Shit I’m Excited About: Koe No Katachi(A Silent Voice) not a review

Note:At the time of writing I have only read the first two volumes of this series.

So a Couple of days ago I heard about the manga, soon to be movie “Koe No Katachi” or in English: “A Silent Voice” it’s a manga, which In no uncertain terms I’ve fallen in love with. Its message about the effects of bullying and its narrative about the journey to forgiveness, both of others and ones own self. further cementing silent-voice-visual.jpgthe compelling and engrossing story of “A Silent Voice”.

The story features around the two main characters Shoya Ishida a former trouble-maker and bully, turned social outcast, and Shoko Nishimiya a deaf girl, who 5 years prior to the story  was the victim of Shoya’s Bullying to the point of having to leave the school they were in together. The story is primarily about Shoya’s attempt to atone and seek redemption for how he treated Shoko in the past, after learning that she had been doing things like removing hateful graffiti from his desk or returning shoes that his former friends had left. The story also shows Shoya’s own journey to find something worth living for and re-learning to trust people after isolating himself after becoming ostracized and being made the scapegoat for the other members of his classes mistreatment of Shoko.

So in terms of setting it doesn’t take the typical fantastical or dramatic setting that a lot of shōnen manga take. It keeps its roots in a simple and realistic setting that could be any small town and this allows for the characters and their growth to take center stage as opposed to a grandiose setting requiring a lot of lore or exposition for the story to make sense.

The art for the manga is heavily centered around the characters as well  taking an approach that is more in line with Tite Kubo’s(Author of Bleach) philosophy of using a minimalist feel to the backgrounds to allow for the characters dialogue and actions to speak , which in a character-centric crossesstory like this only makes sense. however that doesn’t translate to a lack of detail and expressiveness its quite the contrary the art style, it’s quite the contrary in fact.  Details like having Shoya surrounded by characters with “x”‘s over their faces to his isolation, loneliness and distrust for those around him, and  a panel where Shoko angrily uses sign language at her sister who holds a grudge against Shoya for his past bullying
of her sister. Panels like these are great example of allowing the characters to speak and express their emotions without words

overall I really recommend this story to people
angry signs.pngwho are wanting to dip their toes in the ocean that is anime and manga and full on fans of the medium. The story and is simple and pacing works well enough for new fans, but the storyand charicter development has enough depth and nuance that more seasoned fans wont be left wanting.

So check it out get it from your local book store, amazon or whatever there’s also the option to read the series online though crunchyroll and other site for reading manga. there’s also a movie coming out (trailer down bellow) which has been produced by the renowned kyoto animation studio so keep an eye out at your local cinema that screens international films for me its the “Glasgow Film Theater” if you’re not near Glasgow,  it’s somewhere else.

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Life, The Universe, Manga and Real Life

The Introduction

I’m Back

Look at me talking to the imaginary audience I have. It’s as if I think 12553083_943866219024578_7531712412368646981_nI can stop doing this for a month or two(2-5 years in internet time) and think anyone still reads this. Now that is comical. Self-berating aside, I’ve been meaning to get back into doing this for a while. The problem with this is, that I always found  a reason  excuse not to put finger to key, be it work, be it always finding something better to do or just a lack of motivation. Because of this I fell into a cycle of start typing something and give up because I really didn’t feel like what I said mattered, or looking at it on screen it wasn’t a good idea so I abandoned it and said i’ll come back to it later…..

But later doesn’t come and its however many weeks later and  I’ve decided to retry this thing from square one and hope I don’t fuck it up again.

The Point

All narcissism and pretending people care aside though…

I’ve decided to try to make “Overdriver” more a reflection of myself and the things I’m passionate about that aren’t just music. So from that you can expect more personal shit, some stuff related to manga and anime (we got a really good summer season going on right now so there’s a wealth of material there), videogame, some of my own original music, cool shit I saw and maybe the podcast will come back but Overdriver is back with the goal of making it to new year.

So fuck it here goes. Player One is pressing start……

Amazarashi-『多数決』(Majority) Track Review

Kicking myself for missing this one.

But better late than neveramazarashi-tasuketsu-mouth-logo-750x400.jpg

Japanese art rock/ alt rock/visual artist Amazarashi just put out his new single “『多数決』(Majority)” and it is great. Its like this was written to be an Anime intro and since I loves me some anime so thats just fine by me.

Sonically though like alot of Amazarashi songs theres a lot going on here theres the core of the track which is a upbeat bouncey rock track and on of this core Amazarashi put all these strings and keys and  of course Amazarashis amazing singings on top. In comparison to the material off the pervious release, last years release “Seasons Die” which was a very skelital, dark, piano driven song (I’ll link the video down below as its beautiful), Its very different. It isn’t an unwelcome direction as Amazarashi has done songs like this in the past and has never really had a set sound, its clear its an Amazarashi song, but the intrumentation and vibe changes from release to release.

