Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Bands I've Seen Live by Dom

3 Inches of Blood (2)
The Acacia Strain
After the Burial
All Shall Perish
All That Remains
All Time Low
As I Lay Dying
Asking Alexandria (2)
Balance and Composure
Behemoth (2)
Betraying the Martyrs
The Black Dahlia Murder
Black Tide
Black Veil Brides
Bless the Fall
Bon Jovi (2)
Born of Osiris
Bullet for My Valentine
Cannibal Corpse
The Casualties
Chelsea Grin
Circus Diablo
Close Your Eyes
A Day to Remember (2)
Decrepit Birth
The Devil Wears Prada
Dr. Acula (2)
Enter Shakari
The Faceless
Far From Proper
Five Finger Death Punch
Fleshgod Apocalpyse
For All Those Sleeping
For Today (2)
Four Year Strong
The Ghost Inside
Go Radio (2)
God Forbid
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Green Day
Hatebreed (4)
Heaven and Hell
High on Fire
I the Breather
I Wrestled a Bear Once
In Flames
In This Moment (3)
Iron Maiden
Jake Owen
Jason Casterlin/The Woodcocks (2)
Job for a Cowboy
Joe & Box
Judas Priest
Kenny Chesney
Killswitch Engage
Kingdom of Sorrow
King Conquer
Korn (2)
Lacuna Coil
Lamb of God (2)
Machine Head (2)
Marilyn Manson
Mayday Parade
Megadeth (2)
Memphis May Fire
Metallica (2)
Mobile Death Camp
Modern Day Escape
Motionless in White (2)
Mutiny Within
Norma Jean
Ozzy Osbourne
The Paramedic
Pierce the Veil
The Ready Set
Red Fang
Rise Against
Rob Zombie
Rush (2)
Set Your Goals
Shadows Fall
The Showdown
Slayer (4)
Sleeping With Sirens
Straight Line Stitch (2)
Suicide Silence
The Sword
Ted Nugent
Ten After Two
That's Outrageous!
Thin Lizzy
Through the Eyes of the Dead
Tim McGraw
Times of Grace
Trivium (2)
Upon a Burning Body
Van Halen
Warbringer (2)
We Are the in Crowd
We Came as Romans
Whitechapel (3)
William in Control
Winds of Plague
With the Punches
The Wonder Years
The Word Alive (2)
You Me at Six

Total: 145

Sunday, May 5, 2013

"Kid Cudi - Indicud" Review by Dom

Kid Cudi tries his hand at self-producing an album in its entirety. Indicud is Cudi's third album, fourth if you count his rock album under the name WZRD. The album is pretty ambitious, Cudi has always been ambitious but this album is a level higher. Some spots it definitely works well, and in some it falls short by a mile.

Firstly, the production is good, not amazing. He really missed some production from GOOD Music leader Kanye West on this project along with the arsenal of producer the label has. Overall the production is just good, it doesn't stand out much, for better or worse.

Negative: Let's get the bad out of the way first. As I said earlier, this is an ambitious album, I mean ambitious to the point where Cudi pulls Michael Bolton out of the woodwork for a 9-minute long track. Now I can handle 9 minutes of Cudi, but Bolton did not belong on this track, it was just weird and did not belong at all. There are also 3 instrumental tracks on here which, knowing Cudi they'd at least be interesting and they all are. "The Resurrection of Scott Mescudi" opens the album out pretty wonderfully with an eerie ambiance leading into a great industrial style beat. Unfortunately "New York City Rage Fest" and "Flight of the Moon Man" don't follow suit and fail to hold any interest. "Unfuckwittable" and "Cold Blooded" are laughably corny and not very good songs.

Positive: Now that that's out of the way, let's get to the good. "Just What I Am" was the first single and it was a warm welcome back into the Kid Cudi we all know and love, with an infectious hook and great beat, you can't go wrong with it; the same goes for the other singles, "Immortal" and "King Wizard". Possibly the most anticipated track on this album was the sequel to "Solo Dolo" from Man on the Moon: The End of Day which features Kendrick Lamar and the track does not disappoint one bit. The weirdest feature on the album is definitely Michael Bolton, but the weirdest feature that worked came from a band named Haim. They're a soft rock band consisting of 3 sisters. They're featured on the track "Red Eye" which oddly enough doesn't feature prominent vocals from Cudi until almost 3 minutes into the track and for some reason I love it. It's smack in the middle of the album so it fits as a nice break from Cudi's vocals and the girls' voices are beautiful, definitely a stand out track. "Lord of the Sad and Lonely" sees Cudi getting back into his depressed mind reminiscing of songs like "Trapped in My Mind" and "Soundtrack 2 My Life". The track "Beez" is an interesting one as it sees Cudi again taking a backseat on vocals and letting RZA of Wu-Tang and solo fame take over. I've heard a lot of people not like this track but I just don't see it, it's one of the better produced tracks, RZA tears the beat up like no one's business and Cudi's vocals compliment the track so well.

Overall: An ambitious album from an ambitious artist, I call him an artist cause it almost sounds insulting to say that Cudi is just a rapper. The production isn't top notch, lyrics on some tracks are below par, even for Cudi. The features (with the exception of Michael Bolton) all do a fantastic job. I forgot to mention how good the track "Brothers" with A$AP Rocky and King Chip is, seriously check that out. And Kid Cudi sounds just as good as ever. While this album is easily the worst of his first 3, it's not because the album is bad, it's because he set the bar so high with Man on the Moon: The End of Day and Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager.

Rating: 7.5/10