Control

What happens, when you take an electronic dance/ drum & bass duo like Chase & Status and throw in some heavy punk rock from Slaves? Well you get a pretty interesting track called Control.

The video is also a pretty good watch. Filmed entirely in monochrome, the video depicts a “controlled” society, leading to riot, assault, police lineups and more.

This Week

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This week, I have been mostly listening to…

Top Artists
5. BABYMETAL
With 21 plays this week, BABYMETAL are at the bottom of the list. BABYMETAL are a Japanese band with three teen female vocalists that mix mainstream “kawaii” J-Pop with conventional metal. As someone who is currently learning Japanese and is a fan of metal music, BABYMETAL are a good mix of the both.
4. Drowning Pool
Only slightly ahead of BABYMETAL are Drowning Pool, with 23 plays this week. This isn’t the first time Drowning Pool have appeared in a “This Week” post and probably won’t be the last. I’m still regularly listening to their latest album Hallelujah, so that I can review it on here in the near future.
3. Man With A Mission
Another Japanese band that I’ve been listening to this week is Man With A Mission. Back in November I saw MWAM live in London and couldn’t get enough of them. The next few weeks were spent listening to their back catalogue on YouTube (they aren’t on Spotify), before buying one of their albums. MWAM were played a total of 25 times this week.
2. Bloodhound Gang
Similar to Drowning Pool, this isn’t the first time Bloodhound Gang have appeared in a “This Week” post. However, Bloodhound Gang’s  number of plays this week don’t compare to what they were before. Bloodhound Gang racked up 27 plays this week.
1. Baroness
Miles ahead of the rest of the pack, Baroness claim the top spot this week with a staggering 128 plays! Bearing in mind that I only started listening to them yesterday morning, thats 128 plays in two days…

Top Albums**
5. Hallelujah by Drowning Pool
Hallelujah is Drowning Pool’s latest album and was released a couple weeks back. I’m still in the progress of writing a review for Hallelujah, so I don’t really want to say too much as the review will be out this week. Good songs to check out from the album though are: Hell to Pay, Push and We are the Devil. The album made up all of Drowning Pool’s play this week.
4. Babymetal by BABYMETAL
As mentioned above, BABYMETAL is a unique mix of mainstream J-Pop and conventional Metal which clearly comes across in their debut album Babymetal. Babymetal is well balanced between heavy metal songs, like Head Bangeeeeerrrrrr!!!!! and BABYMETAL DEATH, and metal based J-Pop like Onedari Daisakusen and Doki Doki Morning. The album made up all of BABYMETAL’s plays this week.
3. Hard-Off by Bloodhound Gang 
If you haven’t heard of Bloodhound Gang before, then expect a mix of random lyrics, sexual innuendo and catchy rifts. Obviously not something for everything, but it could be something for you. So if you’re interested, check out Socially Awkward Penguin, Dimes and Clean up in Aisle Sexy. Similar to the two albums above, Hard-Off made up all of Bloodhound Gang’s plays this week.
2. Purple by Baroness
As you would expect from having 128 plays this week, Baroness are at the top of list. Purple is Baroness’ latest album which was released last year and was played 29 times this week. Songs to check out would be Shock Me, Try To Disappear and If I Have To Wake Up (Would You Stop The Rain?).
1. Yellow & Green by Baroness
Yellow & Green is a double album by Baroness, that has both the Yellow and Green albums in (duh!). If you hadn’t noticed by now, Baroness use colours for the names of their albums and have so far released Red, Blue, Yellow, Green and Purple albums. Songs to check out from Yellow & Green would be: Green Theme, Cocanium and March To The Sea. Yellow & Green was played 69 times this week.

