Album Playback: Evanescence Fallen

downloadFallen is the debut studio album by the american rock family Evanescence, released on March 4th 2003 through Wind-up and Epic Records. The album has sold over 17 millions copies worldwide and they proved they were a band to be reckoned with and had a sound, that at the time, was very sparse in mainstream. 

One of the many stand our tracks is the powerful Going Under. Kicking the album off, it was the second single from the band and sees Amy Lee captivating you ears while the low guitar riff demands your full attention. With lyrics that hit the soul and a chorus that show off the stellar vocals it is easy to see how this was not only a concert staple for the band, but also a fan favourite.

Another stand out track is the light yet powerful Imaginary. With lyrics that describe Amy’s beautiful world inside head where she can retreat to the song is both powerful and wp-1473930135407.jpgalluring with a haunting melody coming to a crescendo at the end with driving guitar and Amy reminding us not to give up on this world. 

Whisper is the final track of the album and does not disappoint with intensity and strength from Amy’s almost haunting vocals, asking the listener to catch her as she is falling from the get go. The Latin choir at the end tied with Amy’s belting vocals helping drive this powerhouse of a song to its and the albums end. Fan favourite and one he has now, like Imaginary has been a concert staple for the band throughout all tours. 

Fallen proves Evanescence’s staying power and after 12 years they show no signs of stopping.These were some standout tracks for myself. What were you favourites from the album and what song captivated you like these songs did for me?

Martyn out x

Album Playback: Evanescence Fallen

#DragWednesday Catfight Edition…

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Drag Wednesday has rolled around once more and today we’re talking beauty on a budget. Sort of…

 

Okay so, I’m finally into the swing of things at college, well, at least I’m able to function like a normal human in front of other humans. We’re doing some special effects make-up. Now, special effects make-up can get quite pricey when you factor in the different bits and pieces you’re going to need.

So if, like me, you’re skint but still want to get into the SFX game, look no further than your kitchen cupboard.

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Nose and scar wax is a great addition to your make-up box if you’re wanting to do special effects. It can be used for a wide range of purposes from scarring (which you guessed from the name, right?) to deep wounds, to adding various lumps, bumps and growths on your body/face. It’s around £14 for a tub of Ben Nye nose and scar wax. Which isn’t too bad when you think about how much you’re actually going to need to use if you’re just using it occasionally. Well, it’s £14 that I don’t have spare at the moment, so I searched the vast realms of the internet to find a suitable alternative.

When you hear the words ‘vaseline’ and ‘plain flour’ your first thought might be cookies and lube. A great night in if you’re into that kind of thing lol. But when mixed together in the right quantities, you end up with a product not too dissimilar to nose and scar wax. Various sites had different measurements but upon having a mess around with the quantities,  I found that a 1:2 ratio made quite a good consistency but I added a tiny little sprinkle of flour just to dry it up a bit as it was melting slightly in my hands.

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Next, blood, now again it’s not the most expensive of products but when going for cheaper alternatives, the quality is going to be terrible. I know this from experience as I bought £1 fake blood today and it was terrible. Red water essentially.

Again, there were so many different recipes with different ingredients so I mixed a few ideas from different recipes and mixed together glycerine and powder food colouring. It was perfect for runny fresh blood but I’d recommend maybe a little drop of blue or purple to the mix to make it a bit more authentic. On top of that, adding some gelatine will thicken the blood up a bit if you’re wanting it to look like it’s starting to coagulate. Works a treat.

If you can’t get your hands on a bruise wheel, lipsticks and eyeshadows in blues, purples, greens, yellows and reds are pretty good to work with as a stopgap.

My wounds in the photos aren’t perfect. I know this so don’t troll me online please lol. The main issue I seem to be having is blending my edges and the problem seems to be patience. Take your time blending your edges, a teaspoon is perfect for dragging the putty out and blend with the skin. I just don’t have the time or patience to do so when I’m trying to do a million other things. Gonna try out some more recipes for next week and see if we can find the time to take it slow and get the injuries up to scratch and get them realistic as possible. Will return next Wednesday with some more SFX recipes, since we’re travelling high speed towards Halloween.

Until next time, don’t forget to slay all day. every day.

x Marianne x

#DragWednesday Catfight Edition…

#NoHateJust… Amber Rose

108045033_amber-rose-zoom-98cac0e2-4dbf-45e9-b035-fdf84bcd73ce.jpgSlut. Fame whore. Gold digger. Everything Amber Rose has been deemed and everything she most certainly is not. The Philly born celebrity has been caught up in some intense stories over the years, yet the star has kept her head held high and not let a thing knock her down. From hosting her first #SlutWalk to combat sexual injustice, to launching her brilliant book How To Be A Bad Bitch,  Miss Rose is a woman not to be messed with – and many of us should inspire to have her strong, positive attitude.

Go through her socials and you see a woman who is confident to not just show her own amazing body, but share love for every type of womanly shape out there. She gets trolledAmber-Rose.jpg daily for her look and lifestyle, yet this woman is promoting a healthy image and love for everyone, no matter what their back round is. I mean, being best buds with Amy Schumer helps with this (another female we ADORE!) Amber Rose shares no secrets in how she got to where she is today, and proves that no matter what you must work hard to capture your dreams. Who cares if she was a stripper? Who cares if she spoke out about her raucous of a relationship with the crazy that is Kanye West. The woman has grown, and made a career in this cut throat industry. And she’s open about that, what’s not to love? She has proved that she is more than just “just a stripper of the past” and in fact, a head strong woman.

