[Review] Parkway Drive – Atlas – At Their Finest Hour!

Parkway Drive - Atlas Cover

I’ve been following Parkway Drive since their Horizons album. I had found them through KillrBuckEye who does guitar covers. (that guy is pretty wicked, check him out.) From the first time I heard Five Months, one of their tracks off Horizons, I’ve been hooked on their music. Their interesting blend of metal, metalcore and a bunch of others you can hear, but aren’t sure what it is, has truly been quite a pleasure for the ears. Late in 2012, Parkway Drive released their forth full length album, Atlas. The album has since been received well by their fans and many critics alike.

Parkway Drive is an Australian metalcore band from Byron Bay, New South Wales, formed in 2002. As of 2012, Parkway Drive has released four full-length albums, Killing with a Smile, Horizons, Deep Blue, and Atlas, two DVDs, an EP, entitled Don’t Close Your Eyes and two split albums.

I had been egarly await Atlas, since their previous offering, Deep Blue, which was in fact an amazing album, filled with riviting breakdowns, spine chilling guitar solos unlike traditional solos and raw unmatched vocals. Parkway Drive has been masterful since their early days coming out of Byron Bay in Australia.

Parkway Drive - Photo #4This time around the band took a similar approach to this album as they did before, with Horizons and Deep Blue. Infact this time around one can aruge that Atlas is alot heavier than their previous album. At times I feel like this isn’t true, but that doesn’t deter it from being an enjoyable experience. While their songs follow a traditional song structure, it is quite easy to get lost in them, negating the traditional song structure. However, at times they simply just throw this sturcture out the window and go with whatever feels right.

Parkway Drive - Photo #2Previously, Parkway Drive had stated that they had alot of punk influence, which while listening to many solos and melodies throughout this album you can hear that influence. Maybe not as much as previously, but it still nice to know that Parkway Drive hasn’t changed who they are since their signing to Epitaph Records. The band also included scattered use of orchestras as well as scattered use of electronic elements and their signature acoustic riff throughout the album.

Now on to the actual band itself. On vocals, we have Winston McCall, who again develivers right on the money. In fact I would argue his vocals have gotten even better than before. This time around Winston McCall hit lower register with more melody giving an already melodic  song even more melody and even more of a raw feel to it. In songs such as “Dark Days”, the first release off the Atlas album, his vocals are spot on, and really accents the raw sounds of the guitars. In addition, “The River”, another song off Atlas, shows off Winston’s more lighter heavy vocals, giving the song a stronger, more emotional atmosphere, something that has become well-known in each album. For Horzions, it was “Carrion”, for Deep Blue, it was “Home is For The Heartless” and this time around “The River”. Songs such as “Sleight Of Hand” and “Dream Run” create a much more driving metal vocal feeling which is quite well received if you asked me.

Parkway Drive - Screenshot

For the lyrical aspect, its no secret that Parkway Drive has had some impressive lyrics over the years, dealing with everything from Heartbreak to war to things truely unknown. This time around Parkway Drive tackles issues such as the destruction of the environment to the World’s problems, everything from dealing with age to how society wants you to perceive something as well as corporations who lie and such. As with all Parkway Drive’s lyrics, its quite an earful if your willing to listen.

Parkway Drive - Live Performance #1

Jeff Ling, Luke Kilpatrick and Jia O’Connor are the bands guitarists and bassist. The rawness of the tones of the guitar was brilliantly done in addition to their little runs of scales throughout each song. The solos where incredible, the riffs where hardcore and it all blended perfectly. Again songs like “Sleight Of Hand”, “Dream Run” and “Wild Eyes” feature some of the heaviest riffs in the whole album though “Dream Run” is more melodic and driving than a hardcore riff. The guitarist where able to create an atmosphere that brought out a great sense of emotion, even without the use of vocals. This is evident in songs such as “The Slow Surrender” and “The River”. Overall the guitarist did one hell of a job on this album and there isn’t much else I can say. Once you listen to the album and you’ll know what I am talking about.

Ben Gordon’s attack of drums was pretty wicked. In addition to the scattered use of electronic drums here and there for additional effect, the drums were hardcore and quite amazing. Everything was fitted perfectly with all of the elements that the band used. It was all a perfect sequence of drumming on Ben’s part. I must say it all added a truly hardcore atmosphere for the entire album, even when the song was slower filled with acoustic guitars and ochestras, Ben Gordon’s drums still mange to create something that was still driving and something you would rock out to.

Overall this album was incredible, and if you’re a Parkway Drive fan this is a must have. If you’re not, fear not, you won’t be disappointed. There wasn’t a really let down of a track in this album, each song you can rock out to and really feel what the band is trying to portray. This is an album you should check out.

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Introducing: Terracide – Metal With A Twist!? – Free Primordium EP Download

For those of you all who have realized by now, I like heavy music, I like pop too, but I like heavy music as well. So I am always on the hunt for some pretty badass music to rock out to. It just so happens that one of the musicians I am subscribed to on YouTube, decided that he would like to rock the world, with a badass metal band. Yeah, and guess what? He does it pretty badass.

Terracide - Daniel Tidwell - Vocals/Guitar

Terracide – Daniel Tidwell – Vocals/Guitar

For those of you all who don’t know, Mr. Daniel Tidwell (metaldaniel03), is a guitar musician. He performs original music as well as doing remixes of some many Video game classics such as the Casltevania  sound track, MegaMan stage tracks and much more. He also did many metal remixes of classical Pieces such as Fur Elise, just to name one.

As of now, Mr. Daniel Tidwell (metaldaniel03), is currently pursuing a band type structure rather than a solo type structure, his band as of now, is Terracide. And I quote:

Terracide is an assault of aggressive grandiose melodic metal. An aural feast of energy and emotion. Terracide has arrived. And we come bearing gifts for your auditory systems.

That would be the description of Mr. Tidwell’s band. After listening to the currently released for free, (ACT NOW PEOPLE),  3-track EP, Primordium, I can safety say this is not an EP to go unnoticed. I have seen and heard many bands release and re-release EP (myself included), that was not the best, but Primordium, is absolutely brilliant. Produced by Mr. Tidwell himself.

Currently the band’s line up consist of Daniel Tidwell (Vocals/Guitar), Josh Winn (Guitar), Wayne Courtright (Bass) and Mike Lumer (Drums).

Terracide - Mike Lumer - Drums

Terracide – Mike Lumer – Drums

From listening to this EP (LINK), I can see a great amount of potential in the band themselves. The music flows nice, each instrument does not try to overpower each other, rather they compliment each other. The guitars possess this complex flow that, if you had been watching Mr. Tidwell’s YouTube channel, would noticed that it has since become something of a signature. Drums were excellent and pretty much the entire ensemble felt well in tune together, blending and meshing together quite well together.

Terracide - Josh Winn - Guitar

Terracide – Josh Winn – Guitar

When I listen to the tracks, I can hear some of the (death) metal or another sub genre of it. It is not a bad thing at all, as the clean vocals meshed very well with the harsh vocals, something many bands are unable to emulate. The vocals while harsh at times, isn’t unbearable as you would think. The harsh vocals has amazing melody once again complementing the entire piece. I’ve pointed out this, because many bands just have harsh vocals at one register (for lack of a better word) and are unable to carry it across, but not Terracide.

Terracide - Wayne Courtright - Bass

Terracide – Wayne Courtright – Bass

I believe this band can go places, and if you love heavy sounds or amazing guitar solos and playing, Terracide got the stuff. It would be in your best interest to give them some support. As this is pretty wicked stuff. You can check them out at here:

DOWNLOAD THE PRIMORDIUM EP!

Terracide - Primordium EP

Terracide – Primordium EP

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Periphery – Periphery II: This Time It’s Personal, This Time It’s Freakin’ Scarlet!

Periphery Band 2So I recently I saw a guitar cover (LINK) from Ryan Siew, dude’s a badass, and he was covering Periphery’s The Gods Must Be Crazy, I had never heard the song before, and I instantly fell in love with the complexity of the guitar’s leads. Not to mention that Ryan Siew also did an insane job on covering it.

