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So as of recent I've been listening to latest Periphery album. I can't just get over at how perfectly constructed and produced this album is. It's a massive step up from 'Periphery'. While Periphery was filled with great rhythmic lines and awesome experimentation with electronic sounds, it missed out on being able to fuse it altogether so that it would flow. Well on 'Periphery II: This Time It's Personal' the band not only stepped up their writing skills, they also stepped up the production. The guitar clarity is better, the flow between songs is almost seamless, Spencer's vocals are more improved and he seems to have a more control with his voice. While on Periphery the balance and flow between the heavy and electronic seemed a bit sporadic, on Periphery II it flows perfectly. Also, almost every song has a line or part in which is memorable and gets stuck in your head. And the vocal melodies are extremely well constructed, so well you can feel a very nice smooth transition and Spencer's voice easily helping to establish the emotion of each song. Especially when he sings in more softer and sombre tone and his voice feels as smooth as honey.
Overall this album is by far the most complete album I've heard in 5 years. And I'm quite impressed and extremely eager to see the next product of this band.
But fucking damn is this month's NAC is sad. Not the idea (fuckin' love it), but just the submissions so far. My god do the songs sounds just so uninspired and fucking drab. I write better music/riffs in my sleep (no really, I have). No creative thought, just the sad excuses for riffs and songs that were conjured up in ten minutes with no thought put in.
Here's to hoping the quality submitted gets better. And if not, then I feel bad that I can't record my recent music. I have a feeling that I'd just crush the competition and win easily. At least my riffs are well developed and thought provoking. Not like the absolute rubbish that's been submitted so far.
I've started one.
If you love music and are a musician, producer, or just an avid music fan, please check it out! I'll be writing mostly about my view on such topics as writing, practicing, producing, and performing. Also, I'll be doing music review segments (might include some NG artists too).
More to come soon...
It's my special day today. Someone should get me a hooker... and a cake!
Last night around 3 in the morning I crashed my car into a Jersey wall going to 65mph... It happened because I was irresponsible and tried to drive home after drinking and while also dealing with a lack of sleep.
Why I'm posting this? Because I don't want my fellow NG members and friends to ever do anything equally irresponsible. If you're tired, pull over. If you've been drinking and don't have a DD (like I did in my case) just stay put somewhere or call someone. Right now I'm lucky to be alive, but I know I'm going to be paying for my irresponsibility. My license has been suspended for 90 days as of now.
Also, if you are going to be drinking and driving home afterwards. Don't over do it like I did. Plan a time as to when you'll stop drinking, so you can sober up. I made that mistake last night because I lost track of time and got caught up in a good time. I made a mistake and now I'm going to have to pay for it.
All I know, is that this is the dumbest thing I've done in a long time. And I probably will be going over whether I should continue to drink or not this week.
I'm gonna see if I can possibly list everything and anything that's influenced me artistically/musically... Let's try it, now shall we? Also note, there is no order.
The Mars Volta
Omar Rodriguez Lopez
Maynard James Keenan
A Perfect Circle
Johann Sebastian Bach
The Rev (formerly A7X/Deceased)
The Black Dahlia Murder
August Burns Red
Black Sun Empire
Children of Bodom
Lamb of God
Faith No More
The Sound of Animals Fighting
Animals as Leaders
Minus the Bear
Foster the People
Cold War Kids
The Crystal Method
Paco De Lucia
At the Drive In
Liquid Tension Experiment
System of a Down
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Blue Oyster Cult
Alice in Chains
Queens of the Stone Age
Dillinger Escape Plan
Drum and Bass
Post Hardcore Punk
Other things (not music): Pablo Picasso, J.R.R. Tolkien, H.P. Lovecraft, Symbolism, Impressionism, Aleister Crowley, Romuva, Claude Monet, Steven Spielberg, Tim Burton, Quentin Tarantino, Jhonen Vasquez. Along with random assortments of anime, sci-fi, fantasy, and horror themed things (and space too).
So yeah, that's pretty much everything that influences (where I draw from) me musically/artistically.
So as of now I'm trying to plan my next song out (since I don't have anything big planned until December) and I kind of want to go with something fresh/new. Feel free to submit an idea. Ideas that utilize some sort of weird or interesting ideas are definitely welcomed.
As of now my ideas are: trying to create two separate songs and combine them together, go back to old school jungle, or utilizing some sort of ethnic/oriental theme to a song.
Made the front page on the NG Audio Portal in the Best tracks ever section with my song, Invaderz from Beyond. So check it out, give it a listen (if you haven't already, along with a few five votes, please?).
Also, I'm kind of hoping that this is a good sign that I'm making significant leaps in progress with my musical style and that I'm actually accomplishing something and not remaining stagnant. Guess I'll see in another year or so if this is the truth.
Welp, I'm out.
So yeah, Psil0 here. Just letting you know that I've got a new DnB track soon to be released here in a couple of days. Imagine DnB mixed with Mission Impossible theme and Dr. Who theme. Yeah, it's gonna sound something like that.