Hello lovers. This week’s Listening Booth is bouncing all over the place as we kick things off with satanic doo-wop, dive into While She Sleeps’ latest and finish up with some pop-punk criminals. As usual, it’s a big old ramble with little relation to the real world, so grab yourself a seat and enjoy.Continue reading “The Listening Booth – Twin Temple, While She Sleeps and Masked Intruder”
Why do I get to choose twenty albums when I only do ten films? I have no idea; it’s just the way I do it. I’m not planning on over thinking it because I listened to a lot of new music this year, and most of it was good. Much like my film list, this had to be cut down from around fifty choices, and I’m still not entirely sure I’ve got it right. It’s what I’m going with, though, so let’s get on with it.
As usual, this is all my opinion so don’t bother telling me I’m wrong. I’m also not going to go into great detail because there are twenty of the buggers. I will give you a song to listen to, though. Ain’t that nice?
Today I am going to tell you my top twenty albums of the year, but before I get to that I think it would be remiss of me to not mention the death of Lemmy Kilmister. There are going to be a thousand people writing a thousand words about Lemmy over the next few days. Most of whom are in a better place to do so than me. However, for my two pence, the man was rock and roll. Few have lived as fast and as loud as Lemmy and none of them have done it until the age of 70. His blend of punk rock attitude with rock and roll has been influential on everyone who likes to play loud and he will he be missed. In tribute today, I suggest you play your music a lot louder and live life just that little bit wilder. Anyway, on with the show.
Camden has long been a musical hot spot. Whether it’s Britpop or punk rock, it’s been key to more than one musical revolution. So a one day festival encompassing a whole host of venues makes perfect sense. Enter Camden Rocks, which features over two hundred bands, ranging from Bullet for My Valentine to competition winners. There was also beer, oh so much beer.
The ABC is crowded with an unusual audience as While She Sleeps and Cancer Bats roll into town. There’s the heavy metal fans, the ones I recognise from countless gigs in Glasgow and will see at countless more. There’s the scene kids, who travels in packs and who I may well have seen before, but blend into one giant blob of baseball caps and shorts. Then there’s the new folk, the people who look slightly out-of-place and aren’t really into heavy metal. However, they have come out tonight because bands like While She Sleeps are getting big and it is awesome to see.
While She Sleeps have been consistently pinpointed as the next big band in UK heavy metal. Magazines like Metal Hammer have pinned their flags to the Sleeps mast and the excitement surrounding them only seems to grow. That momentum looked set to sweep to the top, but then disaster struck. While calling it a tragedy would be diminishing a word that is used to describe things like a member of One Direction pissing off, it’s fair to say the vocal problems that hit lead singer Loz and his subsequent throat surgery, threw the first big spanner in the While She Sleeps express.
So Download added another group of bands this week and I figured I might as well keep up my evaluation of the line-up as a whole. It’s also become clear that Sonisphere will be returning with an announcement due on Monday! So look forward to hearing me complaining/celebrating that line up as well. Right now however, we’re heading onto Download street where we now have a couple of second stage headliners as well as some bands fleshing out the lower stages.