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Thread: Prying Open My Third Eye! A Look Into The Musicians That Influenced Me & Other Rants

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    Default Prying Open My Third Eye! A Look Into The Musicians That Influenced Me & Other Rants

    Hey everyone! So I've actually been working on what you could consider a "music journal" of sorts for the past couple months and decided what could be the harm in posting it here? This journal is really to talk about the musicians/music that have influenced me and some other rants.

    So please enjoy! And a little tidbit of information I am NOT a professional writer so if I make any mistakes my bad haha. But I appreciate any constructive criticism

    So lets start this off with my most influential and favorite lyricist/singer!

    Maynard James Keenan

    Who would've thought that in 1992 when the Progressive Metal/Art Rock band Tool released their Opiate EP that Maynard James Keenan would solidify his status as a musical icon. Sure, you don't hear about Maynard in the news everyday and he hasn't in my opinion, recieved as much praise as he should, but his music has captivated millions of fans. His iconic primal screams, his hypnotizing voice, crypted/beautiful lyrics, and imagination has been a driving force in the Progressive/Art Rock scene of the 90's.

    A Short Bio:
    Maynard James Keenan (born James Herbert Keenan) was born into a structurally unstable family, his parents divorced when he was only four and would barely see his father. His mother suffered a stroke when he was eleven (Judith Marie Keenan would become inspirations for various songs throughout Maynard’s musical career such as “Judith,” “Wings for Marie,” and “Jimmy.”) He would eventually attend West Point Prepatory School and soon decided to pursue a career in music. He would start playing in low-gig bands like TexA.N.S. and Children of the Anachronistic Dynasty.

    Eventually in 1990 Adam Jones, Paul D’Amour, Danny Carey, and himself would form Tool. In 1992 they released Opiate EP and then four more studio albums; Undertow (1993), Ænima (1996), Lateralus (2001), and 10,000 Days (2006). Each album showed a personal evolution of the band including a fusion of art and music, with which they have become synonymous.

    From 1999-2004 he joined the Supergroup A Perfect Circle (the line-ups include, Billy Howerdel, Paz Lenchantin, Josh Freese, Troy Van Leeuwen, Tim Alexander, James Iha, Jeordie White, and Danny Lohner) they released three studio albums, Mer de Noms (2000), Thirteenth Step (2003), eMotive (2004), and a remix album entitled Amotion (2004). A Perfect Circle allowed Maynard to go from the progressive sound that Tool was so known for to a lighter, more melodic, and "modern" sound.

    Maynard is also enjoying a solo endevour under the pseudonym Puscifer, a unique approach by Maynard and an attempt to break his normal sounds. He also owns a vineyard named Merkin Vineyards operated in Arizona and has appeared in many shows and the movie "Crank 2: High Voltage."

    His impact on music and myself:
    There is still no doubt that Maynard has had a profound impact on music, his lyrical style can easily be interpreted in so many ways and that’s exactly what he wants. He desires listeners to connect with him and listen to better understand themselves, a personal evolution if you may. His voice is pure and one of the most unique in the music industry. He has influenced bands like System of a Down, Deftones, and Chevelle.

    I first heard Tool in 2005, I was a freshman in high school and was on a somewhat "musical journey" where I was discovering bands that I didn't hear much on the radio and had never heard of. I had seen the "Tool" sticker on my brother's car, along with his Rage Against The Machine fabric poster, and his A Perfect Circle T-shirt. My brother bought the 10,000 Days album and in a moment of weakness I "borrowed" it and began to listen and that started my journey into my own self-discovery. Maynard's voice captivated me, I went and bought every album and would listen to them on "repeat" every night. Everyday I found myself liking something new about Tool and Maynard, my only dilemma was the fact I had no one to experience this with. My brother was constantly working and most of my friends were all into what I considered "terrible" music. But soon I found friends who enjoyed Tool just as much as I did and it helped me find a place to belong. Tool and Maynard have inspired me to pick up a notebook and pen and write, learn the bass guitar, and look at things in a different way than everyone else.

    What to listen to (IMO):






    "Sober" off the album Undertow

    "Stinkfist" off the album Aenima

    "Cold and Ugly" off the EP Opiate

    "The Outsider" off the album Mer de Noms

    "Undertaker" off the album V is for...
    "We all die. The goal isn't to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.”
    -Chuck Paluhniuk

    "A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin."- H.L. Mencken


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    Default Chris Cornell: Helping Me Search With My Good Eye Closed

    Chris Cornell


    Chris Cornell's signature voice became a notable one during the early grunge years and has made a comeback in the last decade. His vocal range I would describe as simply transcendent, along with his lyrics they become almost a separate entitity from the music itself. He belts out from the heart and its not hard to see why he became one of the leaders of the grunge movement.

