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A Rage Against The Machine legacy: Stray from the Path

Pumping guitars, furious rap, driving furious guitar play, breakdown, tension building, social criticism, tension building, OUTBURST: FUCK THEM NO JUSTICE!!!

This could easily be a description on a Rage Against the Machine album! Maybe it even is... But don't mix things up here! We're talking about the latest Stray From The Path album over here! The Long Island based band is known for it's furious alternative hardcore since the beginning (2001). I have to say I didn't care much for their music in the beginning. To me their songs were rather mediocre raging from the beginning to the end. Listening to the past albums learned me they showed some evolution each release. Did I like them? Ah just little... Actually I did forget about this band rather quickly recognizing their talent but just not my cup of coffee I think.

Subliminal Criminal Stray

Source: Sumerian Records

Subliminal Criminal

Some months ago I noticed a new album was released. Given the progression they made early on I decided to give it a go. BAM in my face. This album obviously gets it's influence out of the greatest work of Rage Against the Machine. Add some furiosity and the hardcore touch and you get a "Subliminal Criminal" album. Is this a bad thing? Something to be ashamed of? Not at all! I enjoy this record every single moment I listen. It's just one of those records that's able to make me enjoy outing my frustration. Easy to sing/scream along. Pounding breakdowns to control the anger, outburst to release it all! What a relief.

"Badge and a Bullet" for instance gives a good overview on the album. All elements spread in the other songs are gathered here. I can easily throw things song back in my memory and hear me listen it at the age of 16. It would have triggered me immediately being a little (passive) anarchist at the time. Nowadays the lyrics get my attention by the projection I make on a current situation I needed to cope with. Actually I heard Fuck the new Justice what would fit better in my interpretation on the song!

   

"So which side are you walking on?
Which side, tell me which side?
Trained to never trust us
So where the fuck is the justice?
Which side are you walking on?
Which side, tell me which side?
Trained to never trust us
(Trust us)
Fuck them
No justice"

As you can read "Subliminal criminal" contains some clear criticism on society with a lot of f*cks and expressed anger. But don't be mistaken by this part of the song! The lyrics actually go deeper. This song is about the police brutality in America. They talk about the incidents where black people got killed due to police force. On this album Stray from the Path shows evidence of some good writing and song building skills. No it's not new... Yes Rage Against The Machine is the father of this sound... But can you complain when getting an enflamed son following the same path and bringing more of the goods? I won't! And if you do? F*CK you!

Hope to hear what you think about this album. Please leave a message in comment even (or especially) when you disagree. Looking forward to a nice chat about music!


For the love of music: Stan Webb's Chicken Shack!

I think it was about time to finally write something about music over here. Actually I've been through a period where I took way to less time to lean back and really listen to the music with full attention. I've been busy creating this site, had my mind occupied by some personal circumstances, ... And on top of these things I lost my cable to listen to the music on my phone in the car. And that's just the place where I have most time to let the music come to my mind. 

Stan Webb: Strange Situations

Luckily I found it back yesterday. This way I could enjoy a superb moment this morning. While driving my car at work there was a thin mist over the fields why the sun rose over the fields. For once I was in no hurry since I was planned to arrive 10m. before I had to start working (Unfortunately a rare moment). My music played on shuffle rocking the morning with songs as:

  • Iron Maiden - Montsegur
  • K's Choice - Private Revolution
  • The Strypes - Blue Collar Jane
  • The living end - West End Riot

I got in a nice vibe preparing for a day at work. Having a cold a little power in the morning felt good. But the real "magic" came after these energy bombs. The playlist hit this brilliant song:

https://open.spotify.com/track/6rZq0jZJhqlNXtfrTvshBX

The rythm guitar drops in with a slight intensity of power making the bridge from the past songs into this one. Stan Webb's clear vocals attracting the attention while the song gently evolves in subtle guitar virtuosity. As the song is growing you feel the passionate guitar play getting more intense. I think you can imagine how the mood of this song amplified the "magic" of the moment. It got me energetic, wondered and relaxed. Ideal combination if you ask me.

I got to know this song at work. One of the therapies I'm giving is named "Music as speaking-tube" (sounds a bit weird in english). The goal of this therapy is getting in contact with your emotions by music. Not only do I believe in this concept, it's also a great source of music for me. I think I would never have heard of Stan Webb if this song wouldn't have came to my ear this way.

I can't find much information about Stan Webb and the Chicken Shack. So those who could help me out please let me know! You can respond below or on Facebook.