 

Really enjyoing this song looking forward to the new album gona slap a healthy 8/10 on this one probobly one of my top singles of the year.

 

Track Review: Whitechapel- The Void

mark of the blade.jpgTennessee deathcore bruisers Whitechapel have just released their newest single for their forthcoming “Mark of The Blade” which is titled most metaly “The Void”. This track is the second single for the new album and i was apprehensive to listen to as I wasn’t too crazy about the first single from the album titled “Mark of the Blade”, but Holy fuck “The Void” is everything in my own opinion that a Whitechapel song should be: its heavy, its got riffs, its got groove and Phil Bozeman gives a terrifyingly good vocal performance.

The whole vibe of the track is very close to a lot of what was heard on the previous album “Our Endless War” which saw white chapel become alot more melodic, become more focused on songs and less focused on breakdowns. In alot of ways this track is a more refined version of that  sound and a sign of Whitechapel moving away from being a deathcore band to go in a more metallic direction.

The production on the song is also razor-sharp, which is to be expected when they’ve teamed up with producer Mark Lewis, whose credits include band such as Cannibal Corpse, God Forbid and Unearth. The end result is a track that fucking brutal.

Overall really fucking love this track gonna slap a meaty 8.5/10 on it

check it out here:

 

 

Album Review: Pierce the Veil- Misadventures

Pierce the Veil are a California post-hardcore/rock/soundtrack to your, you don’t understand mom years band, and they’ve just released their new album: Misadventures. This band are a funny one for me, because as much as I want to dislike their melodramatic sunshine emo punk I just can’t. I really enjoyed their last album “Collide With the Sky”, despite it being full of annoying lyrical tropes that seem built to pander to their mainly very young audience the album was still had very catchy choruses, had some great sa3818e70-ceca-4293-b5c1-b842b4bb47e2.jpgounding instrumentals and the latin influence on the album gave it a real flair a lot of their contemporaries did not have. And before listening to this album the first two singles “Texas is Forever” and “Circles” were great really good radio songs, so I’ve decided to check it out.

Not gonna sugar coat it the opening song “Dive In” is weak as the opening for the album, the dynamic shift from the sad ballad to punk thing is a good idea but it takes to long to get to the payoff overall which makes for a really underwhelming start to the album. After this, they kick into “Texas is Forever, and they pull it back with a bombastic punk song which would have probably been the better choice as the opening for the album. That aside this album is pretty decent it feels like they were trying to go for a harder version  of the direction “Collide With The Sky” went while trying to evolve to be a little more mature sounding. Instrumentally this album is solid there are some good riffs and PTV aren’t afraid to bring out the shred when it’s required the inclusion of keys on some of the songs is really welcome too.  The only thing I have to say is lyrically the album can feel very samey at times, most of the songs on this album are about love or heartbreak, it wouldn’t be fair to expect “Operation Mindcrime” from these guys but for god’s sake talk about something other than love.

The production on this album is pretty good, its really modern sounding probably closer to the kind of production you’d expect from a pop band than a rock band very clean not sterile there’s a lot of warmth, and its really big sounding too. The guitar tones are good, very open and don’t have a compressed distortion to them, more a very bitey crunch. The bass guitar is very present and a very mid heavy classic punk sound to it. the drums are nice sounding there’s a lot of space to them and maybe they could be louder on some tracks on the louder busier tracks they have a tendency to get lost in the mix. The vocals are well performed too frontman Vic Fuentes brings a lot of personality to his very high melodic singing which is peppered with emotion fueled screams.

I like this album,as far as this genre of music goes it’s a pretty good record and has a lot of good ideas and a lot of memorable hooks and choruses. But I feel like they had the potential to put out something better, but were maybe held back by trying to not alienate their fanbase. Overall good album, it’ll probably be the soundtrack to someone’s summer but for me somewhat lukewarm

6/10

Album Review Kvelertak, Nattesferd

kvelertak-nattesferd-compressed.jpgKvelertak (Phonetically Ke-vel-er-tak) are a Norwiegen Metal band who combine elements of old school metal, punk, classic rock, and of course because Norway there’s  obviously a heaping tablespoon of black metal in the mix too, All this combined Makes up the band’s sound which is so, so, so damn good.  And their newest album “Nattesferd” is up for streaming so it’s review time.

This album isn’t really any great departure for Kvelertak, since their first album they’ve really kept the core of their sound which is really catchy riff-driven party songs refining it as time goes on. They have however on this record decided to have more slowed down headbang riffs with the addition of more sparkly cleanish passages and acoustic guitars. The record isn’t their debut it’s nowhere near as fiery its more mellowed out and has more texture to it, so i wouldn’t say this is bad its just different. Overall I’d say this is Kvelertak’s most accessible record to date, but they haven’t sacrificed what makes them a great band for this accessibility.

