Album Review: God Forbid – Equalibrium

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I have to say I was impressed with this album. General browsing of the music press indicates that critics are less so but nevertheless I think I will go against the grain here and say that think this is another good God Forbid’s offering. Some excellent riffage going on with the partnership between Doc Coyle and new permanent guitarist Matt Wickland (ex-Himsa) being as good if not better at some points then when the brothers were playing together. As with all the previous outings, drumming from Corey Pierce and bass playing from John Outcalt sounds as solid as ever.

Vocals are also different as now remaining brother, Doc Coyle, has stepped up to the plate to take over the duties of clean vocalist in this album and as a result I would say that some of the vocals are arguably better than in the last with Byron’s growls being just as brutal as ever and the the harmonies of Doc resonating as strongly as his brothers ever did on the most part, though occasionally they do feel as though they are just shy of the mark on occasion.

There is a slight shift in style, moving more away from the metal-core roots they established, while still maintaining most of the elements that make it instantly recognisable as a God Forbid album. Whether that was a concious thing or inevitable because of Dallas Coyle leaving the band I’m not sure, but in my opinion the direction that they are heading in is definitely a good one.

If I was going to criticise anything about this album it could be that just as there are epic moments within in it, there are also some points (not many mind you) which are equally as bland and as a result it this does upset the flow and listening experience somewhat.

In conclusion, though I wouldn’t say this is an all-time great album, if God Forbid keep going in this direction it won’t be long before they get there.

Sound: 7.5/10
Vocals: 6.5/10
Lyrics: 6.5/10
Overall Rating: 6.8/10

Stand out tracks: Don’t tell me what to Dream, A Few Good Men, Cornered, Move On

Equilibrium is out now through Victory records, available via Amazon, iTunes and local music stores

Den ständiga resan (The Pepetual Journey) Cover (Opeth) vs Original (Marie Fredriksson): Which is better?

I first discovered this song as a bonus track in Opeth’s “Watershed” album and was blown away by it.
One of those songs that the emotion is carried across weather you understand the lyrics or not.

Simply. Beautiful.

Anyway, I took the time to listen to the original (by Marie Fredriksson of Roxette fame) and I have to say it has pretty much the same effect on me, to the point that I cannot decide which is better? Can you?

Original by Marie Fredriksson

Cover by Opeth

Lyrics

Swedish

När jag tänker på den ständiga resan genom livet
När det alltid känns som höst
Då vänder sig vinden sakta mot norr
Och blommorna dör
Det faller regn i mina drömmar

Jag måste resa igen och leta efter tröst
Jag måste leta igen efter ömhetens röst
Jag måste resa igen till nästa höst
Den ständiga resan till nästa höst

När jag vandrar på den steniga vägen genom livet
När det känns som jag bar på en sorg
Då gömmer sig solen sakta i moln
Och Ordet är adjö
Snart faller snö i mina drömmar

Jag måste resa igen och leta efter tröst
Jag måste leta igen efter ömhetens röst
Jag måste resa igen till nästa höst
Den ständiga resan till nästa höst
Oooo den ständiga resan till nästa höst

English translation :

The Perpetual Journey:

When I think of the perpetual journey through life
When it always feels like autumn
The wind moves slowly to the north
And the flowers die
Rain falls in my dreams

I must travel again and search for comfort
I must search again for the voice of tenderness
I must travel again to next autumn
The perpetual journey to next autumn

When I wander on the stony road through life
When it felt like I carried a sorrow
Then the sun hides slowly in the clouds
and the word is goodbye
Soon the snow falls in my dreams

I must travel again and search for comfort
I must search again for the voice of tenderness
I must travel again to next autumn
The perpetual journey to next autumn
Oooo the perpetual journey to next autumn

Song of the Day: Back in Black covered by Skindred

A new fresh take on an already kick-ass song!

Song of the Day: ‘Laid to Rest’ by Lamb of God

OK its been absolutely ages since I posted anything so apologies for that. Shit is gonna change and that change happens now! gonna be posting waaay  more frequently from here on out!

First thing to change is that instead of a song for the week it will be a song of the Day!! I’ll try and post at least 5 a week (monday-thru-friday) but that is subject to personal life etc.

I’m gonna start of with a bang, one of the songs that turned me into a Lamb of God fanatic, Laid to Rest.

What can I say about this track? Its fucking awesome, gets the blood pumping and the heart racing. Great rifffage, great drumming, great vocals, great angry song to vent steam to/get hyped to.

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Lyrics

If there was a single day I could live,
A single breath I could take,
I’d trade all the others away.

