SERIOUS ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH/LIMBLIFTER

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I fell asleep to “U2” the album “Zooropa”

I exercised to “Dead Sara” the album “Dead Sara”

 

I made a joke or at least tried to on Sunday’s post?  I’m far less doom & gloom than I am most of the time.  The fact that I made an effort to make a joke is just how I am most of the time.  Example; I give blood for a blood test & I usually say “Kim….would you please hold my hand?”  Just as they’re ready to take blood for the test.

I take all of this cancer & depression talk very seriously.  When I make a joke is just to keep the mood light, not disown it!  If I didn’t, it likely would be doom & gloom more often.  Being able to admit my issues with my brain was the feeling of a HUGE weight being lifted off of my shoulder.  I know there’s a long way to go probably but I don’t want to be all doom & gloom through it.  That would likely add to the problem.

In complete transparency.  How incredible is Kim!?  No wonder Brewster picked her to be the first person he ever willingly went to when we bought him.  There’s one of the things Brewster & I have in common.  We both picked Kim.  “You chose a really good mommy little guy!”  That’s what I tell Brewster every day!  Yes I talk to my dog, but it’s a very one sided conversation.

I take my mental health very seriously.  I also look at it as another obstacle to overcome.  Is my mental health tied to my cancer?  I don’t know, but I don’t want it to be?  They say in baseball that usually a player that can’t do well on one side of the ball will fail on the other side of the ball.  I don’t agree with that & I’m proof that it’s not usual.  I couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn when I played.  On the infield I was a vacuum & wanted every ball to be hit in my direction!  So I don’t tie my mentality to cancer, at least that’s how I see things?

I NEVER want to play the cancer card.  That seems just wrong & a poor excuse for my behavior!

Kim got a hold of my doctor on Tuesday.  He said he’ll get it all done for me & refer me to a professional which I can’t seem to remember the name or place of at the moment.  So the ball has started rolling.  This whole thing is me not liking myself & that I hurt others with my words.  Not cool!  I don’t want to verbally/emotionally hurt anyone anymore!

If you’ve been reading this all along, you know I want just dig in & get started yesterday.  I just have to remain patient.

 

I think Apple just put the final nail in their own coffin?  Apples iTunes service, as of April 1st, will not allow any 3rd party music at all!  You have a CD to add to iTunes or anything from a friend?  Not going to play on any Apple software.  You have to get it from the streaming store on Apple Music or the iTunes store.  No this isn’t an April fool’s joke.  This has been coming for about 6 months or more.  If my classic iPod wasn’t still working fine, I’d jump ship download a reasonable free player & order CDs.

I can’t see this mess lasting for long?  Gotta say I miss Steve Jobs!  Smarter than those he left behind at Apple, who was one of the leading tech companies, have been struggling since his passing.

April fool’s day!  He’s not running for president & Tom Brady isn’t retiring.

https://www.kerrang.com/the-news/dave-grohl-announces-2020-presidential-bid/?utm_campaign=loudwire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&influencer=true&fbclid=IwAR1aDilLjQktCVYIVjmQbb4_-Z2VfNwTeXIMj0P9GK5f9pGu1qB_uNPy9Ms

He wrote the song “Run” about running away from the president who shall not be named.

Alter Bridge’s 6th album is in the recording process.  Drums have finished being recorded.  I hope the wait “…won’t be long…”

 

 

LIMBLIFTER

“Limblifter” came out of the ashes of “The Age of Electric”.  One of the people that would fix the presses, The Print Doctor, is actually a brother to the drummer & guitarist/singer of the group.  I think they’re based in British Columbia now, but I’m not positive of that, take it with a grain of salt?  Last time I saw them was before I had cancer, probably 2006?  I have 2 of their 3 albums one of them is on CD….

 

1996   LIMBLIFTER

 

2000   BELLACLAVA

I only own those 2 albums but they have 3 I believe.  I might get their final album “I/O” that’s what they were touring for on their last tour before I went into the hospital.

