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Marissa’s Melodies

Marissa Campbell

May 5, 2016

Filed under Lifestyle, Music

Several popular bands and artists released albums last week, which means there’s great new music for fans to enjoy. The new Bring Me the Horizon album brought a new sound fans have never heard, the artist SoMo released yet another soulful album full of slow jams, and many rock stars came together to release their first album as the super-group Hollywood Vampires.  ‘That’s the Spirit’ by Bring Me the HorizonReleased: Sept. 11Genre: Metal/rockSince their first album, Bring Me the Horizon has changed their rock sound and style quite a bit. Part of the sound change is due to lead singer Oli Sykes damaging his vocal cords after many years of screaming, but also because the band has matured and taken more control of their sound, which is heard on hits like “Throne.” Not only did the band change part of their sound, but they changed a song. “Drown” is revamped on this album and is just as powerful and hard-hitting as ever. The problem with this album is the fans who enjoyed the heavier music may not enjoy this album due to less screaming and yelling from Sykes (“What You Need”). Overall, the band has brought their usual array of fast and heavy chords that will keep the fans moshing for sure.Download: “Throne”‘My Life II’ by SoMoReleased: Sept. 11Genre: R&B/soulSoMo began his career in 2013 with his first album but became a radio sensation in 2014 with his self-titled album that featured the hit single “Ride.” With a similar sound, but not quite as unique as The Weeknd, SoMo tends to phase in between soul and rapping in his songs, which can be heard in the song “Bad Chick.” Listeners who are fans of ’90s slow jams will enjoy SoMo’s twist on the style of music with the different electronic sounds that he uses in a majority of his songs (“Hide & Freak”).Download: “Hide & Freak”‘Hollywood Vampires’ by Hollywood VampiresReleased: Sept. 11Genre: RockThe band Hollywood Vampires is made up of many famous rock stars including Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, Paul McCartney, Joe Perry and Abe Laboriel Jr. known for touring with other rock bands and artists as a guitarist. Depp decided to release his own album, which is how Hollywood Vampires came together. On songs such as “My Dead Drunk Friends” and “Raise the Dead,” Cooper’s raspy, creepy vocals can be heard crooning on the tracks. The band also does a cover of The Beatles’ “My Generation,” which is just as fun and lively as the original.Download: “Raise the Dead”

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Marissa’s Melodies: No jokes for April Fool’s in the music world

Marissa Campbell

April 7, 2016

Filed under Lifestyle, Music, Opinion

April Fool’s Day was laden with a wide variety of new rock and alternative albums. From Weezer’s “White Album” to the Summer Set and Lukas Graham, there is a mixture of pop-rock out there for everyone this week.  “...