Not much is discussed during the first several chapters of Chronicles except for all of the lineages, which go right over my head anyway. These would be important for some people, though, because you can know who was related to who and see how David’s line led to Jesus. If you had other historical documents, you could use them to find out who was around when certain important things happen. Most people will find this section dry, though. Oh, well, it’s a nice day outside, go out and enjoy yourselves.
Black Label Society was a heavy metal group of the last fifteen years with their star attraction of Zakk Wylde on guitar. Zakk Wylde was the third guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne during Ozzy Osbourne’s solo career and made half of Ozzy’s solo albums with Ozzy such as the great No More Tears, No Rest For the Wicked and Black Rain. Zakk Wylde then went on to have his own solo career and churned out a whole bunch of generic but rocking albums.
For several years Black Label Society tried out a different musical direction with acoustic albums such as the Song Remains the Same and Unblackened but finally they have returned again to what they are best at, guitar shredding and rocking and rolling. It’s good to hear a heavy, thrashing album from them again.
Fields of Unforgiveness blasts right out of the gate with a typical death metal song meaning that tears down all of the sappy, flash in the pan sentiment pop music has been building up in the last several years. My Dying Time like any good death metal song is about the glory of death. Believe has a nice, funky, cool groove to it with some embellishes. Angel of Mercy is a ballad that tries to show the sensitive side of these guitar maniacs but fails because it doesn’t stick with what Black Label Society is truly best at.
Heart of Darkness has a nice, circulating guitar riff and then launches into some crunchy, truly gnarly vocals and guitar licks. The chorus is great as well. Beyond the Down has a thing I like to call metallic swing, the kind of thing you’d listen to while walking down the side walk with a trench coat billowing behind you and not really caring it’s eighty degrees out because it just looks so damn cool. Scars is another ballad, yikes. Damn the Flood really rockets along and pummels you right in the face on its way to your ear drums.
I’ve Gone Away couldn’t be more wrong because Zakk Wylde is back in black with a guitar attack. Empty Promises starts out with some nice, ominous build up. Shades of Grey is not a good way to end the album because it is another ballad.
While this album doesn’t really push any boundaries, it’s a nice return to form for Black Label Society, displays the guitar might of Zakk Wylde, third axeman for Ozzy, and shows us all that rock and roll is not dead like Lenny Kravitz sang it was fifteen years ago.
Israel declined morality wise and the more they went away from God, the more oppressed they became from other countries because God had taken more of his protection away from them. Josiah was one of the few kings who combatted against all of the idol worship by having many of the idols torn down. It wasn’t enough, though, and eventually Israel was taken over when Zedekiah was king. Zedekiah and his men fled away from the city but Zedekiah was over taken and captured and Israel was defeated. A governor was put in charge of the remaining Israelites while the rest of the people were taken to work as slaves for the victorious nation.
Saliva was a hard rock group that formed during the mid 1990s and made one very forgettable album. They then broke into the mainstream during the early 2000s with three great albums, Every Six Seconds, which featured my favorite song by them called Click Click Boom, Back Into Your System, which was the most critically acclaimed album, and Survival of the Sickest, which was the hardest rocking album they ever made. After Survival of the Sickest they declined with a couple of forgettable albums in a row. Pretty much the only memorable song that came from their next three albums were Ladies and Gentlemen on their second weakest album called Blood Stain Love Story and Bad Ass on their Under Your Skin album, which was the last good song Josey Scott made with the group.
Josey then came up with the bright idea of going into Christian music of all things as a solo music performer and quickly sank into forgotten obscurity because his Christian music career went absolutely nowhere. Saliva was not only declining with the quality of their last couple of albums, they were also without a vocalist, so they recruited Bobby Amaru as the new lead vocalist, came out with a single and told everybody they would a new album some time later. That album has come out now, twice. The first time it came out as only something you could download from Itunes, which not surprisingly sold very low. Their second release of the album actually had it on hard copy under a different name of Rise Up. With the flames on the front, they seemed back to rock.
Rise Up is a call to arms. She Can Sure Hide Crazy is a great ode to a strong woman. No One but Me rocks. Lost is more of a ballad, finally letting up after the last three great rockers.
1000 Eyes has an interesting, grungy, serious sound. Redneck Freakshow is definitely one of the most amusing, comical and up beat songs on the whole album. It’s a dedication to their fans, which just goes to show what kind of people usually listen to this stuff, glue sniffers, truck drivers, dead beats and trailer trash. Bless them… Choke is a slower, less rocking song that sounds like 1000 Eyes. Army is the second dedication on the album to the music group’s fans.
Closer is a nice ballad. In It To Win It, the biggest single on the album, might actually be my least favorite song on the whole album. There is nothing melodic about it, it’s just a sonic assault that makes even metal heads like myself want to turn the thing down. The Enemy has an interesting sound. I Don’t Want It finishes up the album with some good guitar.
Rise Up is a very average album by a hard rock group that seems to churn out decent albums but nothing too incredibly innovative. Still this is one of my favorite albums of the last two years because of stand out songs like Redneck Freakshow and She Can Sure Hide Crazy and because unlike many of the classic rock groups who are still making albums they haven’t gotten tuckered out yet.
