Patrick Stump – 13 – This City

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Patrick Stump – 13 – This City (LIVE at Anthology San Diego) [09-01-2011] 720p HD. Enjoy!

 

TheAndySan

 

BGM: Homesick At Space Camp

BGM Artist: Fall Out Boy

Life In…07 Part 3-3 – Giordano's Pizza & Downtown Chicago

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In the conclusion of this Life In… video, I take you on a trip through downtown Chicago as well as visiting Giordano’s Pizza on Jackson Street for a quick bite to eat!

Feel free to leave me your comments for this video as well as suggestions for future videos. Also, be sure to read & subscribe to my blog (links always at the top of every video) as well as my YouTube channel to keep on the up-and-up with what I’m up to.

Once again, I’d like to thank you for your patience and your comments and your messages. Without them, it would be difficult for me to improve as a vlogger and a blogger.

TheAndySan

Editor’s Note: Sorry about the wonky quality of Chicago Is So Two Years Ago, but WMG gave me shit about it so I decided to totally mutilate the song while making it somewhat recognizable. If they still block this video, then I’ll pick a different song. I also had to switch out The Cab’s cover of Disturbia with Alexman159’s version because WMG was muting my audio track whenever I would upload it. Again, sorry about the poor audio quality of the songs.

BGM Title: Strings on Fire Contest Entry

BGM Artist: Daniel Rezende

BGM Title: Disturbia

BGM Artist: Alexman159

BGM Title: Chicago Is So Two Years Ago

BGM Artist: Fall Out Boy

BGM Album: Take This To Your Grave

BGM Title: Soundtrack of Summer

BGM Artist: Daniel Rezende

WAR 03 – Atreyu CONGREGATION OF THE DAMNED Album Review

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Today’s album review has been specially requested by Ben, one of my best friends. This week, I’m going over Atreyu’s newest release, Congregation of the Damned.

To be honest, I prefer music from the 80s-90s over what’s going on today. However, there have been several newer bands and artists that I’ve been really getting into: Owl City, Orianthi, housethegrate, and Atreyu just to name a few.

Atreyu’s previous release, Lead Sails Paper Anchors, was a good listen and well-received by the critics. Let’s find out how this new record stacks up:

Personal Backstory

I first heard Atreyu back in late 2007 when I was working at Andy’s Roadhouse and I often listened to the local heavy metal/rock radio station, 98.9 The Bear. Their breakout hit, Becoming The Bull, was played over and over and over and over again. It was great when I heard it the first couple of times, but because radio stations like to pummel listeners to the ground by replaying the same songs over and over and over and over again, Becoming The Bull got really old really quick.

Then, my bro Jon went out and bought Lead Sails Paper Anchors and I became quickly hooked to the song Falling Down. The opening drum-and-bass riff is so infectious it makes the Swine Flu look like a mild case of the sniffles.

I also found out that Dan Jacobs, one of Atreyu’s guitarists, has his own series of guitar instructional videos with Rock House. I checked out a couple of the free clips that Rock House put out on YouTube, and he’s a pretty well-schooled guitarist as well as an easy-going teacher.

The Track Breakdown

The first track, Stop! Before It’s Too Late and We’ve Destroyed It All, starts the record off strong with a Paul Gilbert-approved intro solo and goes into a throaty call to destruction.

The next song, Bleeding Is a Luxury, continues with the throat screams and makes me think of what a collaboration between Sixx AM and Avenged Sevenfold would sound like.

Congregation of the Damned, the title track of the album, gives the throaty shreiks a quick break with some great singing that doesn’t sound overdone.

Up next is Coffin Nails, a nicely-done emo-metal track. I know that emo is still regarded in the same way as goth was before the turn of the millenium, but for me, that doesn’t take away anything from a good song.

After that, it’s Black Days Begin, a Pantera-meets-Scorpions song that takes the excellent groove from both of these bands and adds a nice modern metal sound to it.

Gallows begins with a drumbeat straight outta Racer X’s Scarified and the opening guitar line is equally impressive! This has got to be my favorite track out of this album so far!

If Gallows is my favorite song on this CD, then the seventh track and the first single off this album, Storm To Pass, is an uncomfortably close second! The first vocal line in the chorus (Watching, waiting) is absolutely killer and the guitar work is noteworthy!

You Were the King, Now You’re Unconscious, the longest song on the album at 5 minutes and 8 seconds, begins with a Slayer-endorsed drum-then-pause drum line (think Raining Blood). It then goes into a sing-a-line-scream-a-line pattern that’s characteristic of today’s metal that’s carried throughout the rest of the song.

Insatiable, a hair-metal-meets-modern-metal song, is next on the disc. The vocal lines have enough CFCs in them to rip the ozone layer a new one and teaming with the crunch-and-punch guitar rhythms redefines the phrase “a world of hurt!”

Track 10 is So Wrong, another fiery modern metal track that’s also singleworthy. It starts off sounding like Iron Maiden and shifts between Staind’s quiet voice and throaty screams for the remainder of the song!

