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Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Duders Tunes - Hard Rock/Punk Hybrids

Thrice – I’ve been following this band for almost 4yrs now, and I still have one of their CD’s in my car stereo at least once a week. They are band of extremely talented musicians, and their album released last year “The Artist in the Ambulance” was touted by Rolling Stone Magazine as the most highly anticipated album of the year. Sadly, mainstream radio has not embraced this band to date, but their body of work to date is spectacular. It’s worth a listen to hear lead guitarist Teppei Teranishi, shred through songs like “Deadbolt”, and “T&C” alone. Take the voice of Billy Joe from Green Day, add Metallica-like melodies and changes in time, great guitar solos, and 3 piece harmonies and you have Thrice. Almost all of their music is available on the net, here is a good site to listen. They do a great cover of “Elenor Rigby”.

Avenged Sevenfold- New Hardcore Metal at its finest. They have a great catalogue of dark, macabre, heavy, epic tunes that strike at your core. Songs like “Chapter four” and “Unholy Confessions” showcase their dark storytelling and unique style that is much in the same line as Pantera and Iron Madien before them. If you’re in the mood for some great metal, these guys are the ticket. Check out their website for a listen.

The Mars Volta – Really you can’t categorize these guys at all. Their sound is completely unique, but definitely in the punk rock spirit. They have been well known on the underground punk circuit for quite some time, but recently have enjoyed some moderate recognition from mainstream music. This band is insanely brilliant, and I really won’t even try to describe their sound. They are supremely talented at all levels, especially when you factor in that flea recorded with them on their major label debut "Deloused in the Comatorium. My favorite tracks are "Tellevators" and "Cicatriz ESP". Just think of them as the Hard Rock/Punk version of Pink Floyd. Listen and you’ll see why. They pull sounds out of nowhere. Check em out.

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