Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Concert Review: Sabaton and Kreator with Cyhra at The Buckhead Theatre (March 11, 2018)

If you're wondering, this is Kreator

Hello, degenerates, heathens, weirdos, and deviants.  I am the Rock Otaku, and I’m here to show you worlds such as hard rock, metal, punk, alternative rock, movies, TV, anime, video games, and anything that makes us scream, shout, and prevent the Nazis from obtaining the Ark of the Covenant.  Or save Private Ryan.  Or have a list of souls to save.  Or prevent World War III while allying with a dual pistol-wielding Count Dracula (and that’s just the beginning of

For those who are wondering where I’ve been for the last several months, here’s a reason.  I have decided to go to more concerts in the Atlanta area.  I could, if I wanted to, try to recollect the times I saw DragonForce, Psychostick (at Dragon Con, mind you), Epica, Psychostick again, and Trans-Siberian Orchestra, but those are for another day.  Here, this is a look at what I’ve thought of the Sabaton and Kreator show at the Buckhead Theatre last Sunday.

In general, it was pretty damn sweet.  The venue was spacious, there was a strong sense of where things were, and while I got admission to the general area, a.k.a. the orchestra pit, you could also get a good glimpse of the bands from the top balcony if you are a wimp or poseur who’s just there for the music rather than the whole experience.  Also, the service at the bars there, alongside the merch booths, especially for Sabaton’s, was great.  The prices were also good, with my ticket being purchased online for $29 with some extra charges, $10 buck for beer (which is where I feel the prices were maybe too high, I can get beer at Taco Mac for less, but that’s neither here nor there), $4 for water (which was ridiculous), $30 for a band t-shirt, and bathrooms are free with cost of admission, and that’s from what I’ve experienced.  But enough with the venue, how was the music?

The music was awesome.  First, the band Cyhra, a Swedish melodic metal supergroup with members from Amaranthe, In Flames, Rhapsody, and Shining, opened the night and only offered a couple of songs, but even then, they were good.  In general, the band’s style was something that you’d expect from a mix of those bands, specifically melodic metal with tinges of alternative metal, melodic death metal, power metal, hard rock, black metal, and stadium rock.  As a band that’ll take the world by fire, they’re alright for what they do, and they did play some of their big tunes, including “Letters To Myself” and everything else was from their debut album.  Can they be the next big thing in modern AOR?  I don’t know, but their live show was pretty good, but it pales in comparison to the headliners.  But, sorry for being apologetic in written form, they did do fine for their last show on the tour.

Next were German thrash metal legends Kreator, and, unlike the last band, I was in the pit so I might not have gotten a perfect glimpse of their stage show.  All I can tell you was that their smoke effects were well done, their lighting and light show added to a very chaotic feel, and the sonic intensity was the strength of an angry, drunken kraut whose wife was insulted.  Speaking of said sonic intensity, it’s arguably some of the meanest metal I’ve heard live, and I saw Kissing Candice, Once Human, and Arsonists Get All The Girls.  That’s a sign that these krauts still got it, even if some of the band's setlist was rather melodic.  With “Phantom Antichrist,” “Satan Is Real,”  “Enemy of God,” “People of the Lie,” “Civilization Collapse,” and “Gods of Violence,” their Teutonic thrash anthems were loud and aggressive, and they were great for some massive moshing, with somehow me on the floor like Yamcha, with my glasses messed up as well, during a massive one as they played parts of “Army of Storms,” all to get arguably the biggest pit of the show.  And yes, there were circle pits, and I managed to get a few pushes and hits in, since it’s a metal concert, and not moshing at least once is for the wimps (that also means you’re too scared to hit someone without knocking them out).  Even then, the stage show added to the chaos, as moshing alone would have been boring here, and the smoke and lights made the pit feel like a war zone.  Plus the encore was a double whammy of “Violent Revolution” and the thrash classic “Pleasure to Kill.”  Overall, Kreator kicked ass and I managed to pull off the most of my moshing at this part of the show.  Not to say it could be topped.

