My first metal blog of 2010 is going to be a good one. I was passed 2 metal cd's to listen to, review, learn info and blog on a metal band from Montreal Canada. I do enjoy listening to new music and learning new stuff so I thought, kewl. Well I went to their myspace page first myspace.com/opsmission and was pleasantly surprised when I got a quick listen to their music. I became more impressed as I continued to revisited their page to find out more info about them such as that Glen Robinson did the producing and mixing. You guys know who he is? He has done Voivod, The Ramones, ACDC, Gwar, Queensryche, Nashville Pussy and Kevin Jardine helped out as well. This cd "Through the Heart of the Infidel" is tight and put together very well.
This band is from Montreal and Mtl holds a special place in my memories; they are wild & fun, from the metal festival 2008, gazillions of ppl on the streets at 3am, weekend there was miles of streets shut down for people to shop at sidewalk venders & stores/shops/restaurants, pleasant people, and memories right to the strip bars…ok we only went to one, but omg we didn't need to go to any others *l*
This kick ass band was formed in 2004 and consists of Abe (I want to say 'the babe' so bad here) Frontman/lead vocals, Akbar Johnson/vocals, lead guitar with a strong voice, Waldo Thornhill/bass, Clarence Maguillicutty/drums. All of these guys are talented and seem to work well together to bring an amazing sound forward for our eager ears.
I've seen in more places then one that they are called metal/rock. I don't think so, not rock, metal/alternative/fuckingawesome/nu-metal/unique. That just about covers it.
I'm hearing and seeing different influences in this band. At one point it reminded me of Lincoln Park (maybe it was just me??), a little metallicaish in another, limp bizkit at one point, and Abe's hair and looks reminds me of Jonathan from Korn. I like how they incorporate other styles to create their own. It makes them unique. I do like how Abe changes his voice and tone in "Pressure" as well as other songs, including Akbar also. You have GOT to check out their video for that song which I have added for my blog submission.
I definitely feel their music and it excites me. 1 - because I actually enjoy it with the head bobbing, foot/leg moving and 2 - its something new I didn't know was out there! Damn impressed. My 5yr old only heard the song once and already was singing along with Snakebite the 2nd time. Btw, he really likes the prolonged 'ssss' when that part comes up..now THAT is different. No, I don't normally let my kids listen to Parental Advisory marked music but this was the exception (I had listened prior to and there's hardly any swearing so I can listen to it all the time w/o trying to keep it censored…love it.) So, it's my kid approved as well, as early as the first listen. ^5 guys!
The "Pressure" video is well done and just about everyone can relate to this so it hits home for so many. Its great when musicians sing about what people go through, not just what they themselves go through, and when the majority is going through the pressure they sing about in this song you tend to find more people relating to the lyrics when this happens. It's a very positive song with strong lyrics. Please check out the lyrics (if u can find them, if not buy the cd, they are in there:) while listening so you too can take in the message they are delivering.
One beef I did have was the difficulty finding info on these guys. One reason being their name b/c everything special ops came up from video games to actual Special Forces in youtube. I could find some by googling certain info, tho. Try to youtube them, damn near impossible unless u know what song you're looking for to add in to the search. Then I could get their other vids off to the right as suggestions. But everything else Special Ops is over powering the search results. I must say, the old stuff they did is quite different from the new stuff. So if you've heard it before, give it another listen and see for yourself. If you're curious, then go youtube them and find Six Inch Nails, Emily, Pick up the Pieces and then view the Pressure vid again to see the diff.
All in all, I found this group to have a kicking sound and I was glad to have had the chance to review them and listen to something new. If I were to suggest certain tracks on itunes to download, I would have to say to dl the entire cd b/c pretty much all the tracks kick and it would give you a chance to see what I'm talking about in the differences in sound from one song to the next. Its only $9.90 for the cd, check it out! And if you're in the Ontario/Montreal area, they have some shows coming up that you may want to check out and see for yourself…check out their myspace.com/opsmission or www.opsmission.com for dates.
I would love to see these guys live!
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Heavy Metal Momma