Heavy Metal

These Songs Were Made With The Cemetery In Mind

8/28/2015 3:24pm EDT
10 Songs About Death And Burial
Death is an eerie thing – understatement to the nth degree. Still, it’s real-life and as uncomfortable a topic it may be, it must be discussed. In the context of this article, death is approached from the postmortem practice of burial. There are no references to embalming, mummification or cremation. Who in their right mind would write a song about those things anyways? Well maybe somebody, but it doesn’t happen here! Still, these joints have the cemetery in mind.

1) Rick Ross featuring T.I., “Bury Me A G” (Self Made Volume 2, 2012)

On “Bury Me A G,” Rick Ross doesn’t seem to care a...
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Luke Bryan Stays At No. 1

8/25/2015 9:14am EDT
Luke Bryan Makes It Two Weeks Atop Billboard 200
It’s hard to topple a king, and that’s exactly what country singer Luke Bryan is this week. After dropping Kill The Lights with robust numbers last week, Bryan manages to keep the top spot warm for a second consecutive week. No, he couldn’t score another 345,000 units, but he was good enough for another 99,000. Sophomore week blues happen to everybody, even when you’re a “Country Man” like Bryan.

So with Luke at the top once more, were there any newbies that debuted in the top 10? Yes. Melanie Martinez entered at #6 with her unique debut effort Cry Baby moving 40,000 units. The numbe...
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Check Out Our Take On Bullet For My Valentine’s New Album 'Venom'

8/21/2015 11:20am EDT
Review: Bullet For My Valentine Rock Hard On 'Venom'
Sometimes, you just need to ‘rock hard.’ If there’s one band that can satisfy those hard-rocking needs, it’s Welsh heavy metal band Bullet For My Valentine. Returning with their fifth studio Venom, Bullet For My Valentine definitely ‘amp up’ to say the least. Are you infatuated with guitar harmonies and screamed vocals? Then you definitely need a dosage of Venom STAT!

After setting the tone with instrumental intro “V,” “No Way Out” unleashes sans an ounce of subtlety. The verses are characterized by the screaming – passionate “that’s gotta hurt the voice” screaming. While much of it ...
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New Albums Releases To Check Out

8/18/2015 11:14am EDT
Disturbed Lead Albums To Check Out This Week
Last week was a quieter week on the new music release front – not diminishing the works from the musicians who dropped new music of course. After a bang occurred with new albums from Luke Bryan and Dr. Dre, things cooled down. This week, things heat back up with a dash of rock, country, and pop. Here are six albums to check out this week.

1) Disturbed, Immortalized (Reprise)

Metal band Disturbed return after a five-year hiatus with their sixth studio album, Immortalized. Immortalized serves as the follow-up to 2010’s Asylum, which debuted at a familiar spot for the band, number one....
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What Makes These 21 Songs So Manly?

8/16/2015 3:00pm EDT
21 Of The Manliest Songs – Sort Of!
What makes a song manly? Is it courage, resolve, or being hard-nosed? Maybe it’s chugging beer, playing/watching football, and “wearing the pants” in the household. Well in the case of this manly list – 21 of the Manliest Songs – Sort Of! – the only requirement to be manly is to have some form of the word “man” in the song title. Ah, the "all-inclusiveness" is so impressive. No, not every “man” song graced this – that mean’s you Mulan soundtrack standout “I’ll Make A Man Out Of You” – but there’s plenty of manly selections to pique your machismo!

1) Michael Jackson, “Man In The Mirr...
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5 New Album Releases To Check Out

8/11/2015 9:35am EDT
Melanie Martinez Leads Albums To Check Out
Ah, the second release week of August. Is it as high-flying as the first week, which included new albums from Dr. Dre and Luke Bryan? Well not quite, but face it, we were spoiled week one! Still, there’s some interesting new listens, including one of the most high-profile The Voice alumni releases that comes to mind. But even if you don’t see your “cup of tea” this week, next week has a bit more punch. But until then, here are five albums to check out this week!

1) Melanie Martinez, Cry Baby (Atlantic)

Distinctive sounding The Voice alum Melanie Martinez drops her major label debut a...
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Why On Earth Were These Album Covers Even Made?

8/9/2015 2:00pm EDT
Worst Album Covers Ever
Sometimes, the album artwork usurps the album. Sometimes, that’s a good thing and other times it’s plain horrendous. In the case of these 30 albums, this particular article isn’t about the content of the albums. No, this is about what’s on the surface – an eye-popping, head-shakable cover. Prepare to be scarred for life along with a dose of sarcastic, humorous, and outraged commentary. Here comes the worst!

1) Millie Jackson, Back to the S..t (RCA, 1989)

Millie Jackson has always been edgy – that might be an understatement. Back in the 70s, there were few artists who could/would...
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Jill Scott’s 'Woman' Is A Triumph For R&B

8/4/2015 8:47am EDT
Jill Scott Makes It Two Consecutive No. 1 Albums On Billboard
R&B has triumphed atop the Billboard 200 for the second time this year! Is it a total change of pace for commercially ailing genre? Jill Scott follows her first #1 album, 2011’s Light Of The Sun with a second one with Woman. Woman didn’t match the higher-flying sales of Light Of The Sun, but Scott’s first album in four years certainly has performed better than most of her contemporaries’ R&B efforts. 62,000 units is by no means “the second coming,” but it’s respectable considering the number of albums that have tanked this year (yeah you Jamie Foxx and Ciara).

Jill Scott wasn’t the sol...
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Music Artist Who Were In A Bad Place When Writing These Songs

8/2/2015 4:00pm EDT
17 Most Depressing, Gloomy And Morbid Songs
OK, OK! There's no sugarcoating it! These songs totally SUCK….THE LIFE RIGHT OUT OF YOU! Well not literally, but metaphorically. Basically, these songs are gloomy, sad songs that definitely won’t lift your spirits. So if you’re already sad yourself – you may want to save this downer for a happier day.

1) Nina Simone, “Strange Fruit” (The Essential Nina Simone, 2003)

“Strange Fruit” satisfies all three characteristics necessary to make this playlist – it’s truly depressing, gloomy, and morbid. The morbid aspect is the most disturbing as the “Southern trees / bearing strange fruit / b...
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7 New Albums To Check Out This Week

7/28/2015 9:13am EDT
Joss Stone Leads Albums To Check Out This Week
July has had its moments in regards to new music releases (Future, Tyrese, and Jill Scott stand out), yet arguably, that gargantuan blockbuster album never materialized. The final release week in July won’t change that, as there are no high profile newbies this week. Still, British R&B singer Joss Stone is well established while Buddy Guy is nothing short of exceptional. Here are seven albums to check out this week.

1) Joss Stone, Water For Your Soul (Stone’d Records)

Joss Stone’s seventh studio album, Water For Your Soul arrives three-years after The Soul Sessions, Vol. 2, an effor...
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