VIDEO: Creating a Nu Metal Supergroup

Who gets a place in the ultimate Nu Metal band? We got Scott, Justin, Jack and Terry to debate their choices in the hopes of narrowing them down to a final Nu Metal Supergroup that would be good enough to headline a Family Values tour. Just like last time there are rules in place for eligibility which makes things a little more difficult yet interesting and once each person states picks their own supergroup it’s time to argue about who makes the final band with the whole gang needing to agree on a line-up… It gets a little heated and a little silly at times but a Nu Metal episode couldn’t be any other way!

-RULES – 1) Only ONE member from each band (eg: No picking both Joey Jordison and Corey Taylor)

2) Pick a Vocalist, Bassist, Drummer, Two Guitarists and a Wildcard option (eg: Second Vocalist, Instrument not already covered, Double-duty for a band member with more than one talent)

3) Genre is defined by a mixture of Wikipedia, Google Suggestions and common sense so there’s no genre elitists here! Who would you pick for your Nu Metal Supergroup? Let us know!



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REVIEW: Mike Shinoda – “Post Traumatic” EP

Since the untimely passing of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington back in July 2017 it has been unknown what would be next for the band mates he left behind and their musical careers  from not only an emotional point of view but also a logistical one after losing not only a close friend but a vital member of such an iconic band. Some members of Linkin Park have had a go of music outside of their main band but none more successfully than vocalist Mike Shinoda who fronted the Hip Hop group Fort Minor. Most would expect that if anyone would go on to make music again outside of LP then it would be Shinoda and that has come to fruition as the vocalist has dropped a surprise EP that is in tribute to his late band mate.

Post Traumatic is a 3 track EP that solely focuses on the aftermath of losing Chester Bennington with each song giving an intimate insight to the mind of Shinoda dealing with the loss of his friend and band mate as well as the events that followed such as the memorial show ‘Linkin Park and Friends: Celebrate Life in Honour of Chester Bennington’ that was put on in Los Angeles in late October 2017.

Each track has been written and produced by Mike Shinoda and are accompanied by a music video, the first track aptly named ‘Place to Start is the shortest of the three and serves as an intro to this mini story. The song opens with a soothing singing sequence before speeding up into Shinoda’s rap flow that then carefully moves between the two styles for a blend that feels extremely smooth and is laced with sentimental lyrics such as “I’m tired of feeling like every next step’s hopeless, I’m tired of being scared that what I build might break apart” as the music begins to calmly build before an abrupt cut to voicemail recordings of friends offering their support and checking up on him. The video version shows a simple shot of Mike calmly singing along as the sunshine behind breaks through the room before cutting to shots of a child’s bedroom whilst the voicemails play over the top.

The second song ‘Over Again‘ highlights the wide range of emotions felt when dealing with the aftermath of a loss as the lyrics give an insight to the days leading up to the bands memorial concert for Chester You can tell that Mike is giving listeners a genuine look into the raw emotions surrounding that gig as he mentions rehearsing for a month and not worrying about the set but instead the fear of an unexpected wave of emotion with the line “I get tackled by the grief at times that I would least expect” and later again in the second verse when he reflects on this with “I almost lost it in the middle of a couple songs“. The second verse has a much more angry tone to it and once again adds to the rawness of the EP with lyrics talking about simply not knowing how he feels and the most candid lyrics on the song highlighting frustration surrounding the questions and expectations for his career “And everybody that I talk to is like, ‘wow Must be really hard to figure what to do now’ Well thank you genius / you think it’ll be a challenge Only my life’s work hanging in the fucking balance”. It’s a really powerful line delivered with such strong emotion that you can feel it’s impact and know that this loss has so many implications to those left behind from losing a loved one and not being able to see them anymore to the intricate things surrounding the bands career moving forward with everything from musical expression, finances, logistics, fanbases, branding and legal decisions all bubbling up behind the scenes. This line feels deeply telling and like a huge moment of opening up for Shinoda but it also serves as a tiny window into a much bigger jungle of emotions that can not fully be expressed. The song mainly focuses on struggling with closure whilst being in the public eye and it’s a really interesting track that ends with “Over and over and over again” repeating as the video spirals into chaos with inverted colours and shakey camera work.