I must admit, I don’t really listen to Djent music, but Periphery combined it with other genres of music and made it more than I could imagine. At first I was not sold completely on the music. The vocals were too much for me. I don’t usually listen to such heavy metal (except Parkway Drive) but as soon as the sound hit the chorus and then bridges, I fell head over heels in love with the driven clean vocals of Spencer Sotelo, this guy can sing. I don’t care that the vocals are heavy, this guy makes it all good. Spencer Sotelo has a voice unlike any other musician I have ever heard, and the rest of the band are always amazing. Most of the songs were composed by Misha “Bulb” Mansoor, he is pretty much the band themselves. He has been responsible for composing and producing the music, since the very beginning.

Periphery PromoThe Band currently has two full length album, Periphery And Periphery II: This Time It’s Personal. I have listened to both albums in all its entirety. The guitars are just amazing. I really need to get some better words to describe it, but it really is. The guitars, I feel, have a very neo-classical vibe. They tend to combine scales inside of their riffs. It gives it a pretty wicked feel. All in all, they make a lot of use of scales and odd combination of notes. The guitars are usually combined between clean and distorted stuff. The distorted stuff comes from the use of Djent-type guitar riffs. It’s quite an interesting use of the Djent riffs. The songs usually find itself breaking down to a clean passage, sometimes there are solos, and the solos are pretty interesting, very melodic.

The vocals are just insane. The level of clean vocals and then the immediate use of distorted, rough vocals really compliments how the guitars are also structured. In addition, the band only has one vocalist, so this really a plus for him. Being able to drop ones voice so low is a quite a feat, but also being able to push your vocals to such a clean, high standard is really remarkable.

Periphery Band 1The drums, I must compliment. The drums are so well in time and tune with the guitars and vocals, you just might forget it was there, but even if you forgot it was there, if it happened to disappear you would know. It really brings an additional form of life to the song. Some songs on the album also makes use of distorted electronic drums, but it never overpowers the real drums. The additional instruments such as the sampling and the atmospheres are really well worked into each song. Sometimes the atmosphere also act as breakdowns and interludes. The Album, Periphery II: This Time It’s Personal, features quite a lot of different musical styles, and combination of different types of production. You can hear this on songs such as “Ji”, “Scarlet” and “Facepalm Mute”. Each song sounds similar, as if it were the same band, but they each have something that really sets them apart from the rest of the song. The breakdowns are very different, but very catchy.

I really enjoyed this album, and this band is currently in my playlists. I would heavily recommend you all picking up this album, if you have ever enjoyed guitar music or metal music in general, you will appreciate this album.

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Skrillex – Bangarang EP – BANG BANG! Your Ears Are Gone….Gone To PARTY!

Skrillex Press 3Bang Bang! So I recently got my hands on Skrillex‘s Banganrang EP, now I know this was released in 2011, but I couldn’t just keep my opionoins to myself, you know like most humans, so I decided to share them with you. I must say the Bangarang EP is quite interesting, if I do say so myself.

Sonny John Moore (born January 15, 1988), better known by his stage name Skrillex, is an American electronic music producer and singer–songwriter. Raised in Northeast Los Angeles and in Northern California, Moore joined the American post-hardcore band From First to Last as the lead singer in 2004, and recorded two studio albums with the band (Dear Diary, My Teen Angst Has a Body Count, 2004, and Heroine, 2006) before leaving to pursue a solo career in 2007. He began his first tour as a solo artist in late 2007. After recruiting a new band lineup, Moore joined the Alternative Press Tour to support bands such as All Time Low and The Rocket Summer, and appeared on the cover of Alternative Press‘ annual “100 Bands You Need to Know” issue.

Skrillex Press 2Now having listened to all of Skrillex’s orginal music, collaborations and remixes, the first thing that comes to mind, is how Bangarang doesn’t follow the the previous releases and EPs. On this album Skrillex makes heavy use of the real dubstep type basses. I am aware that most dubstep musicians call him ‘brostep’ due to his higher ranged wooble basses, and that fact that it does possess more than usual. I have noticed that the wooble basses are more prominet, the lower wooble bases however. Although this is not the case for all the songs, for example Bangarang still follows the style of previous releases, with little changes.

