Category: Metal


Hey all, I put together a compilation of songs that will be featured on an upcoming EP from my symphonic metal project, Summer Solstice.  However, I currently have no singer, meaning every song has to be put on hold.  Other than that I am waiting to get my amplifier fixed, as I’m stuck using a small Line 6 until then.  Still, I figured I’d show you all what I’ve been up to and I hope you enjoy it.  If you don’t then as always, constructive criticism is much appreciated.

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Last night I attended Shattered Sanctity’s show at Le Grande Fromage in Atlantic City, and there was something very noticeable about it.  Mike (vocalist and guitarist) and Keith (guitarist) decided to use their wireless systems for their guitars, and it was pretty cool.  Despite the limited amount of people at the show, the both of them, along with Dan (bassist) showed they worked on their stage presence by going into the crowd to do a few of their many, crazy solos.  In the meantime, Dave (drummer) was casually being insane on the drums, and I believe by the end of the night broke three drum sticks, very metal indeed.

The show wasn’t without it’s faults, as the audio equipment was not working properly during their set.  However, I do not mean to blame the venue, as Jake (the sound guy) was avidly working to fix the problem, and did manage to improve the quality as the night went on.  Though, Mike was grateful for this as he jokingly noted it helped cover up the problems he was having with his voice before and during the show.

Their set consisted of:

  • The Tremendous Struggle
  • Everlasting Hell
  • What Lies Within
  • Take Me Away (Taking Dawn cover)
  • Eyes of the Warrior

The four original’s make up their first EP, and can be listened to at their Facebook and YouTube page.

Overall, it was what I’ve come to expect from Shattered Sanctity: thrasy, melodic, in your face metal with increasing power metal influences.  In other words, a fun band to see live.

Here’s a clip from the show of them performing “Eyes of the Warrior:”

This year looks to be pretty solid for concerts, and that’s a good thing considered there have not been many for a while.  Kicking it off is Dev, and this is a problem.  I would absolutely love to go to this show, but may not be able to.  It’s at 7:30 on a Tuesday, and there are two support acts.  This means Dev won’t go on until around 9.  That’ll probably be a very good thing for me, because I have class that day at 6, and at the very least can’t miss at least a half hour since we are doing presentations with our groups.  Maybe the teacher will be OK with me missing an hour or more since I’m always there and what not (though, he seems very strict on attendance, so who knows).  This may not end up happening, however there is still hope to see Dev, depending on how willing my fellow concert goers are to do so.  She has a show in NYC on Wednesday, March 28 and one in Washington DC on Thursday, April 19.  Problem is, they’re at night, and getting back for the next day will kind of be difficult.  Not to mention the classes I’ll be missing on the Wednesday, though the Thursday will be substantially easier.  Oh well, this may not end up happening.

Regardless, here’s the new Dev single, and I can only imagine how intense that bass will be in a small venue like The Troc:

No matter, there’s a great show coming to the Wells Fargo Center with LMFAO, Natalia Kills, Far East Movement, and a few other artists.  This will most likely definitely be happening, and it’s only a matter of deciding between the party pit ($100) or the normal floor area ($70), as you don’t go to the seated areas for a show with this much fun attached to it (as I found out after seeing LMFAO at the Ke$ha show last year).  I’ve been wanting to see Natalia Kills for a very long time now, and to see her with LMFAO just adds to how great she is.  Needless to say, this is my most anticipated summer concert.

Switching gears a bit, Sabaton is coming to The Troc on May 3rd, which is going to be pretty awesome.  I’m not a huge fan of them, but they’re music seems like it fits very well for a high energy live show.  Plus, tickets are only $14 (The Troc really has lowered their prices quite a lot).

Looking ahead to the future, I believe Epica will be coming to the US later this year to support their new album, “Requiem For the Indifferent.”  Their support bands for the European tour are Xandria and Stream of Passion, two bands I’m a fan of, and I hope at least one of them (preferably Xandria) will be with them on the US tour.  Though, it really doesn’t matter, since after seeing them live two years ago I have been waiting to see them again.  Hopefully there will be VIP tickets again, as they’re one of my favorite bands and it’s always nice to get stuff signed by them.

Here’s a bit of what’s to come with the new Epica album:

Then there’s Nightwish.  I’m assuming there will be a full US tour, and I’m assuming it’ll either be at the end of this year or beginning of next year.  I’ve been a fan of Nightwish for a very long time, and can honestly say Anette really fits the sound of the new album, so seeing it performed live will be nothing short of brilliant.  I can only imagine who the support bands will be, but it would be amazing if Sonata Arctica went along for the tour, maybe add on Amaranthe and it would be the best symphonic/power metal tour in quite some time.

So there it is, the upcoming concerts I’m currently excited for.  Who knows, something completely random may come in along the way.  Sadly, Dev probably won’t happen, but I suppose that’ll have to be OK, and LMFAO with Natalie Kills will definitely make up for it.  And to think, I was all set to get a Wii and possibly a Vita this year, now the funds shall go to several nights of awesome entertainment.

Well here we are, the first single from Nightwish’s upcoming album, “Imaginaerum.”  I feel like I’m about to relive my reactions of their last album, “Dark Passion Play.”  Honestly, the new single, “Storytime” sounds like it could have easily been from that album.  I’m still standing by my opinion that Anette is not right for the band.  This seems to be even more apparent now that their single is quite a bit heavier than the majority of their prior work.  No matter, I’ll probably get used to her as I did when she first joined.

Now, the song itself really isn’t anything special.  They’ve pretty much fallen into their new sound after “Dark Passion Play” and don’t seem to want to leave it.  This is kind of odd since all their albums up to then had a unique sound.  But this is still just one song, and I’m still looking forward to hearing the album as a whole, as this song may end up fitting perfectly where it’s placed on the full length album.  Even as it is now, it’s not bad but it’s not anything to write home about.  (Note, on my fourth listen now and Anette seems to be fitting better with each listen).

I do like the fairytaleesque lyrics, especially in the chorus.  Granted, it’s to be expected from Tuomas, who has a nice record of using various fairytales and Disney movies in his songwriting.

I just can’t help but think more could have been done with the single, especially since they have such a dedicated fan base that welcomes musical exploration.

My fear with the album is that it will end up in Hot Topic.  This is a legitimate fear since I’ve seen some of their merchandise there before.  It’s basically an unwritten fact that once a once underground band ends up in Hot Topic their fan base will probably drastically change (leading to fake fans, which are never a good thing).  Still, I continue to hold out hope.  Why?  Well, they’re my third favorite symphonic metal band (Epica and Leaves’ Eyes being 1st and 2nd) and are the second symphonic metal band I ever listened to (Leaves’ Eyes being the 1st).

Oh, I forgot to mention the music itself.  Well, the guitars are rather uninspired, as they’re pretty much just power chords.  I don’t really get this since he can do quite a bit more than this.  As a whole the music feels really simple.  Granted, it’s very solid, but nothing in it has a wow factor.  Even the few little riffs seem like they were taken from past Nightwish songs. (Note, on my 6th listen and this song is very catchy)

Ah, the video itself.  Nothing special, and I feel like the song could have led to some sort of crazy video, but oh well it gets the job done and allows the listener to focus on the music.

Ultimately, it’s a catchy song.  Nothing special, which is regrettable for a band with some pretty big talent across the board.  As a single it gets the job done, as it’s simple, catchy, good radio tune, and will most likely get stuck in your head.

If I had to rate it I’d give it a solid 7/10, as it’s not bad, not great, it’s just sort of there.

Here’s the song, and it would be cool to hear some feedback on what you think of it and/or what you think of my thoughts on it: