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Hello all. So the Holidays are done and over with. I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Years. I know I did. Part of me is sad that they’re over, and part of me feels a bit of relief. It seems like you spend months and months preparing for Christmas, and then it comes and goes with the snap of a finger. But, alas, life goes on and so does this article.
I’ve picked up a lot of new music since my last proper article. Before Christmas I picked up From Autumn to Ashes, Too Bad You’re Beautiful. It’s a great album, though quite a bit harder than their latest album, The Fiction We Live. For Christmas, I got three different CD’s. Thrice, Identity Crisis and Illusion of Safety. Both are awesome, though their newest album, The Artist in the Ambulance, is still my favorite. I also got Avenged Sevenfold’s debut album, Sounding the Seventh Trumpet. I don’t know how to put into words how great this band really is. You have to listen to really comprehend, I guess. The other day I bought Killswitch Engage’s latest album, Alive or Just Breathing. I’ve debated on buying this album for a while now, and after listening to it, I don’t know what I was waiting for. Excellent metalcore. Check out My Last Serenade, it’s a great song. Yesterday, I picked up NOFX’s The Decline and The Essential Clash, both used. Though considered an actual album on the band’s web site, The Decline is really just one eighteen minute long song. A good, eighteen minute long song.
I watched a few new movies over the past couple weeks as well. The other night I rented Jeepers Creepers 2 and Swat. Both of them were pretty decent movies. I wasn’t sure if I liked Jeepers Creepers 2 better than the first one or not. I’m kinda torn between the both of them. It’s basically your typical slasher flick, but still worth at least one watch. I wouldn’t buy it though. Swat is a story involving an international fugitive who is arrested, and one national news offers a large amount of money to anyone who can free him from jail. From gangs to ordinary citizens, everyone comes out to try and get the reward. The swat team is called in to help keep him from escaping. My only complaint about the movie is that the plot was so predictable. It didn’t require any thinking at all to figure out who was gonna do what. Watch it and you’ll see what I mean. Friday, I purchased American Wedding. This is probably the funniest movie I’ve seen in a while. It’s a shame that it’s the last one they’re going to make. I suppose, all good things must come to an end. It was only a matter of time before the same jokes were repeated and it would eventually get old. Oh, and Stiffler is my idle. For real.
In some news that made my day, Avenged Sevenfold have been added to the 2004 Warped Tour lineup. I’ve been waiting for this to happen since the first three bands were announced. If I only see this band over the summer, I’ll be happy. There are still more bands to be announced for the tour, but you can view the current lineup by clicking the link.
According to Rolling Stone magazine, on their upcoming album, Blondie will include a tribute to the late Joey Ramone. The tribute track is titled Hello Joe, and was written by Deborah Harry after Joey’s death in 2001. Rolling Stone
Some upcoming albums in the next couple of months. Ferret records band, Remembering Never, will release their sophomore album, Women and Children Die First on January 27. The Lostprophets will release Start Something on February 3. If it’s anywhere near as good as their first album, then I’m sure this album will be great. On February 24, Blindside will release their album, About a Burning Fire. Another great album worth looking forward to. Bad Religion is also in the studio working on a new album, which should be excellent. No word on a release date yet though. You can catch them on the 2004 Warped Tour though.
Thanks for reading. Until next time, I’m out.