 

I don’t want this to come off as funny.  FINALLY AFTER 2 SEASONS “SUPERMAN” IS GONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I’ve been waiting for this move since early – middle of 2017.

https://www.cbc.ca/sports/baseball/mlb/jays-trade-kevin-pillar-to-giants-1.5081250?fbclid=IwAR2-QPoGgJSvC3ubn7giF6HhTCCW-3kSnc5PxFmYHo-sQVumYzoMnHoPiNY

 

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“I feel good about the good things, & bad about the bad things”-David Eric Grohl

“Learn from your mistakes & don’t repeat them”-Chris

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

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WEEKEND UPDATE/ DARON  MALAKIAN & THE SCARS ON BROADWAY

Sorry this is so late.

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Music throughout the weekend.

I don’t own this, it is a possibility for me in the future though.  We listened to it on Apple Music.  I put on “Finger Eleven” & Kim piped up instantly saying she had a headache so I changed it to this…

LANGUAGE!!!!!

Have you ever heard “Ronnie James Dio” play “Holy Diver” acoustic?  “Room 333” did it acoustic & live Friday evening.  Somehow it was good, different but good.

 

My father & I went to The Exchange Friday night to see 3/5 of my brother’s group members, Room 333, play acoustic as an opening act for Tyler Gilbert.  I haven’t been there in a long time.  The last time I was there I was in my 1/3 wheelchairs & still in the Wascana Rehabilitation Center.  My brother & Roque lifted me up on to the slightly higher level, so I could see the show.  I like going to The Exchange it’s not Cheers, but lots of people know who you are by name & never think twice about helping anyone out.

Saturday was quiet.  I woke up, asked Kim “What time is it?”  She replied “9:00 am”.  I reply “Are you not going to work today?”  She replies “No it’s Saturday.”  I don’t know what I was thinking?  Kim spent the day working on her photos/homework for her class.  I got up & showered, which becomes useless at this time of year, I was sweating profusely by 2:00 in the afternoon.  I watched Blue Jays first of 4 Spring Training games left before the regular season starts on Thursday.  Made my vegetable juice for the week & hardboiled eggs for us.  I also wrote down what we needed for groceries.  I felt quite energetic on Saturday despite sweating so much.

For Saturday evening we ordered from “Brown’s Social House”.  I had a burger & yam fries.  I’m still not much of a fan of that place, but EVERYBODY else is.

My younger brother turned 32 on Saturday.

Kim & I rented “Instant Family” from iTunes Saturday night.  A comedy about kids being adopted from the foster care program starring Mark Wahlberg & Rose Byrne.

This morning Kim went for a walk around Wascana Lake with Jolene.  I got up & showered.  Then went straight to the kitchen to empty the dishwasher & have some breakfast with some “Finger Eleven” playing on the stereo!  I’ll be watching Blue Jays baseball again today, tomorrow, & Tuesday.  Wednesday they’re off for a day, & Thursday is when the regular season/marathon of 162 games that end September 29th.  Blue Jays play the final 2 spring training games in Montreal on Monday & Tuesday.  Mitch’s birthday supper with the family this evening.  I think everybody gave him cash?  Mitch & Rachel just got a new born puppy that needs surgery to fix her heart murmur.  I think she is only 3 or 4 pounds right now?  He surgery will be in Saskatoon & quite expensive.  Also a week long including tests one day, then surgery, & 3 days to recover.  The breeders flat out lied about having insurance for this sort of thing.

 

 

Spider-man “Far From Home” can’t get here fast enough!

Season 3 of “Stranger Things” isn’t that far away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What is a Keto diet?  A fad.  Works for some people, does nothing for others.  My uncle’s on it & he’s lost a lot of weight, he looks like a different person from a distance.  My mom has tried it & wasn’t successful.  Eat fat to eat the other fat.  Remember the Atkins diet that was eat nothing but protein?  Another fad diet that didn’t work for everyone.

I’m almost sure I’ll buy the “Feed the Machine” album by “Nickleback”?  That will make 4 purchased albums & 2 that I’ll listen to on occasion.

 

DARON MALAKIAN & THE SCARS ON BROADWAY

Daron is the guitar player & 2nd singer for the metal group “System of a Down”.  Serj Tankian is the lead vocalist for “System of a Down”.  It’s very much like “Jerry Cantrell” & “Layne Staley” in the original line-up for “Alice in Chains”.  Sort of 2 singers in one band.