The bloods on the wall,
So you might as well just admit it.
And bleach out the stains,
Commit to forgetting it.
You’re better off empty and blank,
Than left with a single pathetic trace of this..

Smother another failure.
Lay this to rest.
Console yourself, you’re better alone,
Destroy yourself, see who gives a fuck,
Absorb yourself, you’re better alone,
Destroy yourself.

I’ll take you to the truth,
For the truth shall set you free,
I’ll turn the screws of vengeance,
And bury you with honesty.

I’ll make all your dreams come to life,
And slay them as quickly as they came.

Smother another failure.
Lay this to rest.

Console yourself, you’re better alone,
Destroy yourself, see who gives a fuck,
Absorb yourself, you’re better alone,
Destroy yourself.

See who gives a fuck!
See who gives a fuck!
See who gives a fuck!

Failure!

If there was a day I could live,
If there was a single breath I could take,
I’d trade all the others away,
I’d trade all the others away.

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SFTG Playlist – 8th February 2012

1. Metallica – Suicide and Redemption – Death Magnetic
2. Drowning Pool – Tear Away – Sinner
3. Lacuna Coil – Aeon – Comalies
4. Killswitch Engage – Save Me – Killswitch Engage
5. Machine Head – Beautiful Mourning – The Blackening
6. Bleeding Through – Walking Dead – The Great Fire
7. Gojira – Oroborus – The Way of All Flesh
8. All That Remains – A Song for the Hopeless – Overcome
9. Throwdown – The Scythe – Deathless
10. Unearth – Letting Go – The March
11. DevilDriver – Hardened – Beast
12. Richard Cheese – Enter Sandman (Metallica) – Aperitif For Destruction
13. Dimmu Borgir – Gateways (feat. Agnete Kjølsrud) – Abrahadabra
14. Opeth – Heir Apparent – Watershed
15. Apocalyptica – Seemann (feat. Nina Hagen) {Rammstein} – Reflections (Revised)
16. Alice in Chains – Black Gives Way to Blue – Black Gives Way to Blue
17. Kyuss – Green Machine – Blues For The Red Sun
18. Cathedral – Skullflower – Seventh Coming
19. Orange Goblin – Stand for Something – A Eulogy for the Damned
20. Every Time I Die – Wanderlust – New Junk Aesthetic
21. Juliette & the Licks – Mind Full of Daggers – Four on the Floor
22. Danko Jones – The Finger – Sleep Is The Enemy
23. The Damned Things – The Blues Havin’ Blues – Ironiclast
24. The Hives – Inspection Wise 1999 – Veni Vidi Vicious
25. Bad Religion – Too Much To Ask – Generator
26. The Thermals – A Pillar Of Salt – The Body, the Blood, the Machine
27. Bikini Kill – Alien She – Pussy Whipped
28. L7 – Fuel My Fire – Hungry for Stink
29. Sleater-Kinney – Entertain – The Woods
30. The Distillers – City Of Angels – Sing Sing Death House
31. Rise Against – Kotov Syndrome – Appeal To Reason
32. Anti-Flag – We Are the Lost – The Bright Lights of America
33. Comeback Kid – Changing Face – Turn It Around
34. Life of Agony – Through The Through – River Runs Red
35. E.Town Concrete – Baptism – Renaissance
36. Biohazard – Punishment – Urban Discipline
37. Faith No More & Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. – Another Body Murdered – Judgement Night
38. Hatebreed – In Ashes They Shall Reap – Hatebreed
39. Chimaira – Year of the Snake – The Age of Hell
40. Deftones – Rocket Skates – Diamond Eyes
41. Dry Kill Logic – Track 13 – The Darker Side of Nonsense
42. American Head Charge – Effigy 23 – The War of Art
43. Weird Al Yankovic – Angry White Boy Polka – Poodle Hat

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SFTG Playlist – 25th January 2012

