There are 3 albums I want to convey in this post – two of which have just recently been released.
First album was Hollywood Undead’s third studio album “Notes From the Underground.” At first, I was skeptical to seeing where this LA-based rap/rock group was going with their music when they released their song “Dead Bite” last year. Being a long-time fan of the band regardless, I decided to pre-order it anyway. It was a great idea to do so. Taking a heavier and more meaningful approach on a lot of their songs (and still throwing in a few fun songs here and there), Hollywood Undead easily dished out an album better than even their debut “Swan Songs.” Jay rating: 4/5 stars
Second album was Trapt’s long-awaited 5th album “Reborn.” With the single released in mid-late 2011 and the release date relentlessly pushed back, I admit that even I was starting to give up hope on the album. When the pre-ordering was finally opened up on November 20th of last year, I quickly reserved my signed copy of the deluxe edition. Before I knew it, Reborn was hitting my eardrums with an amazing sound I hadn’t heard from the band since their sophomore album “Someone In Control.” Jay rating: 5/5 stars
Third and final album I want to discuss is scheduled to be released some time in late March/early April. This is Ra’s 5th studio album “Critical Mass.” Ra is arguably one of the best kept secrets of the rock industry, and it’s a secret I’ve been letting out for years. They easily moved to the number one spot on my list of favorite bands, and every single person I’ve blessed with their music has become an instant fan. The first single for the new album, “Running Blind”, was released last year as a free download for everyone. The singer and producer of the band, Sahaj Ticotin, released 5 snippets of the songs “Awake”, “Ecstasy”, “It’s All Over Now”, “You Won’t Be Home Tonight” and “Anything You Want” for a limited time only on Christmas Eve. Upon hearing these, I and other fans became much more excited than ever.
What do you think? Do you have different opinions on the first two albums? Have you heard of Ra? I encourage everyone to look into them, and maybe we’ll bring great rock music BACK into the mainstream!
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