From a spectacle standpoint, which I decided to pay attention to and not mosh as much (not because I was a wimp, but because I had a beer in my hand and trying to take pictures and film parts of the show for those who didn’t make it in my inner circle), Sabaton, the Swedish power metal titans heading the affair, were the clear standouts here.  Plus, with the show being their last, they really did pull off a lot of great songs and moments on stage.  Starting with a taped recording of “In the Army Now” and a video of tanks going war-torn village, they began their power metal war campaign with “Ghost Division.”  Then they played more songs such as “Swedish Pagans,” “Cliffs of Gallipoli,” “The Lion From The North,” “Carolus Rex,” “The Final Solution” (which made me tear up a bit), “Night Witches,” “Sparta,” and more.  Also, during the show, Joakim got a guitar and played a medley of riffs including “Detroit Rock City” and “Master of “Puppets” before launching into “Resist and Bite.”  That and he took a beer break while the band played “Gott mit uns” without him.  And if you didn’t know the hooks of the songs, some of the video footage playing behind them had lyrics for certain moments.  Also, said video footage would correspond to the song, such as images of Spartans and blood for “Sparta,” Holocaust pictures for “The Final Solution,” images of wolves for “Resist and Bite,” and even art from the album of the same name for “Carolus Rex.”  For the encore, what it not going to start with “Primo Victoria” (which I managed to get some moshing in for)?  Also, they ended the show with “Shiroyama” (with a circle pit from the audience and Japanese imagery from the screens), and the awesome, All-American “To Hell and Back.”

If I had to rank the bands from lowest rank to highest, it would match the order they played in.  For Cyhra, I'd argue that their best song was “Karma” for melodicism alone, though I would give them negative points for not bringing their bassist on stage (and it’s saying something that I’m a guitarist with a focus on leads and solos that I’m saying this).  However, they were good.  Kreator’s show was great, if not a little basic, while their best song was “Satan Is Real” due to the catchiness of the chorus, the overall melodicism, and the intensity of the song itself, with “Enemy of God,” “Flag of Hate,” and “Pleasure to Kill”.  As for Sabaton, my favorite performances were arguably “Resist and Bite” from a standpoint of the song, “Swedish Pagans” for the sporty feel of the song, “Sparta” just because it’s about Sparta, “The Last Stand,” “The Final Solution” for making me shed manly tears of sadness, “Gott mit uns” for showing that the band isn’t entirely about Joakim and his manliness, and the encore of course. 

Overall, for this being their last show on The Last Tour, all three bands did end the show with a bang.  If I’d recommend each aspect, I’d say the following.  I’d recommend the Buckhead Theater for the service and ability to host heavy rock bands, and with Cradle of Filth and Stone Sour coming to the same venue, that’s a positive.  I’d recommend Kreator if you’d just want to go mad in the pit.  If you love power metal, songs about war, history, and brave heroes, and catchy choruses, then Sabaton is a must-see, and the amount of effort they put into their show is impressive regardless.  Cyhra is an act that, while I can see having a lot of experience doing this, needs to make sure that their bassist is alright or on the road with them to keep their sound from getting too stale, but they’re good for festivals and metal shows regardless.

My rating for the show: 9/10.

If you’ve been to this exact show or any other shows on this previous tour, tell me about your experience in the comments.  If you’ve been to the Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta for live music, leave a comment about your experience.  If you have any recommendations for bands that I need to see live on stage, also leave a comment.  Finally, I’ll see if I can set up an entry explaining what’s been going on, and what I have in store for the future.  Spoiler, more movie, TV, and anime reviews taking priority in the writing and possibly a vlog.

Until next time, this is the Rock Otaku, Live Loud, Play Hard, and Resist and Bite.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

The Rock Otaku’s June 2017 Plans and Announcements.

Hello degenerates, heathens, weirdos, and deviants.  I am the Rock Otaku, and I’m here to show you worlds such as hard rock, metal, punk, alternative rock, movies, TV, anime, video games, and anything that makes us scream, shout, and let it out.

As for this entry, this is to tell you what’s in store for June 2017.  If you’re wondering what things are like, here’s a Brief Summary.  A lot happened last May, but at the same time, I feel like branching out into other realms.  Not just in this blog.  There are many aspects about me that work in prose and written speech, but there are others where experimenting with other styles is necessary for my evolution.  But beyond that, I got two more LTEM entries that help with issues that I’ve been having while also putting the Billboard stuff into overdrive.  Also, I broke 50 entries on Blogger, so that’s a plus.  For that, I expect to have LTEMs be a special occasion kind of thing from now on.  If the time demands one in my mind, I will have one out.  Other than that, I’m considering how that’ll affect the schedule, so expect a lot more time between entries.  In spite of this, I do not plan on ending the blogs in the next month.  Instead, I plan on changing how I do things, such as taking advantage of YouTube until it becomes a corporate entity.

