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guitarjack87 - April 11, 2006 01:03 AM (GMT)
I was wondering, what kinds of music do you guys listen to, and why? I would like this to be a friendly music debate, and as an AVID music fan who needs music like water, would like to know if you feel the same way.

Playing: Saosin, Self Titled EP.

This band can be considered TRUE emo, which may make some of you laugh, since most people are grossly misinformed on what emo actually is. Believe me, it is not all about horned rimmed glasses and girl pants, and the bands that represent the plastic mainstream fad are nothing like the bands that actually represent the genre. This happens to be one of the more radio friendly bands. They went downhill recently though, with the loss of their main singer (which basically means a loss of lyrical quality.)


The Blood Brothers: You like Hardcore? Or Hard Rock? Or scary music in general? Check them out, they have the wackiest lyrics I have ever heard. An Excerpt:
So who do you love?
Who do you trust when your friends take a match to your front lawn?
A panicked face makes the peacock proud.
So who do you love? Who do you trust?
Who do you kill when your senator drags out your first born?
A panicked face makes the peacock proud.

The Appleseed Cast: Another Emo band, they are very mellow. I find it to be good chill music.

The Fall of Troy: A hardcore band, they have come into their own recently, writing very complicated songs with witty lyrics. Lead singer has one of the clearest screams I have ever heard.

More later.

Sephy - April 11, 2006 01:01 PM (GMT)
My tastes in music are kinda wierd, if you looked on my Mp3 player you'd see Alice Cooper next to Savage Garden :P

but my main genre of music is Visual Kei (some people compare it to goth, but its roots are in 70s-80s Glam Rock and hair metal with Victorian Gothic Vampirism thrown in) i't's not just the music I like tho, all of my faveourite Jrock artists are great people too, Gackt pushes himself to the limit and beyond, having been known to pass out from exhaustian at concerts and, wehn waking up backstage, get back up and carry on with the concert, hide was as blood and marrow donor who did everything he could for charity, Yoshiki found his Father dead by suicide at 10 years old, then years later he lost his band, feell out with his best friend since childhood Toshi , and lost his friend (and rumoured lover) hide in the exact same way, he dissapeared for a year, but came back and is still producing music.

Gackt- ok so anyone who knows my knows of my major obsession with this guy, he plays virtually every instrument known to man and, while his voice has suffered lately, it still has power in it, some of his best songs IMO are Mizerable, Vanilla, Emu~ for my Dear, Redemption, Lust For Blood and Last Song, and To feel the Fire and December Love song are Engrish classics.

Plus his duet "Orenji no Taiyou" with Hyde is the best duet i've ever heard, thier voices go together so well.

Hyde- I'm not a big fan of his band L'arc en ciel, but his solo stuff is more rock-ish, but his Reogentan (*cant spell that word*) album was mellow and good to chill out to. several songs on his solo albums are in English and (unlike Gackt with his "ta fill za fiyaa") His singing English is very clear and understandable.
my faveourite songs: The Cape of Storms, Sweet Vanilla, A Drop of colour, shallow Sleep, Hello.

Dir en grey- if you're into hardcore rock you should probably check these guys out. They're gaining popularity worldwide after thier performance at Rock Am Ring, all the instruments are great, but what really makes Dir en grey stand out is Kyo's voice, he's an entire sound effects machine all by himself, thier lyrics are very poetic in a dark way and deal with taboo subjects and, unlike a lot of bands i find, you can feel the emotion in Kyo's singing.
Recommended songs (warning: all of diru's songs contain lyrics people may find disturbing)
Mazohyst of Decadence (it's a song about how a child views its own abortion, but if you doubt Kyo's voice you should hear it, his imitation of a baby crying leaves you shaking)
Child Prey-see below
Umbrella- Just a really good rock song to bounce to.
Embryo- A slow song that sounds really beautiful
Akuro no Oka: Anotehr slow song.
Cage: Typical Diru, Toshiya's long-ish bass solo makes this a faveourite song of bass fans.

X-Japan - the first and still the biggest band in Jrock, they sold over 50 million albums in Japan alone, starting out in the 80s, thier music was very rebellious 80s type rock, but they also had a major classical influence due to thier drummer and leader Yoshiki, whod been trained on classical piano since he was 5 and has a great appreciation for classical music, thier Ballads are beautiful and their rock music is just as good, most of thier songs are half-english half-Japanese.
Recommended songs:
Tears- A beautiful Ballad, IMO better then thier most famous ballad "forever love"
Forever Love- supposedly thier best ballad, if you've seen the anime X/1999 the song was at the end of the movie.
Rusty Nail-a kickass rock song.
Dahlia/Dhalia- Yoshiki's drumming at the beggining of this is unbeleivable, he broke his wrists 6 times in the 90s due to his drumming speed.
Celebration- Very 80s hair-metal type song.
Art of Life- 29 minutes (34 for the live version) long epic that's just...indescribable, someone I know called it "Sex in song form".

