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RIP Alexi Laiho from Children of Bodom

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The other day, I learned that Alexi Laiho had passed away. For those that don’t know. He was the lead guitarist and vocalist for the great melodic death/speed metal band called Children of Bodom. Or CoB for short.

It brought great sadness to hear of his passing. He was a huge influence on my choice of t-shirts, music influence, and vocal style.

I clearly remember seeing him in an interview wearing a t-shirt that said: “guitar players finger better”. At the time, I was a young teenager, and for some reason, I really wanted that t-shirt. I actually bought it, and it brought lots of hilarious memories which would have never happened before.

Our second year at Download Festival (2009) and I’m wearing the t-shirt Alexi inspired me to purchase.

Then there was the time I went to Download Festival (I believe it was in 2009). The second time my friends and I went to the infamous rock/metal festival, we went to see CoB in the second stage. During their performance, I remember entering a circle pit and losing a shoe. You can’t stop and grab it in a circle pit because everyone is running in one direction. During the performance, I couldn’t find my shoe, but I could still take in and enjoy their energetic performance. They were incredible and truly inspiring to me.

Because of Alexi and CoB, I became a scream vocalist in a melodic death metal band where we had some much fun. We didn’t get anywhere, but we had a great time, and Alexi was usually in my mind when I screamed. He was an idol to me. Also, without CoB Trivium either wouldn’t have existed, or they would have been completely different. You see, Trivium was another influence for me.

Alexi and his band were influential in so many ways to so many people and groups that the world would have been very different without him. Unfortunately, he passed away due to long term health issues at the age of 41, but at least he’s no longer in pain. May he rest in peace, and I hope he’s rocking out with all the other rock/metal artists who have passed away. He may be gone, but he will most certainly never be forgotten.

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My 2020 Spotify Unwrapped

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It’s funny how I’m writing this, thinking I’ve shared my music interests in the past on my blog. However, the only post I’ve created was in 2018 talking about Mike Shinoda’s release “Post Traumatic”. Seeing this has surprised me, and I want to change that because I absolutely love music and it’s a huge interest of mine.

An intro into my music taste

I’m a big rock and metal fan, but I dip into many different genres including; pop, dubstep, rap, hip hop, EDM and so much more. Music helps me concentrate, it helps me get through my anxiety and depression, and I listen to it every single day.

My Spotify Unwrapped

Since 2017, I started using Spotify for my music listening, and every year I enjoy their unwrapped feature. Spotify’s 2020 unwrapped was very surprising. The song I most listened to was not one I expected at all, and the list of genres was also surprising to me.

Discovered artists

This year, I have discovered a total of 888 new artists. How on earth have I managed to discover that many artists? I couldn’t even name 100, let alone 888 of them. There were some fantastic artists which I found through YouTube such as Halocene, Lauren Babic, Violet Orlandi and First To Eleven. They’re all incredibly amazing artists, and you should check them out.

Top 5 genres

My top 5 genres weren’t too surprising… Alternative metal, metalcore, modern rock, pop-punk and EDM were my top. EDM is definitely a big surprise to me because I thought it would be rap. However, it seems like I wasn’t listening to enough rap, and it never got into my top 5.

Top Song

Another surprise, because I knew I listen to this song a lot, but I never expected it to be my most listened to of the year. That song is “Absolute Zero” by Stone Sour. They are an all-time favourite band alongside Slipknot.

Top songs

  1. Absolute Zero – Stone Sour
  2. Catastrophist – Trivium
  3. Born for Greatness – Papa Roach
  4. Unsainted – Slipknot
  5. Help – Papa Roach

As you can see, I really like Papa Roach. Two of their songs are in my list, and they are great songs. Born for Greatness are a huge motivational song and one that I would recommend during workouts. Catastrophist by Trivium, while it’s a hard song to spell, it’s amazing. I have always loved Trivium since I saw them live around 2008. They were the first band I ever saw live, and have a special place in my heart. Unsainted by Slipknot, again, this is just a great song that I always enjoy listening to. Slipknot’s latest album has helped me through some tough moments this year, and I’m not surprised it was in my top 5.

Top Artist

Surprise surprise, it’s Linkin Park.

Linkin Park released an album this year. However, it’s not a newly recorded album; it’s a remaster of many of their previous songs including songs that were never released publicly before. It was a great album to see, and it got me listening to their older albums again. However, I didn’t realise how much the release of the new album affected my listening habits, and I would have never thought they were a top artist. Something else that is really cool for me is the fact I’m in their top 2% of listeners on Spotify, which is really cool.

Top Artists

  1. Linkin Park
  2. Trivium
  3. Mike Shinoda
  4. Five Finger Death Punch
  5. Papa Roach

Most of these artists being in my top 5 aren’t a surprise to me. However, I thought Mike Shinoda would be my number 1 or 2, and Linkin Park would be further down. I guess it shows how much I pay attention to what I’m actually listening to.

Conclusion

If you want to see my podcast list and a few extras that I didn’t post here, then you can check out the list of Tweets I posted on Twitter. This will give you a better picture of my listening habits, and you may find something you haven’t heard before.

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Favourite album of the year 2018

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This year has been a great year for music releases. We had a surprise album from the amazing Eminem. His album came with a bang and was a great listen for me. Unfortunately, the album was short lived for me, and I have only listened to it a couple of times.

The Prodigy, Tenacious D, Greta Van Fleet are also some marvellous artists that have released some astonishing music. However, for me, my favourite album this year has to be Mike Shinoda‘s Post Traumatic album.

With the death of Chester Bennington on July 2017, Mike had a lot to deal with (along with his other band members, close family and friends). He created an EP of Post Traumatic which spoke about dealing with Chester’s death. It was gut-wrenching and emotional.

The full release of the album was spectacular, the later songs were more upbeat, and you could hear a change in his song writing. I wake up to the album every morning during my weekday. It’s definitely my most listened to album of the year.

If you have yet to the album, then please give it a try and let me know what you think. If you’ve already listened to it, then please express how you felt so others can know. ?