However other songs on the album are taking it in a new direction, I have noticed that while you can hear the previous skrillex sounds, there are many new lead istruments, such as a guitar. Which isn’t that new. Rather the guitars are being accented by the synthesiszers, or vice versa, which ever way you would like to call it. However on Breaking A Sweat, I have noticed that there exists a passage that sounds like a delayed clean guitar with an additional effect being appiled to it.

Other tracks I have noticed have a bit of a more techno vibe, consisting of a longer melodic passage than before. Don’t worry the sound of skrillex still exists there, I am just saying that more melody was heard is all. 

One Of the songs that really caught my ear was Kyoto ft. Sirah. It was really unusual but Skrillex at the same time. I must commend the melody, it was quite catchy and intoxication. The verse spat out by Sirah was amazing. I love that passage. The guitars really give the sound a very raw, hardcore feeling. I just thought so.

Skrillex Logo

All in all, I really love the album, it is something I could just sit back and listen to. I guess Skrillex is moving with the times, the sound is really taking off. 

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Linkin Park – Living Things – Truly Unmatched And Brilliant Music

Linkin Park - Living Things Album CoverNow before we get into this, I would like to point out that I am a long-standing Linkin Park fan, that dates back since Hybrid Theory days, so there will be pieces were it sounds like I am fan-girling hard. So, forgive that. But I will attempt to do a proper review.

Chester Bennington & Mike Shinoda - Linkin Park PerformanceNow, after a wait of 2 years, Linkin Park followed their 2010 album, A Thousand Suns, with the much more familiar but interesting sounding, Living Things. Now right out, we see that the album much more resembles that of Minutes To Midnight and A Thousand Suns, with respect to the cover art. However, this may be me fan-girling of course, but the image of what I assume to be Chester, is what I believe to be a throw back to the days of Hybrid Theory meets Meteora, where we had the Hybrid Solider and then the skateboarder. Could just be me.

Now the actual sound of the album is by far one of the best I have heard all year. While I must agree with most reviewers when they say that the lead single, ‘Burn It Down’, sounds like it was Depeche Mode, I can see where some parts do sound similar. Although it was not my first comparison. ‘Burn It Down’, was followed by ‘Lost In The Echo’, which is set for official release on July 23rd, 2012.

Linkin Park Press Pictures 2Now having actually purchased the album, which almost never happens. I must commend the sound it self. While some may argue that it sounds like an overdone electro-pop sound, I must disagree. While the album does effectively make use of many electronic sounds, the entire, for a lack of a better word, ‘rock’ sound is there. The album’s heavier songs sound like it does draw influence from their earlier work, but it doesn’t overshadow any of the sounds. It balances off with each other quite well. You can indeed hear the guitars of the past, being overdriven, mind the pun, however without the heavy power chord progression in the back. However songs like ‘Victimized’ which doesn’t even follow this, is brilliant use of the guitars being combined with electronic elements. This song, doesn’t follow any typical song structure, and the guitars aren’t what you have heard before, at least from Linkin Park. Songs like ‘Castle Of Glass’ sounds very melodic and soft, although there is very heavy passages. The passages found throughout the album vary with hints of their previous albums, with the addition of new phases. Of course there is still the hip-hop influence that we have grown to love thanks to Mike. The passages where very well incorporated and very well tailored to the feel of the each of the songs. While it contained the structure of how you would use many hip-hop beats, the sounds of Linkin Park still come through.

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As I write, I realize that I may be speaking in weird references or something. Now, I must speak about the vocals. Both Mike And Chester did some freakishly awesome stuff with the vocals. I know for a fact that Chester wrecked it, even when he was sick. I felt as though the vocals were brillant, the reason for saying such is that when the sound it self wasn’t prominent, the vocals took over, and usually very powerful. There were times, such as in ‘Skin To Bone’ where I felt as though Chester the harmonizing wasn’t right. Although as the song progressed you felt it, and it eventually felt, right. Tracks like ‘Victimized’ and ‘Until It Breaks’ showed off Mike’s rapping prowess. I must say the rapping was quite raw and it was amazing. Even the lines were brilliant. I had grown to expect words with some serious thought attached to it, as in I had to really pay attention, and go read a thesaurus a couple of times. That is still there in some cases, but the rapping is quite well done, and it is something you can call amazing! Chester’s insane raw vocals which was evident on ‘Lies Greed Misery’ and ‘Victimized’ was just jaw-dropping. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing in these cases. Really a sound worth remembering. Again like Hybrid Theory and Meteora did, which the intertwining rapping and singing, it is also found here.

