#RocktoberMusicFest ♪ “Again” – Flyleaf

“All Around Me” was the first song from Flyleaf I heard on the radio that captured my attention and led me to becoming a huge fan of this band. “Sorrow” will always be my favorite song of theirs forever. It’s one that I can listen to and never get tired of hearing, because the lyrics are so poetically captivating.

Sometimes life seems to quiet, into paralyzing silence
Like the moonless dark, meant to make me strong
Familiar breaths of my old lives
Change the color in my eyes
Soon he will perforate the fabric of the peaceful by and by…

Ahhh…have you ever seen more beautifully constructed lyrics? Unfortunately, I’ve already posted that song and “New Horizons” in previous posts.

“Fully Alive” and “Red Sam” are good recommendations for new listeners, and if you’re human, “Supernatural” will bring you tears. Flyleaf has released many albums since their debut, but I couldn’t tell you anything about their newer music, because I stopped listening to them when their lead singer, Lacey Sturm, left the band. Their new lead singer might be awesome, I don’t know and I don’t care, I love Lacey. #SorryNotSorry. She’s like the size of a Polly Pocket, yet can belt out a voice that would knock The Rock on his ass – which you’ll hear later this month during my Halloween Playlist. For now, I present “Again”, a song that still displays some of Lacey’s vocal range, only without reaching her impressive screamo skills. Enjoy!

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♫♪ Rocktober Musicfest is hosted by Mary B. at Jingle, Jangle, Jungle. Check out her website if you’d like to join the event. There’s no restriction against joining after October 1st or limit/requirement to how many times you have to post for the month. It’s really easy and fun! ♪♫

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#SongLyricSunday & #RocktoberMusicFest ♫ “So Far Away” – Avenged Sevenfold

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I already had this post scheduled for tomorrow, but when I saw the theme on Helen’s blog, I knew I had to share it today.

This week’s theme is: Lost

Typically, we discover new music and new bands on the radio, a friend’s recommendation or hear it play during a movie and just have to know who it is. But that’s not how I found Avenged Sevenfold. The very first time I ever heard them was live and in concert. I wasn’t there for them, obviously, I had no clue who they were – yet it was love at first scream.

That would be “Scream” their number one hit single at the time. I mean nothing says this song is gonna rock like a blood curdling scream right out the gate, right? That night, I was about 10 feet away from Papa Roach when he snuck down onto the floor before the concert kicked off, kind of recall Shinedown performing and especially enjoyed Buck Cherry‘s extended and totally X-rated version of “Crazy Bitch” and yet, the only thing I could think of when I got home was this new-to-me band, Avenged Sevenfold. I immediately went in search of their music and “Afterlife” became my new favorite jam for quite awhile.

Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan was the composer of that song and many others. Known for his ‘signature’ drumming technique, “The double-ride thing”, Jimmy was a Singer/Songwriter/Drummer, that like too many other talented artists out there, passed away from a fatal combination of narcotics and alcohol in 2009; three days after he wrote what was supposed to be the final song for A7X’s new album Nightmare.

But with his passing, the album got an additional track before its release. “So Far Away” was written by lead guitarist and The Rev’s lifelong friend, Synyster Gates. It’s hard to miss the depth of emotion in Synyster’s guitar playing and coupled with M. Shadow’s powerful vocals, this makes for quite an emotional send off to the “8th Greatest Drummer – ” and “5th Greatest Singing Drummer of All Time.”

The Rev lost. The band lost, his friends and family lost, the world of music lost. You won’t hear the word lost a single time in this song, but I don’t know any other that implies it more than this one.

Never feared for anything
Never chained but never free
A light that healed the broken heart
With all that it could

Lived a life so endlessly
Saw beyond what others see
I tried to heal your broken heart
With all that I could

Will you stay?
Will you stay away forever?

How do I live without the ones I love?
Time still turns the pages of the book it’s burned
Place and time always on my mind
I have so much to say but you’re so far away

Plans of what our futures hold
Foolish lies of growing old
It seems we’re so invincible
The truth is so cold

A final song, a last request
A perfect chapter laid to rest
Now and then I try to find
A place in my mind

Where you can stay
You can stay awake forever

How do I live without the ones I love?
Time still turns the pages of the book it’s burned
Place and time always on my mind
I have so much to say but you’re so far away

Sleep tight I’m not afraid (not afraid)
The ones that we love are here with me
Lay away a place for me (place for me)
‘Cause as soon as I’m done I’ll be on my way
To live eternally

How do I live without the ones I love?
Time still turns the pages of the book it’s burned
Place and time always on my mind
And the light you left remains but it’s so hard to stay
When I have so much to say and you’re so far away

I love you, you were ready, the pain is strong and urges rise
But I’ll see you when He let’s me
Your pain is gone, your hands untied

So far away
And I need you to know

So far away
And I need you to, need you to know

♫♪♫♪

Songwriters: Zachary Baker / Brian Haner (Synyster Gates) / Matthew Sanders / Jonathan Seward
Lyrics found on Google
So Far Away lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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#RocktoberMusicFest ♪ “Adrenalize” – In This Moment

Remember, I promised that if you stuck around I would show you some real girly metal? Okay, then you can’t say I didn’t warn you LOL 😉

This was the first song I ever heard by In This Moment, and I was hooked! I immediately hit YouTube in search of anything and everything by them. I’ve already shared their song “Blood” in a previous post about songs that inspire aspects of my characters. I suppose this one would suit the same character just as well, and for those who’ve read my Avarice series, you know exactly who I’m talking about.

