Skeleton Man – Coyote Kid

Are you ready to descend into a world of horror, romance, and trumpet? Skeleton Man is a rock opera about the macabre, named after an anthropomorphization of death and focused on the horrifying creations of a new science. It is very influenced by mariachi music, focusing on the i, VIb, and V chords hard- theContinue reading “Skeleton Man – Coyote Kid”

Scaled and Icy – Twenty One Pilots

Twenty One Pilots has been busy since my last review! I’ve still got to figure out whether to review Trench, which continued and improved on the techniques of blurryface and Vessel, but I know I want to talk about this one. Scaled and Icy represents a completely fresh start for Twenty One Pilots after TylerContinue reading “Scaled and Icy – Twenty One Pilots”

Weezer – Weezer

This is a really great album, and I personally have a strong relationship with this album that I don’t have with any other. It’s full of beautiful guitar work that fits so well with the tonality of Rivers Cuomo’s mellow vocals. Weezer likes to go off of pop harmonies with nice turns, for example, usingContinue reading “Weezer – Weezer”

Transgender Dysphoria Blues – Against Me!

You probably know this band from their transcendent jam “Thrash Unreal”, but when their singer Laura Jane Grace came out as trans in 2012, Against Me! accompanied it with the greatest traditional pop punk album of all time. This concept album hits hard with heavy distortion on bright, major-key guitars and even rougher textures onContinue reading “Transgender Dysphoria Blues – Against Me!”

MONTERO – Lil Nas X

Ever since I heard “INDUSTRY BABY (feat. Jack Harlow)”, not a day has gone by where I didn’t think about this man. That’s right, I’m a Jack Harlow superfan. No, seriously, I have had that song stuck in my head again and again, and it is never a negative experience. I think it’s Lil NasContinue reading “MONTERO – Lil Nas X”

If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power – Halsey

Halsey and Nine Inch Nails working together is a dream come true, and the electronic rock they’ve put together, full of the unique grittiness that each have to bring to the table, is constantly masterful and a joy to listen to. Sure, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross may not have put their names on theContinue reading “If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power – Halsey”

A Night at the Opera – Queen

The final album review of my EP’s promotion cycle is the one for “And Then There Are Those Who Choose Their Own Fate”. Writing this song, I felt that the suite was an underutilized device in music; I really liked when songs put together thematically connected disparate sections, and it felt like something gone fromContinue reading “A Night at the Opera – Queen”

Battle Cry – Jagged Row

When I first put together the beginning of “The Locrian Song”, I had the riff, and I said to myself, I should see how this sounds as part of a rock song. My first thought was to take a guitar pattern I thought of as endemic to rock and play it under the riff. InContinue reading “Battle Cry – Jagged Row”

Evolve – Imagine Dragons

When I wrote “Great House of the Captive Lovers” (original title: “Mythos”) in high school, I didn’t know exactly what triplet time was. I just had a song idea, and I knew there was a place I wanted to go with it. AWOLNATION’s “Sail”, Imagine Dragons’ “Believer”, and later Bishop Briggs’ “River” occupy a specificContinue reading “Evolve – Imagine Dragons”

“Heroes” – David Bowie

As part of the promotion for my new EP, Demos from Safety, I’m posting reviews of some of the works which inspired each song on the album. I’ll admit that the inspiration of “Heroes” on my song “The Difference” was a bit roundabout. I had spent some time studying Bowie’s key changes and consciously attempting toContinue reading ““Heroes” – David Bowie”