The next track, Ravenous, is a pretty straightforward thrash tune from the bowels of Hell. ‘Nuff said!

After that is Lonely, a tune reminiscent of Linkin Park and Fall Out Boy. Is this what FOB would sound like if they were a metal band? No, but it’s awful close.

Track 13 is Wait for You, which is the last of the regular tracks on this CD. It’s an approprietly-placed mellow wrap-up to the album that seems to be the oddball song in comparison to the metal onslaught from the previous 12 tracks. Is it just me or does this track remind you a little of the song Slip Out from the anime BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad?

Up next is Bravery, the first of the 3 bonus tracks. It fits in well with the other tracks with its sing-a-line-scream-a-line combo that Atreyu is so fond of.

We Are the Living Dead, the 15th track on this CD, is quite a screamer of a track! It should find a good home on metal radio stations around the globe, where it will pound listeners in the ear until they go running under their Hanna Montana blankets reciting lyrics from Jonas Brothers songs for comfort!

The 16th and final track on Congregation of the Damned is Another Night (Wishing I Wasn’t Here). It’s my favorite of the 3 bonus tracks and as a bonus track, it appropriatly bookmarks this album.

The Goodies, The Baddies & The Uglies

Looking at a behind-the-scenes sneak peek of this album in one of my Guitar World CD-ROMs, my expectations for the guitar work on this album was frightingly high! I’m happy to say that my expectations were well-met and if you dig modern metal rhythms mixed with bits of tasty 80s shred, you’ll dig it too!

One of the big gripes that I have with Congregation of the Damned is that it has the dreaded from-gut-to-throat-with-hate screams that are kissing cousins with Cookie Monster vocals in their overuse in today’s music. However, I think that Atreyu used them appropriately to accent a song instead of overwhelming it with pig roars, although some songs came close to overdoing it.

Another gripe of mine is that a lot of the rhythm tracks seem to be interchangable with other songs on this album. While some might like this kind of consistency, I however loved the interesting tidbits and then got bored listening to the same stuff played over and over and over and over again.

The Verdict

Despite the annoying vocal & rhythm guitar repetition and pig roars that threaten my sanity, Atreyu’s Congregation of the Damned scores big with some impressive guitar hooks and melodic vocal lines that give me a sense of hope in this generation of musicians!

6 Tracks To Give a Clicky-Click

– Stop! Before It’s Too Late and We’ve Destroyed It All

– Black Days Begin

– Gallows

– Storm To Pass

– Insatiable

– Lonely

– Another Night (Wishing I Wasn’t Here)

TheAndySan

P.S: Here’s the link to buy Congregation of the Damned from Amazon.

I'm In One Dilly Of A Pickle Here, Guys!!

Greetings! It’s the Andy-San here with some questions.

Today at work, I found a $20 bill on the ground. It wasn’t in any of the self-checkouts and there were no customers around it. I picked it up and debated on whether I should put it in the coupon slot like I do for all the other money I find in the self-checkouts. Usually, I just find quarters or a $1 bill, but this is the first time in my life that I found a $20 lying on the ground. I held onto it and took it home with me. I feel so bad for doing that, but I came to this conclusion:

On one hand, when there’s change left behind, I’m supposed to put it either by my drawer or in a spot where customers won’t find it. On the other hand, the $20 bill in question wasn’t in the self-checkout machine, I didn’t see the customer drop the bill, and there was no one near it when I found it.

On one hand, I would be benefiting the most from the $20 bill because I only have one source of income compared to Wal-Mart’s numerous sources. I would probably spend it at Wal-Mart anyway so they’re not losing money. On the other hand, it’s still money that’s left behind.

I came to the conclusion that I should keep the $20 bill unless Wal-Mart asks for it since they most likely caught me on camera picking it up off the ground. I would be supporting the U.S. economy by buying something and I would be supporting businesses as well. Did I make the right decision? Please leave me a comment to tell me what you think about it.

Also, when I got off work today, I saw in the Electronics section a new Dell XPS 420. It has the same quad-core processor as the one computer that I want and it comes with a keyboard, mouse, 19 in. flatscreen monitor, Windows Vista Home Premium, and possibly speakers. All of this is for around $1,000. I could use my discount to take it down to $900, so for essentially $100 more than the other computer, I can get a monitor, mouse, keyboard, an OS, and possibly speakers. The only drawbacks is that it has 1 GB less RAM and I think the hard drive might be smaller. Other than that, it seems like a friggin’ sw33t deal!! What do you guys think?

In other news, my stepdad and I kicked out the jams today with Beat It. We heard it on the radio (the Fall-Out-Boy cover, which is pretty bitchin’, but not as good as the original) and decided to give it a whirl. I knew the main riff but I didn’t know the verse riffs and the bridge, so I look up the tab for it and away we went. Our timing was pretty crappy, but hey, it’s our first crack at the song so it’s all good. Also, I never realized how mixed-down the guitar parts are in Beat It. I could hear Michael and the drums, but the guitar was pretty quiet so it was kinda hard to keep time.

Well, I’m gonna get goin’. Good-night!

Andy-San