I’m not exactly sure what makes this one different from yesterday’s, probably the idea that while both day thirteen and fourteen are surprising selections, the former is one you feel a little embarrassed about, and the latter is one you don’t.
Tonight’s selection isn’t actually my favourite song from this band, that would be the first song I ever heard from them, a speedy and metallic yet emotional track called ‘Rose of Sharyn’. But upon further exploration of the album, a few songs made their way onto my iPod. The fact that during a trip back to Windsor from playing a show in Kitchener Jeff turned to me and said, ‘It makes no sense that you like this,’ it seems like a good selection for today, since it probably makes even less sense now.
So like, I love to roll my eyes at the tropes of metal as much as anything, and I don’t know why this song gets a pass, but I have some theories. For one, I dig on singer Howard Jones’ voice, especially when he goes all operatic at the 1:02 mark. I like that even when he’s screaming I can understand what he’s saying. Musically, I like that as heavy as the song is, I can still hear everything that’s going on, and it makes sense. The song’s trying to get you amped up, not bludgeon you with riffage. Same with the drums: nary a double-kick stroke to be found, and when they are, they’re tastefully placed at points that suit the song. I can even forgive the pinch harmonic at 1:58, and anyone who knows me knows I hate pinch harmonics. There’s an attention to melody present in the song [and in Rose of Sharyn, too] that’s apparently typical in metalcore acts. I mean, it’s not the sort of thing I want to listen to everyday, but when it comes on shuffle at the right time, I’ll nod my head to it.
Honourable Mention: Opposite side of the spectrum, shall we? The Lady might argue that this song is more guilty pleasure, she would be incorrect. There is actual love here, a love I can’t deny was sparked by the trailer to ‘GTA: The Ballad of Gay Tony‘ but has transformed into something genuine. This song has pushed me to keep running at the gym more than you know. I have a soft spot for certain flavours of house and trance, maybe it comes from a couple years playing DDR alone in my basement, but this song pushes a certain button for me that music I listen to mote regularly doesn’t hit.