Speaking of YouTube, I have plans on expanding into that.  For Tumbler, I am practically linking my blog series to there, but YouTube will be a different entity.  For that, I plan on a Vlog series that may include me discussing various rock, metal, alternative, movie, TV, comic, anime, game, and even political news and dissecting it while also having a recommendation of the week.  That way, I can start showcasing random albums and songs I’ve been listening to, but I don’t feel deserve a written entry yet.  But I also know about corporate bullcrap, so I may also set up VidMe and DailyMotion accounts for them while also asking you all to subscribe (and/or create YouTube accounts of your own) to my account so you can see them.

Oh, and the Billboard stuff is definitely a weekly thing for now.

Now for the goals.  If you desire a DeviantArt pages of yours truly, here are the metrics:
  • DeviantArt: 120 views of a single entry
  • Patreon: Whenever I feel that ad revenue isn’t going anywhere and I need to ensure that I’m able to create some new projects, may them be written or made for visual pleasure.
  • Any other social media site of choice: 150 views of a single entry.

Yes, I am planning on getting those YouTube, VidMe, and Dailymotion accounts started and ready to go by next week.

And for the rest, 100 views of a single entry leading to me to start taking requests and suggestions for my work, but considering how impatient I’ve gotten, you have that ability to send requests immediately.  I can also take suggestions if they do allow for greater quality of my work.  150 will lead to the start of the first Q&A, where I’ll, based on your questions, reveal my deepest, darkest secrets.  200 views will lead to the first ever special entry of Let Them Eat Metal: Let Them Eat Metal by The Rods, the album whose name inspired the title of my main heavy metal and hard rock series (when I’m not talking about rock and metal making the Billboard chart).  300 views will lead to a review of the movie 300 and/or it’s sequel/prequel/interquel 300: Rise of an Empire because why the hell not?  400 views will lead to a LTEM for Metallica’s Master of Puppets.  And for 500 views, I’ll do a multipart LTEM reviewing every Judas Priest album in a multipart mini-series (which might lead to LTEM being a weekly series for a brief time) as a tribute to my first post of this series here: http://rockotaku92.blogspot.com/2016/12/let-them-eat-metal-1-screaming-for.html.  A part of this will be a re-review of Screaming for Vengeance with my evolving style depending on a poll beforehand.  For an Iron Maiden, Accept, Motorhead, Black Sabbath, Savatage, Van Halen, or even Metallica min-series, that will be decided on various factors such as how well it does.  And for every final/most recent album, I’ll come up with, as I’ve done for Band-Maid, ideas on how the band’s should go forward or how any aspiring bands or artists should take elements in music and image from the band being discussed, depending on if the band isn’t as legendary as they should be.  Overall, things should be fun this month, and they rely on you as they do on me.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Rock Otaku’s Rockin’ Billboard Chart Watch: June 17, 2017

Hello degenerates, heathens, weirdos, and deviants.  I am the Rock Otaku, and I’m here to show you worlds such as hard rock, metal, punk, alternative rock, movies, TV, anime, video games, and anything that makes us scream, shout, and let it all out.

Welcome to my Rockin’ Billboard Chart Watch.  Here, I take a break from reviewing classic heavy metal albums, movies, TV, anime, games, and so on to review what is popular in the rock scene according to Billboard.  Back in the late 19th century, the magazine started as a news source for the entertainment industry back in the day (thus, circuses, fairs, and burlesque shows were covered), then, when music became a big business, it started covering music.  Then they started having an album chart, then a singles chart, in the mid-20th century, both of which are still going on to this very day, with changes to accommodate the changes in the landscape of music distribution.  But for the rock stuff, the first chart, which would be known today as the Mainstream Rock chart, debuted on March 21, 1981, with the Alternative Songs chart following suit in 1988, the Adult Alternative chart premiering some time in 2008, then the all-encompassing Hot Rock Songs chart came to fruition in 2009.  Here, I review them all, in order of either mainstream importance, date of creation, or which songs have the most material I can cover each week.

While I may not completely discuss all 4 of those, I will provide my thoughts on this week’s charts.  I’ll provide some of my smooth commentary on the new tracks that came out for each chart.  For the older ones, there are two methods I’m planning: the first is to edit this entry depending on views while also creating entries based on charts made earlier in the year based (again) on views.  So for today, I’ll provide my two cents for the songs that came out for Billboard’s June 17, 2017 versions of the Hot Rock Songs, Alternative Songs, and Mainstream Rock songs in that order.  As for Adult Alternative, that would be more of a special moment if there’s a song everybody reading these things wants me to praise or tear into.

