‘New Music’: Eyeshine in Sidewalk Dreams and Chalk Dust

Hey bit munchers!

Welcome back to According to Hatchet.  This week we will be featuring Power Ranger references (by which I mean it will be mentioned at least once) and you will get to hear about my favourite anime.  Oh wait, this is a music blog…

Eyeshine was founded by Johnny Yong Bosch and Maurice Salmin and is fronted by Bosch who some might recognize as Adam Park/Black Ranger or the voice of Vash the Stampede in the English dub of the anime Trigun (among other shows like Sailor Moon, I just like Trigun alot).  I didn’t know much about the other members but they have this fun little interactive bio for everybody.

Eyeshine boasts 12 previous albums (which you can check out here) with Sidewalk Dreams and Chalk Dust being their 13th.

A mix of sophisticated (polished? words?) punk, grunge, and rock SD&CD has the potential to be one of my favourite albums of the year.  The songs are catchy and make me want to jump around and sing really loud while mowing the grass.  This album is just so alive, so electric, so free, so majestic! (you may now smile to yourself at my clever insertion of actual song lyrics from an actual song on the album.  Thank  you.)

Favourite Tracks: Paper Hearts, Myself To Lose, Start All Over Again, So Majestic, and The Way That Stars Fall just for starters x33

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‘NEW MUSIC’: Apocalyptica in Shadowmaker

Hey bit munchers!

Happy October!

Ready for some rocking cello-tastic headbanging songs?

Me too.

This isn’t your standard Apocalyptica album, and I’m really not sure how I feel about it.  The majority of the tracks have vocalists.  There is nothing wrong with this in theory.  I enjoy many types of music with vocals, (including everything I’ve ever written a review of so far) and this includes many songs from Apocalyptica.

I’m just really missing the good old cello.

And that’s fine, I love hearing how bands grow as the years go on, and I really do like a lot of the tracks Apocalyptica has put out in collaboration with vocalists.  Broken Pieces, End of Me, I Don’t Care, and Bittersweet are some of my favourites, and to be honest some of these grew on my as time went on (Bittersweet being the best example, the first time I heard that song I was floored in the worst way possible).

I will say that my favourite tracks on Shadowmaker are the instrumental tracks Reign of Fear and Riot Lights.  I do like the vocal tracks also, Cold Blood and House of Chains are really good, and I have no doubt that this album will grow on me as I listen to it.

So really, I just want more tracks like Hall of the Mountian King, Kaamos, and Nothing Else Matters, but hey, that’s why back catalogs exist.  Be sure to give the following links some love:

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