(..continued below EP playlist)

The last track ‘Watching As I Fall‘ feels the least specific as far as direct references to Shindoa’s struggle go and for that reason it feels the most like a single as it’s lyrics are more generalised and therefore may be more relatable to a general music listener. This would usually be something that I would prefer as relating to lyrics is in my opinion one of the strongest forms of relationship with music and is a driving force in genres such as Rock and Metal, but I found myself enjoying the first two more. Even though I couldn’t relate to that specific situation as much as I could a generalised one, things still felt so raw in the first two tracks and so unique that it draws you in even if you’re someone like me who wouldn’t usually look for emotional songs that aren’t generalised enough that I could relate it to my own personal experiences yet still feel it’s specific to me. Whilst I have been through loss myself and in many ways some have been similar to the loss that Mike has suffered, in many ways they have been far removed also and I think it would be the same for most people as we all go through loss but hardly any of us will deal with organising a tribute concert in front of thousands of people for example.

This song does feel like the most polished and so is the video which is a good ending for the EP. There is a lot of animation featured in the video and a lot more locations and stylistic shots used and this blends well with the range of styles used in the song especially when accompanying the chorus which I could definitely see being played live whilst a packed crowd sing back to Mike at the top of their lungs, it’s one of those choruses that just itches you to singalong.

The outro is fantastic and has a lot going on and reminds me of the Reanimation era of Linkin Park’s music just as the solo EP comes to an abrupt end which leads into a vlog style video from Mike Shinoda on the music video version of the song. The vocalist is laying down and speaking to the audience about general things such as going to the doctors and frustrations at stories of racism in the news and mentions that it is December and that the loss of Chester had been four months previous and how he is trying to deal with it yet still be grateful for what he has with the upcoming holiday season. The sombre video is a good addition to the visual experience of the EP as it shows a tired and calm side of Shinoda during such a hectic period in his life and really does cap off the experience that I feel this EP brings of capturing what the immediate aftermath of losing Chester Bennington has been like for Mike Shinoda.

All in all I enjoyed the EP, it’s a strange one as it is so raw and specific and really short but I feel the length is actually something that helps it.

Check out our special Linkin Park episode of the Queue & A interviewing LP fans outside of their 2015 o2 Arena gig in London.

Linkin Park post new studio footage

The rock legends have posted a video of them discussing the creation of their new material online. Whilst there is no actual music being played it is interesting to hear Mike Shinoda discuss the process with his band mates, something that will surely wet the appetite of Linkin Park fans. We may be able to hear some new LP sooner than we thought, it will  be innteresting to see which direction their sound has gone in since the last album “The Hunting Party”. Watch the video below and then check out the Linkin Park “Queue & A” episode we did with their fans outside the o2 arena back in 2014.

Queue & A with Linkin Park fans (24/11/14)

QAlogomainRebellious Noise give a Queue & A session with Linkin Park fans before their show at the o2 arena in London on 24th November 2014. We ask fans a series of questions from what their favourite Linkin Park album is to what they are most looking forward to on this night plus much more with plenty of laughs and interesting conversation.

10 worst offenders in over played rock tracks

There are songs that you love, there are songs that you hate.
There are also THOSE songs which you loved, until… you heard them for what felt like the millionth time in the space of a week every time you turned on any radio station or music channel on TV.

Here’s a rundown of just 10 that we have selected (in no particular order).

Nickelback – Rockstar

THAT song, which at first you probably thought was a fun song to sing along too, a catchy tune with Chad Kroeger’s somewhat droany voice blasting you through the lyrics, and ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons providing spoken word vocals between each verse. You had everyone from Gene Simmons to Chuck Liddel to Nelly Futardo to Twista in the video for this song. For a song about wanting to be a ‘Rock’ Star… Anyone who’s anyone, and whichever genre of music you listen too, I’m pretty sure you would have heard of this song.