Aside from the celebrity chit chat, Amber Rose shows passion. Whether being an advocate to stop slut shaming, to the unadulterated love she shares for her baby boy, the girl has passion. If she can teach us one thing it is most definitely that.

Miss Rose, we salut you!

#NoHateJust… Amber Rose

#MotivationalMondays

Mondays tolls again and although it is nearly over im here with a quick and short message!
Head into this week with the mind set of happiness and positivity. Hold those you love close to you and cherish he small moments.

Recently I learned how much other people in my life can effect me. Surround yourself with people you trust and those who want to bring the best in you out.

So to recap, I urge you to tell those you hold dear to you of your love and admiration for them and dont live in regret
Be Bold, Be Brash and always Be You!

#MotivationalMondays

Saturday Playlist: Lay back, Get Relaxed

Sometimes you just need some light guitar and naked vocals to guide you through the day. Whether it’s a hard rock track going acoustic, to DIY singer songwriters, we have you covered. This playlist is for those lazy afternoons baking cakes or having a vino out in the yard. So sit back, relax and get lost in some brilliant music.

 

 

Like what you hear? What else should be on this playlist? Remember your suggestions can be added to our list of playlists!

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Swallows: Haunted EP

I find it hard to keep a strong interest in hardcore bands. I feel they can stagnate very quickly. Not the case with Scottish band, Swallows. Their new EP, Haunted is their best music to date and has restored my faith in this scene.

The whole EP is a concoction of abrasive vocals cut with the melodic guitars and percussion, giving the quartet their strongest release to date. Haunted draws similar sounds to La Dispute and Frank Carter, taking you on a brutal melodic journey of sheer perfection.

With a delicate sound in Almost Always,  to the poetic feature of Adam Craig on A Tired Soul, you are taken on an intense music journey with a band that knows how to get to your core.

Heading out on tour on 9th September, be sure to check these guys out for a raucous on new levels. Haunted is out now, be sure to get your copy here.

 

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Swallows: Haunted EP

Drag Wednesday: All drag is valid.

Good evening everyone! Drag Wednesday has sashayed it’s way around once again.

This week, after seeing yet more bitching and moaning online about what “real” drag is and how certain types of drag are not drag at all.

Well, I’m not a drag queen, I’m not actively involved in the drag “scene” so I’m only commenting as an outsider. Someone who goes to shows, follows drag online and follows drag related TV shows so I’m not a professional by any means.

But here are my thoughts: drag is individual, there is no formula to drag. There’s an idea of drag which is ingrained in people’s minds as a hyperfeminine character. Yes, most queens nowadays fit that bill. People of all genders (because cis males aren’t the only people out there doing drag as people often think) doing drag mostly choose the hyperfeminine, glamourous drag most often observed in pageants. But there’s more to drag than gowns and looking like your a-typical beautiful woman.

There are no boundaries when it comes to drag. Your aesthetic is individual to you. Whether you want to be dolled up and slaying in a sequin gown, embracing your facial hair in bearded drag, stepping outside the box in more abstract drag or whatever you want to do, that’s okay. Your drag is valid and nobody should be questioning it.

There’s abuse hurled at queens over social media, groups of people having slanging matches over what’s right and what’s wrong when it comes to drag. Well the truth is, this isn’t a cookie cutter world that should be filled with cookie cutter queens. Like I said, drag is individual and nobody should try to take what you want to portray away from you. Get up, get dressed, fix your face and own that shit because that’s what makes you, you!

If you’re one of the guilty parties trying to say you know better and that what you say is gospel, you need to take a good look at the world around you. Look further into drag and different styles of drag. You’ll see yourself that we as humans, never mind individuals doing drag, aren’t all the same. Our styles aren’t all the same, the way we dress, walk, do our make-up, wear our hair, isn’t the same! So why should drag be the same.

A drag persona is just that, a persona. A character that a queen has developed, built up and put a fuckton of work into perfecting. It’s not your place to drag them down. Unless you’re sitting on a judging panel at a pageant or on a show like RPDR, your job is to sit down, watch a show and respect what another artist is doing. Because you don’t know what their inspiration is, you don’t know how hard they’ve worked to master their craft and you just don’t get to try and influence what makes them happy. Can you imagine how it would feel if someone tried to mould you into someone that you’re not just because they don’t like who you are or don’t respect who you are as a person? Remember there’s a real person underneath all that make-up and hair. A person with feelings.

The ultimate goal in a person’s life is to be happy and comfortable. Comfortable in their life, their career, their own skin. If someone’s drag isn’t your cup of tea then that’s your opinion. Hey, there’s queens in the world that I don’t like, that I’m not keen on their style of drag. But that doesn’t mean that their drag isn’t valid. It means it’s not to my taste. Just the same way I don’t like salt and vinegar crisps but I’m not going to write to Golden Wonder and tell them I think that their salt and vinegar crisps are shit and that they should stop making them because I don’t like them. Other people are quite fond of salt and vinegar. And that’s okay because a crisp is still a crisp, even if they’re salt and vinegar.

I’ve gone off on a tangent… so the point I’m trying (and possibly failing) to make is that not every style of drag is for everyone. Variety is the spice of life and all that jazz. You need to take off the blinkers and open your eyes to the fact that there is a whole world of drag out there. So many styles, so many different performances, so much creativity. If you don’t explore, you might just miss out.

In short, respect each other, respect your queens, and just appreciate drag for what it is. An art form. Whether you love it or hate it, it is what it is and we just need to get on. In the words of Rupaul herself “Everybody say love.”

Until next time, don’t forget to slay all day, everyday.

x Marianne x

Drag Wednesday: All drag is valid.