California Album Review

One of the biggest bands in pop punk is back…..

…….but this time with a slight twist in the line-up. For those of you who weren’t on the internet at all during 2015, Tom DeLonge was pretty much kicked out of Blink 182 and he is currently being replaced by Matt Skiba (frontman for Alkaline Trio). Now with Tom DeLonge on the sidelines, I can see why some people might be anxious about this new album and even angry that Blink 182 would go on without the famous UFO enthusiast. Let me assure you that DeLonge was not the only person that made Blink 182 what they are today (a band that knows how to put out a good tune) and this album proves it over and over again.

California will get all of the old Blink fans feeling nostalgic for earlier days with some recycled riffs and ridiculous songs such as ‘We Built This Pool’ and ‘Brohemian Rhapsody.’ Some people might not like the rehashed riffs and sounds, which is understandable, but I can see why this kind of album needed to be written in the first place. With a lot of people saying that Blink wasn’t Blink without Tom, I guess Mark wanted to show them that they’re wrong. Even with the recycled riffs and familiar sounds, you can’t deny that California is a great time. You’ll be singing along with the lyrics in no time, jumping like a madman whether you’re seeing them live or you’re listening to them in the car (on a side note, please don’t jump around like a madman while you’re in a car). I feel like Travis Barker always brings his best and California is no exception. Just the first song, ‘Cynical’ sees Travis going crazy with those sticks and it only goes uphill from there.

Mark Hoppus and Matt Skiba are absolute beasts at the vocals, switching seamlessly and taking turns for different verses and choruses and it sounds great. It almost sounds like they’ve been playing together for years and they’ve only just now  created an album together. They don’t harmonize too much in the album, however, which is kinda different from the dynamic between Mark and Tom. I also believe that Matt’s influence on the album was a little lacking. I know he writes darker songs in general and he’s really only stepping in for now, but I feel like he could have helped push the band in new directions.

That’s probably the worst part of the album. It feels like the band is staying in the same place. I know I said just earlier that I understand why they re-hashed some riffs and sounds, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t wish they would experiment a bit more in the genre. There are a few songs that sound more progressive than others such as ‘Los Angeles’ and ‘Home is Such A Lonely Place’ but overall, this album is classic Blink. Some might not like it and some others might. All in all, California finds a comfortable middle for the band with plenty of room to grow.

The Verdict………….4.0 out of 5 

  • Great vocals
  • Some amazing drumming from Travis Barker
  • Re-hashed sounds and riffs
  • A whole lot of fun

But enough about what I think! What did you guys think about the album? Do you guys hope to see Matt Skiba become a full-time member of Blink or would you like to see the return of Tom? Leave a comment and let me know what you think! Thank you very much for giving this review a read and please like and share this if you liked it. Have a great day!


To Open The Week (my opinion on YA novels, what I’m working on now, and the Windfest Show)

Well it’s monday for starters…….

and while I may be writing this on a Sunday night instead of studying for my history exam on Tuesday (because I’m just a rebel) I can tell you that I am probably not happy this fine Monday morning. The reason is simply because I am currently burning my way through George RR Martin’s Storm of Swords as quick as I can, which means that I will be up late tonight burning through the pages, completely absorbed into Martin’s fantastic world. The choice that I make will leave me exhausted and cranky in the morning.  I’m hoping to finish this book pretty soon so that I can write a review on it for you guys. I’m trying to find some time to write some more reviews or really just get more content on my page in general. I have been pretty bad about my New Year’s resolution so far. I have plenty of ideas like for example, I still have two MCR albums that I have to review for you guys. On top of that, I have The Black (Asking Alexandria’s new album) to review and I think I’m going to finally write a review for House of Cards season 1 which is a brilliant show.

Today, for some reason I was thinking a lot about young adult novels. I think I started thinking about them because I was watching some Vlog brother videos which is a Youtube channel that is run by John Green and his brother Hank. John Green mentioned that he was working on a new book which made me very excited. John has written some of the best novels I have ever read, period. Then I thought about some of the other big YA novels, mainly The Hunger Games and The Divergent Series which have both become phenomenons in the young adult genre. Both have movie series with big name actors in them and both are in the same sub-genre: dystopian. Now I think that this is going to be about dystopian for the most part. I’m not sure if I’m ever going to read a dystopian YA novel again. I remember when I was young and I read The Hunger Games when it was first released. I loved it. The whole concept of it was….. dark. I felt like I shouldn’t have been reading a book this violent, this dark, with such a terrible but wonderfully original concept. I read all of the novels as they came out. The original is still my favorite to this day. The second just made me think meh and the third novel did not impress me. Then I heard about a new series called Divergent. I borrowed all three books from a friend of mine and read them in a week. I know what you’re thinking, well if he tore through them then he must have liked them and that is true. The novels were well written and were addicting to read. There was a lot of action and I never got bored as I ripped through the pages. Once I had finished that series though, I sat back and thought about how Divergent felt vaguely familiar to another series I read. Strong female lead character, sappy romance, overthrow of the government, lots of death and lots of feels. You know where I’m going with this. The Maze Runner is also quite similar to Divergent and I saw a pattern between all three of them.

