“After Hours: Unplugged & Rewired” is like a best off, done in an acoustic format with the addition of a few new tracks.
Released on October 8, 2013 and this one was purchased from the Amazon U.S store without any graffiti on the cover.
One of my favourite songs.
Electronic programmed drums provide a foundation, while the acoustic guitars reign with arpeggios and harmonics.
If there is a song to listen to, press play on this.
This city made me who I am
I was always told that I am a product of my upbringing, and how the family, the social circles and the city I grew up in plays a part with all of this.
There is also a bluesy solo on this, which is cool to hear the guitarist flex their styles.
From the “Breaking Point” album. It was heavy and aggressive on that album, a perfect concert and album opener.
It feels swampy this time around and it doesn’t lose its aggression.
Shallow (Closer Than the Angels)
From the “Counting The Hours” album and the way this song sounds in acoustic format is so Breaking Benjamin and I like it.
This song is from the first album “Cause And Effect” and it works great in acoustic and electric formats.
It also appeared on the “Hollow” EP.
Personally I prefer how it starts off in acoustic and I like how I can make that “American Woman” association for the riff known as the “Nu Metal” riff.
Closer to Me
A new song. This song sounds great and I like how the drums have this processed electronic effect for the first part.
Dance in the Fire
From the “Breaking Point” album.
I don’t like how they tried to recreate the fast picked distorted verse riff in acoustic format. They should have stayed within the strummed verse riff.
But the Chorus is exceptional.
From the “Counting The Hours” album and they nail that Staind vibe.
From the “Hollow” EP and “Counting The Hours” album. This song has been done acoustically previously and it works.
Whatever It Takes
From the debut album “Cause And Effect”.
I’ll do whatever it takes to get you out of my life
It’s a great hook and they deliver it nicely.
It’s a new song.
Just close your eyes
Let the demons rest tonight
But they don’t rest, unless we use something to rest em. Because when a person is alone with their thoughts, the demons are out to play.
From the “Breaking Point” album. The song was done acoustically as a bonus track for the album and released here as well.
Sweet Misery and Worth The Pain
Both are from the “Hollow” EP. I like the electronics under “Worth The Pain”.
Little did I know that this would be the last full length album from the band.
Various single song releases came out and a new album called “Aquarius” was announced but it never saw the light of day.
However I will have one final post on those single song releases, plus a bonus post on “The Tragedy Machine” side project of the Winterstein brothers.