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If anyone on here enjoys rock music, then please check out my solo music project Cathartic Catapult

The first few songs are demos from my upcoming album, “Daybreak”, and all the songs starting with “Little Ant” are from my 2010 solo album called “Your Evil Broken World”

If you like Marilyn Manson, My Chemical Romance, Avenged Sevenfold, Green Day, or The Rocket Summer, then I believe you may enjoy my music as those are my main influences. I would call my genre simply, “rock”, but there’s a lot of metal in there as well as a good deal of melodic singing. Thank you!

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Greetings, lovers of rock! As usual, this album review of mine is very late. I sometimes wonder if many people are even still talking about the albums I review(though they should, because I only review important albums). One exception was my pale emperor review, which was written fairly near the release date(not sure when I posted it). Anyway, in keeping with my “tradition” of pairing albums with food that reminds me of the band, I will say that bring me the horizon reminds me of… Well, meat I guess. But mainly discovering them at hot topic. So I guess I wasn’t eating anything when I first heard them, unlike with all my other favorite bands. But who cares? SEMPITERNAL is a fantastic album. I could almost say monumental(don’t worry, I will be a critic at some point and review bad albums). Beginning with the album prior to this one, bmth started to focus more on melody than heaviness(about the hot topic thing…I don’t group music into terms like emo very much, but everyone thinks hot topic is the epitome of “emo”. Well BMTH can’t be accused of that. They haven’t worn makeup as far as I know, just blood, and they look and sound more like a cannibal corpse type than anything else). The opener, “can you feel my heart initially surprised me with a dancy poppy feel. Like most of the other tracks, it will blast away your speakers and bass more than most rock music is capable of doing. What’s surprising is that even with a pop sound these guys still sound pretty hardcore(it’s a different case with their next album that I will review “that’s the spirit”), especially in songs like shadow Moses. It’s not really like their previous efforts, but the advent of pop and electronic, which was only hinted at previously, really makes this record stand on it’s own. Musically, all the songs possess many intricate layers, ambience, experimenting, and actually beautiful melodies(as stated before, this band’s previous albums were more death metal oriented and although great, didn’t focus too much on melody other than the song “don’t go” off “there is a hell…”) some songs actually sound like feel good rock, but they are easily overpowered by the majority of sadness on this album, whether it be through the sound or especially the lyrics. It’s heartbreaking, with a penchant for the bleak, the deolate, and the unfixable. Obviously, these lyrics were inspired by lead vocalist oli syke’s struggle with drug addiction(he did however get better and proceeded to write with more triumph in the following album “that’s the spirit”). I have suffered addiction personally and can definitely find a common ground with oli in these lyrics of his, as well as in some lyrics that I personally interpret to be about family issues and remorse for actions against family, but that’s just my personal interpretation. Something else really interesting is the guitar work. The guitarist, Lee Malia, while not doing too much when it comes to “hardcore riffs”, plays technically and professionally enough for the notes and chords to still be the main focus under the huge array of electronics on all the tracks. And while I’m not as interested in bass and drums(which is silly of me), the bass and drumming works of Matt Kean and Matt Nicholls, respectively, really give this album a good rhythm. I might rate the album on a whole of four out of five, but due to the sheer emotion it conveys to me, I have to up it to a five. Almost as good as the black parade by mcr, and that’s a big deal to me. Get this album. And don’t be all upset because it doesn’t sound like “sleep with one eye open” or “pray for plagues”(if you do, then you better not listen to their “that’s the spirit” record released a few days ago, unless you can get past head banging and care about melody).

I believe I have previously mentioned that certain albums/bands remind me of the foods I was consuming when I first received their sonic magic into my ear drums. Well, the “shock rocker” Marilyn Manson will always remind me of meatloaf. My mother made it for me when I first discovered his eat me drink me album through his MySpace page. It never ceases to amaze me how fitting that is….meatloaf and Marilyn Manson. This is because, no matter what your opinion of his controversial band may be, it cannot be denied that it consists of SUBSTANCE, RICHNESS, MEAT (the obvious depth of his lyrics and imagery as well as a disgusting incident with a fan that he recalled in his autobiography), LIFE, SACRIFICE, and blood. This probably sounds silly so I may as well move on to the review itself (but not before explaining one more thing about the meat/Manson connection, also found in his autobiography: a quote placed directly before chapter 13 by Roland Barthes: steak is at the heart of meat, it is meat in its purest state; and whoever partakes of it assimilates a bull like strength. The prestige of steak evidently derives from its quasi-rawness. In it, blood is visible, natural, dense, at once compact and section. One can well imagine the ambrosia of the ancients as this kind of heavy substance which dwindles under one’s teeth in such a way as to make one keenly aware at the same time of its original strength and of its aptitude to flow into the very blood of man). Anyway, if you are still reading this, then you are most likely a fan of Marilyn Manson, and most of you would agree with me that the highlight of the groups career was between his very first record  and his sixth(the golden age of grotesque). Many believe that he became “calm” after golden age due to the change in his lyrics from the point of view of an irredeemable monster to a human being full of regret. I myself did not mind this soft side at all, as eat me drink, the album following golden age, is the one I enjoy the most(holy wood is the most well made, but I just like eat me drink me more). But fans were given a taste of the old psychotic Marilyn Manson in his album released before the pale emperor, born villain, which sounded like a blend of antichrist superstar and mechanical animals. Well, for those of you seeking out “hardcore”, this newest album only has one song that can be considered heavy in my opinion (deep six). But that doesn’t mean that it isn’t over the top, vicious, and nasty like his earlier works. It’s got everything that made us love Manson in the first place, but with a new twist: blues rock. Yes, Marilyn Manson has become a blues band, from the guitars to the drums to the vocals. And it sounds amazing. Think about it…rock and roll originally began with the blues anyway. So what Manson has done with this record is, as usual, quite intelligent. But what many fail to realize is that although mr warner(Manson Himself) is the primary factor of the band’s imagery and success, most of the songs were written musically by his band mates. In the past, twiggy ramirez(real name jeordie white) has written some of the coolest bass grooves and guitar licks of rock and roll, but this time around the music was composed by Tyler bates, writer of the score to the new guardians of the Galaxy film. I have yet to see this movie, but from his jangly guitar riffs and funky basslines in the pale emperor it is obvious that he is a very talented musician. As for Manson himself, his blues infused voice has never sounded better. It is still very eery and the lyrics are of course loaded with violence, profanity, and negativity, but the way he sings against the awesome sounding instruments provides for a surpringly upbeat rock record. This isn’t the old Marilyn Manson, but I believe diehard fans will still find it to be a good listen. Critics love it, calling it the best album produced by Manson in over a decade, and I have to agree with them. But I will go a step further. Eat me drink me is still my favorite, but the pale emperor is actually a very close second; even better than holy wood and mechanical animals. And, if you are a Manson fan, you know that that is a huge deal. Very huge. Long live the real king of rock. Ten out of ten stars