From the US and formed in 1999. Signed to a label a few years later.
But I didn’t get into em until 2008.
Basically from 2000 onwards, I was really into the groove progressive rock of Tool.
But Tool songs just kept getting longer and I was looking for something to listen to, which was similar and more accessible.
So bands like Chevelle, Adema, Earshot, Deftones and 10 Years appeared on my radar, who played that form of groove rock and metal and I became a fan.
“Violent Allies” is produced by Howard Benson. Benson also produced the “Feeding The Wolves” album back in 2010.
That album is a favourite of mine, but there is a portion of the fanbase that hates what Benson’s generic pop production did to 10 Years.
If you don’t know what I mean, just check out his albums with Daughtry, Seether, Skillet, Theory Of A Deadman, Scott Stapp, Three Days Grace, 3 Doors Down, Red and many others. But for me, it’s that style of pop production I like.
The band entered the studio with 20 songs written and Benson cut 75% of the songs. The band then to write new material and revisit some of the other material to make the songs stronger.
I never knew a shift was happening / The scenery just seemed to be stuck on, stuck on, stuck on repeat
And that’s how people pull one over you. Governments give us a tax break here, a stimulus payment there and in secret negotiate trade laws and tax laws that create monopolies and suddenly we are living in a democracy that’s more about supporting big business than its people.
We go from silence to sirens without a space between / we are a violent virus without a remedy
We are scared of an actual virus that infects and kills us, but are we the biggest virus to the planet and each other.
Killing each other, no problem.
To reflect superiority over each other, no problem.
To reap every resource from the Earth, no problem.
All that we’ve managed to make is just a comfortable cage / Oh god, I gotta get out
And once we are in that cage, which is basically our home, we are comfortable, we are safe and we don’t want to change. We don’t want a shift to happen. All we want is a job till retirement so we can pay the bills and mortgage.
It’s a bit softer than the opener.
But time moves on and carries us / Into the wild of the great unknown
Kids today will be working jobs that haven’t been created yet. They will be living in places and buildings that haven’t been built. It’s exciting that the future is a great unknown.
Turn off my brain this all feels the same
The echo chamber of social media can get overwhelming as our finger keeps going on the infinite scroll.
Then we read the news and it feels like we’ve read this before or seen the TV footage before. Police brutality is nothing new. Citizens protesting against injustice is nothing new. Corporations and politicians filling their pockets with profits of the Earth’s resources is nothing new. Another copyright suit against a famous song is nothing new.
So you got heart and soul
Born to break the mold
You’re oh so original like someone I used to know
We are all young for such a brief time and believe that we are born for something different. So we pour our heart and soul into our work, thinking we will be rewarded with untold riches.
But it doesn’t work that way.
I am brand new now without you / Everything I can do now without you
You don’t realise how stifling and restrictive a relationship could be until both sides are free of it.
“Cut The Cord”
I lied to myself to stay above the tide and ignore the warning signs
I used to have this viewpoint to “stick with things forever” because I’ve spent time on it already and I don’t want to waste the time I’ve spent to start something new, because it means that all that time spent was for nothing.
Just reading what I typed is doing my head in.
It took me a while to realise that the time spent is all learning and preparation for the next thing to come. This is true for everything, from self-development, to changing jobs and relationships.
Take it all in and let the flood begin to wash away our sins
Open your mouth, let the fire out and burn me down
All is fair in love and war
It’s a great set of lyrics to sum up arguments, because as soon as the barrage starts it’s like a flood or a fire.
You can fire back, you can ignore it, you can escape it or you can apologise if you are at fault.
Trying to get the other person to see your point of view or your side is pointless because that just doesn’t happen.
As these hands of time tick on by the song remains the same
Circling the drain, I’m done
It’s the end, there is nothing else that could have been done. Once you start circling the drain, you end up in the wastewater.
And there’s going to be one more final post to wrap up September 2020 releases because 10 Years took over this post.