My Red Dawn Epiphany — the Traitorous American Media

The Anti-American Media Establishment
A screen capture from the Red Dawn film website.
I had a bit of an epiphany yesterday while I was watching the DVD of Red Dawn (the 2012 version). It occurred to me that there were many leftist critics who slammed the movie for its patriotic theme and moral…

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Freedom Diaries (Operation Paul Revere)

The Operation Paul Revere Contest
Screenshot from the film, “Freedom Diaries,” by Justine Spinoza.
The Operation Paul Revere contest was an indie video festival held by InfoWars.com to create and promote pro-freedom videos on the web. It was announced early this year, and recently…

AS YOU WERE — THE SHARPER SIDE OF NUMETAL

51fUqyJGawL._SL500_AA280_Article by PJ Cornell.

Syndicated from Asterisked Music.

Assessment: 9.2 out of 10.

Bottom line up front: It’s rare to see an unsigned band with such a polished sound.  Some of their songs are a little reminiscent of Hoobastank.  Others sound kind of like a more hard-core version of Creed/Alterbridge.  They’ve found a very pleasing blend of melodic metal that rides the border between hard rock and metalcore.  With soaring vocals and aggressive riffs, they are bound to be a crowd pleaser at any metal concert.  They would not be at all out of place opening for any number of great bands (they are a great band in their own right; they’re just not that well known, yet).  I could see them as the opening act for Papa Roach, Disturbed, Sevendust, Nickleback, Skillet, or any other mainline hard rock or metal group — they have an edge, but they are not so far out on the edge as to be inaccessible to the average metal listener.  They are on the far boundary of what might be considered «radio friendly.»

Criticisms: While they have very catchy, very cohesive, and very technically inclusive songs, with plenty of solo areas for each band member to shine, this band would do well to branch out a little, harmonically and rhythmically.  This is not a major criticism — their relatively conventional harmonic and rhythmic language will not prevent them from enjoying quite a bit of success — in fact, too much adventurism in harmony and rhythm can, potentially, prevent a band’s success if they experiment too much early on.  Their songs are perfect for a first release.  Just interesting enough to grab the attention of the listener, without demanding too much attention to follow.  I would encourage this band to run with they’ve got for now, which is excellent material, in terms of listenability, marketability, and overall musical professionalism.  For their next effort, however, they would do well to try to branch out a little bit.

Highlights: My favorite song on this album has got to be Second Chances, which is a Killswitch Engagesque metalcore anthem that gets the album off to a great start.  I’m also quite partial to Embrace Your Crown, and Darker Shade of Life, which are a couple of delightfully edgy songs.  Never Healing is a great tune, which sounds a lot like some of Alterbridge’s better songs — it’s comfortingly intense.  (Don’t know what I mean by that?  Well, you’ll just have to check it out for yourself, then.)  Break Out and Flip My Switch remind me of Nickleback, a little bit — in a good way.  Hold Me Down and Not Yours for the Taking are songs that Five Finger Death Punch would be proud of (and these guys should definitely be proud of them).  Overall, their vocalist is amazing, and their lead guitarist is more than decent.  They don’t let the rhythm, bass or drums out to play as much as they could, but when they do, they definitely show potential.

Conclusion: So long as these guys stay on the road and keep these songs in the ears of metal fans, I foresee nothing but success for these guys.  They have a very polished, confident sound, that delivers the kind of punch that metalheads are looking for.  They could afford to branch out a little rhythmically and harmonically, but they have their whole lives before them to experiment.  The important thing now is that they have all of the elements to be successful, and I think that they will be.

DISARM THE DESCENT (KILLSWITCH ENGAGE) — BEST ALBUM OF ANY GENRE IN RECENT YEARS

915cohz2LYL._SL1425_Article by PJ Cornell.

Syndicated from the Asterisked Music Journal.

Assessment: 10 out of 10.

Bottom line up front: While this band’s ultra-intense brand of metalcore may not be for everyone, I would nevertheless venture to say that it is, quite possibly, the greatest album of any genre to be put out in recent years. (Full disclosure: I’ve been a fan of this band for a while; I’ve liked them ever since I heard their album Alive or Just Breathing, and every since they released The End of Heartache, I’ve considered them to be my favorite band — so I’ve got a strong, pro-KsE bias).

Highlights: Jesse Leach comes screaming back with a holy, fiery vengeance, shaking Hell itself to its core with songs like The New Awakening (“I… WILL… NOT… LIVE… IN… FEAR!” — their best song of the album, which is sure to inspire riotous moshing in the audience), A Tribute to the Fallen (“In the end, we will not stand alone!”), and, of course, the rhythmically aggressive Beyond the Flames. Their slowest, most exotic, and gorgeously romantic song, Always, is, paradoxically, perhaps also the most intense song of the release. A masterpiece.

Criticisms: None. I love that Mr. Leach is back with the band. My heart goes out to Howard Jones, as he struggles with his diabetes.

Conclusion: This is an incredibly powerful album which, in a time of political upheaval, rising tempers, escalating tensions, and deep spiritual awakening, is both timeless, and very much a phenomenon of its time and place. If you are a man prone to trembling with righteous ire, if you are praying man, if you experience feelings of open aggression to the accelerating creep of tyranny, lies and injustice all around you, and if you are frustrated by the domination of fear and insecurity in our world, then this is the band and album for you.

STEALTH RTDS

stealth_rtdsArticle by Richard Goode.

Syndicated from Eternal Vigilance.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Mr. Goode is a Transegoist sympathizer; not a Transegoist — our syndication of his article does not indicate that he endorses the Transegoist philosophy.

I tried Boundary Road Brewery’s Sticky Wicket manuka honey lager, and it tastes like fizzy manuka honey.

I tried Boundary Road Brewery’s Chocolate Moose chocolate porter, and it tastes like fizzy chocolate syrup.

These are not craft beers for the discerning adult palate, they’re alcoholic soft drinks for children. Notwithstanding that Boundary Road Brewery does make some half-decent beers (I already rated the Bouncing Czech pilsener, and the Mumbo Jumbo IPA is currently my preferred beer in its price range), I’m disappointed.

I suppose that if beer-flavored lemonade is your thing, you can’t go past the Lawn Ranger lemon and lime infused lager, but otherwise I wish BRB would stick to making actual beer.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This post has inspired a spirited debate on it’s original site.