Top Songs
5. Little Things by Baroness
Little Things gradually builds up adding layers of sound, until it’s climax when the vocals join in. As soon as the bass starts and the drums intensify, you know it’s going to be a killer track. Little Things is off Baroness’ Yellow album and was played 7 times this week.
4. Doom Boom by Hot Action Cop
Doom Boom is a heavy, punk-ish track that has somewhat of a Limp Bizkit feel about it. If it wasn’t for the slight accent and mumblings in the chorus,  Doom Boom would feel right at home on any Limp Bizkit album. Doom Boom was also played 7 times this week.
3. Blackout by Hardwell
Stalked from my housemate’s Spotify, Blackout is a heavy hitting EDM track that was again played 7 times this week. Right from the off, Blackout comes out hard and it’s not long before the first drop hits. The high energy beat balances well with rhythmic breakdowns that get you pumped and ready for the next drop.
2. Fly By Alien by VANT
VANT’s Fly By Alien was featured recently here on BroadNoise, when I showcased the colourful and bizarre music video for the single, and as such you can check out that post to find out more about the song. The single has been out for a couple weeks now, but it’s still one of my most played songs. Fly By Alien was played 9 times this week.
1. New Boy In Town by Cazals
Cazals’ New Boy In Town is another example of why friends are great for discovering new music. I was surprised to find out that New Boy In Town is already 8 years old, with it’s release being in 2008. Although “old”, the catchy indie track can rival any mainstream indie song and is a must listen for any fan of the genre. New Boy In Town was played 11 times this week.

This week highlights how friends, who share similar music tastes, are good sources for discovering new music. I wouldn’t have heard of, or being going to see, Baroness if it wasn’t for a friend’s drunken suggestion on Friday night. Similarly, Cazals’ New Boy In Town was played while drinking with friends on Tuesday and Hardwell’s Blackout was stalked off a friend’s Spotify feed.

What songs have you been listening to this week? Let me know on Twitter: @pieces_of_time.

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*You may have noticed that I use images with headphones in for my “This Week” posts. Usually I use public domain images which are free to use from Pixabay, but this week I decided to take my own. Photography is another interest of mine and I have a photo diary blog which is where this link points to.

**Any song played from an album counts as an album play i.e an album with 10 plays means songs from the album have been played 10 times.

Upside Down & Inside Out

Although OK Go’s single Upside Down & Inside Out was released back in 2014, and the album the single is from, Hungry Ghosts, was released in 2015, a video for the single has only recently been released.

True to OK Go’s uniquely creative style, Upside Down & Inside Out was filmed with S7 Airlines and in zero gravity. Similar to previous videos, like OK Go’s infamous Here It Goes Again, OK Go use their environment to create a visual masterpiece.

Check out the video and let me know your thoughts! Tweet me @pieces_of_time

Fly-By Alien

VANT’s latest single, Fly-By Alien, was released this week and by god it’s good and you should definitely check it out.

The somewhat bizarre and colourful video was directed by Youth Hymns, who also worked on Wolf Alice’s hallucinogenic and trip-y video for their single Freazy.

VANT are a new up-and-coming alt-rock band, for more information go to: http://wearevant.com

This Week

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This week, I have been mostly listening to…

Top Artists
5. Good Charlotte
At the bottom of the list this week, are Good Charlotte with only 12 plays. This week has mostly been dominated by album play throughs, as you will see in the Top Albums section below, and I was only playing a few of Good Charlotte’s songs.
4. Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes 
Just ahead of Good Charlotte are Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes with 19 plays. To be able to finish my Download 2016 post, I needed to revisit Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes in order to summarise their sound.
3. Drowning Pool
With 30 plays this week, Drowning Pool are middle of the field. With the recent release of their latest album Hallelujah this week, I caught up with all the Drowning Pool I had missed these past few years.
2. Bloodhound Gang 
In 2nd place with 45 plays this week is Bloodhound Gang. After discovering their latest album, Hard-Off, I gave it a listen or five…
1. Panic! at the Disco
Claiming the top spot this week with 83 plays is Panic! at the Disco. Similar to Bloodhound Gang, I picked up their latest album and couldn’t put it back down (metaphorically speaking of course).

