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►What’s in the Playlist: I’m So Sick by Flyleaf

Posted by Mercenary Spark on October 6, 2008

Since no ideas come to mind about this week’s song and I have to mke an article, I’ll just choose the first song that I listen to when I begin writing this, and that is I’m So Sick, probably the best song by the band. The song’s about a person that’s spirtually/mentally sick as a result from a selfish relationship he/she wants to break free off. The sound’s ok and the lyrics too, may remind you of those mass epidemic or zombie movies. Also, I plan on doing some big changes to the blog, and maybe returning to doing some game reviews (I have an idea for one).

Rating: 8/10 – Good song. Listen to it from the video, if you want it In the Corner, comment below asking for it.

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►What’s in the Playlist: Hearts of the Innocent by Kutless

Posted by Mercenary Spark on September 22, 2008

Sorry everyone, I’m still here even if I still have heavy rains All Around Me and a small wall fell on top of a nearby house. I want to thank you all for your patience, and today that classes were suspended, I finally post an article.  During my posting abscence the blog got to 15,000 hits, with some posts we might have gotten about a 1000 more in that time. I’ve been busy and I left my blog as middle priority in my life.

This week’s What’s in the Playlist song is by one of my favorite Christian Rock bands, Kutless. The song (unlike most songs by now-mainstream rock bands) does rock, but the band’s latest album To Know That You’re Alive has over half of the songs as “soft rock” ballads. The song’s about people who are criticized (for expressing their faith and being who they were) and are pressured to be like the rest, to be hopeless, faithless, suffering and without the important values of life (not having unity in the family). Jon Sumrall, the lead singer of Kutless said “this whole song is a little in-your-face perspective in that we have things in our hearts that we believe are right and true, and in the same nature that Paul did a couple thousand years ago, we feel like you can ridicule us, point fingers at us, yell at us and do whatever to us, but we believe in this and you can’t make us stop.”

Rating: 9/10 – A good Kutless song with great meaningful lyrics. Though I still like Treason better. The song is available In the Corner for you to listen.

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►What’s in the Playlist: Frontline by Pillar

Posted by Mercenary Spark on August 17, 2008

School didn’t start as I expected it to (homework) and it’s late, so I’ll post this article today and keep it short. I found this song some time ago, I like the instrumentals, the lyrics and their message. The song’s awesome (gets you pumped) and the lyrics have a fighting spirit to them (great before playing a competition or during workout). My interpretation of the song’s message is that you’ll always have others (God, your friends and your family) besides you wherever you go (even at death) to confront problems head on.

Rating: 9/10 – Pillar’s best song (in my opinion). I would give it a 100/10, but I won’t give ratings over 9 except for really good songs I like. The song is available In the Corner.

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►What’s in the Playlist: One Step Closer by Linkin Park

Posted by Mercenary Spark on August 2, 2008

Well, my vacation’s almost over, in a few days, I’ll have to return to school. To let you know how I feel about it, I picked one of my favorite songs for the playlist this week. One Step Closer is the second song on Linkin Park’s first album [Hybrid Theory] (back when they rocked and rapped more). It has screaming, overall heavy sound and extremely angry, powertful lyrics. The song’s meaning is self-expalanatory, the guy’s angry at someone because (s)he keeps on talking, which brings him ‘one step closer to the edge’. He tried to ignore him/her but finally breaks and yells the person to shut up. The video shows a guy and a girl following a hooded, masked man towards an underground tunnel where the band is playing and other masked men are doing a sort of rite (or just dancing).

Rating: 9/10 – One of my favorite Linkin Park songs, always there on my mp3 player. Also the song is followed up by With You, another hard rocking song. You have to love the Shut Up part (so many people you would want to yell that to). 💡 The song is available In the Corner.

Lyrics and Video: [Warning: If it’s late in the evening, you don’t want to disturb someone else and/or you don’t like screaming, turn your computer’s volume down before listening to the song.] Read the rest of this entry »

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►What’s in the Playlist: Pain by Jimmy Eat World

Posted by Mercenary Spark on July 26, 2008

This week’s featured song is Pain by Jimmy Eat World from their album Futures. The song’s about a guy in love with someone, but that someone doesn’t love him back and he has to let her go so she doesn’t bother him anymore. The video shows again inflicting pain upon himself (letting twins hit him with bats, covering himself with meat so a dog attacks him, throwing himself on the stairs, hitting his head on the wall) for no apparent reason until a girl comes by and “takes his pain away” (he gets a crush on her), and they go and take a walk. This song is what many might call emo for the theme. It has a guitar solo before the last chorus. The sound is the reason why I have it in my playlist and listen to it often.

