Rammstein: Liebe ist fur alle da (Love Is For Us All)

This sixth album by the German industrial/metal group Rammstein is far and wide the most diverse CD to date. Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean diverse in a bad way. Far from it. So far I’m only on my second listen through but am finding very quickly that the more I listen to it, the more I like it. Trying to pinpoint a previous CD in which it pulls from is too hard and actually irrelevant as all of Rammstein’s previous works are touched upon while also throwing in some new stuff. For example, “Ich tu dir weh” is almost punkish with a slight bit of british pop sound. Definitely not a trademark Rammstein sound — still, it is good. Really good. The classic “Amerika” in which the band pokes fun at the states can be heard again in their single “Pussy” which is a parody that sounds more “airy” with a heavy undertone. The title track, “Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da” starts with cracking snare rolls and flows right into a fast paced classic metal tone with insane solos spanning across many instruments throughout. Last but certainly not least, “Roter Sand” delves into what seems a deeper meaning as it begins with simple acoustic guitar and Till going it solo. In fact, it stays that way until 3/4 of the way through in which an orchestral background ignites adding another dimension. If you haven’t gathered by now, the entire album is full of surprises, twists, and turns that are worth your time. Trust me.

Bare with me, I’m still trying to gather my complete thoughts on it. A complete understanding will take a couple of weeks. Though no complaints from me. This album is awesome.

The official release isn’t until October 16th in Germany and October 20th in the states. Once it does come out, whether you’re a long time Rammstein fan, new to the band, or simply looking for something new, Rammstein’s Liebe ist fur alle da is something worth adding to your collection. Very soon, the special edition disc will be in my hands. Stay tuned…

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Harder bands that feature a female singer and continue to rock are few and far between. One band in particular that fits the bill is that of Paramore. Some may confuse them at times with Flyleaf. Another popular band that features a female singer. Regardless of any cult following you may have with one band or the other, Paramore has some really awesome songs. My favorite in particular is “Decode”. The music video above was made for the movie Twilight hence the affiliation. So give it a listen and let us know what you think. Lyrics included…

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While some may compare Radiohead to many other popular british bands such as Coldplay and Muse, they are in fact in a league of their own. (Not saying Coldplay and Muse suck as I like them too). On the list of bands I’d like to see before I die, they die, or break up is Radiohead. With awesome vocals from a singer who can actually sing notes that are on a scale, stay in pitch, and together with the rest of his band construct some of the greatest music known to mankind, Radiohead deserves some massive props. So sit back, relax and enjoy a live performance of Reckoner by Radiohead.

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Following the drumming God from South Africa, I’ll begin to head down a different path. A path that hits a little closer to home in fact. Any musician who regardless if they’ve made it big or not, has a deep love and understanding of local music and the support needed when a “big night” consist of a crowd in the 3 digit range. While the ultimate goal of any local band is to become famous, the one thing that should never leave priority spot number 1 is that of good music. The term “good music” is debatable and subjective from person to person. However, no matter the genre, local music is almost like a sort of school pride in that those who follow the band are proud of them, the music they make, and the humble origins from which they originated.

So, the highlight of the “local music” video for the evening is from my favorite local band here in South Bend, Indiana — Driven.

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So far I’ve highlighted bands that are in the mainstream and enjoy wide success in multiple countries. Again, we all know one of my loves is that of gadgets. And now, you all know a second is music. Building on that love for music is the love I have for the drums. I myself have been playing for 7 years, though, because it has been off and on at times since I still haven’t been able to get my own drum set, I can’t even begin to compare to Cobus, a remarkably talented drummer from Humansdorp (off the Eastern Cape of South Africa) who’s only been playing a few years yet surpassed me long long ago haha. Someday I hope to be at least 1/2 as good as he is. Enough talking, sit back and relax this video he put together. If you are into drums or drumming, you can surely appreciate the magic that is taking place before your eyes. Enjoy!

*If you like what you see, be sure to check out more Cobus:

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Alter Bridge. Whether you knew them before or after they made the switch from Creed, you surely know the potential they had. With Myles Kennedy that potential was unleashed. While many will surely disagree, I find Alter Bridge, and more importantly, Myles Kennedy to have one of the best voices for someone in this genre. He has range, power, and control (most days). With heavy hits such as “Ties that Bind” to amazing rock balads such as “Blackbird” (my personal favorite) to more mainstream favorites such as “Broken Wings”, Alter Bridge has quite a variety of music that is sure to suck you in.

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You may remember back a few months ago I wrote about a new band called “We are the fallen”. Bands come and go everyday. However, the way this particular band is planning on marketing themselves and connecting with the public is in stark contrast to many bands/labels and their sue first, continue to stall innovation, and apply old business models to new technology. I figured that since I will start adopting music/tech related news into my normal allotment of gadgets and other digital goodies, why not add this band, whom is embracing technology in an increasingly digital age to the list of videos to check out.

One other tidbit that shoehorned We Are The Fallen into my new music spot on the site is that you can actually embed their content — something that some other bands and pretty much all record labels feel will rob them of precious dimes and nickels. If you idiots only knew…

Hope you enjoy it!

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As you all know, I love gadgets and technology. However, one of my other loves is music. This new video from Breaking Benjamin (one of my all time favorite bands) showing off their newest single “I Will Not Bow” off of their upcoming album “Dear Agony” will be the first addition to the new music tab I am now displaying on the sidebar box. For now, music videos will occupy this space, however I have some ideas floating around in my head that will come to light in the near future. Hope you like the new addition!