All of the members of “System of a Down” are Armenian.

Anyways, Daron Malakian has released 2 albums as “Daron Malakian & the Scars on Broadway” a self-titled album in 2008 & an album titled “Dictator” in 2018.  “System of a Down” has released 5 individual albums, 2 in 2005 that fit together as a double album.  There are rumours floating around that they might get together to record a new album, but I’m not holding my breath for it.  They do have tour dates in America that likely doesn’t mean anything though.  They’ve toured on & off over the years.

 

2008   Daron Malakian & the Scars on Broadway

LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

2018   “Dictator”

LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   

 

As for the Toronto Blue Jays, they can’t trade center fielder, I assume more because of his batting average?  They’ve already bought out 2 contracts to set the players free or cheap enough to trade early in the off season to a tune of $56,000,000.  Kevin Pillar will get $521,100 this year.  Next year he goes through arbitration expecting to make over $5,000,000.  Buy out his contract to make room for the 20 year old Short Stop Bo Bichette or a fourth outfielder Anthony Alford.

Blue Jay fans aren’t expecting much this year with so many players coming up from the minor leagues this year & Bichette played well enough to at least platoon short stop with the veteran they signed to a 1 year contract.  Bichette & Vladimir Guerrero Junior should both be in the major league in mid-April!  At the moment Blue Jay fans have no reason to buy a ticket for opening day on Thursday.  I’d go if I could afford to, since I’ve never been to a MLB game.  Out of 162 games, I predict them to win 60-70 games this year, I hope they prove me wrong.  To make the playoffs you need to win at least 95 games.  No playoffs for the Jays this year, lots of young players!

 

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REASON FOR THIS BLOG/MARK MORTON

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I fell asleep to “Pretty Vicious” singles & a 4 song EP

I exercised to “Foo Fighters” the album “There is Nothing Left to Lose”

LANGUAGE!!!!!

Sorry this is a bit late today.  I had a routine doctor appointment.  I had some blood work for him to look over & I needed some refills on my pills.  My doctor comes into the room & asks “Hi, what do for you today?”  My instant reply “Not much, we just came to see what’s new & how you’re doing?”

This website was started for 2 reasons.  The first reason was to incorporate my left hand.  Hasn’t helped, my left hand is, to this day, very shaky!  Can’t even play guitar & I try for 15 minutes a week, my hand just won’t do what my brain tells it to do.

The second reason is to keep everyone up to date on my cancer recovery, which I guess is still an ongoing process.  I’m cancer free now for over 10 years, yet I’m left in a wheelchair, with an iPatch, no drivers’ license, & slow reflexes in my arms.

So I’ve beaten brain cancer.  Now I’m trying to repair what it left me with.  The exercising is to get me walking again & regain my sense of balance.  My left eye can’t be helped, it’s a nerve issue that has to fix itself.  The specialist I saw in Saskatoon in 2013 said she could do 30 surgeries on it but there’s a strong possibility that nothing would change.  It’s not just a lazy eye, it has to do with the nerve.

You know those advertisements on TV for a new pill that will fix one thing but has a possibility of 30+ side effects.  That’s just weird!  I’m on pills & the side effect is dry mouth.  That’s why I drink so much water.  Even black coffee dries me out, solution, water & nothing but during the week.  Even on St. Patrick’s day, I had 1 beer & 2 or 3 liters of water.

 

Look at that.  50 people die in a Mosque in New Zealand.  The first thing I heard after the shooting is that the government will be changing the gun laws!  The shooter bought 4 guns LEGALLY.  Kudos to the New Zealand government.  Hopefully other countries will follow?

 

I’m more than ready for a Big Wreck preorder or release date!

 

 

MARK MORTON

I’m a longtime fan of “Lamb of God”, so when one of their guitarists releases a solo album with guest vocalists on each song, of course I’ll buy it!  What I kind of don’t really care about, is how this guy, who made a documentary called “A Headbanger’s Journey” calls this a rock album?  Not sure how he figured that as a genres to put this album in, but what do I know?  I don’t think any straight up rock fan would search for this album?  I was a rock music fan & nothing else.  I would never have bothered seeking this album out!  I’d call this a metal album with a few rock songs on it.