There is more lineage with the kings. This part is really repetitive, worse than the rules in the other book. Kings come and go. There is a part of this section during which time Israel rebels against God. One of the prophets has a message from God that they will be enslaved for what they have done.
Aerosmith was a hard rock group that made some big albums during the 1970s, declined a little bit due to drugs and then made a come back during that great decade of the 1980s with my favorite albums by them called Pump and Permanent Vacation. Aerosmith then declined again during the 1980s and made an album in 20002 but not another one until Music From Another Dimension, which came out ten years later.
Some people doubted that Aerosmith could still make a rocking album, what with Steven Tyler showing up as a judge on American Idol and all that other random has been kind of stuff. Luv XXX after a trippy intro, though, explodes onto the scene with some rocking guitar and sexy lyrics. Oh, Yeah is an average rocker. Beautiful is another midtempo rocker that doesn’t really stand out. Tell Me is a ballad. Music From Another Dimension doesn’t seem to be holding itself up too well.
Then Out Go the Lights shows up to save the album and get it back on track again. With some back up vocalists and heavy guitar, Out Go the Lights might stretch on a little bit too long, but it’s a pretty good rocker as well. Legendary Child really tears out of the gate and keeps the album going at a good pace. What Could Have Been Love allows the album to breath after the last couple of furious but great rockers. Street Jesus has another interesting intro with a preacher man talking on the streets of the city, and then the song launches into the main body, which is pretty rocking as well.
Lover A lot moves along at a quick, energetic pace. We All Fall Down has Steven Tyler crooning for another ballad. This album seems to have a ballad every couple of songs to get the album from ever being too oppressive for the people who are more into poppish albums. Freedom Fighter is definitely one of the better rockers on the album. It’s like Legendary Child, only not age exclusive. Closer, not surprisingly, is another ballad.
Something has an interesting organ intro. Another Last Good Bye continues on with another ballad. The rockers seem to be completely gone towards the end of the album. One final song on the album is Can’t Stop Loving You, which features a guest vocalist named Carrie Underwood, a country music performer. This song has an interesting blues feel to it.
Music From Another Dimension is an incredibly average rock album with interspersed ballads but a handful of great songs, something any good album should offer, four or five memorable songs. Legendary Child, Freedom Fighter, Out Go the Lights and the rocking and rolling Luv XXX a day, which really starts out the album just right, are definitely the highlights in my opinion of this album. Aerosmith proves that they might be old and delving into other things but they can still make maybe not a great album but at least a decent one.
Most of this section of the Bible was very repetitive with many different kings, some of which were good and some of which were bad, living, reigning and then dying. Many of what they did is also mentioned in some book called the annals of the kings. There is one interesting story during this section of the Bible, though, that completely comes out of nowhere and happens shortly after Elisha, the successor to Elijah, dies. When Elisha was buried, another man apparently was thrown into the grave with him by a band of thieves. When this man was thrown into the grave, he became one of the very few people mentioned in the Bible who actually was able to come back to life, proving that Elisha’s grave was a holy one.
Three weeks ago I took a planned one week break from blogging because I was going to my commencement for finishing up college. What I did not plan on was coming back home and not knowing where my charger cord was for a week. It wasn’t until almost a week after I had come back from my commencement that I had realized I had left my charger cord actually in a building where I had watched some episodes with a friend of mine, anime of course. I had to have the charger cord mailed to me, which took another several days and it wasn’t until a week and a half after my commencement that I finally had my charger cord with me.
Not to mention I have been relentlessly it seems working around forty hours per week in the call center. Now with my charger cord back, the start of a new week and a small break from working, I can go back to some blogging again this week with finally finishing my top ten album list, starting Bela Lugosi movies and continuing my Bible blog. Whether you like my reviews or chronicling the most, I appreciate you all waiting for me to get back again, so you can continue reading my wonderful blogs.
10. Hot Dog and a Shake by David Lee Roth: A song about food and drinks or maybe something more.
9. Summertime Blues by Joan Jett: A song about having fun in the summer from one of the most passionate of rockers.
8. Hot, Blue and Righteous by ZZ Top: The dry and dusty feel of this song is perfect for the ninety degree days of summer.
7. Girls of Summer by Aerosmith: I could just imagine this song being played while down at the beach.
6. Red Hot by Motley Crue: A really rocking song about how hot the band, women and concert nights could get.
5. Summer Nights by Van Halen: Drive around in your car and open the window while listening to this summer song.
4. Hot In the City by Billy Idol: The perfect, atmospheric song for summer in the city.
3. Long, Hot Summer Night by Jimi Hendrix: Jimi Hendrix rages away with this song and you will, too, probably.
2. Boys of Summer by Don Henley: A great, atmospheric song for the summer, which was uplifted by some great vocals.
1. Summer of 69 by Bryan Adams: Bryan Adams reminisces about his previous summers and other fun things, not exactly face to face intimacy, but it will do.
Despite doing blogging again after coming back from my final semester of college, I’ve been really this spring with taking a trip to Florida for a week to help my grandfather move into a new retirement center, starting a new job and now going back to my college for my commencement ceremony next week. I’m going to have to take next week off as well with my commencement ceremony, so I will be putting the top five favorite albums on hold and will start my new top ten list for movies, this time Bela Lugosi movies, one week from now. Hold on loosely, but don’t let go because I will be back soon.