Rating: 7/10 – A good Jimmy Eat World song. The music is good, the lyrics not that good. The song is available In the Corner. The Middle, their most succesful single, is also available there. I’ll probably review some of their better songs another day (like Sweetness, 23, Futures or A Praise Chorus).

Lyrics and Video: [Warning: Do not attempt the things the guy on the video does or you’ll feel more pain than the stuntman.] Read the rest of this entry »

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►What’s in the Playlist: So Cold by Breaking Benjamin

Posted by Mercenary Spark on July 12, 2008

To end Breaking Benjamin week, I’m adding So Cold, one of the band’s best singles, to the playlist. The sound is good. The meaning of the lyrics is about a catastrophe occuring and 2 lovers spending their last minutes together. Ben Burley (the band’s singer) stated that they were inspired by the movie 28 Days Later (about a rage virus that causes an outbreak in England). The video instead shows a man carrying a big, heavy stone (chained to his hands) in a forest, while a group of people (wearing 19th century clothing) follow. They end up in a swamp with a preacher where the man falls one last time (from the weight) and drowns.

Rating: 8/10 – A good alternative rock song. The song is available In the Corner.

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►What’s in the Playlist: The Diary of Jane by Breaking Benjamin

Posted by Mercenary Spark on July 7, 2008

Sorry for not making a playlist article last week, but I’m lazy and procrastinated. I should have done it before the weekend, but I didn’t so I’ll publish it today. The RPG is still in process, but the forum will be open soon for character development. If anyone wishes to participate or submit ideas, post in the correct topic on the Hybrid Mix Forum or contact me. Now on the week’s song, The Diary of Jane, one of Breaking Benjamin’s best songs, and their second best-selling single (Their best-selling (or another great) single will be added later this week, making this BB week*). The song has some heavy drums, guitar riffs and screaming vocals. The lyrics are good but suggestive, they go well with the rhythm. My interpretation of their meaning is the guy likes a depressesd girl (Jane) who won’t tell him what she feels about him. It is then suggested (in the video at least) that she dies by drowning in the bathtub (note she can’t see her reflection on the mirrors). The guy then finds her diary and continues looking for the answer to what Jane felt for him (while contemplating her grave, in the video). I also think the Diary of Jane could be symbolic, representing her heart (feelings).

Rating: 8/10 – A great Breaking Benjamin song. You hear it and you know why it’s a hit. The song is available In the Corner.

Lyrics and Video[Warning: The song contains lyrics referring to death that might be interpreted as suicide by some.]: Read the rest of this entry »

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►What’s in the Playlist: Pages by 3 Doors Down

Posted by Mercenary Spark on June 25, 2008

I’m sorry to my visitors for not making last week’s What’s in the Playlist article, but some circumstances postponed it (those included college entrance tests).  For that, this week I’ll make the Video of the Month article and the game review (this one might be published for next week). After considering another song for this week (a sadder sad one),  I chose this one instead because it’s a really great song by 3 Doors Down’s self-titled album released last month. Less rocking in sound than When I’m Gone, but still rockin’ in its own way. The song is about a man who expresses his emotional pain through writings about his life, which someone (you) going through a similar situation then reads and might use to avoid the same fate as the man. That’s my interpretation of the message and I think that makes this one of their best songs.

Rating: 9/10 – Yeah, it’s really a great song. 3DD’s self-titled album might have good singles (It’s Not My Time and Train), great rock songs like Give It To Me, and other good b-sides (like all of their albums), but this song stands out, maybe because of the impact of the lyrics and the music. You should all consider buying this album if you like 3 Doors Down’s music, post-grunge or some of the songs on the album like this one.  Pages is available In the Corner.

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►What’s in the Playlist: Heart Like A Lion by Rebelution

Posted by Mercenary Spark on June 11, 2008

The cool thing about music services with stations based on similar artists, is that there’s always a great song or artist you’ve never heard of that comes up, and sometimes surprises you because it’s from a genre you thought you never liked. I discovered Rebelution’s music last week after playing a Flobots Similar Artists Station. Reggae was always a genre I ignored, mostly because of the movements it was involved to. Although the band’s songs changed my opinion on reggae, it’s still not a genre I’ll listen to often. Rebelution fuses reggae with some hip-hop, rock and alternative music in what they call California Reggae. The rhythm and sound of most of their songs might make you another fan of California Reggae. The song I got for this week’s article is called Heart Like A Lion from their album Courage to Grow. The lyrics are good, the rhythm is better and no pop sound included.

Rating: 7/10 – Good song, even if it’s not my musical taste. The song is available In the Corner.