Now before you jump down my throat, I’m not saying that their bad books, but they’re not exactly different. And I’m not saying that all dystopian novels are like these three franchises. I’m sure some are very original and frankly, if you think you have some good ones to recommend, I would love to check them out. Leave a comment below (please!). I’m just annoyed with the fact that the three biggest YA franchises that have movies being made are all similar in more ways than one. Like I said before, I’m not hating on all YA novels. I love John Green’s books and I just bought another YA novel the other day called Mosquitoland by David Arnold. I’m excited to read that one because it’s a novel about a road trip (I’m a sucker for road trip novels), but besides that I don’t know much else about the book. Who knows though? I might have just grown up (sad face) and have become uninterested in the whole dystopian setting.

The Windfest show

If you guys don’t know this yet, I am in a band. I play guitar and sing for a band called Just Alice. We just released a Youtube video of our new song called Time Bomb and it would be super cool if you guys checked it out. I’ll also leave a link for our Twitter and Facebook page below so you guys can check out our page and follow us. In a little under two weeks, We will be playing at the annual Windfest. Windfest is a small festival that is held in Portland every year. The last time we played at Windfest, we were all super young and we still had Jarrett as our bass player. This will be our first time performing on a stage in almost 2 years (I believe that is correct but I could be wrong)! It’s been a long road and we are very excited to get the opportunity to play again. We got a sick set list that we think you guys will love! So if you live in Portland, Mark the calendar! We will be playing on Saturday April 16 from 1:30-2:15.


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Death of a Bachelor Album Review

This album sees Panic! At the Disco being as charismatic as possible

I’ve listened to Panic’s new album, Death of a Bachelor a few times now and I still don’t know what it is that makes it so likable. I’m serious. I don’t think I’ve found a song on here that I don’t like. I wouldn’t call this album ambitious at all, and yet it is still able to pull you in, which is a great experience. When you break it down in fact, it is simply a well-written, well-executed work of art, all done by a man nearly as charismatic and charming as the album itself. I’m actually going to challenge you to listen to this album and not dance or want to sing along at some point. This album is honestly genius….

The Lyrics/Vocals

In terms of the lyrics, I think people will get what they’ve always expected from Brendon Urie. They can be very weird at some points and even comical (take the song, “Don’t Threaten me With a Good Time” for example) but overall they are very excellent. I love the song, Death of a Bachelor because of the message behind it. That same feeling goes for many of the lyrics in this album. Brendon Urie is a very creative person in terms of lyrics and they always flow so well. The lyrics in this album flow more smoothly in this album than I’ve ever heard from him (that could be because of the music too however). 

Brendon’s vocals. Oh my. That will be your reaction from this album if you have any sense. I’ve always known Brendon Urie for having that wide, but beautiful range of vocals and in this album he really shows that. He has a one of a kind voice. He’ll start a lot of the songs with some low vocals, and then as the song swells, so does his voice. Finally he bursts onto the chorus with a high but catchy voice. Before you know it, you’ll be singing along with him (or trying to) enjoying every sound of it. The combination of lyrics and vocals on this album make it worth listening to. But wait, THERE’S MORE!

The Music/Sound

The singles that were released in prologue to this album, prepared people for total Brendon Urie. TOTAL. BRENDON. URIE. This album was completely written and recorded by Brendon Urie who is now the last remaining original member of Panic! At the Disco. That means he wrote a part for every instrument on every song on this record. Good for you Brendon. You talented boy, you. That means what you’re hearing on Death of a Batchelor is all out of Urie’s mind. This guy who is majorly influenced by swing legends such as Frank Sinatra, incorporates a new sound into the music. Most of the songs on this album have an undertone of smooth jazz. From Crazy=Genius to Impossible Year all have a very Frank SInatra vibe, but with a twist of Brendon Urie. The sound and feel of this album actually make it one of the most unique experiences that I’ve ever heard. Frankly, it’s just a lot of fun. You know what that is right?

