Sunday, October 4, 2015

5 Songs to Get You Through the Week #46

5 Songs to Get You Through the Week is a feature I run on Young Ears, Fresh Perspective on Sundays/early hours of Monday morning where I pick out 5 tunes that I think are notable and tell you a bit about them. The point is to give you some rocking music to help you deal with your weekday blues. You can either listen to one each day, listen to them all at once, or any other combination that you feel. As long as you can get through the week without the man getting you down, that's all I care about. Without further ado, here are the 5 tracks I've picked out for this week:

1. Anastasia, by Slash feat. Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators

In my opinion this is one of the greatest songs that the Cat in the Hat has managed to write outside of Guns N' Roses - including what he did in Velvet Revolver. Definitely his most creative song from his solo work. There is a great deal of neo-classical influence in the melodies that you don't often hear from this primarily blues based hard rock guitarist. There is definitely some great guitar solo work in it for sure.

2. Pride and Joy, by Coverdale - Page

In 1993 former Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and Deep Purple/Whitesnake vocalist David Coverdale got together to form a new project. Unfortunately it only lasted for one album and a short tour of Japan, but the songs were pretty damn good. The main single was Pride and Joy, which was definitely a throwback to the old Led Zeppelin way of doing things. It's a great blend of acoustic and electric hard rock that will definitely have you moving your head right along to the rhythm.

3.  Dead Leaves and Dirty Ground, by The White Stripes

This is dirty loud bluesy garage rock at its finest. It is a big, rumbling, slow moving monster; almost like a Black Sabbath song in some ways. The vocal melodies are haunting and in some strange ways rather memorable and ear pleasing. It also shifts between drastic dynamic changes in some neat ways that more artists should try doing in order to keep their listeners on their toes and not knowing what to expect.

4. Carry On Wayward Son, by Kansas

This song is a classic rock staple. You can't go a day listening to a classic rock station without hearing this at least once. Of course if you have watched the show Supernatural you have probably listened to it a lot too; and for good reason. It such a glorious and epic song that you can't help but sing both the lyrics and the guitar parts. Despite the fact that it's played over and over it's one of the few songs where I feel it's ok to do so.

 5. Forever My Queen, by Pentagram

I will admit it isn't too far fetched to call these guys a Black Sabbath clone, but they do have aspects to their sound that are completely their own. Plus, if you can put all that aside they wrote some pretty kickass songs; including this. Forever My Queen combines dark heavy riffs with poetic lyrics and eerie guitar solos. If you're looking for some non-mainstream classic metal this is right up your alley.

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