Machina are competing in a packed Modern Rock/Metal environment. To stand out, the songs need to be special. They’re not. Former “Evanescence” members John LeCompt and Rocky Gray, along with “Future Leaders of the World” members make up the group.
A brilliant heavy metal release from 2012. This album should be in everyone’s collection. While the previous album “Miracle” suffered with the Mudvayne/vocal style comparison to Chad Gray, this one doesn’t. It’s a stand out in a saturated metal marketplace.
If you want to hear where Korn should have progressed after “Untouchables”, then this is the album you need to hear. Brian “Head” Welch is great on vocals.
There is a post over at Music Think Tank called “12 Powerful Quotes That Could Change The Way You’re Promoting Your Music” that was written Lukas Camenzind.
You can read the quotes in the link. All the quotes are great.
Here are 10 of my favorite quotes that have the potential to change the way artists think (with a rock and metal flavor):
“Unless you find another way of making money besides controlling copying, you will not last in the digital age.” – Ram Samudrala (in an article on the first “MP3 Summit” that appeared in the July 18, 1998 issue of Billboard.)
This quote forms part of a speech that was directed at the Record Labels in 1998. 15 years ago. The labels ignored the advice and went to war in 1999 against Napster and innovation.
Do you think they won? If anything they failed the artists that they claim to serve.
“Some people get into this business for the attention, they want the babes or the money or the Porsche, but when we first got together we didn’t know that this was going to become a business. We were just friends who wanted to jam.” – Chris DeGarmo (Queensryche founder, ex guitarist and main songwriter)
Be in it for the right reasons.
“Our web site is extremely interactive right now. We worked very hard on it in order to make it very fan orientated. There is so much stuff that you can do on our web site. We want to talk to fans. We want video blogs. Sell streams on there. You can talk to us personally.” – Brent Smith (Vocalist, Shinedown)
Your fans are your everything. Treat them with the respect they deserve. They are the only ones you are accountable too. Not managers, agents, labels or the press.
“We owe everything we have to those of you that follow us and give us your love and devotion.” – Brent Walsh (I The Mighty band)
This is from a newer band in the scene. They get it. Fans are the only people bands and artist have to answer.
“When I started, I decided to devote my life to it and not get sidetracked by all the other bullshit life has to offer.” – Cliff Burton (RIP) Bassist
There is no plan B for musicians. There is no safety net. Are you ready to fly?
“The hell with the rules. If it sounds right, then it is.” – Eddie Van Halen
Songs don’t have to be Verse – Pre – Chorus. You don’t need to have the same verse riff each time the verse is played. Let your ears guide you. Those bands that have had a long career broke the rules.
“One must feel strongly to make others feel strongly”
If you don’t believe in what you are doing, how will others believe in you.
“We view making it like it’s a finish line. It’s not. You never know what it’s going to be. You never know if you need to keep climbing or it’s a sheer drop down the other side. Sometimes it’s a plateau. Few of us have the Ozzy, Clapton, Billy Joel, Elton John careers, that go on for a lifetime. Most of ’em are a few years and thank you, you’re done.” Dee Snider, Vocalist, Twisted Sister
Making it is the start of the chase. That is when you need to keep on climbing in order to stay at the top. Vito Bratta struggled with this. Dee Snider struggled with it.
“A band is a dysfunctional family. A brotherhood, a family business, and a renaissance-era-court. You’re room-mates in studio-apartment-on-wheels for years-at-a-time, 24-hours-a-day. Plus you’re in the pressure cooker of the spotlight, every move analyzed, read into, or attacked. Everybody wants something from you, everybody wants to be your friend, everybody loves you, everybody can do so-much-better-for-you-than-the-people-you-have-now. Some people try and turn you against each other, and everyone wants to take credit for your success.” – Robb Flynn (Machine Head)
The music industry is tough. Are you ready for it? Your best friend in the band will become your enemy, especially if you are the main songwriter.
“To this day I don’t have a guitar idol. I have people who are my favorites.”– Randy Rhoads (RIP) Guitarist
Be influenced. Progress is derivative.
Another weird and interesting band from Sweden. Tap Dancers playing hard/melodic rock. Expect to hear certain bits in songs were they can break out the tap ala “Riverdance”. It’s got a fun feel and well worth a listen.
A brilliant three piece band from France that blends heavy/hard rock with a Tool/Isis groove. Formed in 2006. Issued an EP called Venus in 2008. I have rewritten my top 10 for 2012 to include this release
The band is no more. What a shame. Another good band from Sweden. They were in a competitive modern rock market. Worth a listen. Pop songwriter Max Martin co-wrote “Cause I Am” and guitarist John 5 co-wrote “First Time”.