The Verdict………5.0 out of 5

  • It has a cool jazz feel to it
  • Brendon’s voice
  • creativity at it’s finest
  • catchy and a whole lot of fun

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Danger Days: The True Lives of The Fabulous Killjoys (Album Review)

The Future is bulletproof!

Hello again my readers! I hope all is we with you! So far, I have reviewed two of My Chemical Romance’s albums and now I am moving onto their fourth studio album. Danger Days (I’m just going to abbreviate the name to that) is actually my second favorite MCR album. I just really enjoyed this album for some reason. I guess I just really enjoyed how fun it was. Seriously, you could play any song from this album and I’ll lose my mind to it. Danger Days is really My Chemical Romance at the top of their game (creatively speaking). Danger Days is another concept album, the fourth studio album, released by My Chemical Romance through Reprise Records and Warner Bro. Records. The album was released on November 22, 2010, four years after the release of The Black Parade. This album is ultimately a big departure from everything that My Chemical Romance has ever done, with a new electronic, futuristic, arena sound and a story about a group of rebels called Killjoys. This album is epic, fun, and all around just a great time.

The Lyrics

In every album that My Chemical Romance has written, there is always a certain message, or theme, that present inside the lyrics. We should all know by now that Gerard Way is a very talented lyricist and with this album, he really brings it to the table. Since it is a concept album, you will catch little snippets of the story of the Fabulous Killjoys, however this album does not tell the whole story. Those of you who want to really experience the story should pick up a copy of The True Lives of The Fabulous Killjoys, a graphic novel written

Each member o MCR portrays different character in the story. Photo courtesy of Pinterest which can be found here.

by Gerard Way as a companion to the novel. You can find it on Amazon here. Anyways the album itself is filled with some wonderful lyrics. They are well written and catchy. Before you know it, you’ll be singing along to every song on here. The lyrics take a very different tone as well. They aren’t very dark or depressing. They aren’t about death or drugs. In fact, much of the lyrics in this album are uplifting and optimistic. Lyrics from songs like “SING” and “The Kids From Yesterday” feature some beautiful lyrics about not fitting in but being proud of that nonetheless. I think Gerard has really pushed himself to his creative limits for this album, in order to deliver us a great performance, vocally and lyrically.

The sound

Danger Days probably has the most unique sound of all the My Chemical Romance albums. My Chemical Romance carries the larger-than-life feel from The Black Parade to Danger Days, but Danger Days has a more electronic sound it it. If you were to listen to a song like S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W, the song starts with electronic chords. That’s not

MCR jamming out on stage. Photo courtesy of Ida A. on Flickr, found here.

to say that it’s a bad thing. I actually really like the direction that My Chemical Romance took with the album. It felt very fresh in terms of My Chemical Romance. And yes, this album is definitely the most poppy out of all of their albums, so if you don’t like poppy then don’t give this one a listen. If you can fight through that, however, I think you would be very satisfied with this album. The album has more aggressive songs however. I mean how about that opening track, Na Na Na?! RIGHT?! Destroya is also a very very aggressive song. So yes, there are songs that you can headbang to. I know there are people who don’t like this album as much as the older ones. People wanted another Three Cheers or another Black Parade but they got this instead. People can complain about this album all they want, but I love it. I listen to it at least once a day. I’m listening to it right now! I think My Chemical Romance tried very hard to achieve a new sound for their fourth album, and they succeeded. These guys are legends in my book. Even after all the major successes that they had with their music, they were still experimental and trying to be different. Then they just walked away after the fourth album……. If that’s not the most punk thing you’ve ever heard then I don’t know what is.

The Verdict…………… 5.0 out of 5.0 

  • Fresh sound for a new era
  • great lyrics that weren’t totally dark or depressing
  • My Stamp of Approval
  • Larger-than-life sound to it

Fun Fact

Did you guys know why My Chemical Romance wrote the song, Vampire Money? Well if you didn’t, they wrote it because they were offered a chance to write a song and record it for the last Twilight movie. They rejected the offer and wrote that song, because they were over their vampire phase. Did you know who did write a song for the movie? Green Day was offered after My Chemical Romance, which they accepted and wrote The Forgotten.

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The Black Parade (Album Review)

Welcome to The Black Parade

Hello again guys! So I’ve decided to give my own two cents on every My Chemical Romance album that was released. A week ago, I posted a review for Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge and today I will be sharing my thoughts on The Black Parade which is when My Chemical Romance hit the big time. The Black Parade was released on October 23, 2006 through Reprise Records and is considered to be My Chemical Romance’s most successful album selling over 3 million copies worldwide and gaining platinum in multiple countries and gold in others. This album was the first My Chemical Romance album that I ever heard and of course the first song I heard by them was none other than Welcome to the Black Parade. I think this album is actually a good introduction to My Chemical Romance for anybody really. It’s not exactly heavy but it carries over the same dark themes (specifically of death) that My Chemical Romance is known for. In this album, My Chemical Romance taps into a more refined rock sound that has a larger-than-life feel to it, with some gorgeous creativity.