Like with the last few, I’ll review the top 10 songs in order from highest charting to lowest with a short review that’ll provide my thoughts on it as of this week.  That and I’ll discuss songs that Billboard considers having merit, like best increases in position, sales, streaming, and airplay.  But with all of these songs having already been reviewed, and my focus on how many views I’ll need to re-review each reviewed track (which is 100 times the ranking the song is in), that isn’t as likely as of now.  That and the new songs will be reviewed as well, and they’ll definitely be reviewed.  Unless I reviewed it in a previous entry, initially or updated due to it meeting my viewership goals.  Anyway, let’s begin.

Now for the Hot Rock Songs, in order of highest position to lowest, with reviews for new tracks:

1.         Believer – Imagine Dragons*

2.         Heavy – Linkin Park Featuring Kiiara

3.         Heathens – twenty one pilots

4.         Thunder – Imagine Dragons

5.         Human – Rag'n'Bone Man

6.         The Night We Met – Lord Huron

7.         Feel It Still – Portugal. The Man

8.         Wish I Knew You – The Revivalists

9.         Midnight Rider – The Allman Brothers Band*
The classic classic rock staple makes the charts in the memory of the late Gregg Allman.  But does that mean this song did not age well?  It didn’t, and it’s probably as good as it was once was.  With its interesting mix of guitar playing, basslines, drums, and vocal harmonies, this southern rock hit has the vibe to help with your chill attitudes or lower it, and it has the technical skill to keep you on your toes.  Adding to that is the guitar solo in the bridge.  Plus I do feel that this song is great in what it’s about; being about a vagabond from what I gather, but I do feel that they have an equally strong tune in this lyrical style.

10.       Whatever It Takes – Imagine Dragons

11.       Hard Times – Paramore

12.       Black Hole Sun – Soundgarden

13.       Lust For Life – Lana Del Rey Featuring The Weeknd

14.       Good News – Ocean Park Standoff

15.       Run – Foo Fighters*
A new song by Foo Fighters?  Sweet.  And it has a weird and pretty humorous music video, too.  Starting this song, we get a clean arpeggio with Dave Grohl singing how he desired to run, then as the drums start to get more aggressive, the song goes from nice ballad to quasi-metal hard rock number with Grohl alternating between screaming and singing, with the guitars, bass, and drums playing with energy and aggression.  And while the chorus is a lot nicer-sounding, it has some power to it as it goes on.  And there’s also some great guitar licks during the verses to keep this from getting too monotonous.  Don’t forget the guitar solo, which may not be technical, but it’s quite melodic and energetic.  If you want a fast and furious rock song that’s straight to the point, loud, and a lot of fun, then you can’t go wrong with the Foo Fighters.

16.       Like A Stone – Audioslave

17.       Mr. Blue Sky – Electric Light Orchestra

18.       The Chain – Fleetwood Mac

19.       Don't Take The Money – Bleachers

20.       Ramblin’ Man – The Allman Brothers Band*
With the opening guitar notes, this song makes its claim for rock glory.  But even then, this country-tinged southern rock hit is the right mix of story-driven and chill enough for a booze-filled party.  The chorus is catchy, the idea of a song about a vagabond who feels like he’s home on the road, and the amazing guitar solos in this song are enough to make this essential rock listening.  The vocals are great, including the harmonies, as well.  Plus, the rhythms, while understated, work here in their chill focus but having an upbeat vibe.  And that ending solo is southern rock glory on the guitars; enough to inspire rednecks to pick up electric guitars, as well as buy a glass slide for their solos.  There’s a reason why this was in both Guitar Hero World Tour and Rock Band 2.

21.       Melissa – The Allman Brothers Band*
While it may be weird that we got an acoustic-ish ballad here on here rather than the iconic “Jessica,” it’s still an Allman Brothers Band song.  Included in this tune is an acoustic guitar spine alongside the bass guitar and drums to the soulful vocals dedicated to this woman who drives the singer crazy, plus there’s the electric guitar giving the song its southern vibe.  In my mind, whoever this Melissa is, she must be a very lovely woman to drive Gregg Allman (is it Gregg Allman?  This may be a little rushed) nuts.  Plus the guitar solo shows off the improvisational, jam-based skill of the guitarist here (and from the tone, I think it may be Duane Allman), and it ends the song.  In short, this song is good for what it is.