1. The Damned – Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde – Goth Box
2. Switchblade Symphony – Dissolve – Goth Box
3. The Wake – Control – Goth Box
4. Inkubus Sukkubus – Witch Hunt – Goth Box
5. Theatre of Tragedy – Exile – Storm (Limited Edition)
6. Evanescence – Going Under – Fallen
7. Lacuna Coil – Losing My Religion {R.E.M.} – Dark Adrenaline
8. The Icarus Line – Feed A Cat To Your Cobra – Mono
9. At the Drive-In – Sleepwalk Capsules – Relationship in Command
10. Beastie Boys – Beastie Boys – Anthology: The Sounds Of Science
11. The Thermals – Keep Time – Fuckin A
12. Bad Religion – The Answer – All Ages
13. The Distillers – Sing Sing Death House – Sing Sing Death House
14. Aiden – See You in Hell… – Nightmare Anatomy
15. Coheed And Cambria – Neverender – The Second Stage Turbine Blade
16. Nickelback – Detangler – Curb
17. The Offspring – Bad Habit – Smash
18. Kittie – Run Like Hell {Pink Floyd} – Oracle
19. System of a Down – Science – Toxicity
20. Lamb of God – Ghost Walking – Resolution
21. Slipknot – Wherein Lies Continue – All Hope Is Gone
22. Dimmu Borgir – Gateways (feat. Agnete Kjølsrud) – Abrahadabra
23. Animals as Leaders – CAFO – Animals as Leaders
24. Cloudkicker – We’re Goin’ In. We’re Going Down. – Beacons
25. Abigail Williams – Smoke and Mirrors – In the Shadow of a Thousand Suns
26. Bleeding Through – Sister Charlatan – Declaration
27. Slayer – Raining Blood – Reign in Blood
28. Metallica – Ride the Lightning – Ride the Lightning
29. Trivium – A Gunshot To The Head Of Trepidation – Ascendancy
30. God Forbid – Antihero – Gone Forever
31. Chimaira – Year of the Snake – The Age of Hell
32. Machine Head – Darkness Within – Unto the Locust
33. Korn – Get Up! (feat. Skrillex) – The Path of Totality
34. Skrillex – Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites – Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites
35. Does It Offend You, Yeah? – Wondering (Dirtyphonics Remix) – This Is Dubstep 2011
36. Iwrestledabearonce – See You in Shell [Sluggo Remix] – It’s All Dubstep
37. Chimaira – Year of the Snake [Dubba Jonny Mix] – The Age of Remix Hell
38. Chase & Status – Brixton Briefcase (feat. Cee-lo Green) – No More Idols
39. Bob Marley & the Wailers – Three Little Birds – One Love: The Very Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers

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SFTG Playlist – 18th January 2012

1. Evil Masquerade – Badinerie [Bach]
2. Metallica – Free Speech for the Dumb [Discharge] – Garage Inc.
3. Machine Head – Fucking Hostile – Getcha Pull! A Tribute To Dimebag Darrell
4. Haste – You’re Crazy – Bring You to Your Knees: A Hardcore Tribute to Guns N’ Roses
5. DevilDriver – Wasted Years – Maiden Heaven: A Tribute to Iron Maiden
6. Between the Buried and Me – Malpractice [Faith No More] – The Anatomy Of
7. Chimaira – Fascination Street [The Cure] – Reasoning The Impossible
8. Metallica – The More I See [Discharge] – Garage Inc.
9. Jason Bonham, Jeff Pilson, John Garcia, Kurdt Vanderhoof – The Thing That Should Not Be – Metallic Assault: A Tribute to Metallica
10. Disturbed – Land of Confusion [Genesis]
11. Mindless Self Indulgence – Bring the Pain [Method Man]
12. Hot Rod Circuit – Gin and Juice [Snoop Dogg] – Punk Goes Crunk
13. KoRn – Wicked (feat. Chino Moreno) [Ice Cube]
14. Skindred – Back In Black – The Metal Forge: Volume Two: A Tribute To AC/DC (4:38)
15. Body Count – Hey Joe [The Jimi Hendrix Experience]
16. Emilie Autumn – Bohemian Rhapsody [Queen]
17. Tori Amos – Raining Blood {Slayer} – Strange Little Girls
18. Lacuna Coil – Stars [Dubstar] – Halflife
19. Type O Negative – Black Sabbath (From The Satanic Perspective) – The Least Worst of Type O Negative
20. HIM – Wicked Game [Chris Isaak]
21. Megadeth – These Boots [Lee Hazelwood] [Alternate Version] – Hidden Treasures
22. Evergreen Terrace – Sunday Bloody Sunday (U2) – Writers Block
23. Miser – Zombie [The Cranberries]
24. Tonight Alive – Little Lion Man [Mumford & Sons] – Punk Goes Pop Volume 4
25. Bad Rabbits – 1979 [Smashing Pumpkins] – Cover Sessions
26. Sevendust – Inner City Blues [Marvin Gaye]
27. Machine Head – Witch Hunt [Rush] – Unto the Locust
28. The Starting Line – Big Time Sensuality [Björk] – Punk Goes 90’s
29. Marilyn Manson – Tainted Love – Lest We Forgot
30. Snake River Conspiracy – Lovesong [The Cure]
31. Celldweller – Tragedy [Bee Gees]
32. Opeth – Would? [Alice in Chains]
33. The Dillinger Escape Plan – Jesus Christ Pose [Soundgarden]
34. Evile – Cemetary Gates – Getcha Pull! A Tribute To Dimebag Darrell
35. Hayseed Dixie – You Shook Me All Night Long – A Hillbilly Tribute To AC/DC
36. Amanda Palmer – No Surprises – Amanda Palmer Performs The Popular Hits Of Radiohead On Her Magical Ukulele
37. The Agonist – Swan Lake (A Capella) [Tchaikovsky] – Lullabies for the Dormant Mind
38. Blind Guardian – Mr Sandman [The Chordettes]
39. System of a Down – B.Y.O.B. [8-Bit Version] – I ❤ 8-Bit

