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Everyone has the albums that made their year and the albums that made their decade. While that was originally what I had planned to make this post, I decided that there were certain songs, artists, albums, and aspects that should be highlighted as big parts of the decade for me as well…and why not have some fun with it?
All Time Low: My first concert in the alt-rock/lesser-known rock scene and my first GA show. The guys in All Time Low and the music they provided are so important to my musical preferences and my life today.


Breakdowns: This decade has brought us SO MANY amazing breakdowns, here are some of my favorites.

  • A Day To Remember “Resentment” (2:35)
  • Bring Me The Horizon “House Of Wolves” (1:47)
  • Ice Nine Kills “Thank God It’s Friday” (2:39) and “Me Myself and Hyde” (2:54)
  • Beartooth “Used and Abused” (2:18) and “Censored” (2:34)
  • I Prevail “Deadweight” (2:14) and “Come And Get It” (2:13)
  • Motionless in White “Thoughts & Prayers” (2:22) , “Disguise” (2:22) , and “Soft” (2:07)

Covers: Who DOESN’T love a good helping of Punk Goes Pop? Some of the most memorable covers include…

  • Beartooth “Blitzkrieg Bop” by The Ramones
  • A Day To Remember “Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson
  • Ice Nine Kills “Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)” by Green Day
  • I Prevail “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift
  • Hands Like Houses “Torn” by Natalie Imbruglia

Disease: When Beartooth dropped this record it sort of solidified them as my favorite band of all time. The raw emotion, the intensity of the tunes, the heart, and soul that Caleb Shomo poured into every song, makes for one of the best and most important albums of the decade in general. This album is also one of the most important albums to me personally as well. If anyone needs some music to relate to during hard times, give Disease a listen.


Entertainment: “Rare”, “11:11”, “Crybaby”, “Not Warriors”, LITERALLY the entire album is beautifully written and produced. These songs create a feeling of true love and heartbreak and even make you wanna punch some people in a pit…and by that I mean “Tantrum”…its a bop.

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Features: There are few things cooler than hearing an artist that you love chime in on a song from another artist that you love. Here are my favorites from this decade

  • Tonight Alive ft. Corey Taylor, “My Underworld”
  • All Time Low ft. Joel Madden of Good Charlotte, “Bail Me Out”
  • Simple Plan ft. Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low, “Freaking Me Out”
  • Pierce The Veil ft. Jeremy McKinnon of A Day To Remember, “Caraphernelia” (This one is better than “King For A Day” and I will argue that to my dying day.)
  • Neck Deep ft. Sam Carter of Architects, “Don’t Wait”
  • Ice Nine Kills ft. JR. Wasilewski and Buddy Schaub of Less than Jake and Will Salazar of Finix TX, “IT Is The End”

Gone In Your Wake: Thousand Below is one of the best up and coming bands out there right now and this record solidifies that. The songs are catchy, intense and all-around amazing.

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Headspace: I am not really a fan of issues anymore, but this album will always be a 10/10 record. The bass is so fun on it and Tyler Carter really shines on the vocals in many of the songs. It’s a fun listen for sure.

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Ice Nine Kills: This band is one of the most, if not THE most, creative bands in existence. If you guys know of a band that can put together an entire record based on books and then follow that up with an entire record based on movies and then put on the same intense shows that these guys do…please inform me of them.

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Justified”: When A Day To Remember released Bad Vibrations, I knew the album would have its place in history. It is easily the most diverse and well put together album that the band has created and it brings in EVERY aspect of them as a group. “Justified” makes that album what it is. It’s intense, it’s emotional, it’s really the backbone of the record.

Keep Your American Dream”: I really don’t have anything to say about this song, other than it is probably the best song on Disgusting and I seriously want to mosh to it. I never mosh. It’s that good.

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Lyrical genius: There are so many songs that I could highlight for this but this decade brought some of the most emotional and well-written songs. From tunes like “Clever” by Beartooth to songs like “And The Snakes Start To Sing” by Bring Me The Horizon, listeners were able to hear wordsmithing at it’s peak. The intense music behind the words was great too.
Motionless In White: Motionless In White OWNED 2019. They put out the album of the year and did extensive touring before the album even dropped, then they booked a co-headline with Beartooth to kickoff 2020. Plus they put on amazing shows throughout the decade and totally made themselves icons of the scene.


Neck Deep: The Peace and The Panic was easily one of the best albums of the decade and this bad seriously reinvigorated pop-punk. I sadly haven’t had the chance to see them yet but they’re on my list and very high on it too.