22.       Help – Papa Roach

23.       Love Is Mystical – Cold War Kids

24.       High – Sir Sly

25.       I’m No Angel – The Gregg Allman Band*
From the 80s is Gregg Allman’s hit tune, “I’m No Angel.”  While the elements of southern rock that he nailed with Allman Brothers Band are here, there’s a strong 38 Special influence to this track, from the mix of southern rock and arena rock to the production values.  That and how the guitars, bass, and drums are played, even if Gregg Allman has a much rougher voice than Donnie Van Zant.  And like his work in Allman Brothers, the guitar solo feels like something he just came up, even if it isn’t as energetic as his other tunes.  As for the lyrics, I feel that this is about how much of a bad boy he his.  Even then, it’s hard to hate the Allman Brothers as people.  They’re just too likeable.  A certain other band of brothers, on the other hand, they’re worth the mudslinging.

26.       Dig Down – Muse

27.       Blame – Bastille

28.       Hard Love – NEEDTOBREATHE

29.       Angela – The Lumineers

30.       Cold Cold Cold – Cage The Elephant

31.       Saturnz Barz – Gorillaz Featuring Popcaan

32.       Song #3 – Stone Sour*

33.       Feels Like Summer – Weezer

34.       In The Blood – John Mayer

35.       Reverend – Kings of Leon

36.       Want You Back – HAIM

37.       In Cold Blood – alt-J*

38.       Young And Menace – Fall Out Boy

39.       Black Rose – Volbeat*

40.       Let You Down – Seether

41.       Sweet Disaster – DREAMERS*

42.       The Cure – Unspoken *

43.       Old Church Choir – Zach Williams*
While I feel like this could play on country stations with its vibe and instrumentation, this has more of an indie pop vibe to it.  While I don’t hate this song in concept, it’s still an okay-sounding tune, not one to inspire greatness.  Even then, it’s still a fun little song, but I do get the vibe that this came from the CCR scene.  The guitars are alright, with some strong usage of acoustic and electric, the bass is okay, and the drums are fine, plus Zach Williams has a good voice for singing.  If there’s an issue with this, it’s not challenging.  At all.  I don’t feel like I learned anything, and I also feel that this song is way too sappy.  If I want sappy, I go with j-pop and anison.  I can choose to ignore this.  If you like this kind of saccharine sappiness, then you’ll like this.

44.       Love – Lana Del Rey*

45.       Middle Fingers – MISSIO

46.       Told You So – Paramore

47.       Now That We’re Dead – Metallica*

48.       Andromeda – Gorillaz Featuring D.R.A.M.*

49.       Lights Out – Royal Blood*

50.       The Violence – Rise Against*

And for this week thanks to death, here are the dropouts from then:

Woman – Jesse Larson

Fell On Black Days – Soundgarden

Hunger Strike – Temple Of The Dog

Spoonman – Soundgarden

I Am The Highway – Audioslave

Show Me How To Live – Audioslave

Outshined – Soundgarden

Say Hello 2 Heaven – Temple Of The Dog

Good Goodbye – Linkin Park Featuring Pusha T & Stormzy

Let’s Go Crazy – Jesse Larson & Adam Levine

Invisible – Linkin Park

Nobody Can Save Me – Linkin Park

Sorry For Now – Linkin Park

One More Light – Linkin Park

Battle Symphony – Linkin Park

Takin’ It To The Streets – Jesse Larson

Despite previous showcases of my taste in punk and metal, here’s the Alternative Songs:

