Thursday, December 22, 2016

PLEBoy's Top 10 Tracks Of 2016! No Ranks! Upcoming Apocalypse, No Thanks! (PART 1)

    David Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen and many other legends leaving us here on earth, people not knowing what #Brexit was, Donald Trump and other people you hate being elected, are just few of the things that verify that the dreaded apocalypse is coming. 
    All cruelty thrown to us human beings and yet the music world still stands on its two feet. 
    Let's look back at the good stuff brought to us in 2016, in no particular order! 

10. "House Of Wolves"  Palisades

Rock Sound Presents: The Black Parade is the perfect tribute album of the year: kids who follow the featured artists will learn to love My Chemical Romance, and long-time MCR fans can find new artists to love. It's a win-win situation! 
An easily overlooked track from the original suddenly stood out with Palisades's take on "House Of Wolves". The 6-piece band, from New Jersey just like My Chem, poured a shockingly amount of their own flavor, with soulful humming and finger-snapping, while retaining the hardcore side of the song. Indeed a perfect way to celebrate ten years of "the album that defined a generation"!

9. "570" Motionless In White

Our gothcore heroes return with an ode to their origins. First from Graveyard Shift (which will come out "winter" of 2017), "570" (area code for Pennsylvania, the band's headquarters) is an in-your-face track that sums up the band's 10 year-long musical journey so far. From the start, MIW's creative process has been interactive: just recently, the deadline just closed for the challenge of designing the cover of their coming album. So if you happen to be one of the Creatures who submitted something, good luck to you!

8. "Within the Void" Disreign

From a band whose looks and sounds make them seem to have come from a different galaxy (it's called Swedish Visual Kei, kids) spawns a twisted six-minute long ballad. Superband Disreign's "Within the Void" steals a spot on this list with Yohio's crazy vibratos and inhale screams, piercing the hard-hitting drops. Soft classical violin and piano parts complete the melancholic piece.

7. "Let It Sleep" Asking Alexandria

Denis Stoff, a lad of (jokingly) questionable origins who replaced the 2 years older country boy Danny Worsnop, proves his worth as a new vocalist of this notorious electronic-metalcore band. "Let It Sleep" is filled with fast-paced growling and rivaling vocal dynamics. Like their past two albums, the song has the recurring theme of the setbacks of having a glamorous sex-drugs-and-rock 'n roll life; Asking Alexandria's sound may be too consistent, but they manage to keep it fresh for every new song. Un/fortunately, Danny's back in the band, so let's just see what they have to bring next year...  

6. "Zero" Otep

Activist Otep Shamaya gives "Zero" (f-word)s, while saying it 40 times in this fierce track from 2016 album Generation Doom. This song does sum up one day on today's generation. Isn't it quite weird that one should give a (f-word) about climate change, animal abuse and unstable goverment?

Have you seen your favorite song so far? If not, don't worry. The planet won't explode yet. Here's PART 2, with 5 more tracks on the list!


PLEBoy's Top 10 Tracks Of 2016! (PART 2)

If you haven't checked it out yet, here is PART 1 of the list. 

Are you enjoying the list so far? Well, I hope you are! Feel free to write what you think in the comment box, or leave a message at ! Let's carry on and look back at what great music 2016 brought us...

5. "Insane" Korn

A track from Korn's inevitably headbang-inducing, heavier than ever 12th album The Serenity of Suffering lands on this list with a catchy hook that throws you down a spiral of melodic madness. "Insane" also features one of the most impressive music videos I've seen, of the year. 

4. "The One" Babymetal

Japan's strangest gift to the Western world of metal karate kicks to a spot on this list with "The One", their first song to have an alternative version sung entirely in English. A break from their experimental works, the track starts with a cinematic vibe and continues its smooth "We Are The Champions" beat. The young ladies, together with Kami band's sound definitely matured with the simplicity of the song, while keeping inspirational lyrics and their one-of-a-kind Babymetal-brand gimmicks.
3. "Ride On IDOROCK" Babyraids Japan

Oh no! Not an idol group again!
Self-proclaimed founder of a new genre "emotional idorock", this five-piece unit (with at least one member who actually listens to hardcore music from the very beginning) take on headbanging in new uniforms that would remind one of MCRX. "Ride On IDOROCK" is a rocky road mess: heavy metalcore riffs enclosing sweeter than swee-to pote-to vocals that can hurt your overbite. Be-bi-reh!

2. "Scars" I Prevail

One and a half years after unleashing their awesome post-hardcore version of Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" which garnered more than 29 million views on YouTube, Michigan-based band I Prevail finally released their first album Lifelines. The opening track "Scars" is an uplifting catchy anthem not just for outcasts, but everyone who goes through hardships of life.

1. "The Five of Us Are Dying (Rough Mix)" My Chemical Romance

On July 20, 2016 My Chemical Romance teased us with a preview of what was seemingly an impossible reunion...which was actually just an effective advertisement on their new CD and merch. Despite judgments on earning money beyond the grave, everyone's loved band proves that "Welcome to the Black Parade" on its fetal stage is still a genius work worth  sharing.

Here are the runner-ups (a.k.a "some of the songs on YOUR list" or "additional listening")
"Norse Truth" Against Me!
"The Moment" The Agonist
"Phantom Fear" Architects
"The Stage" Avenged Sevenfold
"Afraid of Heights" Billy Talent
"Loser" Beartooth
"Black Honey" Thrice
"Ether" Mogwai
"Gardenia" Iggy Pop
"I'm A Weirdo" Conner4real/Lonely Island
"House of Shame" Lacuna Coil
"Tidal Wave" Taking Back Sunday

What a wicked year we had! I hope you had a rockin' 2016. Let's look at the bright future and I'll be seeing you again in 2017!!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Too hard on myself... :'(

Recently I dreamt that there was a monkey who jumped on my back. Scary... Anyway, as we all know that metaphor, I've been living with this heavy load on my back. I'm taking it too hard on myself for not uploading important parts of my blood, sweat and dreams which incarnated into MEGA Gakkuri! which I wanted to be a real mangazine...

I'm not trying to plug anything... I don't even get a single cent for this (baka me). Just wanted to get it out of my system, you know!

I think that's all I'm going to write right now. Thank you for spending time with me! Arigato! :) -H