing I actually liked was the shots of all the members of the group performing the song as they would live in front of a huge crowd. The flames shooting up in the air is a good heavy metal element. Kind of like the extreme handbanging throughout the whole thing! You need it or it’s technically not a metal song or video. Or that’s what some people might think or say about it!

Delain’s new EP releases February 19th!

Are you a Delain fan? What do you think of their single “Suckerpunch” and its music video?

Song Review: “Élan” by Nightwish

I’ve been trying to figure out how to keep up with all of these new albums, singles, and their music videos, everytime I want to do a review I tend to talk myself out of it. Well, not anymore.

I don’t know if any of you are fans or even heard of Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish, but if you’ve visited here before you already know that I am obsessed with this band. This is one of like eight bands that I remember getting into at the beginning of my metal obsession.  I’m here to talk to you about the band’s first single of their brand new album Endless Forms Most Beautiful that will be released at the end of March. This is the eighth album for the band but it’s the first with two new members, Dutch singer Floor Jensen as the new female lead vocalist and Troy Donockley on pipes. Their drummer Jukka Nevalainen had to leave after suffering some health problems, so they replaced him with Kai Hahto in the recording process. Hopefully Jukka will be healthy enough to come back soon! Their first single is called “Élan” and I’ll be honest I don’t know what the word actually means or understand the concept of the music video.

I have watched their concert DVD of Storytime, Showtime that was recorded at Wacken Air in 2013, it was Floor’s first tour with Nightwish after Anette Olzon left the band. They hadn’t announced the addition of thew two members into the band yet, but they did go on tour with them. It was our first taste of Floor taking over. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t much of a fan of Floor before she joined them on tour. So I tried to listen to her older stuff with her former band, After Forever and solo project with ReVamp. Once I got a sense of her voice in general, I watched her performances with Nightwish on YouTube. She is a powerful singer, but if you look around on YouTube, people are still complaining that she’s not good enough. I just don’t understand why because I think she sounds a bit like Anette and Tarja. She’s soft like Anette and powerful like Tarja, not like both ladies aren’t like that, but it’s the only way I can describe the two of them separately.

When I first heard the song, I was surprised that it wasn’t really heavy. Of course at first, I kind of panicked because I really like the heavy sounds between the powerful guitars up against the dramatic choirs and keys. I mean, that’s how I became a fan of their music was for that unique sound. I just never thought they’d release a slower song to start out the album. I mean it doesn’t sound like a ballad, but it’s softer as guitars and vocals go. It does have that dreamy effect that every symphonic metal fan loves so much. I love the introduction of the pipes and guitars together, after hearing and getting hooked to “I Want My Tears Back” from their last album, Imaginaerum I’ve really grown to love the sound of the gentle pipes. It doesn’t overpower the general sound of the song, especially with the guitars and drums. I am really curious of the sound that both Floor and Troy will bring with the rest of the album. My only concern is that knowing Troy is a full-time member of the band — will there be pipes on all of the songs? I think if there was, that would be too much. Anyways, besides all these little doubts I am VERY excited to hear the rest of the album.

Tune Tuesday: Russia

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There are some countries were I wish I had more music suggestions from their countries. Sadly, this was one of them. I love Russia, it’s definitely on my list to visit one day. The band that I have selected to talk about is a “new” band. I found this band I think last year or the year before that, I get random follows on Twitter every once in a while and I think this band gave me a follow. Or they probably sent me a tweet to follow them on Facebook, because I don’t have them on there anymore which is okay! The band I am talking about is called Revontulet. The band consists of Alexandra Revontulet who is the lead vocalist and  Sergey Zorg on drums. The main reason of how I came about them is the fact that they’re a symphonic metal band. I am always looking for more symphonic metal bands! When I found these guys I was very intrigued to hear them, but for some reason I didn’t hear any of their stuff until earlier this year. I know I’m a bad fan, but when you constantly look and find different artists and bands, you’re liable to lose track of others as it all piles up. Ah, the life of a music addict! It never gets old but it does get frustrating though! The band just recently released their debut album, which is called “Hear Me” this year. I have listened through the whole album a few times and I actually love it! Alexandra’s vocals are amazing! It’s so amazing of how somebody who sounds they belong on stage singing traditional opera can turn a hard banging metal sound into something so strange but good at the same time.