1.         Believer – Imagine Dragons

2.         Feel It Still – Portugal. The Man

3.         Love Is Mystical – Cold War Kids

4.         Wish I Knew You – The Revivalists

5.         Blame – Bastille

6.         High – Sir Sly

7.         Don't Take The Money – Bleachers

8.         Human – Rag'n'Bone Man

9.         Cold Cold Cold – Cage The Elephant

10.       Dig Down – Muse

11.       Reverend – Kings of Leon

12.       Feels Like Summer – Weezer

13.       Sweet Disaster – DREAMERS

14.       In Cold Blood – alt-J

15.       One Of Us – New Politics

16.       Hard Times – Paramore

17.       Doing It For The Money – Foster The People

18.       Suit And Jacket – Judah & The Lion

19.       Something Just Like This – The Chainsmokers & Coldplay

20.       Hot Thoughts – Spoon

21.       High Enough – k.flay

22.       The Violence – Rise Against

23.       Run – Foo Fighters*

See Above

24.       J-Boy – Phoenix

25.       Lights Out – Royal Blood

26.       Too Much To Think – 311

27.       The Night We Met – Lord Huron

28.       Kill For Candy – Dreamcar (Need 10 views to review)
29.       Goodbye Angels – Red Hot Chili Peppers

30.       Middle Fingers – MISSIO

31.       Set On Fire – Magic Giant

32.       Green Light – Lorde

33.       Howl – Biffy Clyro

34.       Home is Such A Lonely Place – Blink-182

35.       Little One – Highly Suspect

36.       Down – Marian Hill

37.       Angela – The Lumineers*

38.       Good Morning – Grouplove (Need 20 views to review)
39.       A Change Of Heart – The 1975

40.       She Said – Sundara Karma

And here are the dropouts from last week:

Help – Papa Roach

Fire – Beth Ditto

And finally, my favorite one to look at due to a combination of my musical interests, nostalgia, and biases: the Mainstream Rock Chart:

1.         Let You Down – Seether

2.         Black Rose – Volbeat

3.         Song #3 – Stone Sour

4.         Show Yourself – Mastodon

5.         Now That We’re Dead – Metallica

6.         Monster – Starset

7.         Help – Papa Roach

8.         Lights Out – Royal Blood

9.         Back From The Dead – Skillet

10.       God Damn – Avenged Sevenfold

11.       The Violence – Rise Against

12.       Aftermath – As Lions

13.       Little One – Highly Suspect

14.       Nimble Bastard – Incubus

15.       Alone – I Prevail

16.       Madness – All That Remains

17.       Howl – Biffy Clyro

18.       Revolution Radio – Green Day

19.       Bullfight – A Day To Remember

20.       Oh Lord – In This Moment

21.       LOUD (F**k It) – Motionless In White (Need 10 views to review)
22.       Anti-Everything – DED

23.       Believer – Imagine Dragons

24.       Run – Foo Fighters*

See Above

25.       American Dreams – Papa Roach

26.       Dark Black Makeup – Radkey (Need 20 views to review)
27.       Sick Of Me – Beartooth

28.       I Want It All – Hell Or Highwater (Need 30 views to review)
29.       Rivers – Chevelle

30.       Back To The River – Pretty Reckless Featuring Warren Haynes

31.       Cheaper To Drink Alone – Black Stone Cherry

32.       Hurricane – Thrice

33.       Middle Fingers – MISSIO

34.       Catch Me When I Fall – Stitched Up Heart

35.       Dig Down – Muse

36.       Highway Tune – Greta Van Fleet*
So for this, we get a classic 70s-style hard rock tune from a band who’s trying really hard to emulate Led Zeppelin.  I’m serious, the guitar riffs, the basslines, the drum beats, and the vocal performance feels like it came from Led Zeppelin.  While I like Led Zeppelin, I don’t know what Greta Van Fleet sounds like outside of them trying to sound like Zeppelin.  Even the guitar solo reminds me of Jimmy Page.  While I can also mention the elements of Aerosmith, Deep Purple, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa (maybe), and Stillwater, I do feel that this sounds way too much like a Zeppelin tune.  Even then, it’s still better than what passes as rock today, and that has to do with the ract that their musical skill OUTSHINES the rest.  While I’d think that some punk and glam should be integrated into their bluesy hard rock sound (and yes, I can call this song heavy metal), I do feel that Greta Van Fleet going their own path would be as good, even if they end up becoming Led Zeppelin Light.  Okay, I think this song is alright, and it’s great for listening to when going down the highway.  I-it’s not that I d-don’t hate this band’s direction.  Baka!

37.       Can You Hear Me – Shallow Side

38.       Promise Everything – Basement

39.       Run Rabbit Run – Black Map

40.       Mad Love – Bush

And here are the dropouts from last week:

New Land – Avatar

Feed The Machine – Nickelback

Out Of My Hands – Chrysalis

So those were my thoughts on the charts and the new arrivals.  If you feel that I skipped out on certain songs, then feel free in the comments what songs you want me to elaborate on.  I have plans depending on how this is received for what I will review next week as well as what is new next week for the chart(s) I ultimately look at.  If you have different opinions on the songs I reviewed, feel free to tell me in the comments as well.

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Finally, expect updates to the reviews (specifically songs I’ve missed) when this entry gets a certain amount of views each time.

RIP Gregg Allman (1947-2017)

Until Next Time, This is The Rock Otaku.  Live Loud and Play Hard.

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