Album Review: “The Night God Slept” by Silent Planet


SP.CoverThe very first song I heard from Silent Planet was “Tiny Hands (Au Revoir) off their EP titled “Lastsleep (1944-1946)” was love at first listen. I thought, “Gee, these guys already sound experienced and professional.” Turns out, they have only released a demo CD and one self-recorded EP. The album that just came out titled “The Night God Slept” is their first album- ever. Silent Planet is a Christian Metalcore band from Los Angeles. Although they are christian, they do not like to have labels on them and during an interview, their guitar player claimed that they do not want to play in churches, “but we want to play for the broken.” The link to the interview is at the bottom. With this new album, Silent Planet has been signed to Solid State Records and already have some recognition. Bands like For Today and August Burns Red are backing up the release of this new album and on eight of the eleven tracks there are featured christian artists. Silent Planet is coming into 2015 hot with no signs of braking.

Let’s break this album down real quick. First off, the lyrics are amazing. All the lyrics are direct quotes, paraphrases, or interpretations by the vocalist of other sources. These sources include philosophical books, historical events, the Bible, and many more other things. Not only that, but the lyrics all flow together around a central main idea while also remaining connected to all listeners. All instruments at one point do show their max amount of talent, but they remain humble when needed. The instruments are not focused on being the heaviest or most technical, but they are very talented and get crazy at times. The keep the song entertaining while also complementing the vocalist. Also, one of the guitar players sings to bring in that “clean” aspect to the Metalcore genre. By the way, it is good singing not like a girly man kind of singing either.

My favorite songs (in order of appearance) are XX (City Grave), Native Blood, Tiny Hands (Au Revoir), and Wasteland. “XX (City Grave) talks about the objectification of women as sexual beings instead of equals to men and how that is wrong. The song explains how we should treat all women as sisters and abolish pornography, regardless of profit being lost or desires that men have. “Native Blood” is about how Native Americans were kicked out their land by people who claimed to be Servants of God. Silent Planet retaliated against the idea of the settlers being servants by explaining what it really is to be a Servant. They then compare the idea of False Servant-hood to most preachers today. “Tiny Hands (Au Revoir)” is a Holocaust survival story about a Jewish woman who escaped a Synagogue being burned by Nazis by jumping out a giant window into a garden. There are also topics such as the Garden of Eden and the existence of both forces of Good and Evil. Finally, the song “Wasteland”. This song is about the rise of Joseph Stalin and his attempt to abolish God completely, making himself the new supreme figurehead that everyone are supposed to worship. The song also looks at the lives of the soldiers under Stalin who were dying unnecessary deaths after losing their faith on the battle field, hence the name “Wasteland”.

I can go on and on, but you should go check it out for yourself. I highly recommend that you check out the album playlist on youtube (which I have provided a link) and read the lyrics while the songs are playing. I promise you will not regret it and your mind will be blown.

Thanks for reading! If you want to hear more music like Silent Planet and other great artists, tune into my show “Shred the Gnar” Tuesdays at 8am on http://www.kssu.com

Much Love, DJGingerbeard

Links:

Playlist= https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7d9HHQqtguY&list=PLCslpjrb7cYjhht_4wASD6IGoivkLfD-z&index=10

interview= https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gi_VYGnuHl8

The Ghost Inside/ Attila/ Volumes Album Reviews.


I want to take a moment and talk about some news albums that came out recently, and by recently I mean within the last six months. The Ghost Inside, Attila, and Volumes all dropped some heavy stuff and I checked out all their new albums. Holy snap crackle and pop, they were extravagant. The Ghost Inside with some hardcore melodies, Attila with their IDGAF in-your-face attitude, ad Volumes with a melodic change for the better.

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Once again, the Ghost Inside have proven themselves to be one of the leading bands in the hardcore scene. To all those who say they went “mainstream” and are not underground anymore, I say to you, screw that. If a band can make it big and get paid more so they can actually afford nice things instead of sticking to the underground and getting paid diddly squat for a run down apartment, I say go for it and get big. The first song “Avalanche” straight up pumps up the mood for everybody with a nice build up in the beginning and gang vocals to breakdown as a finisher. The debut song “Dear Youth” covers all aspects of a great song; powerful riffs, relatable lyrics, empowering breakdowns, and a harmony that is off the chain. Well done The Ghost Inside.

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First off, Attila is not a band meant to be taken as “meaningful” or important to your life goals. They are a party hard, DGAF kind of band with a new album called “Guilty Pleasure”. With a mix between brutal exhales and rapping, Fronz (vocalist) has multiple virtuoso moments throughout the song. Some tracks make me shake my head and say “what the heck is this” but tracks like “Guilty Pleasure” and “Horse Pig” get me throwing chairs and flipping tables. Again, they are not very deep and philosophical, but they kill it live. I speak from past experiences when i say they put on a fantastic show with lights, and 8O8 drops. This new album will take their concerts to the next level. I saw an Instagram video of a huge wall of death to one of their new songs and that is enough to convince me that this new album is worth purchasing.