Kerrang - Front CoverNow I can’t really truly describe this record. It is something you must experience for your selves. Now it goes without saying that the Drums and the guitars really did their parts here, and by that I mean, Brad Delson and Rob Bourdon, really went out of their ways for this. I can feel the drums, and even the guitar can speak. Everything was amazing coherent and is a true fest for the ears.

I encourage anyone who feels as though they shouldn’t purchase the album, to buy it. It is an amazing album that truly has Linkin Park written all over it.

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Review: Shure PG 48 – Cardioid Dynamic Microphone

Shure PG48 - Bag, Microphone, CableSo in my new can do attitude, the: “I do want I want because I can”, I have decided to make a movie, now this has been on my mind ever since I was a child and I have since made many attempts at making a short film aka, a Webseries, now this has spawned dare I say it, a movie! Yes.  In my attempt to make a professional looking and sounding movie, I have invested in a microphone, while I couldn’t afford the Shure SM58 (which I am going to buy as well at some point), I picked up the PG48 and well, let’s just say I woke up with it.

Shure Incorporated is an American corporation originally founded by Sidney N. Shure in Chicago, Illinois in 1925 as a supplier of radio parts kits. The company became a consumer and professional audio-electronics manufacturer of microphones, wireless microphone systems, phonograph cartridges, discussion systems, mixers, and digital signal processing. The company also produces listening products, including headphones, high-end earbuds and personal monitor systems.

Current Shure LogoI must say even the box that the PG48 came in was absolutely gorgeous. Presentation on the part of Shure was brilliant. the microphone came in a sleek casing that housed it, and it had a cap for the underside of the microphone as to protect it from dust etc. They also provided me with free gifts, and we all know how much I love me my free stuff. In the box, it had a 15ft XLR-XLR cable, carrying case for the microphone, product papers and a mic holder and that’s it, but overall the initial presentation of the PG48 was amazing.

Shure PG48 - Angle ViewNow here comes the wicked part, the actual sound that comes from the mic. Now this Microphone is a microphone designed especially for the vocal presentation or vocal recording, not musical instruments or singing vocals. However it does a damn impressive job in capturing singing vocals (here’s a song done with a PG48, my Song.) Essentially it is perfected for presentation, speeches etc. Or in the studio for recording podcasts and such.

I am recording though my Alesis IO|2 and after a bit of tweaking the sound coming out of the mic and being recorded is amazing. Crystal clean, with almost no background noise, well practically none, So as long as you record in a quiet room, it produces no background noise. It really does produce clean cut sound.

Now my only problem really is that it records a bit soft, though I believe that this is my fault, and I am currently looking into that. The PG48 comes ready to record, in any audio workstation, or any podcast recorder. I also believe you can use it to make commentary. Though you would have to go through that yourself, but since it was designed for things such as speeches it should be pretty good when it comes to things like that.

Shure PG48 - Double Angle ViewNow also, I have tried recording my guitar with this, and the results were actually not that bad, it took in all of my guitar’s sound and it keep it clean without the sound becoming too digital. The recording felt as though it was a guitar playing, it kept the purity of the guitar if you understand what I mean. Although it had some highs being recorded as well,  it can record instruments pretty good (although I would spring for a SM class Shure Microphone).

At the end of the day, my PG48 is serving its purpose and it is doing its job quite well. For simple productions I would recommend this microphone. So There you go, go now. Pick it up.

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Happy Valentine’s Day! – From The Haphazard! With Valentine’s Day Wallpapers, Videos And Music!