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►What’s in the Playlist: Handlebars by Flobots

Posted by Mercenary Spark on June 6, 2008

I found this week’s featured song while surfing the web earlier this week. At first I thought the song was a childish song, because of how the animated video started, with two guys riding their bikes without holding on to the handlebars, giving them a sense of accomplishment. The song continues with mentions of other accomplishments by the singer. He also mentions how with the new technological accomplishes of mankind, it is easier to do anything and take control of even the lives of others. It’s in this part of the song, that the video depicts the rebellion formed by the citzens against the tyrant in command. One of the good things of the group is their creativity, not just the way they tell the messages, but the rhythm and sound of their songs. They combine rock with rap, and use violins and trumpets in most songs. The group consists of rappers Jonny 5 (Jamie Laurie) and Brer Rabbit, bassist Jesse Walker, guitarist Andy Rok (Andy Guerrero), violist Mackenzie Roberts, trumpet player Joe Ferrone and drummer Kenny Ortiz. When asked about the meaning of the song, the lead singer of Flobots, emcee “Jonny 5” said: “The song is about the idea that we have so much incredible potential as human beings to be destructive or to be creative. And it’s tragic to me that the appetite for military innovation is endless, but when it comes to taking on a project like ending world hunger, it’s seen as outlandish. It’s not treated with the same seriousness.”

Rating: 9/10 – It’s one of the best rap rock songs I have heard. The lyrics that start out with innocence turn into a song with a strong political and social message. The song is available In the Corner.

(Warning: The song contains political themes and mentions two crimes and a historical event. The video contains some gore (white paint). Lyrics to the song and video: Read the rest of this entry »

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►What’s in the Playlist: When I’m Gone by 3 Doors Down

Posted by Mercenary Spark on May 26, 2008

Today is Memorial Day, so I decided to make this week’s featured song in the playlist, a song by one of my favorite bands that has some great lyrics (like most of their work). The video below is the version the band made “dedicated to all the men and women serving in the United States military.” The song is about a guy that tries to get a girl to love him and wants to fulfill her expectations and convince her by saying he would never treat her badly. The song is titled When I’m Gone, because part of him gave up trying, and he might give up completely. The sound’s ok, not any big riffs or slow pace, it’s just right. Brad Arnold, frontsman and vocals of 3 Doors Down, commented in the intro of When I’m Gone for their live ep, Another 700 Miles, about the video. “So um pertaining to this next song, a lot of people because of what we’ve done with this song have asked you know what we stand for, what we believe. You know, are we pro-war or pro-this or pro-that? Of course we’re not pro-war, nobody likes war, everybody know what war brings. But, we do support our men and women in the military. This nation owes everything we have to those young men and women our age. That’s what it’s all about. We pray that those young men and women’s actions bring us to a better world, and we pray to God that He will bring those young men and women home safely.” I agree with him on that we need to support the troops of our countries for risking their lives so that the rest of us can continue with our own lives. And this day should serve as a remainder of the sacrifices, our soldiers have made to create a better world.

Rating: 8/10 – A good song, like a rock version of Here Without You. The song is available In the Corner.

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►What’s in the Playlist: Afterlife by Avenged Sevenfold

Posted by Mercenary Spark on May 22, 2008

May’s ending and it’s time to change focus. Since my album reviews and the videos aren’t commented (even if they are the most-viewed), and the Artist and Song of the Week page was ignored (nobody nominated ther songs in the right place), I’ll begin a weekly, What’s in the Playlist section where I’ll give you reccomendations on what to put in your playlist, as well as give you the chance to preview the song right here in my blog (in the trusty In the Corner box). If you want a song to be feaured on What’s in the Playlist, post the name of the song and artist in the Artist and Song of the Week page.

This week, I’ll start off with a reccomendation from mario64mario (nominated for Song of the Week, but nobody voted). The song is one of the best, if not the best, from Avenged Sevenfold. Afterlife starts off with strings (yes, strings), which go really well in the song. The song has some tight riffs, especially before the chorus and at the end. Almost the entire song is surprisingly melodic and catchy for a hard rock song. The lyrics are about a guy who went into heaven still young, and although he’s there to see his girlfriend, he wants to go back because he feels it’s not the right place for him. The message is open for interpretation, and in my opinion, it’s a message that perfection=monotony=boredom.

Rating: 8/10 – A great hard-rock song, but not that great to grant a 9.

Below are the lyrics and the video. ↓↓↓

Warning: The song contains one drug reference and the video contains a spider (just in case, I don’t want to cause you stroke). Read the rest of this entry »

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