#Review: Afterlife – Breaking Point ūüĆ°


   

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Muzik Speaks Loves Hopeless Records - SmallerAfterlife are a metal quartet from West Palm Beach, Florida, consisting of Tyler Levenson (vocals), Andrew McGuire (guitar), Tristan Edwards (bass) and Luke Walkinshaw (drums). Since signing to Hopeless Records, the band are now putting out their debut album, Breaking Point. Here’s what we have to say about it…

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The album bursts into life with serious tenacity, in the form opening track, ‘Sacrifice’¬†– a song laden with creepy vocal effects (somewhere in the same vein as Marilyn Manson) and come¬†served up with a huge dose of angry, metal instrumentation.

From there, the album takes off into a flurry of metal-induced fury and it’s clear throughout, that the production quality of the record is impeccable. Not only is it a great quality record but there are a lot of layers to the tracks, making¬†it interestingly chaotic, in parts. Unfortunately though, in places it feels like there is more style over substance and that the production and intricate instrumentation outweigh the lyrical content. For example,¬†‘Giving Back The Pain’ is a great song for crowds to mosh to and it has a certain commercial quality to it, but I hate to say it – lyrically, it is bordering on cringe-worthy. It’s clear what they’re trying to achieve, but I’m just not feeling it.

That’s not to say it’s all bad, by any means.¬†‘Throat’¬†has some quirky, downward spiral sounds and a catchy melody to it that is actually reminiscent of the early¬†Eminem track, ‘Kim’, though the lyrics attempt to be profound but end up somewhat disjointed.¬†‘Breaking Point’¬†focuses on getting angry to the point that you snap and the¬†motion of the chorus vocal is pretty captivating, while¬†‘Holding On’ has this brilliant bass-line leading into the track (and underpinning the chorus) with a well-written rap-style verse and an understated melody leading into the chorus, that make for a brilliant listen.

‘Grey Sky’ has¬†a wonderful melody to the chorus line, ‚ÄúWhere did your mind go?‚ÄĚ that you can’t help but love¬†– it’s gritty and raspy and really captivates the lyrical content about being trapped in your own dark thoughts.

The band’s performance throughout, is brilliant and¬†Tyler Levenson‘s¬†screaming is incredible – he has a great singing vocal too.

Possibly the best tracks on the record have to be¬†‘Karma’,¬†which is¬†a really great angry anthem to blare out when you just want someone to get what they deserve. ‚ÄúTry to run, try to run, try to hide, Karma‚Äôs coming for you bitch‚ÄĚ – I mean God, it just oozes rage! And¬†‘Broken Home’ – the album doesn‚Äôt really let up on the anger front until this track, where suddenly it seems to get a little lighter in tone and whilst the subject is sad and there‚Äôs still a little grunginess to it, it‚Äôs not so fuelled by hatred and dark screaming – it‚Äôs more honest and self-reflective. It’s quite possibly the best track on the album.

As far as Hopeless Records releases go, this is not your typical release from the label – it’s a lot heavier but undoubtedly, it will have an appeal to corners of the metal market. In fact, it‚Äôs got elements of rap merged with metal, like Linkin Park meets Rage Against The Machine, but just not quite as well-crafted.

That all being said, the band’s performance throughout, is brilliant and¬†Tyler Levenson‘s¬†screaming is incredible – he has a great singing vocal too, but the frequently-used, rap-style verses just don’t quite make the mark (lyrically and stylistically) – perhaps as the band continue to mature, they will grow lyrically too.

I’m sure there will be a lot of support for this album, particularly from fans of Hopeless Records and perhaps those who’ve begun to venture more into the metal realm, from the softer, pop punk genre. However, for the band’s next release, I hope they¬†will work on their lyrical content to match the great instrumental performances.

Rating

2.5


‘Breaking Point’¬†is out now and can be downloaded from iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/breaking-point/1435412838


Breaking Point on Spotify

Throat (Official Music Video)

Holding On (Official Music Video)

Sacrifice (Visual)


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#Playlist: February 2016


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G’day fellow Speakerz!

So, February has been just as incredible as January was! We’ve¬†done another interview, with singer-songwriter David Ford and been to review The Japanese House‘s gig at The Haunt in Brighton as well as shared a whole heap of songs.

We hope that you have enjoyed this month’s songs and you can find both the Spotify and YouTube playlists below!

We hopefully have a couple more interviews and gig reviews lined up for March too, including Lucy Spraggan and MEST, so keep your eyes and ears peeled.

As always, please keep sharing our posts and remember to share your song choices with us by commenting on our posts or talking to us on Twitter and Facebook.


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Lastly, please, please respond to our posts on Facebook or leave comments on each of our blog posts with your own tracks for each of the daily themes – we want you to share¬†what you’re listening to because we love music as much as you, and we really enjoy finding out about new tunes. Thanks so much!


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#ThrowbackThursday / #ThrowbackThreesday: Eminem


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Released back in 2000, ‘The Real Slim Shady’ was the first single to be¬†taken from¬†Eminem‘s¬†The Marshall Mathers LP. It was¬†Eminem‘s first single to reach Number 1 in the UK charts and its tongue-in-cheek nature might well have been some of the reason for its huge success. In addition, the music video corresponded with the lyrical content, which further added to appeal of the song.

It was an incredible track and truly was the track to springboard for his career, here in the UK.

Eminem¬†– ‘The Real Slim Shady’


‘The Way I Am’¬†was the second single to be taken from¬†The Marshall Mathers LP¬†and it took a much darker tone than¬†‘The Real Slim Shady’. This track was solely written and produced by Marshall Mathers which might explain its more emotionally-driven sound.

The song took jabs at various people he felt were putting pressure on him to achieve greater success. He also brought up the media backlash that Marilyn Manson faced after the shootings at Columbine High School – something which it would appear Mathers felt was unjust.

The song reach Number 8 in the UK charts, but fans appreciate his more mature lyrical content.


Eminem – ‘The Way I Am’


In 2002,¬†Eminem released a feature film called¬†8 Mile which was very loosely connected with his own upbringing, but filled with entirely fictional events. He wrote the theme song for the movie, which was ‘Lose Yourself’.

The song went on to receive several awards including the Grammy Award for Best Rap Song – an award which is well deserved. The song had some of¬†Eminem‘s best rapping to date – his passion shone through spectacularly. What an incredible song!


Eminem – ‘Lose Yourself’


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#WildCardWednesday: Yelawolf – ‘American You’


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Yelawolf is an American hip hop/rap rock artist from Alabama, who is signed to Eminem‘s Shady Records.

He has also previously teamed up with Blink-182‘s drummer, Travis Barker, to release a joint album, called¬†Psycho White.

In 2015,¬†Yelawolf released his second album,¬†Love Story, and this single is taken from that album. It was the third single to be taken from the album and I recently discovered it whilst playing on GHTV (Guitar Hero Live TV). I like it’s sort of chilled-out hip hop vibe with rock elements blended in. I’ll definitely be keeping and eye out for future releases and checking out his releases to date.

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‘American You’¬†can be downloaded off¬†iTunes now –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/american-you/id976858638?i=976858648