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Clint Lowery, Sevendust’s “renegade”

Clint Lowery

After 23 years of musical career, Sevendust’s guitarist, Clint Lowery decides to take his own adventure with: God Bless The Renegades.

In 1971 Clint Lowery was born. 26 years later he would become part of one of the greatest bands of Nu Metal, Sevendust.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Clint Lowery outside of his main band. In 2004, with his brother Corey Lowery (bassist of Saint Asonia, Seether and Eye Empire) formed the band Dark New Days (3 studio albums). I strongly recommend you to take a look.

Hit song:

Not to mention his short time at Korn when Brian “Head” Welch left the band. Clint Lowery himself says that sending him home on the 2007 tour saved his life:

Korn saved my life by sending me home. I was arrested in Slovakia for getting drunk and destroying the hotel room where we were staying.

I look back and I’m so glad it happened, because something like this had to happen for me to recover.

It seemed “poetic justice” that I replace a person who left his band so that he could be with his family, detoxify himself and be saved by the Faith, and that his replacement fall on the same stone and have to do the same.

Clint Lowery

This solo album is REALLY GOOD. Without a doubt, you can see that these are the fingers that write the very powerful Sevendust riffs, as well as that melodic voice that can remind us Lajon Witherspoon, but in all that mix we can appreciate that the album has personality wherever you look.

This solo album is REALLY GOOD

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Discography:

1 studio album

Top Mabanag albums and songs:

God Bless The Renegades (2020)

♥ = must listen

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Hollywood Undead, talent behind the masks

Originally posted on 22 June 2018 at 11:11  

Hollywood Undead – New Empire, Volume 1

If you like Rap Metal, Gangsta Rap, Hip Hop, Pop, Rock, R&B, House… if you need to listen to different types of music without going crazy, Hollywood Undead is what you are looking for.

American band that was born on MySpace. In 2006, they accumulated 8 million views, leading the ranking of artists without a contract.

Hit song:

Taking advantage of the fact that the band is releasing their sixth album New Empire, Vol.1 and that next Monday February 17, 2020 I will see them live with Papa Roach, what better excuse to update this post.

After your previous job, Five, and listening a couple of times, I must say I’ve loved it. Powerful guitars, compact drums, and super-strong voices.

All the band members use pseudonyms and wear their own mask.

Hollywood Undead
Discography:

6 studio albums

Top Mabanag albums and songs:
American Tragedy (2011)

Hear Me Now Video

Day of the Dead (2015)

Gravity ♥ Video

Five (2017)

California DreamingVideo

Whatever it TakesVideo

Bad Moon

Ghost Beach

Broken Record

Nobody’s Watching

Black Cadillac (Feat. B-Real) Video

Cashed Out

Riot ♥

We Own the Night ♥ Video

Your Life ♥ Video

Gotta Let Go (2018)

Gotta Let Go (single)

New Empire, Volume 1 (2020)

Time Bomb

Heart of a Champion

Already DeadVideo

EmpireVideo

Enemy

Upside Down

Second Chances

♥ = must listen

 

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When the heart breaks, but the music gives you strength to continue

Avenged Sevenfold

Avenged Sevenfold gives us B-sides, and covers with “Diamonds In The Rough“. 

Diamonds In The Rough is an album with covers, b-sides and alternate versions of some of their most famous songs.

The A7X frontmam explained:

“It’s very typical of musicians to write 20 to 30 songs for a particular album. Most of the time, they take the best of the bunch and call it a day, discarding the rest. We have never written like that. We don’t usually finish songs unless they are fulfilling a purpose. The one exception to this was during the self-titled era. We were experimenting with our sound, producing ourselves and we had no one to reel us in.”

M. Shadows
Diamonds In The Rough album

Since the album came out I haven’t stopped listening to it and I can say that it is a masterpiece. I liked it a lot more than their previous work The Stage. Watch out! I don’t mean this one’s bad. Watch out! I don’t mean this one’s bad. It just reminds me of that turning point the band had from guttural to melodic voices.

And what are you going to find at Diamonds in the Rough? Apart from unpublished songs, two different versions of Almost Easy and the famous Afterlife, as well as 3 amazing covers of Flash Of The Blade (Iron Maiden), Walk (Pantera) and Paranoid (Black Sabbath).

Diamonds in the Rough (2020)

♥ = must listen


Originally posted on February 2018. 

Avenged Sevenfold

Our second recommendation is based on the origins. A Californian band whose members, like my first band, had known each other since high school. In 1999, at just 18 years of age, Avenged Sevenfold (A7X) was born.

The beginnings of the band, especially in the first two albums, the voice was more focused on the screaming style. It was not until the fourth homonymous album, when they began to use melodic voices.