and finally- hide.
hide (always lower-case h, pronounced "hee-day") was a legend in Japan and still is, he died in 1998 and the day of his death was declared a National holiday in Japan, in 2004 a screening of 2 of his music videos was held in the Yokohama Blitz concert venue and sold out completly, hide was considered to be one of the best guitarists in the world, despite being a member of X-Japan, his solo stuff was more punk-ish and playful, some of it being rather rude in a childish way, every single modern rock band in Japan owes something to hide and X-Japan, and western artists such as Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails cite hide as an inspiration to them.
reccomended songs:
Pink Spider- the last song hide did before he died, very rock-ish type song, but the lyrics are sadly beautiful.
Dice- hide's guitar *_*
Hurry Go Round- Sounds like the happiest, bounciest song ever, but the lyrics are about having bipolar personality disorder.
Electric Cucumber- rather rude song about sex hide did with his American backing band Zilch.
Beauty & Stupid-it just rocks.
In Motion- ok song, but the cutest music video ever! :P
Junk Story- My faveourite hide song, the lyrics make no sense but the song kicks ass.
LEMONed I scream- a chill-out song and an engrish classic in one.

they've only released one song and i've 'unofficially' heard 3 songs, but Violet UK are amazing, Yoshiki of X-Japan started working on this group 10 years ago, being the perfectionist he is one song took over 10,000 takes till he was satisfied. It blends every type of music together in an attempt to create something that can't be recognised as just one type (hence the "violet" one has violet skin so it can't be classified to one race).

There's lots more Jrock bands/artists I like, but i'll just list a few :P
Malice Mizer
Due le Quartz
Daigo Stardust
Psycho Le Cemu
L'arc en ciel
An Cafe

Albel Nox - April 11, 2006 04:52 PM (GMT)
I do say that I love all those bands of J-rock and Pop that Sephy listed, but as far as American goes:

And all those other alter bands!!

I also like Flogging Molly, the Irish Rock band.

Some other things that some people question me on:

Fantasy tracks
Movie themes

I listen to these because they all inspire me to draw and don't forget about Rammstien!

guitarjack87 - April 11, 2006 10:26 PM (GMT)
So I guess that makes X-Japan the Beatles of Japan, and Hyde is perhaps the George Harrison?

A few more bands to check out~

Thrice- First of all, you must understand that this band transcends typical genre stereotyping. It is loved by hardcore/rock/punk/emo/metal fans alike, and they even use some country influences in their songs. Their two guitarists are two of the tightest dueling guitars in the buisiness today, and use very creative distortions and wracking emotional riffs to get their point across. One of the wonderful things about Thrice is that, normally, bands of their type usually have some kind of empty, vapid lyrics. That is certianly not the case with them. They have some of the deepest and most well written lyrics I have ever heard, and oh, need I forget, they put on a FUCKING KICK ASS show.

Some Popular songs by Thrice:

Stare at the Sun-Acoustic version or regular, this is widely regarded as Thrice's best song

Under a Killing Moon-one of their earlier efforts, this song still holds up in todays rapidly changing hardcore scene.

Phoenix Ignition-one of their most 'out there' efforts, it is definatly unique, and uses a heavily country laden intro which decends into pure chaos, suprising everyone whom I have let listen to it. A very fun song.

Rise Against-Their popularity has been increasing lately due to the radio time that "Swing Life Away" is getting, but I will be the first to admit that that is a little bit rediculous. First of all Swing life away is their only acousitic song, and it is one of the only ones that is not politically charged. Normally they come off as more of a hardline political punk band, with a little heavier roots.

Popular songs by Rise Against:

Black masks and Gasoline: the song that catapulted RA to the top of their genre, it is perhaps their most emotionally charged song, and to see this song being screamed at the top of the lungs of thousands of people is really a sight to behold, and nearly brought tears to my eyes.

Rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated: One of their newer ones, it is in my opinion their best song to date.

Straylight Run-This is one of the most unique bands that I have begun to really enjoy. In 2002, The drummer and back up singer from taking back sunday left that band and formed Straylight Run, which has quickly gained critical acclaim as well as a large following.

Popular songs by Straylight Run

Existentialism on Prom Night- I have heard critics go as far as to say that this is a 'Perfect' song, with only three other songs in history getting that same tag (Stairway to Heaven, Trenchtown Rock (marleys version) and Hey Jude) (this is from Rolling stone)

For the Best- Another very good one, it shows the dynamic vocal range of the singers as well as an emotional rising chorus

Hands in the Sky! (Big shot)-Their first political statement, this song was once again given 5 stars by, which makes Straylight Run the only band since Taking back Sunday to get three songs with the "Punkperfect" rating on that site.

