Slipknot and other bands

Yesterday Slipknot released the single All Hope Is Gone off their upcoming album of the same name.  As a huge fan of their previous release Vol 3: (The Subliminal Verses) I am looking forward to their next studio album.  If I was still in high school I am fairly certain long time Maggots would term me a poser for jumping on the Slipknot bandwagon upon the release of their most melodic album.  The thirty year old Jeremie says I just waited until they statrted making music and not just noise.  All Hope Is Gone is brutal and catchy at the same time and does actually leave me excited about the August 26th release of the album.  Time will tell though.  If Vol 3: (The Sublininal Verses) was their …And Justice for All as Daren and I have discussed previously, then lets hope the newest record isn’t their ‘black’ album.  Or worse, their St. Anger.

Coldplay has just released a new album in cased you’ve missed the four iPod commericals an hour featuring the title track Viva la Vida.  I’ve listened to the album about three full times now and I am generally impressed.  Overall the album is a solid and great piece of musical writing, but I can’t help but feel like each song is just an extended version of the previous song.  Very repetitive.  Even the individual songs are repetitive ala U2.  Find a melody and ride it for four minutes.  The method works, but I think it prevents the album from ultimately being a truly great record.  Listening to Coldplay did get me in the U2 mood again causing me to break out All That You Can’t Leave Behind and How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb which I believe are two of their best releases this side of The Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby.

Shinedown is one of my newer favorite rock bands.  They definitely fall somewhere in vast chasm of musical style between Coldplay and Slipknot, however more on the heavy side of the valley.  Their first two albums,  Leave A Whisper and Us and Them,  where both solid.  Their next release The Sound of Madness hits stores on June 24th, but they have been playing the single Devour on the radio for weeks.  While I am ultimately excited about the new album lets just say I am cautious that it might be a tad too political for my tastes.  According to the band, the song Devour is ‘letter to the President of the United States’ after visiting the troops in Iraq.  It’s written for the troops.  Nice.  ‘Devour, Devour, Stolen like a foreign soil.’  I am sure the troops appreciate the sentiment that they aren’t liberators but rather thieves.  Don’t get me wrong, you can support the troops and not support war.  You can hope for our troops safety while believing we should have never invaded Iraq, but there is definitely a line when it comes to rhetoric and intentions.  I think Shinedown has blurred that line and if the interviews with the band on Sirius satellite radio’s Octane channel are any indication the band is really trying hard to convince themselves and their fans that they can trash Bush and the war, but still write a song of ‘love being devoured’ about their experiences performing for the troops.  To be honest, hearing the members of the band talk about the song almost sounded to me like they were trying to apologize to the troops for the song’s anticipated misunderstood reception.  Then maybe the rhetoric was too strong.  After spending months writing, recording and releasing a song I find is a little late to be having pangs of guilt.  Maybe they feel no guilt, but they were sure doing a lot of back peddling in the interview.


2 Responses to Slipknot and other bands

  1. EW says:

    No backhand compliment coming. You’ve got a good ear connecting Coldplay to U2, especially those albums you named. Coldplay’s new album is produced by Brian Eno.

    Eno has a long history of producing U2 albums. I looked up Eno on Wikipedia (see Daren’s post on Wikipedia Intellectualism) and found the following:

    “Eno co-produced The Unforgettable Fire (1984), The Joshua Tree (1987), Achtung Baby (1991), and All That You Can’t Leave Behind (2000) for U2 with his frequent collaborator Daniel Lanois, and produced 1993’s Zooropa for the band alone.”

    So, Jeremie, you’ve got a great sense of musical and aesthetic association.

  2. EW says:

    Also, about Shinedown, it’s not hard to create an arresting image that supports the troops, but not the war. It took me about 30 seconds to think of “valor poured into a cracked vessel, spilled upon the ground.” It’s not John Milton, but it’s better and more accurate than Shinedown.

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