Though most of their songs are a mixture of heavy-metal with a touch of screamo, ITM does have at least one full screamo track that I’m aware of, called “The Gun Show”. The craziest thing about lead singer, Maria Brink, aside from her stellar talent, is how calm and soft-spoken she is off stage. There are a few interviews and live performances by her on YouTube that show her mellower side and that her beautiful voice has a lot of range. Now, I wouldn’t normally give warnings when it comes to music, but with this being a blog hop, I just feel I should. I’ve gotten to know some of my fellow participants and we don’t all have the same taste in music, so to be courteous…

Warning: In This Moment is a Screamo/Heavy Metal band that uses blunt, illicit lyrics and footage. This video and song may be offensive to non-ITM fans; watch/listen at your own risk. Okay, Enjoy!

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#RocktoberMusicfest ♫ “Comfortable Liar” & “Brainiac” – Chevelle

“The Red” was the hit single that turned me onto Chevelle back in my early-to-mid 20’s and I still love them. I had a hard time choosing which of their songs I wanted to highlight, because like most bands who’ve been around for awhile, their sound has gone through some changes. Luckily, Chevelle‘s one of those bands who can manage a range of sounds and still rock the eff out of it. Pete Loeffler just has one of those voices that can span the spectrum from super smooth to screamo.  So, today I’m offering two choices:

“Comfortable Liar” is from the same album as “The Red” and another one of those songs that grabbed me due to the guitar. Chevelle never ‘over stimulates’ their fans with their talents on the guitar, but sneaks extra little things into certain songs, kind of like getting a present “just because”. This is definitely one those songs.

“Brainiac” is one of the songs that I love listening to when I’m driving, but is also the most dangerous for me to listen to while I’m steering a motorized weapon down the street – because, I’m already a little impatient as a driver. The super fast pace of this track will get you moving, for sure, but then when you start actually hearing the lyrics, you’ll like it even more. Or maybe that’s just me and my twisted sense of humor. 😀 Enjoy!

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#RocktoberMusicFest ♫ “Going Under” – Evanescence

Although the band debuted in 1995, Evanescence’s debut studio album “Fallen” was the BEST thing to happen to the music scene in the early 2000’s. It was time for a change on the airwaves; Amy Lee and her band knew exactly how to bring it. Of course, it was the blockbuster movie “Daredevil” that really catapulted Evanescence’s exposure to a mass audience all at once with their most popular track “Bring Me To Life”, but there isn’t a single bad song on the entire album, nor for many of their albums after.

“Lithium” is one of my favorites that was released in later years, and who doesn’t like “Broken”, Amy’s duet with Seether? I wanted to go back to their earlier releases for my post though, because this song just happened to come out around the same time I was making the choice to “save myself” from some pretty bad choices, and remains one of my go-to songs when I’m feeling the need for some girl-powered rock. Enjoy!

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#RocktoberMusicFest ♫ “Seven Nation Army” – The White Stripes

Speaking of musicians dabbling in the movie industry: Former White Stripes singer, Jack White’s best-known supporting acting role was as Georgia in Cold Mountain starring Nicole Kidman and Renee Zellwegger. However, his IMDb profile has an impressive list of movies and TV shows he’s contributed to as a composer, producer, actor and he’s even written episodes for some of TV’s most popular shows like Peaky Blinders, Lucifer, CSIHouse and Gotham – just to name a few out of many, many more.

I think everyone is quite familiar with “Seven Nation Army” as it still receives air time and has been used on numerous soundtracks since its debut. I will always find “Well It’s True That We Love One Another” from their album Elephant hilarious. The greatest thing about The White Stripes is all the tracks with the best musical compositions have the oddest lyrics, which just makes listening and singing along to them amusing – but it’s like going into the fun house at a carnival, your brain can only handle so much manipulated madness before needing a break.

Fun Fact: White is Jacks’s married name and Meg’s maiden name. When they wed, he snubbed convention and took his bride’s last name as his own, instead of the other way around. Up until their wedding day, he was Jack Gillis.

Enjoy!

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#RocktoberMusicfest ♪ “The Kill” – Thirty Seconds To Mars

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Jared Leto as The Joker in “Suicide Squad”

Look, it’s Mr. J playing Mr. J!

Hehe, I couldn’t help myself. But loooooooooong before Jared Leto was winning Oscars for blockbuster hits like The Dallas Buyers Club or taking on the role of the greatest super-villain ever created, he was making music with his band, Thirty Seconds to Mars. “The Kill” was the first song I ever heard by them, but 30STM’s sound evolved over the years with quite a lot of success. I like tracks from a variety of their albums, as my bloggers know, because this isn’t the first time I’ve featured them. 🙂

Plus, as we creep closer to Halloween, this video is a great start to put you in the mood for haunting horrors; it’s kind of like The Shining meets Ghost Ship with a 30STM twist.

Enjoy!

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