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Last but certainly not least, Volumes. Volumes is a Djent band well-known for their breakdowns, but their album “No Sleep” was not what fans expected this album had a lot of lighter, more melodic tracks on it. Don’t get me wrong, the tracks are amazing and I am happy to hear that Volume’s use of music theory and desire to do less heavy music in their future, but Volumes received a lot of fire. In their song “The Mixture”, the lyrics say “you can have metal back” and in an interview, the vocalists said they are dropping from their label to pursue music on their own path. The album “No Sleep” is the first step in Volumes new style and wave of music, and I love every bit of it.

Thanks for reading, I am DJGingerbeard and to hear music from The Ghost Inside and Volumes (Attila is too vulgar) tune into my show “Shred the Gnar” every Thursday at 9am on http://www.kssu.com.

Thanksgiving Extravagance


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What other day of the year can you eat until you throw up?

None other than Thanksgiving, where we stuff stuffing and good times into our bodies. During Thanksgiving, I usually head up to Chico to my grandparent’s house, or they come down here. Either way, the whole family collects under one household and everybody brings some sort of food or dessert. My mother creates a “Thanksgiving Lasanga”. This Lasagna is like other Lasagnas, except in between each layer of pasta is stuffing, turkey, mashed potatoes, and the sauce is substituted for gravy.

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It is Heaven in your mouth. Its greatness reaches your taste buds whether it be hot or cold.

After all the typical festivities shenanigans and small talk about who did what where, a brave group of us go out shopping for Black Friday at midnight. Once I went Black Friday shopping and witnessed people fighting over shoes. Shoes! At Wal-mart! They are already cheap!

Last year, I applied for seasonal work at Hot Topic. The Manager was not there the first time I showed up, and was on an “extended lunch break” (smoke break with food) so the assistant manager came to my aid. He said they had a spot to work on Black Friday, so I signed up. I had my employee card, paperwork, and everything. On the day before Thanksgiving, I called to see what time they wanted me to come in and they replied, “sir, we don’t have you scheduled to work here.” Apparently, because the manager did not employ me, my paperwork and card did not matter. After the holidays, I returned to the manager, who promised me a job, only to ignore my calls, texts, e-mails, and visits after an interveiw.

This Thanksgiving, I am heading up to Chico. My grandmother, being a Filipina, is making Lumpia. A relaxing, Lumpia-filled, no work, mini-vacation up to the countryside of Chico is exactly what I want this Thanksgiving.

To hear more about my life’s randomness and shortcomings (with Metal/hardcore/heavyrock music) listen to my show “Shred the Gnar” every Thursday at 9am on http://www.kssu.com.

Until next time, this is DJGingerbeard, heading out.

Sparky in the Cage: UFC 135 and DREAM.17 Recap


Tune into KSSU.com this Monday at 9pm PST for my new MMA talk show “Mixed Martial Articulation”.

I will recap UFC 135 and DREAM.17.

 

Here is the recap for those of you who didn’t hear it live, shame on you, tune in live on Monday at 9pm PST here on kssu.com

Sparky in the Cage – Clash of the Titans and a Return to Japan


A lot of MMA news flying off of the presses with two massive annoucements from Zuffa in the last few days.

The “Biggest” by far has to be the UFC signing recently released Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem. The Reem will meet former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar in a Heavyweight match up which will headline UFC 131 on December 30th with a title shot hanging in the balance. Yep, that is how shallow the Heavyweight division is right now in the UFC a guy coming into a promotional Debut is fighting a guy that has been inactive for 14 months for a title shot…

The next bit of news comes as little surprise as the UFC annouced that they will throw an event at Saitama Super Arena in Japan on February 26th of next year. At this point DREAM FC needs to be scared, not only did upstart One FC throw a huge show to stake their claim in the Asian MMA scene, but now Asia will be in Dana White’s cross hairs. Dana has been stocking up for this show for the last few years now. Not only does he have a ridiculous stable of PRIDE stalwarts that will provide instant brand recognition (Shogun, Wanderlei, Nogueria, Cro Cop, Rampage, Anderson Silva), but he has been slowly absorbing many of Japan’s biggest stars, Yoshirio Akiyama, Yushin Okami, and newly minted Hatsu Hioki. I would not be stunned if Dana decided to open his check book and sign another big name Japanese fighter like Shinya Aoki or Tatsuya Kawajiri to help ignite the Japanese Fan base. Given DREAM’s financial woes they will be ill equipped to protect the home grown talent they do have.