Top Albums*
5. Greatest Hits by Good Charlotte 
Good Charlotte popped up in my Weekly Discovery playlist on Spotify this week and I was overcome by nostalgia. I had to satisfy my cravings by going through Good Charlotte’s Greatest Hits. Songs like The Anthem, Boys & Girls and Keep Your Hands Off My Girl were played 12 times this week and took me back to the early 2000s.
4. Blossom by Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes 
As mentioned previously, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes feature in my Download 2016 Playlist post and their debut album Blossom was played 19 times this week. The band are one of my bands to look out for if you’re going to Download and if you want to check out the post, you can find it here. If you want to check out Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, have a listen of Trouble, Fangs and Devil Inside Me.
3. Hallelujah by Drowning Pool 
Im going to attempt to start doing album reviews and Hallelujah is going to be one of my first. Hallelujah is Drowning Pool’s latest album and was listened to 28 times this week. I don’t want to give too much away since it’s deserving of it’s own post, but it’s definitely worth a listen. The two singles, Snake Charmer and By The Blood, both have powerful rifts while Drop highlights Jasen Moreno’s “throaty” vocals.
2. Hard-Off by Bloodhound Gang 
With 44 plays Hard-Off saw all but one of my Bloodhound Gang plays this week. Bloodhound Gang’s latest album is everything what you would expect from the band. Riddled with sexual innuendo, catchy disco and random phrases, Bloodhound Gang’s 2015 Hard-Off is one for the fans. Socially Awkward Penguin, Dimes and Clean Up in Aisle Sexy are good places to start.
1. Death of a Bachelor by Panic! at the Disco 
Similar to Hallelujah, Panic! at the Disco’s Death of a Bachelor is another album I am looking to review in the near future. After noticing the announcement of the album release on Facebook, I went straight to Spotify to have a listen. That one listen then lead to the album becoming my anthem for the week and it racking up a total of 83 plays. Songs like Victorious, LA Devotee and Emperor’s New Clothes are some of my favourites off the album.

Top Songs
5. Think You’re So Free by Shihad 
Finally a slight change from the repetitiveness of this post. Think You’re So Free by Shihad was played 10 times this week and is another song to come from my Weekly Discovery playlist on Spotify. Although the rift is a bit samey, with only slight changes, it’s a good metal song and a good suggestion for any metal fan.
4. LA Devotee by Panic! at the Disco 
Also with 10 plays this week is LA Devotee by Panic! at the Disco. The first of two Panic! at the Disco songs off of Death of a Bachelor to feature in this week’s top songs, LA Devotee owes it’s place to it’s chorus that I just have to sing along to. There is just something about Brendon Urie’s voice…
3. Dimes by Bloodhound Gang 
Again with 10 plays this week is Dimes by Bloodhound Gang. Dimes is probably my favourite song off their latest album Hard-Off. There is something about the monotonous lyrics with a catchy techno/disco/dance beat and vocalised bass that just clicks and create this great song.
2. Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time by Panic! at the Disco 
With one more play than the others with 11 plays, Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Night is the second Panic! at the Disco song in this week’s top artists and takes the number 2 spot. Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time reminds me of my favourite Panic! at the Disco song I Write Sins Not Tragedies and is probably why it was played so much this week.
1. Snake Charmer by Drowning Pool
My top played song this week then with 16 plays, is Snake Charmer by Drowning Pool. After stumbling across the single, Snake Charmer was put on repeat to get my hyped up for the release of Hallelujah. A great metal song with powerful vocals and heavy rifts, well deserving of the top spot.

I haven’t done a This Week post for a while and decided to get back into the routine. This week was dominated by the same 5 artists and as a result was a bit repetitive. However, that’s what happens when you fall in love with a new album, it dominates your airwaves. That was very much the case this week with Death of a Bachelor and Hallelujah and album reviews for them both should be up on BroadNoise in the near future, so make sure to keep an eye out.

What songs have you been listening to this week? Let me know on Twitter: @pieces_of_time.

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*Any song played from an album counts as an album play i.e an album with 10 plays means songs from the album have been played 10 times.