The Lyrics and Vocals

For those that do not know, The Black Parade is a rock opera, meaning that it has a story inside of the music that you will discover as you listen to it. It is about a character called The Patient who dies in the beginning of the 281x211album and goes into the afterlife where much of the story takes place. Some of the songs written in the album are actually The Patient’s flashbacks into his past life. Anyways, it’s a very original concept story for an album and the lyrics are amazing of course (but which MCR lyrics aren’t?). Gerard Way was sober when he wrote this album actually which, in my opinion, explains why the lyrics in this album seem to be more
mature. You can tell that Gerard is more mature as a person when he wrote this album and I’m not saying that Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge is for immature teenagers who hate life blah blah blah. Three Cheers for Sweet
 lyrics sound chaotic compared to this album. The lyrics aren’t meant for angry people, it’s meant for people who may have lost a loved one to death, or those who might be facing death. That’s not to say that they are the only ones who will enjoy this album. Like Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge, Gerard way writes great lyrics filled with imagery and metaphors. Gerard still has a one in a million kind of voice that he harnesses in the album. There is less screaming in this album however, so if you enjoyed that kind of thing then this album might not be for you. Like I said: less chaotic. Once again, the lyrics and vocals on this album are top notch like usual. People don’t just scream the anthems Welcome to the Black Parade and Teenagers just because they sound catchy. Gerard writes some meaningful lyrics that obviously have hit home to a lot of people including me. You can’t help but sing along.

The Music

Like I said in the beginning, this album has a larger-than-life feel to it and that is thanks to the music (of course). The opening song, The End, starts the-black-parade-large-msg-118160689463with just an acoustic guitar and Gerard’s singing but quickly grows into an ear-raping experience fueled by every member in the band. You can tell just from this first song that this album is going to be epic (and why
wouldn’t it be? It’s MCR after all….). 
Then you hear the opening chords of Dead! and you realize another thing: This album is going to be a lot of fun. And trust me it is. The music is absolutely brilliant and filled with
melodies. Ray Toro kills it with his power solos and lead guitar parts, powering through the song. The whole band is alive with energy in this album and it’s just awesome. The tunes are catchy and melodic and frankly, just awesome.


The Verdict………5 out of 5

  • awesome rock opera
  • amazing lyrics and vocals
  • great musical melodies
  • still has that significant MCR sound to it

Fun Fact!

Did you know that Gerard Way always intended for The Black Parade to be the last My Chemical Romance album? Seriously! Since the beginning Gerard knew that he wanted The Black Parade to be the final album. Isn’t that crazy?!

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Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge (Album Review)

My Chemical Romance during Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge album era. Photo courtesy of


Ahhh My Chemical Romance…..

I don’t care care how long ago this album was released okay? OKAY!? Everytime I listen to this album, I am reminded why I even listen to bands like My Chemical Romance. This album, Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge was released on June 8, 2004 and it was the first major label release that My Chemical Romance had released with Reprise Records. After the release of this album, My Chemical Romance strapped in on a rocketship that headed for the stars. The album certified platinum in under a year after its release with a little over 1 million copies sold in America. Now I myself was a little late to the MCR fan party. I had heard about them a few times from friends while growing up but I never really listened to them until my senior year in high school (long after the band broke up…. sad face). I fell in love with this band and specifically this album. I have to say that Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge is not only my favorite MCR album but one of my favorite albums of any music that I listen to.

The Lyrics and the Vocals…..

You honestly can’t talk about singers in the alternative scene without mentioning Gerard Way the frontman of My Chemical Romance. Gerard Way has a way with words that I haven’t heard in any other alternative band. He has an undeniable ability to paint a picture with his words and keep us entranced with his violent vocals. Gerard Way sings with a clean and quite beautiful voice, along with screaming violently at chosen times in the album. Ray Toro and Frank Iero also provide background vocals on the record and both are quite talented at vocals. One thing that you will immediately interpret from the vocals from Gerard Way is absolute pain. This album is extremely dark for a number of reasons and Gerard’s vocals are one of those reasons. In the opening song Helena, Gerard almost sounds like he is wailing into the microphone, on the verge of tears. It creates an effect of despair that is prevalent throughout the album. Gerard’s lyrics tell amazing stories as well. They are dark (of course) and complicated but they are quite amazing when you realize what he is singing about. Just reading lyrics from this album gets me excited. Gerard has a very creative mind and he proves it with every album in MCR’s lineup, but this album takes the cake (for me personally) in terms of lyrics. If you are a fan of anything that is dark and angry, you should seriously give this a listen (even though I am sure that you have)