Overthinking”: Coming from the band’s most recent record “Anon.”, this song is easily one of the most important songs of the decade and creates such a unique mix of Jazz and Blues sounding guitar riffs with musical techniques that tie the song to this scene of Rock. It truly is a masterpiece.
Photography: I have been able to grow tremendously in my photography skills this decade and most of that growth has come from this past year. I had the opportunities to photograph The Wrecks, Thousand Below and Waterparks professionally this decade and had so many other great shots taken straight from my phone. Anyone can achieve great shots, all you have to do is try!

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Quitting: I couldn’t think of a word for Q and I know that while many members didn’t necessarily “quit” their bands, this decade had a lot of hiatuses and switching of members. Most recently My Chemical Romance ended their hiatus and Black Veil Brides parted ways with bassist Ashley Purdy. There were many others but I won’t list them all!
Revolution Radio: This solidifies that Green Day wins this decade. It was never debated that this group of guys weren’t afraid to make a statement when there was one to be made. Revolution Radio is just the statement that this decade needed and deserved. Plus the album is full of absolute bangers and the tour was INSANE.

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Set It Off: This decade brought me to one of my favorite bands of all time. Set It Off has been a huge part of my life for the last five years and I have made so many good memories with them and appreciate them and their music dearly.


Tours: I was able to experience SO many good tours this year and I am certain that they all did well.

  • Shinedown “Attention Attention” tour with Papa Roach and Asking Alexandria
  • Papa Roach “Who Do You Trust?” tour with Asking Alexandria and Bad Wolves
  • Set It Off “Midnight World Tour pt 2” with Emarosa, Broadside, and Selfish Things
  • A Day To Remember “Degenerates” tour with I Prevail, Beartooth, and Can’t Swim
  • Green Day “Revolution Radio” tour with Catfish and The Bottlemen
  • The Rolling Stones “Zipcode” tour with Ed Sheeran

Unopened Windows”: Cody Carson seems to know how to write a song that gets me right in the feels no matter how many times I listen to it. This song means so much to me and it has gotten me through so many rough nights and continues to do so. My heart goes out to Cody and the boys in Set It Off, as it always does.

Vessel: This album is easily the best album Twenty One Pilots have put out to date. Songs on the album are iconic and all-around amazing. House of Gold and Trees are the two that stick out to me most. My favorite, however, would have to be Guns For Hands.

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Warped Tour: There is no denying that the ending of Warped Tour was a defining moment in music for this decade. Warped Tour was the biggest platform for exposure that this scene had and it allowed for thousands to be brought together in one place for a day of acceptance and fun. This tour was a huge relief for kids and will be missed dearly.

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X: Okay so does anyone ever have anything for “X” when they do this stuff? No? Cool, because neither do I.

Youngblood: 5 Seconds Of Summer have been a part of my life for almost the entire decade. So when I finally found my way back to them with this album I was thrilled with the way it sounded and the new sides it brought out. I absolutely adore this album and this band!

Zero”: When Crown The Empire dropped Retrograde, saying I was pleasantly surprised would be an understatement. This is easily the best song on that album and I will always love it.

Break is over and I am back. I decided to do this because while I do listen to a lot of Metalcore and harder rock, I have many other artists in my library that don’t really get enough recognition. So today I am going to give those artists some much-needed love by going through my songs on Spotify and talking about the first five songs that I stop on.

 

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1. “Friendly Enemies” by Jule Vera: As one of the more interestingly unique songs on this album, I truly do appreciate it. The entire album is a refreshing indie rock sound and I think vocally, Ansley Newman is incredible and deserves many props for her sound. This song is also much more of a rock song and therefore highlights the bands versatility which is always something to appreciate.

 

 

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2. “Too Young To Feel This Old” by You Me At Six: I enjoy the intro to this song a lot. I can picture experiencing it live and the stage lighting and that is always nice to have with a song. I also really enjoy the progression of the song through the verse, bridge, and chorus. It honestly reminds me of a hill, that sounds super dumb but if you listen to the song you will completely get it. The song is a part of Cavalier Youth and while the album as a whole is a masterpiece, this song is an incredible addition to it.

 

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3. “Hey Rachel” by As It Is: Writing a song about your sibling? I don’t know about you but this is the only song that I know with that subject matter. The band also does a really great job of making a really sad song sound super upbeat and happy. It definitely gets stuck in your head and gets your head bopping. Is it my favorite song by As It Is? No, but overall it is unique both technically and lyrically which can’t be overlooked.

 

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4. “Mad At Myself” by Issues: This was the first song by Issues that I ever heard when I looked them up in 2015and I loved it from the get go. While I don’t really listen to the band anymore, Tyler Carter still has one of the best voices out there in my opinion and this track highlights his talents extremely well. This song is on my list of favorite songs in general and I don’t think that it is going anywhere anytime soon.

