What is Wrong with Axl Rose?


axlUnless you’ve been under a rock (or were enjoying the beautiful weather over the weekend) you’ve seen the chart that says Axl Rose is the greatest rock singer of all time. 

Personally, I don’t have a huge problem with this chart. I find it to be somewhat lacking in that it only takes into account vocal range. There are many other factors I consider when deciding who is a great singer. Passion, performance, feeling, emotion. But these are things that really can’t be quantified and put onto a chart so I’ll agree with this sites findings because I don’t want to go through a million albums and study the vocal ranges of all these singers (Thank you for doing this for us www.concerthotels.com)

The crazy thing I find about this chart is the backlash. I have Gun’s and Roses greatest hits on my MP3 player so I hear a few of their songs every night at work, and I’d have to say (while I might not call him my favorite) Axl Rose is a great fucking singer. But the backlash against this was nearly instantaneous with people saying “Fuck Axl” and “Mike Patton is better

I understand that looking at Mr. Rose in 2014 he is a much less “cool” figure than he was 20 years ago. But damn, haven’t any of these people listened to Appetite for Destruction, Lies, or Use Your Illusion?

Why do people hate Axl so much? He wasn’t the subject of many child molestation accusations like Michael Jackson. There was never a rumor of him removing a rib to suck his own dick like Marilyn Manson. Sure he’s a megalomanical perfectionist, but so is Trent Reznor. He never killed anyone in a drunk driving accident like Vince Neil. He never adopted an underage girl so he could take her on tour with him and have sex with her like Steven Tyler. He never kidnapped an underage girl and kept her in his home to have sex with her like Jimmy Page. He didn’t physically abuse women like Ike Turner, Rick James or Dr. Dre. He didn’t use racial slurs like Elvis Costello. He didn’t kill half the population of California Condors like Johnny Cash or film women going to the bathroom like Chuck Berry. (Thank you Cracked.com)

So what the hell is the deal with Axl Rose? I surmise that he must be a super-massive asshole to have gone from being the front man of the biggest rock band in the world to being the biggest joke in the world in just 20 years. It takes talent to achieve all that he did musically and as for what he’s achieved elsewhere…

That takes something else entirely. But I’m still not sure what it is.

 

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SUP Review – Contour


Surprising Uprising PromotionsI’ve recently joined up with Surprising Uprising Promotions to start reviewing music for unsigned and unknown bands. After listening to quite a few groups on their website over the past few weeks, I’ve narrowed the list down to a few I’d like to share.

 

 

 

Contour come surprisingly close to being a band I totally despise. There are many of the trappings of the indie rock that are so in vogue at the moment. There are washes of clean melodic guitar, angsty vocal and somewhat predictable song structures. But they lean closer to being a band I love by using something I never hear in indie rock: honesty.

I’ve never met anyone from this Canadian post-metal band and I’ve never corresponded with any of them via email or Facebook, so for all I know they could just be some rich kids who bought a few guitars and wrote a few tunes to try to get chicks. But if they are they’ve fooled me. There is a type of sincerity to their music that I find more compelling than the chords used, distortion, vocal melody or drum beat.

They do manage to be about as heavy as possible without being straight-ahead metal. I can hear the influence of bands like Chevelle, System of a Down and Thrice, but at no point do they sound like a rip-off. They combine the passion and hunger all great rock band possess in their use of lush soundscapes and bare boned lead work.

While they come off as a simple down to earth band at first, a few listens opens up a slightly more intricate world underneath

As always… check them out for yourself

 

Facebook link: here

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Previous Surprising Uprising Promotions reviews:

Omnithex

Somewhere in Between

 

 

 

 

SUP Review – Somewhere in Between


Surprising Uprising PromotionsI’ve recently joined up with Surprising Uprising Promotions to start reviewing music for unsigned and unknown bands. After listening to quite a few groups on their website over the past few weeks, I’ve narrowed the list down to a few that I’d like to share with you.

This is the second installment in my SUP series. Part 1 was: Omnithex

 

Alternative Math-ish is a very strange way to describe a band’s genre. Of course, Somewhere in Between would best be described as a strange band.

I’ve heard Math Metal before. I’ve also heard several types of psychedelic (both hippy rock to heavy industrial metal). I’m also somewhat familiar with prog, alternative, grunge, glam and stoner rock. I do however, find myself a little confused at to how to describe Somewhere in Between. I suppose the best way would be to say that they occupy the cracks between prog and alternative. The vocals are an edgy type of pop that you would expect in the grunge 90’s. the bass rocks fuzzed-out drones in sync with the tight drums. And the guitar… well, the guitar seamlessly segues between fast hammer-on riffs and power chords – then switches to chiming single notes.

Then it all happens again.

Their sound leaves me wanting to compare them to The Mars Volta. Only Somewhere in Between are a little better. I don’t want to say I don’t like the Mars Volta, but SIB keep their “long” songs to about six minutes, which makes them long enough to be interesting and artsy, but not long enough to be completely self indulgent. And the songs are based around good riffs, nice melodies and deep drum instead of walls of effects pedals and processed vocals.

I feel like I was insulting in that last paragraph, but I’m not sure to which band. Hopefully Somewhere in Between don’t take it the wrong way and stray from their well honed prog-alterna-math-ish rock.

See if you like them as much as me:

 

And make sure to like them on facebook

They’re also one of the Top 10 bands on XRP Radio.

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Surprising Uprising Promotions Review – Omnithex


Surprising Uprising PromotionsI’ve recently joined up with Surprising Uprising Promotions to start reviewing music for unsigned and unknown bands. After listening to quite a few groups on their website over the past few weeks, I’ve narrowed the list down to a few that I’d like to share with you.

 

 

The first in this series is Omnithex.

When I clicked on the link to Omnithex’s official website, the first thing I saw was a picture of the 4/5 of the band who aren’t the drummer. Then I let out an audible groan to myself because the guy in the foreground is playing the turntables. “Oh great,” I think to myself. “Another band with a DJ. I’m sure they’re going to sound just like Slipknot or Limp Bizkit or Sugar Ray and I’m still not going to have any idea what the hell a DJ is doing in a rock band.”

Surprisingly, that is not what happened.

When I clicked on the video for “The Gates” I heard a nice rock and roll song completely devoid of any of the nu-metal flatulence so common among most newer bands. The song packs a lot of guitar solos and once the vocals begin I hear a bit of Dropkick Murphy’s sound. Just without the banjo.

And the craziest thing is that unlike Slipknot, Hed PE or Incubus I can actually understand what the DJ is doing and he doesn’t just distract from the other instruments, but adds a nice unique flavor.

 

After listening to a few more tracks from their EP “Def Eddy” I’m reasonably sure that not only are they the only band I’ve ever heard from Billings, Montana; but that they are also the best band I’ve ever heard from Billings, Montana. If your a fan of good, no-frills rock and roll this is a great group for you.

Check Omnithex out on facebook.

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Hole – Live Through This


I recently realized that I’ve reviewed 2 albums from 1994 this year. Not being one to turn down a good gimmick, I want to continue with this. Unfortunately I have no clever name for this series. Be on the lookout for me to review at least on more 20-year-old album this year

Part 1: Weezer – “The Blue Album”

Part 2 Soundgarden – Superunknown

hole live through thisHole – Live Through This

Boy, Courtney Love has had a rough past few weeks, past 20 years, life. It must have seemed like a fairy tale to marry the handsome leader of the worlds biggest band after landing a few bit parts in indie movies and getting kicked out of several bands (including Faith No More), but the fairy tale didn’t last long. First you almost lose your daughter because you admit to using heroin while pregnant in Vanity Fair, your husband commits suicide and you’re blamed for it directly and indirectly, your bass player overdoses and dies, you bang all sorts of dirty rock stars and then you become an enormous joke by flashing your breasts more often than a stripper, Madonna, Miley Cyrus.

Who ever said “there’s no such thing as bad press” certainly wasn’t talking about Ms. Love. The recent reports that she’s reunited the classic lineup of Hole have been drastically overshadowed by the news of the note in Kurt Cobain’s wallet at the time of his death and her father saying he thinks she’s responsible for her his death. (He’s not the only one, I would highly recommend the film Kurt & Courtney to anyone interested in either Nirvana or Hole).

But I try to focus on the music here. I don’t agree with the political views of Ted Nugent, Dave Mustaine or Jonathan Davis; but I do enjoy (to some extent) music by all three of those artist. So even with all I’ve written in the first two paragraphs, I have to say that Live Through This is a solid rock album that I still enjoy listening to.

jennifer's body“Violet” may very well be one of the greatest album openers of all time. I can’t think of a better song ot open this album than the mellow strummed/hoarse screamed grunge masterpiece. “Miss World” is a great example of the appeal of Hole. Even a simple and slightly cheesy song is wrought with emotion. “Jennifer’s Body” isn’t what I would call the best song on the album, but it did have a movie based on it. Of course, I wouldn’t call that the best movie I’ve ever seen either. “She Walks Over Me” is a nice punk rocker. In spite of (or perhaps because) is sounds quite a bit like Nirvana’s “tourette’s.”

“They say I”m plump, but I throw up all the time” is a perfect tongue in cheek lyric for a female fronted rock band. Surpassed only by, perhaps, “Like a liar at a witch trial, you look good for your age.” “Gutless” also features some great poetry with “I don’t really miss God, but I sure miss Santa Claus.”

If you’re reading this post I can only guess you already know “Doll Parts.” Aside form “The People Vs. Larry Flynt” it’s probably the best thing Courtney Love has ever done. (But her role in that movie was as a slutty junkie so I can’t say she was acting very hard). And this is the greatest crying-in-my-beer-I’ll-have-my-revenge song of the ’90’s. Who hasn’t sang along with “Someday you will ache like I ache”?

My favorite of the album is probably the closer “Rock Star.” It’s a stupid three-chord song with the silly lyric “We look the same, we talk the same, yeah we even fuck the same.” It might not be the most wholly original statement but, no one would ever accuse Hole of being trend setters or original. Sadly this was the only good album I ever heard from them. I didn’t care for Celebrity Skin so much I never listened to anything after.

But I still dust this one off every now and again. Mostly when Courtney Love does something dumb like letting strangers suck her tits and I remember “Hey, she did do a good album once.”

 

I Don’t Like Rap Music Because I’m Racist


Any time I say “I don’t like rap music” whoever I’m talking to immediately says “well, you must be racist.” Does this happen to any body else? Should I be worried? Is this something that happens to people of other races?

Of course, not liking rap because I’m racist rests on three very shaky assumptions:

1) I decide what music to listen to based soley on the performers’ skin color

2) African Americans ONLY perform rap music.

3) People of any other race NEVER perform rap.

It’s kind of silly when you think about it. I’m a fan of many black artists; just not rappers. I Alice in Chainsenjoy Chuck Berry, Bo Diddly, Robert Johnson, Leadbelly, John Coltrane, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Prince, Death, Bad Brains, Living Color and God Forbid.

In fact, my favorite band is now fronted by an African-American gentleman.

Of course I’m also not a fan of Eminem, Vanilla Ice, Macklemore, Machine Gun Kelly, Pall Wall, Snow or Marky Mark.

But I don’t mean for this to be an argument against my being racist. I am racist, just watch me picking sides for basketball. I’m just not racist with regards to what music I listen to.

I'l put money on them.

I’l put money on them.