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While She Sleeps | This is the Six

25 Jan
"This is the Six"

“This is the Six”

Album Review by: Jeanette LeBlanc

“This is the Six” creates an emotional rollercoaster, you can tell that these guys put their heart into every second of it- which in turn, causes you to want to hold on with them throughout the entire ride.

While She Sleeps is a metallic hard-core band from Sheffield, England. “This is the Six” is the band’s first studio full-length album that was released on August 13th, 2012 through Search and Destroy Records. The album is a follow-up to their mini-debut “The North Stands for Nothing” that was released in 2010 and got the band noticed. While She Sleeps has only been a band since 2006 and at this point- they can’t be stopped. The band received best British newcomer at the Kerrang! Awards just last year and they have been added to the Vans Warped Tour line-up for 2013. “This is the Six” highlights the dynamics of what the band is capable of. The album consists of a wide range of; melodic guitar tones, power-filled guitar riffs, thick bass, serenading piano interludes, catchy gang vocals and rough-passionate screams.

The album sets things off with “Dead Behind Those Eyes”, which instantly rips you into the feel of the whole album; head-banging, heavy and catchy. The second song “False Freedom” invites new harmonies and more indifferent vocals that lead to a slowed down, passionate feel with choir sounding gang vocals. The album keeps you engaged, especially until “Seven Hills”, this song separates itself from the others, the guitar harmonies sing to you while the fast-paced drums make you want to move. The gang vocals will have you singing along the first time hearing it and after walking away, they will leave the song in your head. The track is then followed by “Our Courage Our Cancer” which introduces the bands capability of writing slower, more heart-filled songs. The song starts off with a stunning piano intro that is then unified into a heavier yet calm mood that allows you to lose yourself in the music. The second half of the album brings even more heavy-sentiment, especially during “Love at War”- This song will bring you up and down with a steady combination of everything that makes the album adoring.

While She Sleeps, “This is the Six” creates an emotional rollercoaster, you can tell that these guys put their heart into every second of it- which in turn, causes you to want to hold on with them throughout the entire ride. The band has announced they will be co-headlining Parkway Drive’s “Atlas North American Tour” and they are scheduled to make it to the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto on April 16th. The band will also be returning to the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto on July 5th with Vans Warped Tour. To order or listen to part of the album visit While She Sleeps music.

Parkway Drive | Atlas

24 Jan

Parkway DriveAlbum Review by: Jeanette LeBlanc

Atlas is the fourth studio album from Australian metal band, Parkway Drive. The album was released through Epitaph Records on October 26th, 2012- with much anticipation. The album begins with an introductory song titled “Sparks” consisting of a blend of serenading acoustics and synthesizing harmonies that help create a peaceful, innocent image before gradually tearing into a combination of powerful guitars and immaculate rough-wet vocals. If this introduction can’t get you excited about the rest of the album, then you should give up on heavy music all together at this point.

The album manages to hold a firm grasp on your attention throughout, especially the song “Wild Eyes”. This song clearly separates itself from the rest. The song begins with emotionally matched; guitar riffs and chanting gang vocals, this combination will have you singing along- even on your first time listening. This song leaves you on the edge of your seat wanting to scream out loud, while the mood takes you from calm and inspired to up and ready for action.

If you are a long-time Parkway Drive fan, it is safe to say that this album comes back full strife. The band has returned with their notorious break-downs and progressive rushes of wanting to throw down. If you have never listened to the band before then it is also safe to say that you are going to fall in love. Parkway Drive seems to have managed to stay true to their fans and their sound in this album while going that extra step above. The band has announced the “Atlas North American Tour” and will be reaching the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto on April 16th with co-headliner While She Sleeps.

I Never Thøught We’d Make it Øut Alive| It’s All in Your Gøød-Bye’s

21 Jan

Underøath @ the Sound Academy, Toronto| Photo Credit: Jeanette LeBlanc

Underøath @ the Sound Academy, Toronto| Photo Credit: Jeanette LeBlanc

Concert Review by: Jeanette LeBlanc

“I really wish I could, reset, rewind”

On Friday January 18th, hundreds of fans piled into the Sound Academy in Toronto to say good-bye to yet another amazing band; UNDERØATH. Myself being a long-time fan, I’d have to say that the only bad part about the show was the fact that they held such an incredible performance- I know you must be thinking that’s not a bad thing, but trust me, when your saying good-bye, it makes it a hell of a lot more difficult.

“This is the moment that we all live for, are you ready?”

The band opened with Viper Pit “Breathing in a New Mentality”, and the crowd really began to warm up. That song was then followed by D-Biz “It’s Dangerous Business Walking out Your Front Door”, by now the crowd was on fire. Bodies were flying everywhere and arms were held high, it was amazing to see so much passion in one venue. There’s something about the way their vocalist Spencer Chamberlain tosses his hair around and throws all of him-self into the microphone, that really engages you. Not to mention the energy of keyboardist Chris Dudley, I found my eyes glued to him for long periods of time- I could truly feel his passion for what he was doing.

