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.

Gary Clark, Jr. “Blak and Blu” Album Review


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It came from the south and spread to cities like Chicago, St. Louis and Detroit. Now Gary Clark, Jr. is bringing the blues back to Texas. This state is home to some legendary blues guitar players such as Albert Collins, Lightning Hopkins, Johnny Winter, but most notably and more well known to the casual fan, the late Stevie Ray Vaughan. Clark was found by Vaughan’s older brother, Jimmy, and he became big around the Austin, Texas scene before achieving more notable success. Clark lives up to that standard and then some on his new offering. This is the follow up to his smash EP, “The Bright Lights EP.”

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Top 5: Athletes and their Stans


A “Stan” is a fan of an athlete that irrationally loves and defends that player regardless of any factual evidence you may present as a knock against that player.  The term “Stan” is derived from Eminem’s hit song, “Stan,” where a crazed fan is so in to Eminem that he begins to re-enact all the crazy things Eminem does in his songs.

Being on Twitter, and talking sports in public, I’ve compiled a list of the athletes that have the most dedicated Stans in the world of sports.

1- Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow’s Stans are incredible.  They’re not only dedicated, but they are also the biggest group.  Even ESPN is part of a conglomerate of Tebow Stans, and they feed the fire for Tebow lovers everywhere.  The magnificent thing about Tebow, is that he’s managed this huge fan base, all while being an awful NFL quarterback.  Tebow also holds the distinction for being the only athlete that has Stans that can do his job better than he can.

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The Proverbial Tipping Point


Rich Eisen tweeted, “I believe we have reached the proverbial tipping point.”  I agree.

For 3 regular season weeks, plus 4 preseason weeks, the NFL faithful has endured replacement referees.  Why?  Money of course.  Because of a disagreement on who should get paid, how much people should get paid, how many people to pay, etc. – the referees and the NFL are at a standstill.  As such we have had collegiate referees in the NFL.   It was suppose to be a balance among all the levels, but we primarily have seen everyone not in Division I with maybe a few exceptions (I have yet to see one myself personally). [Read more…]

Hall of Fame snubs in Canton


After this years Hall of Fame induction cerimonies have ended and the pre season is in full swing naturally everybody is talking snubs. And there are some obvious ones such as WRs Chris Carter, Andre Reed and Tim Brown. Chris Carter would have been the reciver of the 1990’s had Jerry Rice not had two hall of fame quarterbacks to play with.

While I hate using that as an argument for a players greatness but its overly glaring. The same can be said for Tim Brown of the Oakland Raiders. Carter had Jim McMahon, Jeff George, Sean Salisburry and some other hopeless guys. He had Dante Culpepper and an old Randall Cunnigham, who he had 1 good year with, and he made them pro bowlers and damn near MVPs. Tim Brown had no name guys until Rich Gannon fell into the fold. Andre Reed is product of the Buffalo Bills never winning the big game. Carter and Brown topped 1,000 career catches despite inept quarterback play through most of their careers. Carter’s case is even worse because his 1st years in the league he was a #3 receiver in Philadelphia and has substance abuse problems and rebounded to score touchdowns at ease durring the 90’s. Tim Brown unfortunately played for the Raiders when coaches rotated like tires at Les Schwab. Six different men held the raines as Head Coach during his time with the Raiders, no continuity and the man produced better than most great players could hope to do.  [Read more…]

Mixed Marital Articulation: ESPN continues to phone it in


In the latest edition of “Hot Button”  on ESPN.com, ESPN asks visitors which potential super-fight they would most want to see: either Boxing’s Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, or the UFC’s golden carrot of Anderson Silva vs. George St. Pierre. As a fan of both, I’d really want to see Mayweather vs. Pacquiao. I do not think it will ever happen, but I would love to watch that fight, just so boxing can turn in a relevant and good main event on a major card. [Read more…]

Tebow Fundamentalism from both sides


It scares me to see that people feel so passionate about Tim Tebow. There exists a relatively large fan base of people who believe that Tim Tebow is the greatest athlete ever regardless of his skill set, who believe this as fact and a borderline matter of fundamentalism, to them anyone that disagrees with this fact is obviously attacking Tim Tebow’s character, is wrong and is likely evil.