So, here are some notable songs from the album….

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 1ST 2019 “ANESTHETIC” BY MARK MORTON

 

Thursday, March 28th 2019!  Toronto Blue Jays opening day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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EXERCISE WEEKLY TOTAL/GENRES?

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I fell asleep to “Into Eternity” the album “The Sirens”

I exercised to “Foo Fighters” the album “Wasting Light”

5 day exercise total; 400 pushups, 600 leg lifts, 300 crunches, 200 tricep lifts,  450squats, 300 back flexes, & some walking this week.

 

I hate doing exercise as much as the next person.  Eating healthier is not a big deal to me.  I will say it’s a bit more expensive though.  Nobody hates walking, right?  Now that it’s way more work for me, I don’t care for it much.  I loved going for a walk on a fall evening on my own.  I don’t really miss that, but sometimes I just like the fall air.

I don’t look like I exercise as much as I do, & that’s a fact.  My parents are impressed by how physically strong I am though.  That was good to hear from my mother yesterday.

Yesterday Kim didn’t even have to hold on to me or my walker, she followed close behind though.  I don’t enjoy practicing walking when she gets home.  I’ve already exercised in the morning.  It’s a necessary evil in my mind.  I’d much rather sit or lay on the couch until she gets home, help with supper & forget about going walking.  We’ve gone walking more than last year, but it’s not much really.  Time to make it part of our routine!  This is again more quality than quantity.

I can tell by Thursday that my body is getting tired.  My arm exercises become very difficult.  Some days it feels like immediately after my 39th birthday my body just shut down & said “NO!  No more of that!”  I’m gonna keep going though, “somethings gotta give”, & it will not be my body!

 

The new “In Flames”, “Mark Morton”, & “Dream Theater” albums are ruling my world since they were released.  “In Flames” will be in in my top 5 albums of 10 for the year.  There will be new albums from “Alter Bridge”, “Big Wreck”, & “Tool”, if they’re not lying about it?

A follow up to these albums…

This single is out for purchase.  I assume it will be coming with the album preorder?

 

COUNTRY MUSIC?

I’m not about to rant about my dislike for most country music.  I’d like to know why some are considered country music & others aren’t?  Why does everything have to fit in a perfect spot/genres?  Why is it that these acts are considered country music?

The following groups I have seen on CMT, for these specific songs & I don’t know why?

After all of that, why isn’t the following considered country music?

Why not call all of these acts Contemporary Music & leave it at that?  There are so many sub genres in metal it’s ridiculous, speed metal, thrash metal, death metal, black metal, progressive metal, power metal, nu metal, alternative metal, etc.  When someone asks me “What kind of music do you listen to?”  I reply “Rock & metal for the most part.”  For me, metal is just called metal.

I’m not a fan of multiple sub-genres.  There’s rap, pop, country, rock, metal, electronic dance music, instrumental, classical, reggae, operatic, hymns, acoustic, contemporary, & world music (from other countries).  I don’t like sub genres, just the proper genres/main genres.

 

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“Learn from your mistakes & don’t repeat them”-Chris

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres         

AU DE POOP/TAYLOR HAWKINS & THE COATTAIL RIDERS

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I fell asleep to “Paramore” the album “All We Know is Falling”

I exercised to “Mark Morton” his only solo album “Anesthetic”

 

I’ve noticed that with my exercise & paying more attention to what I eat or drink, I’m nowhere near as sick as I used to be.  Before cancer, I was sick about once a month if not more.  Now, after cancer, I get sick maybe once a year.

I’m still about 230 pounds.  Since I’m unable to get rid of my beer belly.  If/when I hit 210, that’s where I should be.  I need to do more cardio!  If I get any lower than 210, I’ll be nothing but “skin & bones”.

Sunday finished with me spilling or dropping everything I touched……………………Should have stayed in bed!