 

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5. “Uptown Girl” by Billy Joel: This song is a true treasure and I will always get super hyped up when it plays. Anyone who says that they can get through this song without singing or humming along is most definitely lying because it’s impossible. I also never dance and you really can’t help but want to jump around and dance with someone when this song plays.

 

 

Well those were my shuffles! I know it wasn’t much but I will most definitely get back into the habit of posting and keeping up with things! I hope you enjoyed it and keep coming back for more!

Hey guys, so I thought it might be fun to go through my spotify discover playlist and highlight and rate some new artist for me and for you guys!

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1. Deaf Havana – Everybody’s Dancing And I Want To Die: I first noticed the odd intro. As I listened I was reminded of Mallory Knox, which I’m assuming is why they were on my discover playlist. There is kind of an odd rhythm in the chorus, but overall I like the vocals a lot and the lyrics are sad but make you want to sing along. 6/10

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2. Sink Your Teeth Into This – Conquer Divide ft Denis Stoff: I like the oh’s in the beginning and the screams remind me of Ice Nine Kills. However, the female vocals remind me of Haley Williams but a little, overall she sounds very unique. I really like these guys and will definitely be looking into them! 9/10

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3. Hopeless Case – ROAM: I really like the guitar in the intro and I now know why these guys toured with As It Is. They sound like a mix of As It Is and Neck Deep and give off a very modern punk vibe, I really enjoy this song. 7/10

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4. Familiar Ground – Exit: These guys remind me of State Champs and the vocalist has a slight resemblance to Jeremy McKinnon in certain spots. I like the guitar transitions in the second verse.  At fist I wasn’t sure how I felt about the song, but it grew on me as I listened to it. 6/10

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5. In The Mouth of Madness – Nightmares featuring Tyler Carter: I love intros like this one, ones that go from softer vocals into a guitar, then into screams, those intro’s get me every time. This band reminds me of Crown The Empire and I really like the chorus in this song. The vocals from the beginning are fantastic and then Tyler Carter really just adds to this already amazing song. I will definitely be adding these guys to my playlist ASAP! 10/10

Hello there! I have been looking around my blog and trying hard to decide what I should do next. I have done many album reviews and concert reviews, and so I decided to do a top 10! I will hopefully include more of these as I go along. Lets get started!

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10. Issues- Headspace: 

This album was my first summer buy of 2016 and I couldn’t have been happier about it. The diversity between tracks on this album, the best examples I can think of being the difference between Flojo and Slow Me Down. Both of those tracks stick out to me for many reasons. This album seems to highlight the bass a lot which I like and I was also really pleased that this album took on important issues (see what I did there? Huh? Yeah? No? Okay…) such as police brutality and brought that to a higher platform, which was a really cool thing to do. Overall this album is one that I believe shaped many people in and out of the issues fanbase, which is awesome.

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9. Misadventures- Pierce The Veil

Now yes, I know that this album has gotten a lot of praise and I’m just here giving it more, but hear me out. This album is incredibly diverse in its sound, while still sticking to the core PTV many of us know and love. It keeps the bands focus on highlighting the different parts of the track but changes the sound from song to song. I mean nobody can tell me that Texas Is Forever sounds similar to Floral and Fading, but what you can tell me is that each song has parts where the guitar is prominent and parts where the bass and drums are prominent and so on. Therefore, I do believe this album is one of the best out there, because it’s different yet resembles the bands former music.

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8. Set It Off- Upside Down:

I picked this album to be on the list because it is a very prominent way of showing the bands progress. While some bands do like to keep a sense of their old sound, such as bands like Pierce The Veil, some like to make major change and make it prominent. This album would be impossible to compare to the bands earliest album Cinematics. One could find aspects similar to Upside Down and Cinematics in the bands sophomore record Duality, and then see the immense progression of the band into a sound almost totally new! This album adds to the growing change that Set It Off is going through and I think that it is a really well done record through and through.

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7. The Amity Affliction: This Could Be Heartbreak

The emotional songs that come from this band are almost always hard and fast. This album though I feels again showed a much more personal side to the group. There are tracks that keep the fast guitar and screams from lead vocalist Joel Birch and also songs that go on a softer side and really set the emotion in. Overall this album is incredibly dark and deep which I think really worked out well for these guys. It’s an honest record that people can easily relate to in some situations which is always nice to have.

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6. Broadside- Paradise:

Wow. That was my fist thought after finishing this album for the first time. Broadside are a relatively new band in the scene and I think that this album will put them further on the radar than they all ready are. With many solo’s by Guitarist Dorian Cooke and the raspy yet soothing vocals of singer Oliver Baxxter this album shows the bands one of a kind sound. The lyrics in the tracks of this album are also incredibly developed and unique sound. I would have to say one of my favorite tracks off this album would be Lose Your Way but it’s incredibly difficult to pick just one.

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