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STFG Playlist – 11th January 2012

1. Satan The Dark Prince – Up There – South Park – Bigger, Longer & Uncut
2. Tenacious D – The Metal – Guitar Hero 3: Legends of Rock
3. AC/DC – Whole Lotta Rosie – The Very Best Of
4. Anthrax – A.I.R – Caught in a Mosh (BBC Live in Concert)
5. Dream Theater – The Thing That Should Not Be – Official Bootleg: Master of Puppets
6. The Mad Capsule Markets – P-A-R-K – P-A-R-K
7. Mastodon – Blood and Thunder – Leviathan
8. Kyuss – Green Machine – Blues For The Red Sun
9. Green River – Rehab Doll – Rehab Doll / Dry As a Bone
10. Wolves In The Throne Room – Dia Artio – Two Hunters
11. Switchblade Symphony – Dissolve – Goth Box
12. Static-X – Ostegolation – Wisconsin Death Trip
13. Nine Inch Nails & Static X – The Trance is Closer
14. Enter Shikari – Juggernauts – Common Dreads
15. Deftones – Korea – White Pony
16. All Shall Perish – Never…Again – Awaken the Dreamers
17. Bleeding Through – Kill To Believe – The Truth
18. Chimaira – Taste My… – Pass Out of Existence
19. Avenged Sevenfold – Bat Country – City of Evil
20. Creed – Beautiful – Human Clay
21. MORDECAI – lifelinesmall
22. Nickelback – One Last Run – The State
23. Black Sabbath – Iron Man – The Best of Black Sabbath
24. Butthole Surfers – Sea Ferring – Rembrandt Pussyhorse
25. Aphex Twin – Nanou 2 – Drukqs
26. Bikini Kill – Rebel Girl – Pussy Whipped
27. Sleater-Kinney – One More Hour – Dig Me Out
28. The White Stripes – Well It’s True That We Love One Another – Elephant
29. The Smiths – What Difference Does It Make? – Singles
30. Human Waste Project – Hold Me Down – E-lux
31. Soulfly – Warmageddon – Conquer
32. Otep – Atom To Adam – Atavist
33. Diecast – Rise And Oppose – Tearing Down Your Blue Skies
34. Dope – Sex Machine – American Apathy
35. Annihilator – Wicked Mystic – Alice in Hell
36. Megadeth – Guns, Drugs, & Money – TH1RT3EN
37. One Minute Silence – Revolution – One Lie Fits All
38. Ill Bill – ft. Necro – Chasing The Dragon (Moshpit Mix) – What’s Wrong With Bill?
39. Necro – Push It To The Limit – Pre-Fix for Death
40. Terror – One With The Underdogs – One With the Underdogs
41. Walls Of Jericho – Trigger Full Of Promises – With Devils Amongst Us All
42. The Hives – Outsmarted – Your New Favourite Band
43. Weezer – Hash Pipe – Weezer
44. Saves The Day – In Reverie – In Reverie
45. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – The Impression That I Get – The Impression That I Get

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STFG Playlist – 4th January 2012