The music

The music in this album just blows my mind. I don’t know why, but everytime I hear a song from this album I’m just wowed. Every song has a very signature sound. A very MCR sound (if you will) and it just makes the listening experience that much better. My Chemical Romance has always considered themselves to be a pop punk, post-hardcore, alternative rock band (not emo for your information). This album shows off their post-hardcore side than any other album with fast, violent guitar riffs. One of the reasons that I have come to treasure the music in this album is because of the fact that even though My Chemical Romance is definitely not the first band of their kind, they have a way of making the music sound new. Their music has a very distinct and creative sound that lets you know: This is My Chemical Romance and it’s about to go down. Ray Toro pulls out the coolest solos I’ve ever heard from an alternative rock band. Mikey Way and Frank Iero provide not only solid rhythm parts for the album, but powerful parts as well. Every instrument is contributing in some way in this album and if you listen closely enough, you can hear that. Everybody member had a part in writing this album and the influences shine through in every member and the way they play. Of course what band would be complete without a drummer? Bob Bryar (the drummer during the time) is always on point and on beat with his drumming.  He gives a great performance with his creative drum beats to keep the band on time. Overall this band works very well together to create a fresh and dark experience for listeners.

The Verdict………. 5.0 out of 5.o

  • amazing lyrics and vocals
  • violent music for violent moods
  • dark storytelling (if you’re into that kind of thing)
  • fresh experience for fans of post-hardcore

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That’s The Spirit Review

But if we sing along…….

Hey there. So if you haven’t heard BMTH’s new album yet, then you should keep reading. I know that I’m a few weeks late on this album and I apologize for that. Better late than never though right? That’s the Spirit was released on September 11, 2015 (awkward) and is ultimately a departure from the older work that BMTH has done. In the past year, BMTH has released three singles that prepared us for what the album would sound like. A Lot of people liked it, and a lot of people hated it. Don’t worry, I’m one of the people who liked it, but it’s not my favorite BMTH album.

The Sound

So the sound is ultimately different and every person should expect that. There are no more heavy breakdowns, no more brutal death metal screams. BMTH’s music has officially become as melodic as they could, and it’s not a bad thing. The heaviest song that you’ll find on this album is “Happy” and even that song isn’t the heaviest. Am I a little disappointed with the new sound? Let me just say this: I really dug Sempiternal because of the sound. I thought the way Sempiternal sounded was the perfect blend of heaviness and melody. I wish the music in this album was a little bit more on the heavy side than it is. Whether you like the new sound or not, is up to you. Oh and by the way, the songs are catchy, whether you are a fan of the heavy stuff or not. Like I said these songs are more melodic than BMTH has ever done before and their melodies do impress me. BMTH still has a dark sound that is just beautiful. The whole album has a dark undertone that will seem like home to all BMTH fans. The keyboard/synth player, Jordan Fish plays a bigger part in the music than before and he has created some really cool sounds to accompany the album. Bottom line is, I wish this album was heavier, but it doesn’t sound bad the way it is. It’s depending on how you like it.

The Lyrics and Vocals

In my opinion, the lyrics are the icing to the cake that is BMTH. Of course there is no change there in this album (thank goodness). The album is a “celebration of depression. . .” as said by Oliver Sykes in an interview with Alternative Press, found here. That becomes very plain to see from the very first song that is played, titled “Doom.” The song has some great lyrics that portray a depressed person’s acceptance of his fate and his depression (or at least that’s what I get from the lyrics). This song ultimately sets the tone for the rest of the album. I think my favorite song so far is “Follow You” which is the first actual love song that BMTH has ever written (I think. Don’t hate me if I’m wrong.) It’s a love song with a dark undertone though with some creative lyrics such as, “I will follow you cause I’m under your spell and you can throw me to the flames I will follow you, I will follow you.” I think this really shows how far Oliver Sykes has come since when BMTH was first started. The rest of the album features some more amazing deep lyrics that bring reality to depression. It’s actually quite amazing how well Oli portrays it. Oh and Oli has an absolutely beautiful voice when it comes to clean singing. I know we kind of already knew it due to the singles that came out before the album but man! He has a GORGEOUS VOICE!

The Verdict………… 4.0 out of 5

  • Beautiful, dark melodies
  • I Personally wish it was a little heavier
  • Awesome lyrics and vocals (as usual)

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