Saint Valentine’s Day, often simply Valentine’s Day, is a holiday observed on February 14 honoring one or more early Christianmartyrs named Valentinus. It was first established by Pope Gelasius I in 496 AD, and was later deleted from the General Roman Calendar of saints in 1969 by Pope Paul VI. It is celebrated in countries around the world, mostly in the West, although it remains a working day in all of them.

The day first became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. By the 15th century, it had evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines“).

Modern Valentine’s Day symbols include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.

Guess what Today is!!! Really couldn’t guess? Anyways today’s post isn’t going to be a written post, rather its going to be a media post. With wallpapers from around the web, videos, music etc. All the good stuff. So without further adieu, I give to you!

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Review: Alesis IO|2 Portable 2-channel USB audio interface – Home Recording Solution For Musicians

Alesis IO|2 Product Angle Side ViewSo your sitting there, wondering, “Man, I want to record some music.” Ever happen to you? Most likely if you have ever played a musical instrument seriously, then you would’ve wanted to hear yourself play the instrument. Or perhaps, you wanna record some music and make an album. Or hell, your a freakin’ rockstar who wants to capture some random notes you threw together.

Now I have been a musician for many years, and I started doing covers for youtube, a couple years ago, and while some of them (my early stuff) was serious crap, the more recent ones, where I really sat down and said, “I wanna do this right”, was pretty well done, however, I had to use a make shift set up, but I recently decided to do a proper cover, so I went out and bought (after a long research process) an Alesis IO|2. While I haven’t put out a cover with it just yet, I have used it quite a bit.

Alesis Corp. LogoNow let’s get down to it. The Alesis IO|2 is a brilliant piece of equipment, perfect for anyone who likes recording music, whether your a guitarist, a vocalist or a keyboardist. The sound is absolutely truly clean, I just can’t believe it.

Alesis, based in Cumberland, Rhode Island, is a company that designs and markets electronic musical instruments, digital audio processors, audio mixers, digital audio interfaces, recording equipment, drum machines, professional audio and electronic percussion products. Alesis products are designed in America and manufactured in Asia.

The Alesis IO|2 is a 2-channel input recorder for Guitars, Vocals and keyboards (as well as what ever you have laying around that is electric that outputs to a 1/4″ line-in). The Alesis IO|2 has 2 XLR inputs for Microphones, with outfitted 48V Phantom Power (required for certain condenser microphones) 2 1/4″ guitar in ports, as well as 2 MIDI inputs for Keyboards. 2 1/4″ line-in ports for any additional instruments. There’s also a 1/4″ headphone jack with respective gain/mix knobs. There’s is also a switch for choosing Digital/Analog signals. What the Alesis IO|2 offers is pretty amazing.

Alesis IO|2 Product Angle Top ViewNow the construction of the Alesis IO|2 is impressive. Its a unique design, made of an aluminum frame and completely sealed. The box is impressively sturdy, so just in case it falls, you should be okay, not that’s it recommended. The knobs are all strong, and they all hold up pretty well, I have been screwing up with it for a long while, so It has already take a good amount of abuse. In addition there are LEDs to show you just what your using and if its working or not. The Alesis IO|2 is USB powered and is optimized for Laptop use, so it doesn’t drain the battery.

Now the actual sound is amazing, it is by far the most amazing clean sounding recording input I have ever owned. The input for my guitar captures everything, all the bends, the finger-tapping, the sweeps everything. This thing truly is amazing. Its picks up pretty well when using the guitar. From this I can only deduce that the mic sounds well, well that depends on the mic your using. Basically you get studio quality recording from the Alesis IO|2. All of the inputs are all Balanced. Which is good. It also features a 24-bit S/PDIF I/O for direct digital recording. All signals processed by your USB port. The Mic/Guitar channel is switchable so both channels can be either guitar or vocals. It also features Hardware Direct Monitoring, so latency shouldn’t be an issue. Some features pulled right from the homepage.