I have great admiration for this band, since the drummer passed away (friend and founder), they continued writting music without losing their identity.

Hit song:

As a curiosity, singer M. Shadows was the first guest vocalist on Slash’s debut solo album. This collaboration was born, after A7X performed It’s Not Easy by Guns ‘n’ Roses with him.

Finally, for all the guitarists that are reading this, tell you that the lead guitar, Synyster Gates, recently opened with his father, Brian Haner (composer and producer) a virtual academy called The Synyster Gates School. Totally free.

Discography:

8 studio albums

Top Mabanag albums and songs:
Avenged Sevenfold (2007)

Almost Easy Video

Scream

Afterlife ♥ Video

Gunslinger

Unbound (The Wind Ride)

Dear God Video

Nightmare (2010)

Nightmare ♥ Video

Welcome to the Family

Buried Alive

So Far Away ♥ Video

Victim

Hail to the King (2013)

Shepherd of Fire ♥ Video

Hail to the King ♥ Video

This Means War ♥ Video

Crimson Day

Coming Home

The Stage (2016)

The Stage ♥ Video

Sunny Disposition

God Damm Video

Creating God

Angels ♥

♥ = must listen

 

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Today is 11:11… The best day to connect to Fire From the Gods

Fire From The Gods

From the Gods releases their new work, American Sun. Powerful, fresh and very pure. Will you join me and listen to them?

Formed in 2010 in Austin (Texas). The band brings different music styles from the purest Metal, Rock, Hip Hop… to Reggae voices. As Channer explains:

“If the song calls for screaming and angry vocals I’ll do that and if it calls for something a little more melodic that’s what I do, it’s just about the emotion of the song and how I’m feeling at the moment. I like to say we wrote a rock record with a hip-hop ethos.”

Hit song:

Fire From the Gods have experienced their ups and downs since their debut album. However, they kept working to release their latest album American Sun, a Masterpiece for my ears and where I recommend you to start if it’s the first time you hear about them.

In 2017 they re-launched their first work under the name of Narrative Retold, including two new songs produced by Korn‘s singer Jonathan Davis.

In 2019 the band signed with the record label Eleven Seven, owned by Five Finger Death Punch‘s guitarist Zoltan Bathory.

The album American Sun, like Narrative Retold, deals with issues such as political unrest, technological overload and environmental apathy.

Discography:

3 studio albums

Top Mabanag albums and songs:

♥ = must listen

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Cold is back after 14 years in silence

Cold

Can you imagine if Fred Durst didn’t listen to Cold’s demo? Would we know them today? Would we know what they’ve released a new album?

It was 2000, bands like Korn, Limp Bizkit, Staind… (Family Values ’98, great concert where we could see everyone sharing the same stage), they were doing their best. By accident, I got a CD with an eye-catching album cover: “COLD – 13 Ways to Bleed“. For sure, if you’ve listened to them, you couldn’t ignore Scooter Ward‘s voice, deep, dark, melancholic and with a very strong personality.

Cold or Grundig at that time, was formed in 1996, Jacksonville (Florida). Their first album of the same name, produced by Ross Robinson, didn’t have much success. It was in 2000 with their second album “13 Way to Bleed“, when the band became widely known. If this is the first time you’ve heard of them, I strongly recommend you start here.

Hit song:

“I did experience writer’s block for the first time in my life during the process though. It was brutal, because the one thing I’ve always had left me.”

Scooter Ward

Their third album “Year of the Spider“, made them reach the top, heading into 3rd place on the Billboard chart, but also meant a year of change, professional as well as personal. Their first single, “Stupid Girl,” featured Weezer singer Rivers Cuomo. However, after this great success, the record label or the bad personal moment that was going Scooter Ward (never clarified), they stopped to promote the album.

Scooter Ward wrote for a long period many songs in his sister’s room, who had suffered a huge battle against cancer. As a result of these experiences, the title of his fourth album, “A Different Kind of Pain” was born. Unfortunately it wasn’t very successful and in 2006 Cold announced their break-up.

Finally and after 14 years in the dark, Cold returns for the pleasure of us who saw them grow up.

Curiosity: the spider’s logo defines Cold‘s music as “slow and creepy”.

Discography:

5 studio albums

Top Mabanag albums and songs:
Cold (1998)

Go Away

Give Video

 

13 Ways to Bleed

Just Got WickedVideo

She Said

No One ♥ Video

End of the WorldVideo

Confessions

It’s All Good

Send in the Clowns

Same Drug

BleedVideo

The Things We Can’t Stop (2019)

ShineVideo

Run

Without You Video

Quiet Now

♥ = must listen