I would not be stunned to see a card full of PRIDE stars with Akiyama, Hioki and Okami featured on it. Dan Henderson would also make a lot of sense if he got signed… hmm…. Henderson vs Silva main event?

Sparky in the Cage: Why you should watch DREAM.17


DREAM.17 marks  a big step forward for the embattled Japanese promotion as they return to their “numbered” events and to live TV following the two “Fight for Japan” events.

If you have read any of my stuff you have probably figured out that I love Japanese MMA, yet shockingly this is the first time I have done a pre-view of a Japanese card. I am planning on making one of the next chapter’s of my “Sports Fan’s Guide to MMA” about Japanese MMA, but for now let us examine why you need to watch DREAM.17.

Now going into this I acknowledge a small issue for American MMA fans with regard to this card, there is no word yet if HDNET will air this card live or on tape delay. I will not go into details on what happens if HDNET doesn’t carry the card live. It would be awesome of FEG to put up a stream of facebook or youtube for it’s fans if it cannot secure an American broadcast.

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Sparky in the Cage : An End to the Glory and the end of an Empire


It is official Fedor Emelianenko has been cut by Zuffa following his loss to Dan Henderson. This move came as little surprise as Zuffa has never been able to work out anything with Fedor’s mangers/promoters M-1 Global. It is even less surprising when you consider that the former undisputed best fighter on earth has dropped his last three fights included getting knocked out by a blown-up middleweight in Dan Henderson.  [Read more…]

Sparky in the Cage: A few thoughts on Strikeforce


With Alistair Overeem‘s withdrawal from Strikeforce’s Heavyweight Grand Prix, Strikeforce seems weaker then ever as a standalone brand. Bringing over Fedor didn’t work thanks to Fabricio Werdum and Antonio Silva. Heisman throphy winner Herschel Walker can only provide so much free publicity from ESPN and in spite of his still impressive physical talents is an over qualified sideshow due to the age he started fighting (a prime Walker with some wrestling would be a beast…). Strikeforce may have not been a threat to the market share of the UFC, but it was building itself into a solid promotion before it was acquired by Zuffa (the owners of the UFC).

Today it is not as if Strikeforce doesn’t have talent. Nick Diaz was recently plucked to fight George St. Pierre. Gilbert Melendez is a rock solid top 3 lightweight. Their roster also boasts top level talent like Josh Barnett, Antonio Silva, Ronaldo Souza, in addition to a great crop of young prospects through their Strikeforce Challengers series. Through relationships formed by CEO Scott Coker Strikeforce also has access to the best talent from Japan as well such as Shinya Aoki, and Tatsuya Kawajiri. Strikeforce is also the undisputed top brand in American Women’s MMA. [Read more…]

A Sports Fans Guide to MMA – Chapter 4 “Judging in MMA”


Intro / Chapter 1 “What is MMA?” / Chapter 2 “Names” / Chapter 3 “Brief History” / Chapter 4 “Judging” / Chapter 5 “Grappling”

Chapter 4: Judging in MMA

Welcome back sports fan! Today we are going to deal with one of the hardest concepts for new fans to deal with, judging. The most common question I get from my friends that are new to the sport during a fight is “Who is winning?”. Which is unfortunatly not always an easy question to answer. I sometimes end up saying  “_______ is winning on the scorecards, but he is getting smacked around” or “_______ is winning the match, but losing the fight” or “_______ is just stalling to win the fight”. The system is incredibly flawed, difficult to understand and sometimes makes no sense when you consider that this is suppose to be a “fight”.

 Don’t worry it isn’t suppose to make any sense, after all look at veteran judge Cecil “Leg Kicks” Peoples.

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A Sport Fan’s Guide to MMA – Chapter 3 “A Brief History of MMA”


Intro / Chapter 1 “What is MMA?” / Chapter 2 “Names” / Chapter 3 “Brief History” / Chapter 4 “Judging” / Chapter 5 “Grappling”

Chapter 3 (Sort of): A Brief History of MMA

Note: This section will not contain much in way of technical information and may not be required for the New MMA fan. It is meant to provide a context from which to understand how the sport arrived where it has today.

            The idea of multi-discipline fighting can be traced back to ancient times in Rome and Greece in the form of Pankration, and Jujutsu in Japan in the middle ages. MMA would also be derived from Vale Tudo Fighting in Brazil in the 1920s. Other early examples of MMA would be the famous grappling match between Helio Gracie (Founder of BJJ) and Masahiko Kimura (who some believe to be the best Judoka ever). Early professional wrestling tours in the United States often employed a “shooter” or a “hooker” basically a pro wrestler with legitimate grappling credentials used to beat up unsuspecting yokels who “thought” it was fake. [Read more…]