Coheed & Cambria have done what was once thought impossible. See what it is on the 5 Songs You Must Hear Today.
Coheed & Cambria /“You’ve Got Spirit Kid” /300
If prog-rock pioneers Rush slimmed down for a few minutes to write a parking lot anthem for what went on before the gig, it would sound a whole lot like this.
C&C have been accused of playing the Rush card before but this time they swing back with something that flies in the face of reality and not in a galaxy far, far away.
Andra Day /“Rise Up”/Warner Bros
There is such a thing as the perfect thing and vocalist Andra Day has one to present.
“Rise Up” is an inspirational movement that will be repeated for generations to come up.
The piano-ballad features a choir but it never takes the bait and lets the affair turn into an overblown cliché.
Instead, her incredible voice stays front and center.
“Rise Up” does what music is supposed to do and that is solicit an emotion from the human on the other end of the headphones.
Bullet For My Valentine/“You Want A Battle (Here’s A War)”/RCA
The Welsh powerhouse rolls on as they refine their sound.
Over time, they haven’t gotten any less metal, upped the ante on the melody and kept their signature roar in tack.
It’s incredibly hard for bands to stay true to what got them to the next level while evolving into what they always wanted to be.
This one features fluid riffs, shotgun-like rhythmic patterns and one of the biggest hooks I have heard in a long time on a metal song.
Palmistry/ “Memory Taffeta”/Mixpak
This almost genre-less piece of music is soft and engaging. To use terms such as dancehall is a crime because it paints the wrong picture.
It is what it is and it’s a song that is cooed more than it is sung and it’s sitting on top of a bedrock of delicate sin.
Check it out.
Ace Hood/“H.O.E. (Hell On Earth)”/Hood Nation
Whoo. Ace Hood can rap circles around most of the current competition. His insight can bounce between painting graphic pictures of the often-forgotten less desirable areas of South Florida to serving up moments of graphic decadence.
H.O.E.’s cinematic trap beat is the perfect springboard for Hood’s serious revelations which despite religious overtones never comes off as preachy.