Hear Me by Revontulet

Tune Tuesday: Finland

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We’re another part of the country where one band reigns supreme with me, but I talk about the actual band a lot more than the former singer so I thought I’d change that now. Before I even go to her, I gotta mention another good band that is very special to me. Because they’re not just like every other heavy metal band out there. Oh no, these guys only use cellos. I’m serious! These guys are called Apocalyptica and they were trained in classical music and then became a tribute band to Metallica and then made albums featuring some of your favorite singers like Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour, Gavin Rossdale of Bush, and Lacey Sturm ex-singer of Flyleaf. I wanted to share two songs, one that has a featured singer and the other is just of them as a whole.  To this next one I’m focusing one, is also trained in classical and her name is Tarja Turunen. She was the female vocalist of the band Nightwish. She left the band in 2006 and became a solo artist from there, touring all over the world. She’s a full lyric soprano and she’s one of my mentors that I use to make my voice more powerful and she’s just amazing. She’s out on tour promoting her latest album “Colors In The Dark” that came out late last year. They are the real deal and I hope you guys like them! What are you listening to right now.

Hope by Apocalytica

Lost Northern Star by Tarja

Broken Pieces by Apocalytica featuring Lacey Sturm

Last Ride Of The Day

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This is my new Facebook cover. From left to right: Emppu Vuorinen, Jukka “Julius” Nevalainen, Anette Olzon, Tuomas Holopainen, Marco Hietala. I found it on Google.

So I’ve had an interesting day. Let’s start with the morning. I was up at two other times before I officially got up at 11:30am. On Thursdays, I go to work early. Well last night before I went to bed, I thought it would be nice to remind my mother that it was my early day the next day. She assured me that she knew it was. Well I got up the second time around 10am, with still sleepy eyes and it looked gloomy outside. I went back to sleep, for what I thought would be only half an hour, turned into an hour. I woke back up again, at 11:40am. My driver is supposed to come get me at 11:45am. My mom has had to deal with my early day once before, but I think her new schedule is getting her a little confused. All of a sudden, I heard this faint noise outside, and it sounded like a horn. My mom just texted me if I wanted a coney dog. I didn’t text her back that answer, instead I asked her if she had called the company that picks me up. When she was coming around to the living room and looked outside. That three of my worst feelings were realized that she didn’t call the company, I had my favorite driver, and both of my parents forgot. My dad was at work and asking my mom what I wanted from some place for lunch. He thought it was still Wednesday. So I’ve had an interesting morning. I got to stay at home today, and thankfully that was the only thing to go a little crazy for me.

The rest of the day, I’ve pretty much spent online. I haven’t read my book or worked on anything else. I’ve been daydreaming about the future…again. Those dreams I once had are back. I don’t want them back. Even if they’re creating a pretty picture in the center of my brain. Anyways, I’ve been listening to the Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish. I love them a lot. I love feeling whimsical and for certain songs, you feel like you could dance to and sing along, just like a regular lullaby. Except these songs have a metal influence to them and there’s some growls in there too. So they’re not your average lullabies! I’ve listened to their album, “Imainaerum” and I am proud to say that I can listen to it all the way through. Everytime I listen to the album, it feels like a bad version of Alice In Wonderland. More like what could go wrong. If Alice got beheaded kind of bad. After listening to “Imaginaerum” which is a summary of all of the songs on the album, read on Wikipedia that it is a instrumental like you would hear with the credits of a movie. Which makes sense, since the entire album sounds like one giant movie only playing in your ears. I knew at the end of last year that they were releasing a movie called, “Imaginaerum” but I didn’t know that the movie, the album AND the score all come together. Yes, I want the movie to come out in the US.

So that’s what I’ve been doing for the majority of the afternoon. I just can’t seem to get enough of the album nor the score. It’s very rare that I like the score of a movie. I usually like different tracks but not the whole thing, so this is new for me. So at 9:30 (I think) I will have Anger Management and then at 10pm, I will have Ridiculousness. The Vampire Diaries won’t be on untill March 14th. So I’m just here watching anything to kill tonight between those shows are on. I should probably listen to something that’s not Nightwish. I really need to expand my Nightwish library on my iPod soon. I’m leaving you with this awesome trailer of their movie, Imaginaerum. (: