Thursday, June 24, 2010

A smacking story

Sully Erna played drums for 23 years for a band called Strip Mind, finally deciding to start his own band and be the lead singer for that band. Called themselves ‘The Scam’, but quickly changed their name after one demo. The newly formed band was playing popular songs like “Whatever” and “Keep Away”, before playing in small bars in their hometown Boston. Soon these two songs escalated them to top of the hit charts in Boston. They got christened from a song from another band called “Alice In Chains”, the song was “God Smack”.

Godsmack - Whatever

Godsmack – Keep Away

It's been eight years since the first time I came to know about them through their song "I stand alone", which later went on to become the OST for Scorpion King. Today, as of now, I can say, I have heard almost each and every song of theirs, and eagerly awaiting to get hold of a copy of their new album which is rumored to be heavy metal and aggressive, surprisingly without songs on the lines of “Voodoo” or “Serenity”. ‘Cryin’ like a bitch’ is a number from their new album The Oracle.

Godsmack - I stand Alone (OST)

Godsmack – Cryin’ Like a bitch

This stuff is good; the typical Godsmack flavor is infused in the song. Hoping that rest of the songs in the Oracle is good, as always. I got to say that these guys have superlative talent and have the compatibility to produce good music. Long live Godsmack Long live rock!

This American heavy metal band was formed in 1995 from Lawerence, Massachusetts. Since its inception, they have released five albums. The band has had three consecutive #1 albums (Faceless, IV and the Oracle) on the Billboard 200. Godsmack has more songs parked on radio stations more than bands such as Linkin Park and Metallica. The band comprises of: Founder, lead singer and songwriter Sully Erna
Lead Guitarist Tony Rombola
Bassist Robbie Merrill
Drummer Shannon Larkin

In 1998, the first album called Godsmack was released and then on they were on a roll, in 2000: Awake, in 2003: Faceless, in 2006: IV and in 2010: The Oracle. They were also nominated for Grammy Awards for their exceptional work in 2001 “Vampires” for Best Rock Instrumental Performance, in 2003, “I Stand Alone” for Best Rock Song and Best Hard Rock Performance and in 2004, “Straight Out of Line” for Best Hard Performace. That says it all about them. Nothing more. Nothing less.

Rock Forever \m/

Monday, June 21, 2010

A song for Freedom, Fire and Future

“Wavin’ Flag – K’naan”, a mail from my friend saying that it’s an amazing song with good beats. As he assumed, I did like the beats and the lyrics. A totally perfect hip hop song.

Wavin' Flag - K'naan (featuring Akon - A Tribute to Third World Children) Music Video

The idea behind the song? The children in the third world countries don’t get what they want. Being ruled by the local mafias they lead a life with ‘guns in their hands instead of books’. They deal with drugs, illegal elephant tusks, and diamonds, just like it’s just ‘another thing’. The theme totally bowled me over. For once, I could foresee something good. A thumbs up for the positive initiative taken to let the world know what’s happening to the children in the third world, and the future that they hope for.

K'NAAN - Wavin' Flag (Coca-Cola Celebration Mix)

This song is about the celebration around this beautiful game called Football, being played in South Africa this time; asking everyone to wave their flag high and support. This song was a super kick-off, scheduled just in time when all the world cup flags were being shown before the start. It resonated the joy, the passion of World Cup. ‘It’s the time for the festival; it’s time for the FIFA World Cup’ was all that was ringing louder and louder in people’s heart with every single beat.

Knaan feat. & David Guetta - Waving Flag - Official Music Video

The official song is a very peppy number, with same music but a little change in lyrics and the inclusion of William and David Guetta in the video.

I was enjoying the song thinking it would be played for World Cup opening ceremony as the World Cup Official song. But Guess what? I was wrong! This wasn’t the official song! To my amazement, I found that it was Shakira’s – Waka Waka. It was a typical Shakira song with her hips moving the exceptional way, the best she does. A good song with a message saying to be ready for the battle.

When I compare both songs I feel K’naan feels much better than Shakira’s song. There is an extra touch in the song, it’s has more enthusiasm and the moment of the song is continuous which is good. Unlike Shakira’s the flow is broken and then pick’s up the tempo. Well both have its class and both are famous songs. So we have to welcome both and people will have their own thoughts about the song. For me, I go with K’naan

Give me Freedom, Give me Fire. Give me reason, take you higher. See the champions take the field now. The Festival has begun: Football World Cup.
Keep Waving

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


20,000+ views and 100+ comments, a song on YouTube, caught my eye while just rambling through. I clicked and then it started. The guitar and the other instruments together sounded magical. I knocked my head to the music. The title of the song was “Poets of the Fall – Lift”

Poets of the Fall – Lift

And it didn’t stop there. ‘Late Goodbye’ was my second pick. Sounded good to me again! Then I realized that this was the band’s first song. It sometimes is difficult to explain what music does to you. For me, sometimes it makes me “Lift my spirit, take me higher, make me fly. Touch the moon up in the sky”. In short that’s what ‘The Poet’s’ music can do to people like me and you as well.

Fact o File:

An alternative rock band from Helsinki, Finland formed in the year 2003 by Marko Saaresto and Olli Tukiainen. The latter had written few songs for Saaresto’s previous band Playground. Shortly, they were joined by Kaarlonen whom Saaresto got to know through his friend Sami Jarvi.

Current Band Members:

Saaresto (Lead Vocals, song writer)
Tukiainen (Lead Guitar)
Markus "Captain" Kaarlonen (Keyboards, Production)
Jani Snellman (Bass Guitar)
Jaska Mäkinen (Rhythm Guitar, Backing Vocals)
Jari Salminen (Drums, Percussion)

On 30 June 2004, the Poets released their first single Late Goodbye which was the OST for Max Payne 2 Game.

Poets of the Fall – Late Goodbye

On 9 September 2004, they released their second single Lift. They were voted fresh newcomer of 2004 in Finland. Lift won the 2nd place in the best song of the year category, Late Goodbye was at 7th. On 18th December 2004, Poets released an internet download single entitled May be Tomorrow is a Better Day.

Poets of the Fall - May be Tomorrow is a Better Day

For 2003 till date they have released 4 albums.

Signs of Life (2005–2006)
Carnival of Rust (2006–2007)
Revolution Roulette (2008-2009)
Twilight Theater (2010 onwards)
Carnival of Rust

The band is popular among alternative rock lovers and most find the Saaresto’s voice irresistible. Songs like desire, sleep, linger in your minds because of the soothing effect it brings.

Poets of the Fall – Sleep

Enjoy the song! I am off to sleep for now.

Rock Forever \m/