It looks like Seattle based Vendetta Red is alive and active. It’s been a long time since the release of Sisters of the Red Death, but it’s haunting music still finds its way into my music playlists. The catchy songs are beautifully vivid and heart breaking. In this concept album Vendetta Red confess and mimic horrors that tortured souls often can not escape.
“And all pretty poems have to end. So I say this before I leave. If words are your weapons, my dear I surrender, surrender!” -Silhouette Serenade
Billy Talent was one of the first bands I went to see as a young adult. They were playing with Rise Against, Thursday, and Circa Survive at The Myth in St Paul, MN (Fall 2006). At the time I was working split shifts at the Post Office in Eau Claire, WI sorting mail, putting in 60+ hour weeks. I had a cheap mp3 player that had Billy Talent II and Rise Against (The Sufferer & The Witness) pretty much on repeat. There was something about the change of seasons and unhealthy work life balance that really had me crutching on these songs. That show is one that I continue to measure all future shows against.
“Boy who always did what he was told, bought the only dream that he was sold” – Burn The Evidence
Just like everyone else at the time, this album didn’t leave my car for almost an entire year after it’s release. I remember when Alternative Press used to have a “Readers Chart” in their magazines, and The Black Parade held the number one spot longer than any other album that made it on that list. Almost 10 years later it still holds up as one of the most influential albums I’ve had the pleasure of listening to. My Chemical Romance re-union tour for 2016?….. please?
“When the lights all went out we watched our lives on the screen. I hate the ending myself, but it started with an alright scene.” – Disenchanted