1. School Of Rock – It’s A Long Way To The Top – School Of Rock
2. The 69 Eyes – Gothic Girl – Blessed Be
3. Type O Negative – Black No.1 (Little Miss Scare All) – Bloody Kisses
4. Rob Zombie – More Human Than Human – Past, Present & Future
5. Marilyn Manson – Posthuman – Mechanical Animals
6. Deftones – Rocket Skates (M83 Remix) – Diamond Eyes
7. Nero – Me and You – Welcome Reality (Deluxe Edition)
8. Chase & Status – Brixton Briefcase (feat. Cee-lo Green) – No More Idols
9. Skrillex – Scatta (feat. Bare Noize and Foreign Beggars) – Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites
10. Slim Thug & Mike Jones – Still Tippin’ (Great Fairy’s Fountain) – The Ocarina of Rhyme
11. E.Town Concrete – The World is Yours – Jersey Devils
12. The Thermals – Keep Time – Fuckin A
13. Bad Religion – Only Entertainment – Generator
14. Amen – Under the Robe – We Have Come for Your Parents
15. At the Drive-In – Enfilade – Relationship in Command
16. Comeback Kid – Die Tonight – Turn It Around
17. The Offspring – Beheaded – The Offspring
18. Foo Fighters – Rope – Wasting Light
19. Therapy? – Nausea – So Much for the Ten Year Plan: A Retrospective 1990-2000
20. Stone Temple Pilots – Sex Type Thing – Core
21. Alice in Chains – God Smack – The Essential
22. Clutch – Small Upsetters – Robot Hive Exodus
23. The Beat – Click Click – You Just Can’t Beat It (The Best Of The Beat)
24. Gogol Bordello – Ultimate – Super Taranta!
25. Beneath the Massacre – The System’s Failure – Mechanics Of Dysfunction
26. Iwrestledabearonce – Alaskan Flounder Basket – Iwrestledabearonce
27. Bleeding Through – Reborn from Isolation – Declaration
28. Lamb Of God – Omerta – Ashes Of The Wake
29. Chimaira – Beyond the Grave – The Age of Hell
30. All That Remains – Faithless – For We Are Many
31. God Forbid – Chains of Humanity – IV: Constitution of Treason
32. Unearth – The March – The March
33. Hatebreed – In Ashes They Shall Reap – Hatebreed
34. Machine Head – Darkness Within – Unto the Locust
35. Anthrax – In the End – Worship Music
36. Papa Roach – Blood Brothers – Infest
37. Kittie – My Plague – In The Black
38. Killswitch Engage – A Bid Farewell – The End of Heartache
39. Killswitch Engage – This Fire – As Daylight Dies
40. American Head Charge – Loyalty – The Feeding
41. Demon Hunter – Fire to My Soul – The Triptych
42. Pissing Razors – Train Of Thought – Cast Down The Plague
43. Megadeth – Countdown to Extinction – Countdown to Extinction
44. theSTART – Hang On Me – Shakedown!
45. Bedouin Soundclash – Living in Jungles – Sounding a Mosaic

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STFG Playlist – 28th December 2011

1. Edward White – Path of Crime – Tease!: The Beat of Burlesque
2. Paul Anka – Smells Like Teen Spirit – Rock Swings
3. Hitomi Takahashi – Aozora no NAMIDA – Sympathy
4. Bôa – Duvet – Twilight
5. Goodness – Eveready – Goodness
6. Jack Off Jill – Star No Star – Clear Hearts Grey Flowers
7. Emilie Autumn – Dead Is The New Alive – Opheliac
8. Fear Factory – (Memory Imprints) Never End – Digimortal
9. Cloudkicker – We’re Goin’ In. We’re Going Down. – Beacons
10. Lacuna Coil – The Game – Karmacode
11. Exilia – No Colours – Nobody Excluded
12. Asking Alexandria – Final Episode (Let’s Change the Channel) – Stand Up and Scream
13. DMX – Gotta Go (Skit) – Grand Champ
14. (HeD) P.E. – Waiting To Die (feat. Easy Bay Ray) – Broke
15. KoRn – Somebody Someone – Issues
16. The Mad Capsule Markets – Jam! – 020120
17. Static-X – Terminal – Cult Of Static
18. American Head Charge – Song for the Suspect – The War of Art
19. Slipknot – The Nameless – 9.0: Live
20. Metallica – Am I Evil? [Diamond Head] – Garage Inc.
21. Anti-Flag – You Can Kill the Protester, but You Can’t Kill the Protest – The Terror State
22. Walls Of Jericho – Famous Last Words – The American Dream
23. Foo Fighters – The Pretender – Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
24. Tenacious D – The Metal – The Pick Of Destiny
25. Steel Panther – Death To All But Metal – Feel The Steel
26. The 69 Eyes – Discipline – Motor City Resurrection
27. Pantera – Regular People (Conceit) – Vulgar Display of Power
28. Clutch – Promoter – Blast Tyrant
29. Sepultura – Dusted – Roots
30. Staind – Can’t Believe – Break The Cycle
31. Deprevate – Speechless – Our War
32. Faith No More – Everything’s Ruined – Angel Dust
33. Taproot – Like – Welcome
34. Breed 77 – River – Cultura
35. Nero – Promises [Skrillex Remix]

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