Quebec-based indie rockers Les Trois Accords haven't toned down their bizarre sense of humor — or their knack for improving from album to album — on their fourth studio release, J'aime ta grand-mère (Translation: "I love your grandmother").
Back in 1996, Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor introduced German band Rammstein to the unsuspecting general public of the United States. Reznor, who was selecting music for the David Lynch film Lost Highway, chose the songs "Heirate Mich" and "Rammstein" for the soundtrack.
In 1995, one of the Big Four, Megadeth, released a compilation called Hidden Treasures, which was a strong B-side EP of fist-pumpers that were found on film soundtracks and tribute albums. It looks as if multi-platinum-selling Chicago-based rockers Disturbed is following loyally in Megadeth's footprints.
Snow Patrol’s sixth album, Fallen Empires, delivers what most fans have come to expect over the years. It’s not the leap a band like Coldplay had attempted; instead, it is a subtle tweak to their style with hope of bringing something slightly new. Singer Gary Lightbody and gang appear to be inspired by U2 and R.E.M. throughout.
For most bands, writing a debut album with the perfect mix of humor, pop sensibilities, memorable songs, and a vibe that recaptures the feel of a time gone by, is no easy task. Writing a follow-up album? Damn near impossible.
The Gibson Learn & Master Guitar App is one of the most practical free guitar downloads for your iPhone. The app offers multiple features including a tuner, metronome, chord charts, video guitar lessons (courtesy of GuitarApprentice.com) and an app version of Gibson's website. Though the chord diagrams and lessons are geared toward beginners, the tuner and metronome make the app a valuable tool for all guitarists.
Either Coldplay’s fifth release, Mylo Xyloto, is an evolution -- or at least an attempt to make it sound as if it were. It really just depends on which side the fence you stand. If you like your bands to try new things so the routine doesn’t get old, you’ll consider it an evolution. If you think Coldplay's best moment was "Yellow,” then you are going to be lost in the many variations of a band stuck in the middle of the past and what might be the future.