  • 24-bit, 48 kHz operation with high-end A/D and D/A conversion through integrated USB audio interface
  • 2 XLR mic inputs with 48V phantom power plus 2 1/4″ balanced line inputs that can accept guitar level signals
  • 1/4″ balanced main outputs
  • 1/4″ TRS inserts on input channels
  • 1/4″ TRS headphone output
  • Dedicated four segment signal/clip LED meter on both channels
  • Zero-latency hardware monitoring
  • 24-bit S/PDIF I/O for direct digital recording
  • MIDI Input/Output
  • USB powered—no external AC power supply necessary
  • Low power usage for minimal laptop battery drain
  • Bundled with Steinberg Cubase LE software
  • Class Compliant device: works with drivers which are built into Mac OS X, Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit), Vista (32-bit and 64-bit), and Windows XP

Alesis IO|2 Product Angle ViewNow here’s a few bad things. You can’t use the mic and the guitar inputs at the same time on the same channel, or else it creates distortion of the sound. The Alesis IO|2 also doesn’t come with any amp modeling software for you to use, which is unfortunate, but most likely if you play guitar, you would have an Amp Modeler somewhere on your computer. It come bundled with Ableton Live Lite. although I didn’t really use it. Its compatible with most, especially if you use it inside of a music production software (example: FL Studio, SONAR etc.) as an input. It even works with the Line 6 POD Farm (this is really fun), it works with Amplitube and Guitar Rig.

Look at this, it a brilliant portable recording device, honestly, Alesis is really going at it here. I recommend it, because it really is doing the job I bought it for, so if your needs are just like mine, a musician, a vocalist and a guitarist. It works. It sound amazing. And it allows for some serious customization of the sound. What else could I need? What Else Could YOU Need.

Year In Review – Well My Year Anyways

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So while all are busy with the New Years Prep, like you know, getting drunk and making stupid resolutions that we both know you ain’t gonna keep, I am busy with basically nothing. 🙂 Sounds fun doesn’t it? Well it ain’t. This year was quite a year, and I know you aren’t here to listen to me babble about random nonsense that have affected me in my life… oh wait 😀

But instead of talking about how much my year sucked or how much it was awesome, How about world events that you know, helped me be 🙂 For Starters.

Steve Jobs Died.

Steve Jobs With iPhoneSteve Jobs With iPadYeah, this dude was freaking epic and one hell of a bad ass visionary. Think You Can beat him? Fuck No. Don’t Dream Hater. But yeah, Apple is without one of its founding members, and basically the guy that started it all (Don’t Worry Steve Wozniak, you still awesome too, you after all are a part of apple.) I must say though, the passing of Steve Jobs was just way too traumatizing man. I mean he was awesome. He made some of the most epic technology on the planet, and he revolutionized industries (yes he did, Hello? iTunes.). He was awesome and deserves more than a thumbs up. I don’t Know how, but hey who knows.  Rest In Peace Steve Jobs.

StarCraft II

Starcraft 2

Fucking awesome. Words Can’t begin to describe how epic this shit was. I mean come on. Have you seen this shit? Plus. The Bankroll for some these tournaments. StarCraft II was worth the 10 year wait. Well 11 in my case considering I had to upgrade my computer to play it. 🙂

Bleach

Bleach Wallpaper - Ichigo VastoLordNot the household detergent. The anime. I finally got up to date about bleach and I must say, worth the like 100 GBs of Hard Disk space. Amazing production meets epic storyline meet awesome-ness. Bleach Started out epic and continues to be epic. Btw I like AMVs 😀 Looking forward to more FullBring-ing it in 2012.

Disney

All Disney Cartoon CharactersIt’s sad that I watch Disney. But its the only channel that, in the night, doesn’t show horror trailers. So yeah I pretty much know every single Disney person there….

Nickelodeon

Same thing as Disney. And besides its fun. 😀

New Computer & Laptop

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So I have been saving for the past year and I bought my computer early this year. Its pretty awesome. It does Music Production pretty well. It needs some more RAM and a better processor if I intend to pursue my 3D animations. This computer just ain’t cutting it. But luckily the mother board maxes out at 16 GB RAM, so I can slaughter that 3D-isms 😀 However it can only support AMD processors,and If I recall right it only supports a duo-core. Don’t quote me though, aren’t sure yet.

Personal Life

Still Non-existent. :/ Awkward.