“It’s all worth reaching for, the hand to pull you out”

Another amazing contribution that I love about Underøath performances is that they always have incredible lighting effects that they combine with really interesting and relative videography. These effects always stood out during their interludes, they make you feel like you are a part of the music. During “In Division” it almost felt as if I was in the middle of a lighting sound storm (no, I was not on drugs), it was just amazing how the effects can create such a powerful mood.

“Living inside a hole they put me underground, where they can never find me unless they dig me out”

After an amazing combination of new and old songs, the time to say good-bye came and went. While Spencer was thanking everyone and telling us how blessed he felt, I learned that we were the only Canadian show on the tour which in turn made us all feel blessed and appreciative. I think it’s safe to say that we represented Canada in a way that would make any fan proud. Now of course, with Underoath’s farewell speech came an encore; “Casting Such a Thin Shadow”, “A Boy Brushed Red Living in Black and White”, and as per the crowd’s chants, “Writing on the Walls”. Needless to say, they said good-bye in the best way possible. Fans were left satisfied and speechless; the only thought streaming through my head was a constant flow of Underoath lyrics. After leaving the Sound Academy that night, I knew immediately that Underøath was more than just a band- Underøath is an emotional journey for everyone they have touched and they will never end as long as we are willing to continue to let them live on.

“In this moment that we both ignore the truth, it’s all over”

Rock and Roll’s Latest and Greatest Addition | Monster Truck

14 Jan
Monster Truck @The Sound Academy

Monster Truck @The Sound Academy | credit: Jeanette LeBlanc

Concert Review by: Jeanette LeBlanc

Attending concerts regularly is what I do, and it’s what I’ve been doing since I can remember and unless if some unforeseen tragic circumstance occurs in the future that will prevent me from being able to attend- then it’s what I’m going to keep on doing. On August 18th, 2012- I attended 102.1 The Edge’s Dean Blundell Show’s Sausagefest at The Sound Academy (my favorite Toronto concert venue).The show was bad-ass of course (102.1 The Edge events never disappoint)and it was hosted by members of the Dean Blundell Show, featuring some pretty entertaining performers; comedian Craig Gass, an embarrassing- yet funny karaoke performance from die-hard listener/ #1 Dean Blundell Show hater- Adrian, along with awesome bands like The Salads, The Watchmen and most importantly Monster Truck.

Now as I said before, I see cool rock bands all the time (not trying to boast or anything) but these guys were different. THEY BLEW MY MIND. They opened with their single “Seven Sea Blues” which got them noticed and played regularly on the radio, and man was it bad-ass. These guys have the stage presence and “swagger” of reincarnated rock stars from the 1970’s, and they do it without even trying or looking stupid. They consist of a combination of powerful vocals and guitar riffs that sound so bad-ass that when you’re listening to them you can’t help but feel like you’re in a really cool scene of some Quintin Tarantino flick.

Needless to say, they truly are a “Rock and Roll” band, only modernized and turned up a couple of notches. If you have an opportunity to see them, regardless of what category of rock music you listen to- these guys will bring it; they will make you feel like that 15 year-old die-hard rocker who dreams big just wants to rock out.

The Molson Canadian Red Leaf Project Presents: The Tragically Hip

14 Jan
September 22nd, 2012

The Tragically Hip @ The Sound Academy- September 22nd, 2012 | credit: Jeanette LeBlanc

Jeanette LeBlanc

Molson Canadian hosted 100 park projects across Canada in hopes to help make communities cleaner and better. Trees were planted, trails were fixed and litter and invasive plants were booted out. When these clean-ups were finished all volunteers were given a ticket to a music festival nearby and me being one of them- I was given a ticket to see The Tragically Hip at The Sound Academy in Toronto.

On September 22nd I hopped on the Go train and made my way to the venue with a completely open mind towards how my night was going to go down. Upon arrival I realized it was going to be a good time, a lot of people were wearing the red Canadian shirts that we received for volunteering and we were all given vouchers for two free eco-friendly bottled Molson beers on the way in, along with synchronized flashing wristbands. While walking around the venue with my free beer in hand and listening to the opening DJ lay down some amazing tunes- I discovered that they were giving away free food- another added bonus that no one expected.

Finally the time came, The Tragically Hip were coming onstage- opening with “At Transformation” and let me tell you, they sounded amazing. This being my second time seeing the band, I had pretty high expectations and they met them all and more. Gord Downie’s energy took over the entire venue and he continuously thanked us fans for all our hard work we had done to improve our cities, which in turn made us all feel awesome. The band played a huge variety of songs off of their best of album titled “Yer Favourites” and they encored with another 5-6 songs, the last one being a mash-up that sounded incredible.

Molson Canadian’s generosity made that concert the ultimate Canadian concert experience of 2012, volunteers were left feeling proud and overly satisfied- Molson even made sure that everyone was taken home safely in a Grey Hound bus. They proved that Canada cares and knows how to make a difference while rockin’ out!