Foo Fighters – Best Of You

I’VE GOT ANOTHER CONFESSION TO MAKE… I absolutely loved this song when it came out, as much as I love the Foo Fighters, this song just got over played so much, to a point where I didn’t want to listen to it anymore, then I saw them perform it on a live DVD and it just blew my mind all over again. The somewhat simplicity which it starts with and then just kicks in, makes it one which you feel like bopping along to. It’s like the guys were struggling to write the chorus and were slightly lost for words so they came up with The best, the best, the best, the best, the best… Okay I’ll stop now.

Rage Against The Machine – Killing In The Name

YES, This really was Christmas number one in 2009! Following a successful Facebook campaign to stop The X-Factor winner being Christmas Number One for a fifth successive year. The campaign provoked commentary from both groups and other musicians, and gained coverage in both national and international press. The song became the first single to reach the Christmas number one spot on downloads alone.

Drowning Pool – Bodies

LET THE BODIES HIT THE….. FLOOR! A catchy, repetitive, hard hitting song written about a moshpit! It’s been used in WWE and in movies too! It’s popularity hasn’t always been for the right reasons though as the song has garnered some unwanted publicity, due to the constant misinterpretation of the lyrics. It was used at Guantanamo Bay detention camps and was played consistently over a 10 day period in 2006. In 2011 it was associated with the shooting of a US congresswoman. Forcing the band to release a statement “We were devastated this weekend to learn of the tragic events that occurred in Arizona and that our music has been misinterpreted. ‘Bodies’ was written about the brotherhood of the moshpit and was never about violence.” A radio DJ also used the beginning of the song to introduce his show after discussing Guantanamo Bay with his call-in listeners.

Bullet For My Valentine – Tears Don’t Fall

Clocking in at almost 10 minutes in its entirety, you wouldn’t think this would make the list, as some people wouldn’t sit and listen to it for that long… But it does! It even has a sequel which was released in 2013 (which some will argue is better than the original.) The BFMV song which draws the most crowd participation at their live shows (especially during the bridge and solo)

30 Seconds To Mars – The Kill

What If I wanted to break… your neck, if I hear this song again! Jared Leto and friends sometimes get a rough ride from people, and annoyingly created quite a catchy song.  Leto described the meaning of the song as, “It’s really about a relationship with yourself. It’s about confronting your fear and confronting the truth about who you are.” He has also said it is about “confrontation as a crossroads” — coming face-to-face with who you really are. (KERRANG! Best single of 2007)

Journey – Don’t Stop Believing

It used to be just another 1980’s rock song that popped up every now and then to massive nostalgia. That opening riff was welcomed with great reception, especially after a couple of beers. Cut to 2009 when high school musical meets dramedy sensation, ‘Glee’ debuted. Featuring a group of misfit underdogs, the students come together to sing their defining tune – “Don’t Stop Believing”. What started as an innocent cover in the pilot episode of the show, exploded into a phenomenon. The song has never been the same again!

Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit

The song that was allegedly never thought to become a hit. If only Nirvana could have predicted the heights that this single would ascend too, even still in 2014. The song was a favourite when it was released but it can’t be denied that the passing of Kurt Cobain, definitely helped the song be remembered. He wanted to create “the ultimate pop song” and before his death cited the Pixies as

the central inspiration for the track. It’s melody is one of the most known around, but even fans of the epic song would agree it is overplayed. Radio stations truly took the song and sky rocketed it with heaps of praise – Rolling Stone magazine said it was the 9th best rock song ever. Embodying the 1990s grunge phenomenon many from the time would remember watching it on MTV, back when they actually played music videos. Although, it was that very network that drove the tune into the ground. One of the greatest and most acclaimed songs, but you can’t deny it’s been more than overplayed.

Green Day – American Idiot

NO, I don’t want to be an American Idiot! One of those songs where you feel like turning off the TV and radio anytime you now hear it. Although you may find yourself bopping along to it or even singing along, it’s one of those annoying songs which you probably would sing along too!

Linkin Park – In The End

It starts with one thing… and then another and then another, but in the end it doesn’t even matter! This song as great as it was when it was released is still one of the most popular Linkin Park songs around. One of the most recognisnable songs out there too! The mix of Mike Shinoda’s more rappy vocals along with Chester Bennington singing the main chorus there’s not a single person who’s heard this song who hasn’t immediately become hooked on it at some point.