Web Sites

I had to retire one of my long-standing web sites this year, it was quite heart retching. It was doing so well as well. It was getting close to 1000 unique hits per month. and epic achievement if You ask me. I however didn’t have the money to afford an upgrade. However I have found a new host that can accept a form of payment that I can provide. So keep a look out next year.

Music

Music VectorI need new ones. Found some good bands. But I need to expand my horizon. I have, however been working on my music. You know the whole production thing. I think I’m doing much better than the previous year. But only time will tell won’t it? 🙂

In conclusion

See I told you I was boring didn’t I? Why did you read till here? (If You Did, thank you) At the very most, this year, like most people’s, wasn’t too bad nor was it too good. But tomorrow (and in some places in the world, in which case, today) is a new day, a new year, make your resolutions as you see fit, and you try your best to stay true to it. So my friends, I wish you all a good year ahead, Dream Big, Work Hard. As I wrote this I forgot a ton of things. So If I remember them, look out for another post like next…..year? Oh And New Years Wallpapers 🙂

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Black Tide – Post Mortem – Some Seriously Impressive Music

Black Tide - LogoOkay, so a couple days now, I have seen that Black Tide‘s new album Post Mortem is currently out. Now When I first heard these guys it was with the song Shockwave, from the first album Light From Above. Now when I heard the song, I was immediatly blown away, not literally of course. Come to think of it… yeah kinda was. But that’s not the point. The point is the song was above decent level, the guitars were pretty sick, the vocals were awesome, everything tied together quite nicely, and the song proved to be quite addictive. So you can imagine how shocked I was to find out the they were under the legal drinking age. Not only that, but the when the band first got together back in 2004, lead guitarist Gabriel Garcia was 11 years old and Alex Nuñez was just 13 years old, however Alex soon left, and was replaced.  Still though, for these guys to have been so young and playing that level of music was quite astonishing. Which brings me to Post Mortem. This would be Black Tide’s second album, following their first album, Light From Above.

Black Tide - PhotoshootBefore jumping into Post Mortem, for you know, a Post Mortem, let’s take a look at Light From Above. Light From Above was released on March 18th, 2008. The album was considered a success by many critics and eventually earned them the Kerrang! Award Best International Newcomer Award 2008. The Album was also very notable because the band was all under the age of 20, with the frontman, Gabriel Garcia being only 14 durning the writing and recording.

Black Tide - Light From Above Album CoverLight From Above saw the band releasing three singles from the album, Shockwave, Warriors of Time, and Shout, respectively. Shockwave is featured on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 video game Skate 2, the North American version of Guitar Hero: Modern Hits, and is also available as a downloadable song for the PlayStation 3, Wii, and Xbox 360 versions of Rock Band. Songs from the album was also available for Tap Tap Revenge 2.

To support the album the band played 341 concerts around the world with headlining shows, festival dates like Download Festival and Mayhem Festival. This began on July 2007 and ended on April 2011. They were also the opening acts for bands such as Iron Maiden, Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet for My Valentine and Trivium.

Black Tide had a minor line-up change when Alex Nuñez left and was replaced by Austin Diaz. Regardless, Black Tide had no choice but to continue (I mean that dude was that import, Gabriel Is.), and thus they did. Their new line-up for Post Mortem, is currently, Gabriel Garcia (vocals and lead guitar), Austin Diaz (rhythm guitar and vocals), Zachary Sandler (bass and vocals), and Steven Spence (drums, percussion).

Black Tide - Post Mortem Album CoverBlack Tide was also graced with Bullet For My Valentine’s Vocalist Matt Tuck on their song, Ashes. The album, Post Mortem, was initally set for Feburary 2011, but was later pushed back to August, 23rd 2011. Three singles were released from the album thus far. Bury Me, Walking Dead Man and That Fire.

What more must I say about these kids? Well I can’t really call them kids. Just Call them Heavy Metal Rockers. Quite a good mix of music. Very addictive music, catchy melodies and quite brilliant Vocals. I can only suggest to you to pick up your copy of Post Mortem. I can see myself listening to it for quite a well. The solos are pretty rocking.

I can also say, that they are growing, their music is much better than their previous album, and considering Light From Above was amazing, guess what, there only going to get better.

Black Tide - New Line Up