    A Short Bio:
    Christopher Cornell was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. One of the five children he instantly became hooked on music, eventually spending about two years listening to The Beatles. In 1984-1990 he would become one of the forming members along with Kim Thaiyl, Matt Cameron, and Ben Shepherd to form the pioneering grunge/metal band Soundgarden. In their beginnings as a band they released Screaming Life EP (1987), Fopp EP (1988), Ultremega OK (1988), and Louder Than Love (1989) before reaching the mainstream with their commercially succesful album Badmotorfinger (1991(. Badmotorfinger was the perfect combination of the grunge style music becoming popular in the late 80's/early 90's and heavy rock from bands like Led Zeppelin. In 1994 they released their critically acclaimed album Superunknown. Soundgarden eventually dissolved in 1997 after their somewhat unpopular album Down On The Upside stating personal differences as the root.

    Cornell also helped form the band Temple of the Dog in memory for late friend and former Malfunkshun and Mother Love Bone singer Andrew Wood. They released their self-titled debut album in 1991.

    Even though Soundgarden fell through Cornell didn't stop there, he released his debut solo album Euphoria Morning which recieved critical acclaim. In 2001 Cornell and former RATM members, Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, and Brad Wilk formed the supergroup AudioSlave they released three albums and would help revive Cornell's career.

    After the breakup with AudioSlave Cornell pursued another solo album effort and released his 2007 album Carry On The album allowed him to vent much of the music different from AudioSlave and became a success. In 2009 he would release Scream an album that many believe shifted from Cornell's notable grunge and alternative style to a more mellow, R&B style.

    His Influence On Music/Myself:
    Chris Cornell's voice struck me when I first heard the song "Black Hole Sun" he has great range, that vocalists would die for. Cornell's lyrics, songwriting, and playing can be categorized as AMAZING. I'll be the first to admit I haven't enjoyed his last two albums but Cornell's voice is nothing but extraordinary as it was in the early years.

    What To Listen To (IMO):






    Last edited by RogueS7a7us; 06-03-2010 at 10:52 PM.

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    Default Just A Rant: How Music Saved My Life

    So I've been wanting to write this rant for awhile now, but work has been getting in the way But alas! I have time This rant is literally about how music saved my life. I hope after reading this, people will understand and appreciate just what music can do for people.

    Four years ago my life was at a brick wall...I had been getting deep into drugs and alcohol (I was 16 at the time), hanging out with the wrong crowd, and just making stupid decisions. Eventually, my lifestyle caught up with me...I was arrested and luckily I only served a three month probation and a court mandated eight hour class (worse than school). But with this I lost a lot of respect and trust from family and friends and I became depressed.

    However, in the course of the year to come things were looking up, I was a junior in high school and was enjoying my life...finally. I had gained my friends back and made even more social connections, I had a girlfriend who was spectacular, my first real love in my life and she made my life complete

    But, as everyone knows as soon as things become better, they also get worse. After a great year long relationship, my girlfriend broke up with me I knew it was going to happen, I felt us drifting apart. I decided though, a vacation to visit my family in Pennsylvania would get my mind off things and would do me some good. Unfortunately, on July 21, I recieved the worst phone call of my life, my grandmother (whom I was very close to and still to this day I consider the greatest influence in my life) has passed, and due to scheduling conflicts I was unable to fly home for her funeral.

    When I got home I once again went through depression, it was more severe than the last and really affected my social life and my bond with my family. I no longer had that passion about things anymore, no motivation for my life. So as a last resort I attempted suicide, as you can tell I failed, but its the one time in my life I'm happy I failed at something.

    I found a source of healing through music. Listening to it and absorbing it in just about every possible way...appreciating music...and life. I began listening devoutly to bands like Tool, Soundgarden, Rage Against The Machine, Alice In Chains, and At The Drive-In. Bands that played with so much emotion and made you listen. Eventually my interest in music spilled into other genres, bands like: Isis, Nine Inch Nails, The Mars Volta, Mogwai, Gnarls Barkley, etc.

    "Just A Thought"- Gnarls Barkley

    All I want is your understanding
    As in the small at of affection
    'Why is this my life?'
    Is almost everybody's question

    And I've tried, everything but suicide
    But it's crossed my mind

    I preferred peace
    Wouldn't have to have one worldly possession
    But essentially I'm an animal
    So just what do I do, with all the aggression?

    Well, I've tried, everything but suicide
    But it's crossed my mind

    Life is a one way street, ain't it?
    If you could paint it, I'd chalk myself going in the right direction
    So I go all the way, like I really really know
    But the truth is, I'm only guessing

    And I've tried, everything but suicide
    Ohh, but it's crossed my mind, just a thought

    It's even dark in the daytime
    It's not just good, it's great depression
    When I was lost I even found myself
    Looking in the gun's direction

    And so I've tried, everything but suicide
    But yes, it's crossed my mind, but I'm fine


    This song was one of the many that lead me to love music even more and realize that I shouldn't take this life for granted and I should enjoy every moment

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    Default June 2/3, 2010

    June 2/3, 2010

    Well...a very uneventful day to say the least. I woke up at 2:00 PM, yes PM! Very late for me, went to work at 5:30 until 11:15 and had a very shitty day, people are stupid...Anyway now I'm sitting here, watching an anime classic Cowboy Bebop I also practiced some bass today, learned some new scales! That's about it.