Hello Monday!  Ugh!  Brewster REALLY needs a trim.  Pooped on his pad as he should, then came off his pad, shook & unleashed 5 klingons.  Then proceeded to drag/scratch his butt all over the house.  Had to clean up some warm, smelly, squishy dog poop, & OOH MY IT SMELLED.  Poor little guy.  I could tell he’d been holding it in for that reason.

Just when I think he’s done I came here to the computer, go out, & there’s poop & butt streaks EVERYWHERE.  No I wouldn’t get mad at him over this, he tried & knows he did.  He just REALLY needs a trim.

Between writing this, exercising, having breakfast & lunch, cleaning up after Brewster, tending to the full dishwasher, washing a few dishes, & showering, I didn’t hit the couch until about 3:00 pm.  I was tired & sweaty!

Yesterday Kim was home sick with that awful cold that’s been going around.  So far I’m the only one amongst our immediate family that hasn’t had.  My mother, father, brother, sister-in-law, & now Kim have caught it or currently have it.

Kim’s OK & back at work today.  It’s 9:30 am here & already +24 Celcius in here (+75.2 Fairenhight) it’s only going to get warmer.  Time to open a few windows!

 

TAYLOR HAWKINS & THE COATTAIL RIDERS

Foo Fighters needed a drummer & Taylor wanted to be in a band.  Foo Fighters grabbed him from Alanis Morisette in 1997 while she was riding high on her album “Jagged Little Pill”.  Dave Grohl reminded him that if he practiced with them that he would have to join Foo Fighters.

Taylor wanted this to be called simply “The Coattail Riders” the label insisted that Taylor Hawkins put his name on it to boost sales.  Since I live in Canada, I had to order the 2 CDs they released each ordered on a release date when CDs were a thing.  The first S/T album is really good the second one was a stinker though.  This was Taylor Hawkins first release while drumming for Foo Fighters.  He had already started his cover band “Chevy Metal” though.  I’ll just give you some stuff from the first release.

 

2006

Foo Fighters were going to release a song called “Get up I wanna get down” on their 4th album but couldn’t work out the arrangement, this was released 2 years later.  I have no clue if this version sounds anything like the original that wasn’t released?

 

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Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

WEEKEND & CONCERT UPDATE

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Music throughout the weekend.  “Foo Fighters”, “Lynyrd Skynyrd”, “Randy Bachman”, & “Metallica”.

 

On Friday, my dad came to take Brewster & I to my parents’ place a little after 1:00 pm.  Hung out there, played some cards with my cousin & a family friend, Karen, who just had orthoscopic knee surgery.  Kim came after work, as well as Ray, Karen’s better half…………….other half.  Probably safer if I say “other”.

Mom & dad cooked a prime rib sirloin, asparagus, potatoes that I avoided, & another tasty dish that was so good I forget what it was?

Stayed for a bit after a dessert of chocolate & peanut butter ice cream.  Had a few beverages & came home.

Saturday at noon was another pre-season baseball game, & Saturday evening was the concert.  On their Farewell tour with Randy Bachman as the opener.  I finally saw them play “Free Bird”!

We were & still are busy today.  I gave blood for a blood test, nothing crucial, just for a run of the mill doctor appointment.  We grabbed some food at Tim Horton’s.  We were then going to see our “niece” play at a piano recital.  She’s sick today so that was a no go.

Kim picked up some groceries while I waited in the car, we picked up Brewster who was staying with Sherry & James.

I made a juice for the week & the eggs just finished in the instant pot.

 

LYNYRD SKYNYRD

I really paid attention to them beginning in 2007, when I would take my iPod to work.  I’d listen to their double album of “Greatest Hits” & the new “Dream Theater” album “Systematic Chaos” close to 3 hours of my day, then I’d either find something else to listen to or work in silence with noise blocking earmuffs on.  Sometimes I’d just replay both of those albums.

Of course “Free Bird” was the encore song!

 

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Stay safe out there,

Chris

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EXERCISE WEEKLY TOTAL/IN FLAMES ALBUM REVIEW

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I fell asleep to “In Flames” the album “I, The Mask”

I exercised to “Chromeo” two albums on shuffle.

