Hey there party people! Welcome to another episode of The Summer Jam 2: Beat The Heat. This week, aside from an exceedingly cheesy greeting, we have John Galloway (vocalist of US-based blackened deathcore outfit Xehanort) giving you a rundown of his favorite summer records. Enjoy!
My Chemical Romance – Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
To me, Three Cheers is one of the most influential albums of all time–and yet, when it came out, I hated it. Back then, I only ever listened to rap that was on MTV (because I was like 12 and pretty much the coolest human ever); it took me a little while, but I eventually grew to love this album for showing me a different side of music with which I had previously been unacquainted.
Underoath – They’re Only Chasing Safety
I remember hearing “It’s Dangerous Business Walking Out Your Front Door” on Fuse or MTV one day after school and going nuts. Before Underoath, I had been really getting into emo stuff like My Chemical Romance and Taking Back Sunday but I hadn’t ever seen “screaming” done so extensively–so beautifully–and I loved it.
Chiodos – All’s Well That Ends Well
Of course, after finding out that there were bands who didn’t just scream for one or two parts in a song, I searched for more and eventually saw “Baby, You Wouldn’t Last a Minute on the Creek” after school one day. Afterwards, I delved deep into what became my favorite band for a large part of my middle and high school career: Chiodos.
Lower Definition – The Greatest of All Lost Arts
The years were good to me as I continued searching for new music and exploring new tastes and, of course, I’d stumbled upon this gem by Lower Definition. Unfortunately, they didn’t stay a band too long and didn’t reach an audience size deserving of their talent and for that reason, I believe that The Greatest of All Lost Arts is ironically one of the greatest “lost arts” of Post-Hardcore music.
Suicide Silence – The Cleansing
The Cleansing was my first foray into REALLY heavy music–literally blowing my mind as I had never really cared deeply for anything much heavier than Post-Hardcore. Barring the tee hee’s of today, I can proudly say that Suicide Silence has largely shaped how I currently make music due to the sheer gravity of this monumental album.
Between the Buried and Me – Alaska
I’ll admit, I was very late in listening to BTBAM–and prog music in general–though, on recommendation, I eventually gave Alaska a listen and couldn’t believe what I was hearing. Now my favorite band of all time, Between The Buried and Me made me completely rethink what it was I valued in music.
The Contortionist – Exoplanet
This album is tied with Colors and The Great Misdirect (both by Between the Buried and Me) as my favorite album of all time. The Contortionist masterfully blended the heaviest elements from other favorite bands like Suicide Silence with some of the most beautiful passages of music I’ve ever heard, creating and album that has arguably shaped me the most, in terms of what music I personally create.
Sianvar – Stay Lost
This album seemed to come out of nowhere and it hit like a truck, with its wonderful, vibey instrumentals and haunting vocals. And no wonder, as the members of Sianvar are from some of the greatest Post-Hardcore bands to ever exist.
Periphery – Periphery III: Select Difficulty
Every time Periphery comes out with a new album, I sigh with a big “meh” and ignore it for a couple months. Eventually, I give it a listen and the songs slowly but surely grip me and refuse to let go. Regardless of first impressions, every Periphery release becomes one of my favorite albums of all time and their latest, Periphery III, is no exception.
Slice The Cake – Odyssey to the West
This album may not have come out during the Summer, but here in Florida, Summer starts in April and lasts until October! Regardless, with a quick and quiet April 1st release, Slice the Cake announced their end and bode us farewell with one of the greatest progressive metal albums of all time: Odyssey to the West. It is truly a masterpiece of music and sits, undisputed, at the number two spot of my favorite albums of all time!
And here we are, already at the end of this week’s installment again. Time does fly when you’re having fun, eh? Big thanks go out to John Galloway for being a part of The Summer Jam 2: Beat The Heat! Make sure to follow his band Xehanort on Facebook, and to check out their music on Bandcamp.
Come back next week to gather some more records for your personal summer enjoyment! While you wait, why not tell us what your favorite seasonal records are? Leave them in the comments! Until then, stay safe, and as always…
…thanks for reading!