    Song of the Day: "Pistola" by Incubus off the album A Crow Left Of The Murder...

    Quote of the Day: "Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak."

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    Damn brotha. Uve been busy. I havent yet read through all of what uve posted but i have a feeling Brandon Boyd is next on ur list for dudes to do a lil biography about and how hes impacted u. Dont get me wrong i will read all uve posted so far eventually But tonight? nah im enjoying my buzz and am short with patience lol So til tomorrow brotha.
    Hope uve been enjoying those bands ive recommended so far....
    FINGER TWIN POWERS ACTIVATE!!!

    If there were no rewards to reap,
    No loving embrace to see me through this tedious path I've chosen here,
    I certainly would've walked away by now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SmokeScreen View Post
    Damn brotha. Uve been busy. I havent yet read through all of what uve posted but i have a feeling Brandon Boyd is next on ur list for dudes to do a lil biography about and how hes impacted u. Dont get me wrong i will read all uve posted so far eventually But tonight? nah im enjoying my buzz and am short with patience lol So til tomorrow brotha.
    Hope uve been enjoying those bands ive recommended so far....
    Haha, yeah Smoke I did plan on doing Brandon Boyd! And yeah dude, been listening to PTH and The Human Abstract, I plan on doing a "rant" on PTH soon, dedicated just for you Smoke haha.

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    Dude, that's a truly motivational story, unbelievable. I can see how bands such as Tool or Soundgarden could help you through such times, such emotion in both bands and really deep lyrics. I love both for the same reasons, they just grab you and something about them forces you to listen. But truly incredible story dude.


    I am mortuus, thanatos, the reaper's scythe that's oh so close, the anti-life, and the path you chose. I am death.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manson7703 View Post
    Dude, that's a truly motivational story, unbelievable. I can see how bands such as Tool or Soundgarden could help you through such times, such emotion in both bands and really deep lyrics. I love both for the same reasons, they just grab you and something about them forces you to listen. But truly incredible story dude.
    Thank you man! Really appreciate the feedback, and its always nice to hear from a fellow Tool and/or Soundgarden fan!

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    So i finally read through it all. Thats an awesome story brotha. One thing u should remember in life is **** Happens. Perception is key and if u believe everything is good(even when it isnt) i believe ur depressed stages will be short lived.
    So i guess in addition i can add in a new band for u to check out I kinda did the same thing for another member here in his blog/journal/whatever u wanna call it, so i hope thats cool with u
    I know ive been showing u alot of metal/hardcore bands but i wanna redirect your attention to Rx Bandits for now. If u havent heard of them then ur more than likely gonna love em. If uve only heard there older stuff then ur gonna love there new stuff. lol. But here ill throw up some links for ya:

    Song starts off kinda slow but trust me if u dont like the intro part wait til like :55 seconds in thats where the fun part starts
    YouTube - RX Bandits And The Battle Begun Video

    Next tune. some of these are kinda tought to find studio versions so heres a drum cover but u can hear the whole band pretty clear... lol but check it out
    YouTube - RX Bandits - 1980 / One Million Miles An Hour Fast Asleep - Drums

    This one is off there 3rd to newest cd its a pretty sweet tune:
    YouTube - Taking Chase as the Serpent Slithers - RX Bandits

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    Quote Originally Posted by SmokeScreen View Post
    So i finally read through it all. Thats an awesome story brotha. One thing u should remember in life is **** Happens. Perception is key and if u believe everything is good(even when it isnt) i believe ur depressed stages will be short lived.
    So i guess in addition i can add in a new band for u to check out I kinda did the same thing for another member here in his blog/journal/whatever u wanna call it, so i hope thats cool with u
    I know ive been showing u alot of metal/hardcore bands but i wanna redirect your attention to Rx Bandits for now. If u havent heard of them then ur more than likely gonna love em. If uve only heard there older stuff then ur gonna love there new stuff. lol. But here ill throw up some links for ya:

    Song starts off kinda slow but trust me if u dont like the intro part wait til like :55 seconds in thats where the fun part starts
    YouTube - RX Bandits And The Battle Begun Video

    Next tune. some of these are kinda tought to find studio versions so heres a drum cover but u can hear the whole band pretty clear... lol but check it out
    YouTube - RX Bandits - 1980 / One Million Miles An Hour Fast Asleep - Drums

    This one is off there 3rd to newest cd its a pretty sweet tune:
    YouTube - Taking Chase as the Serpent Slithers - RX Bandits
    Thanks man really appreciate the feedback!

    I just watched all the videos, all I can say is DAMN! I like 'em!!

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    Default June 4, 2010

    June 4, 2010

    Yesterday was to say the least a total ****-fest...Work was a drag, 10 hours of complete bullshit and I gave myself a nice gash on my finger from a knife. Went to a friend's house and drank some new beer, probably the highlight of my day.

    Song of the Day: "Blindfolds Aside" by Protest The Hero off the album Kezia

    Quote of the Day: "To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."

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