On the otherside you have an equally large group of Tebow haters that either hate the hype that follows Tebow, hate the fact that he is an evangelical christian or are simply bored and need someone to hate on like the guys over at tebowhaters.org, who would likely accept no evidence to the contrary, doesn’t matter if Tebow led to Broncos to the playoffs this season. They refuse to give Tebow any credit for his abilities because he is Tim Tebow, it is irrelevant why they hate him, they will accept no evidence to the contrary. [Read more…]

KSSU Fantasy Football Live Draft!


KSSU.com will be hosting their second Annual Live Fantasy Football Draft only on KSSU.com!

This draft will be an invaluable look at a “non-expert” draft for those of you who are in a fantasy football league with… actual…normal people.

It turns out that most of you are not in a fantasy football league with The Talented Mr. Roto, or Pat Yasinskas. Your office pool probably doesn’t have Brad Evans, Scott Pianowski and Brandon Funston in it. So why would you obsess over mock drafts conducted by “experts”, you aren’t drafting with experts you are drafting with that guy in the office down the hall that only drafts players who wear Nike. What about the guy that only wants players on his Patriots? Don’t forget that guy that you dragged in because you needed to make an even number of teams that really isn’t into football.

What happens to your draft strategy when someone takes Antonio Gates in the second round?

KSSU doesn’t have just “experts”, we have literally every thing we just described in the paragraph above. We have guys who just started watching football, guys who are crazy and subscribe to football tip websites like justwindude.com. We should be the closest approximation to the chaos that will ensue in your league with your buddies.

So don’t miss out, listen live Thursday September 25th at 7pm PST for the annual KSSU Fantasy Football draft! Follow @kssusparky on twitter for live feed and commentary and call in to ridicule the idiot that takes Carson Palmer because their draft guide was printed in May.

Here is a quick preview of what you can expect from my draft strategy. I am going to take Brandon Funton’s Top 100 from Yahoo and print it out, along with the fantasy draft kit from justwindude.com (epic clutch fantasy information). But I won’t print it on paper, I am going to print it on ham. Then I am going to put TMR’s draft day manifesto into a blender and sprinkle it all on top of them. Then I am going to wrap that in bacon, dip it in beer batter and deep fry it. Then drizzle it with Jack Daniel’s BBQ sauce. Then I am going to eat it while shotgunning Red Bull and watching videos of Brad Evans talking about nothing for a few hours, then I will drive over to the KSSU studios for the draft. #championship

Sparky in the Cage: UFC on FOX? and Okami best Japanese Fighter Ever?


Sports Business Journal is reporting that talks between Zuffa (owners of the UFC and Strikeforce) and and NBC have cooled in recent weeks. With the UFC’s broadcasting deal with Viacom’s Spike TV is set to expire at the end of 2011. As a result the UFC has gone out to other potential suitors and may have found a home with the FOX network. This follows earlier reports that Zuffa had been in talks to acquire the NBC owned G4. Fox presents an interesting partner for Zuffa. They are an established sports brand with a number of lucrative sports properties (NFL, MLB, College Bowl games). They also have alternative cable networks to use as a base for Zuffa content. SBJ is reporting a deal for $90 million a year to carry UFC content like The Ultimate Fighter on FX and to have a few UFC events on FOX per year. Neither Dana White or FOX will confirm the report. I can only assume a few things about this potential deal: [Read more…]

Why Kyle Orton Should Start Over Tim Tebow


Because he’s better.

 

Listen to Kyle Madson on The Mad Mad World of Sports Part of the KSSU Sports Block every tuesday from 6pm-10pm PST only on http://www.kssu.com