5 day exercise total; 400 pushups, 600 leg lifts, 300 crunches, 200 tricep lifts, 450  squats, 300 back flexes.

The exercise is horrible until I get my butt in gear & get it done & out of the way, then I feel good & feel I’ve accomplished something.  It’s not something physical I can really show anyone though.

EX: My mother didn’t really understand what my job was.  I told her I was a printing press operator, she still didn’t fully understand.  I took her the first sheet of paper you set up & see how far off the colour is, & how far I needed to get the metal plates to move so it all lined up.  Then I took her a final sheet of paper from the same job once it was done & explained what I had to do to get it that way.

I worked at a console to the press.  I could manipulate each of the 4 or 5 colours from there to move them or allow the right amount of colour to a certain area.  Once I was done a job, I had something tangible/physical/material to look at & think to myself “Hey, I helped make that.”

I can’t really show what I do now.  I’m pretty tired for the rest of the day, I sit on the couch & watch some TV until I feel the motivation to shower or until I just can’t stand being sweaty & smelly.  I certainly don’t want to do anymore exercise other than some walking when Kim gets home to help me.

My cousin’s in town!  Went to my parents’ place on Tuesday afternoon.  A game, Chinese food for supper (wasn’t even oily), some TV, & left with my belated birthday gift…………..wait for it……………………oatmeal chocolate chip cookies & the blu-rays I lent to my cousins.  My mom & cousin baked them on Monday for me.  My grandmother’s “recipe”.  “Add a little more of this & an extra dash of this until the dough feels right”- Grandma.  My grandparents met each other while she was working as a baker at a bakery & he was delivering from the bakery.

I had a HORRIBLE day on Thursday.  A pity party for one, I just sobbed for a while & asked myself “When will this cancer crap all end?”  I’m tired & stressed & Kim is too.  It feels like a continual pile of bull**** being dumped on us that we can’t get out of, so we never take an extended break from what we do.  I exercise & she busts her butt working while also taking an evening class that’s once a week immediately after work.

I’m glad I survived cancer, but I’m INCREDIBLY sick of the nonsense & crap that comes with it after in my & Kim’s situation.  I exercise 5 days a week & when the f*** does that help.  I’m not going to chase a dream that’s unrealistic for the rest of my life.  To say this is getting old is an understatement!  I want the pill that Robin Williams wanted, called “F*** it all”.  I’m not about to give up, but I’ll never be whatever the hell “normal” is!  If it’s coming, it’s really f***ing slow.  I was EXTREMELY frustrated!  This is nobody’s fault, but I always feel like it’s mine, ALWAYS!

I think God & Satan got together & said “Hey, let’s mess with the guy who has manic depression.  It’ll be fun!”  I have a better idea, how about you don’t?

 

10 bands that influenced me & made me want to sing & play guitar.  U2, Barenaked Ladies, I Mother Earth, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Big Wreck, The Watchmen, Matthew Good Band, Tool, Led Zeppelin, & Queen.  Many more!

Yes I’m well aware that is 11 bands but I had to get Led Zeppelin in there.

I could never play fast, some of these are guitar influences, and the others are voice influences.

 

IN FLAMES REVIEW OF “I, THE MASK”

FANTASTIC album somewhat of a return to the earlier albums.  Still hardcore fans say it’s more of a rock album & complain about this album.  I think they want “In Flames” to just make duplicates of “The Jester Race”, not going to happen!  That album was released in 1997, I think it’s time the complaining fans jump ship if that’s what they want?

I didn’t get into “In Flames” until I saw them live in 2006?  The final tour for the traveling metal 3-4 hour extravaganza “Sounds of the Underground” tour in Saskatoon.

Yes, their last 2 releases were quite tame “Siren Charms” 2014 & “Battles” 2016 were pretty mellow as far as metal albums go, I really like “Siren Charms” though.

This new album “I, The Mask” is great from the Swedish melodic death metal group.  The first half is more like their old stuff & the second half is mellower.  Here are a few of my favourite songs from the album….

 

FRIDAY MARCH 1ST 2019 RELEASE “I, THE MASK” BY IN FLAMES

 

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Stay safe out there,

Chris

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