More coming...

Sephy - April 12, 2006 12:48 PM (GMT)
So I guess that makes X-Japan the Beatles of Japan,

I guess you could put it like that, although X's 80s visual style was more like Alice Cooper and Ziggy Stardust's cross dressing love child on crack :P

Albel Nox - April 12, 2006 04:58 PM (GMT)
Hahaha!! So true Sephy!

Swoosh - April 12, 2006 10:13 PM (GMT)

I like all kinds of stuff. Panic! at the Disco, Fall Out Boy, The Academy Is..., in terms of English language music I guess you could say I like 'emo' music.

But I tend to prefer J-music, hehe. Current favourites are Kimeru (I am actually in love with Kimeru. Fo' real.), Ayumi Hamasaki, Gackt, Miyavi, UVERworld... all sorts. Stuff that the average person won't have heard of, to sum up.

Oh, and recently I've had nothing but Tenipuri/TeniMyu music on. It owns my soul.

guitarjack87 - April 12, 2006 10:18 PM (GMT)

Panic at the Disco, Fall out Boy, Academy Is....They are not emo at all.

Appleseed Cast, Pedro the Lion, Fall of Troy, THEY are emo

Lien - April 12, 2006 10:22 PM (GMT)
I think "emo" isn't the word for those bands.

Panic! is closer to Indie, Fall Out Boy is semi-emo with a pop to it, The Academy is has a similar lyric quality as FOB to me, so they fit in as well. All Fueled By Ramen Bands... Heh.

Since I listen to all types of rock, my taste is hard to pin down. I can appreciate something with complexity, or something that's just too damn catchy. Hellogoodbye is catchy, keyboard parts make me jumpy. Coheed and Cambria (I've talked with GJ about it) has an awesome amount of instrumental ability and a complex storyline embedded into their music, which is portrayed through a comic book. Fun tidbit: Coheed and Cambria was originally Shabutie!

Swoosh - April 12, 2006 10:25 PM (GMT)
Well, where I come from, anything that doesn't have a stupidly large and nausea-inducing bassline, with guitars and men singing is emo. Fo' sure.

riserugu - April 12, 2006 10:33 PM (GMT)
Erm. Some of my favorite bands at the moment are Franz Ferdinand, Fall Out Boy, Panic! at the Disco, Gym Class Heros, Breaking Benjamin, Coheed and Cambria, Motion City Soundtrack, 30 Seconds to Mars, Flyleaf, Angels and Airwaves... it goes on; I'm also into a lot of Russian, German, and Japanese music some of the bands being;

Aria, Russkiy Razmer, Mirage.
Atari Teenage Riot, Fury in the Slaughterhouse, Sportfreunde Stiller.
Orange Range. UVERworld, SunSet Swish, Beat Crusaders, Home Made Kazouku, YUI, a lot of it coming from the openings and ending for Bleach.

guitarjack87 - April 12, 2006 10:34 PM (GMT)
Well, everyone you have talked to, I am sorry to say, is severely misinformed. In fact, about 80 of the world is grossly misinformed to what Emo actually is.

Cycokiller - April 13, 2006 03:19 AM (GMT)
As far as I'm concerned it translates to "punch me in the face".

I have a somewhat varied taste in music. For example, my top ten favorite bands (in no particular order) are:

Suicidal Tendencies
Dropkick Murphys
Children of Bodom
HORSE the Band
Iron Maiden

Fair enough, right? But people never expect me to start rambling on about the classical pieces of Ennio Morricone or Jesper Kyd, or The Doors for that matter. Pink Floyd even. Apparently since I'm a big scary bald headbanger I'm supposed to like just one style of music. I love metal and punk, but I'm also down with some ska (i.e. The Suicide Machines), hardcore (i.e. At the Drive-In), reggae (i.e. Sublime), psychobilly (i.e. Reverend Horton Heat), rap (i.e. Public Enemy), country (i.e. Johnny Cash), blues (i.e. Peter McConnell), and of course celtic (I AM Irish...). Doesn't matter what style, as long as the song is good. Coincidentally I've never gotten into pop music...

Minase - April 15, 2006 04:14 PM (GMT)
I'm divided into two categories, really hardcore shit (Gorerotted, Hatebreed, Decapitated, Cannibal Corpse, Cradel of Filth etc) and really cheesy power metal (Dragonforce, Edguy, Helloween.)

I'd definately pitch my tent in the camp of power metal, as it really is my favourite music, but I am in a death metal band (vocalist) and my lifestyle is pure hardcore (trendy clothes, taking no shit, drinking etc) I guess I can't really be summed up, I'm a real individual, but definately Metal, I can't really stand anything else.


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