Download Festival Playlist

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(If you want to jump straight to the playlist, click here).

I’ve never been to Download Festival and unfortunately I won’t be going this year, but it doesn’t mean I can’t get excited for it!

An announcement by Download saw 33 acts added to the lineup with Rammstein, Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath announced as the headliners for the 2016 festival. This year looks good for the UK’s biggest Rock festival, with a plethora of noteworthy bands including rock legends Motörhead*, Megadeath and Saxon, as well as up-and-coming bands like Milk Teeth, Counting Days and Black Foxxes.

Although often thought as solely centred on heavy rock/metal music, Download, like many other festivals, will be home to a variety of acts spanning multiple genres including: indie-rock, punk-rock, alt-rock, nu-metal, metalcore and symphonic metal among others.

But which bands should you look out for while you’re wandering the grounds of Donington Park? Here are 5 personal suggestions to get you started!

Skindred
Skindred are probably the band you are most likely to have heard of of the 5 in this list. Based on a mixture of reggae, punk and metal influences, Skindred are definitely one to see at Download this year.

Their latest album, Volume, contains a number of hard hitting tracks that are sure to go down well at Donington Park. Volume, Under Attack and Hit the Ground are bound to get the crowd jumping, while fan favourites like Ratrace, Nobody and Kill the Power will have the crowd wanting more.

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Milk Teeth
An alt/indie rock band who utilise both female and male vocals, Milk Teeth are one of the “more accessible” bands that will be at Download 2016. If heavy metal isn’t your sort of thing then be sure to stop by Milk Teeth’s set.

With only two EPs and a couple singles, Milk Teeth don’t have a huge back catalogue. However, it’s enough to get a feel for their style and fall in love with their sound. Due to the nature of Download, Milk Teeth will probably stick to their grungy, alt-rock songs, like VitaminsBrickwork and Grease.

Dead!
Another up and coming band are Dead! With only one EP and a couple singles, Dead! are looking for their big break and Download 2016 could be the place. What I consider to be an alt-rock band, Dead! are another accessible listen.

Their 2014 EP “Tu Me Manques” is well worth a listen and is available on spotify. If you’re looking for a couple suggestions however, I would recommend listening to their 2015 singles Skin and Enemy as well as their older single Phantom.

TesseracT
One of the more “out there” bands that will be at Download this year, is TesseracT. TesseracT are a progressive metal/djent band and is definitely not what you would consider to be “mainstream” music. If you’re looking for something different however, or  curious as to what progressive metal/djent sounds like, give TesseracT a listen.

If you’re just curious as to what progressive metal/djent music is like, I would say just listen to any of TesseracT’s songs, however, if you’re looking for specific suggestions, songs like Dystopia, Of Mind – Nocturne and Nascent are a good place to start.

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
Although you may not have heard of Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, you may have heard of a band called Gallows. Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes was formed last year by former Gallows frontman Frank Carter and follow a similar sound.

If hardcore punk is your sort of thing, or you’re a fan of Gallows, stop by Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes at Download this year. With only one 34 minute 10 track album to listen to, Blossom, it makes sense to listen to the whole thing. But if you’re looking for suggestions: Fangs, Beautiful Death and I Hate You, will give you a taste, and the range, of their style.

So there you have it, 5 personal suggestions for you to check out at Download 2016. I tried to make them as varied as possible to give you a taste of the different genres that will be at Download this year. I also refrained from listing the “big name” acts, so that you might discover something new.

Just a quick note about the playlist and a heads up, it features 3 songs for each act announced (other than Gutterdammerung and Ghost who I couldn’t find on spotify) and 5 songs for each of the headliners. The songs are my personal favourites from each band and quite a few do contain explicit language, so if you’re wondering why some big hits might be missing, that’s why. Anyway, enjoy!


*Due to the tragic news of the death of Motörhead frontman Ian “Lemmy” Kilmster, it is uncertain whether or not Motörhead will be performing at download 2016 at this time. However, their songs will be kept in the playlist as a form of remembrance.