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Canadian Music Countdown!

 

As a Canadian, I’ve been celebrating my country’s 150th birthday. To that end, I thought I’d do something different and talk about music again. Specifically, Canadian music. So we’re going to do a quick round-up of Canadian bands/singers you should listen to (if you aren’t already). As many of you already know, I come from a heavily classic rock/metal background and that does tend to inform my choices. I suppose that’s what happens when the first albums you own (on tape!) were Bryan Adams’ Reckless and Def Leppard’s Pyromania. So no Celine Dion, or Justin Bieber (we all apologize for that one), or Nickelback, or anyone like that. Everyone already knows Canadian acts like Leonard Cohen, The Guess Who, and Shania Twain, so I think I’m safe concentrating on others. So let’s see what we’ve got!

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Music Review: Unleash the Archers- Apex

Hey everyone I’m back again with a new review. I should have written this one up already, but I wanted to listen through a few more times and really get nice and comfortable with the album and story before I put this up. But now is the time and we’re going to talk about Apex, the new album from Canadian metal act Unleash the Archers. So let’s get right down to it!

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Concert Review!

It's called The Last Tour because the album is called The Last Stand. There were some questions about the name when the tour was first announced.

Hey, everyone! You know how in my last post I said that we’d gone out of town last week for a couple of days and that I was going to write about it? Well, here it is (finally!), my first concert review! And not just any concert, this was our first time seeing family-favorite Sabaton! I’ve been to a number of concerts in my time, from small gigs in bars or at university to big ones outside or at large venues but I’ve never written a proper review for one, so bear with me as I try this out. So let’s see how it goes. Oh, and all the pictures I'm posting were taken by us that day.

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A Bit of Fun: 9 Great Cover Songs

I wanted to do something different, so today I wanna talk about cover songs. Cover songs come in all shapes and flavors, often crossing, blurring, and outright stepping over lines of genre and style. Like any other type of song, they also run the gamut from excellent to atrocious. We’re going to do the former this time around, and save the latter for another time. I’ve actually been really lucky to hear so many good covers, but I want to talk here about the best of the best, the ones that really stand out. To make this list, they had to be at least on par or better than the originals. I’m also limiting to one per band, as some artists do enough covers that they could make a list to themselves. So without further ado, let’s get to it!

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Album Review: Sabaton- The Last Stand

Hey everyone, Melmo44 here. I’d been debating what to do, subject-wise, for my first post, when a surprise showed up in the mail on Monday.

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And, that pretty much made my decision for me. It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of the band, even going so far as to use them as inspiration here on Hero Machine more than once. For anyone not familiar, Sabaton is a Swedish power-metal band whose lyrical content is based on military history. They tend to gravitate toward the two world wars, but also dedicated an entire album to the Swedish Empire (Carolus Rex) and another to songs reflecting the ideas of Sun Tzu (The Art of War). As the title implies, The Last Stand is an album detailing various last stands and last ditch efforts throughout the history of war. So with that, let’s see what we have. Do bear in mind during this review that I don’t really have knowledge about the technical aspects of music so I’m looking at this from an aesthetic perspective; how it sounds and how it makes you feel when you listen to it. Continue reading