The album also has definitely a more classic feel to the production, like compared to the last two albums which were produced by Kurt Ballou from the band Converge which a comparably crisper more modern production to them, on “Nattesferd” Kvelertak have opted for a more something more reminiscent of the type of production from and old classic rock record. This More classic sound is pretty cool,  it adds a lot of warmth and body to and it suits Kvelertak’s sound pretty well.

overall really enjoyed this record was something a little different from what Kvelertak had done in the past, and its really played to their favour on this

7.5/10

Sikth-Opacities Review

So I was in Love Music in Glasgow a week or two after record store day because I had to work on RSD so I couldn’t do the whole queuing up from 5 in the morning thing . but when I was looking through the metal section I found this wee beauty on vinyl and I decided to grab it cause the cover art was sick.

So here’s some background on the record,Sikth are a UK based metal band who are best Known for being one of the progenitors of the genre formally known as djent. Who after a long-ass hiatus came back did some shows, Decided they liked making music together again so they wrote an EP called Opacities. And I’m going to give it wee review for the sake of science and because I think its pretty damn good.

So let’s get rooiight into the review………

The EP opens with the track: “Behind the Doors”, which is a mathy unhinged explosion of an opening track. It’s got a riff to make you bang your head until you get whiplash and the chorus begs for an audience to sing it back. Vocalist Mikee Goodman sounds like he’s losing his mind during the song and it works to greatsikthopacities.jpg effect to really create this feeling of insanity. The second track “Philistine Philosophies” Is a groove machine of a track with a meshuggah-esque feel in the verse where everything is locked to this very mechanical sounding groove but after this, the chorus takes on a very melodic epic feel the guitars almost sounding like they’re trying to imitate strings, and it’s just a very nice song. The next song “Under the Weeping Moon” is a great slice of modern metal it follows a lot of the same beats as “Behind the Doors ” however this track is a lot more melodic and less chaotic. “Tokyo Lights” is a spoken word track its a bit weird and jarring Goodman again sounds like he’s playing this insane character who sounds like a mix of Old Greg from The Mighty Boosh and The Joker it’s really creepy and weird not, quite sure how I feel about it . The next two tracks really follow the same progressive mathy Avant gardeness and then the ep ends

My overall feeling is that this is a really good EP the songwriting is really strong and deserves a lot of praise, and the production is really clear. Definitely give it a listen if you likez the djentz.

8.5/10

Amy Shields- Hummingbird Ep

Amy Shields is a Glasgow alt rock/singer-songwriter and she just put out her first Ep: Hummingbird

This Ep features soulful vocals, huge hooks and it just feels reallyhummingbird.jpg, really nice. This EP feels lively, it really breaths. The inclusion of having the songs performed by a full band  on “Hummingbird” makes the songs feel bigger and more colourful than if they had just been arranged for guitar and  vocals. Amy as a singer has an amazing voice, it’s really full sounding and there’s so much emotion and really take centre stage and makes shines so well.

Lyrically the whole EP seems to centre around the theme of hope and overcoming sadness and loss. This gives the Ep whole atmosphere very much like springtime and makes it feel like an ode to new beginnings.

The Ep starts with track “Hummingbird”, which is a really sweet and gentle track which builds  from very stripped back verses to almost orchestral feeling choruses. The next track is : “In the Dark”. This track features a really driving bassline  and a huge chorus. Next up is “Fool” this song has an almost countryish feel to it just in how the track grooves. Then finally is the last song “Rabbit Holes”, this is easily the poppiest track on the EP but gives a triumphant to a great ep.

Overall I really love this EP, it flows well, the production is steller, the songwriting is amazing and it’s just great. Listening to this EP doesn’t feel like a first release, it doesn’t  have any of the lack of identity or any of the apprehension a lot of first EPs have. It’s quite the opposite,  “Hummingbird” feels self-assured and has a real sense of self and personality.

9/10

Stream it here: https://play.spotify.com/album/3E4lLhtMly99xeKtziVAYU

Drop a like here:https://www.facebook.com/AmyShieldsMusic/timeline

You can get it on Itunes  and amazon music

Review: New Girls, Beanstalk

New girls are a glasgow based alternative rock/punk band, and they’ve just released their new single: Beanstalk.

The track is raw, angry and going so fast it sounds like the band repnew girls.pnglaced their blood with lucozade to get the track so damn energetic. In a Nutshell its fucking AWESOME. The track has shades of Sex Pistols,Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Kvelertak and just dirty rock’n roll

The production is great too. The guitars sound really beefy, The bass is fat, drums are tight. The vocals have this nice FM radio reverb Clash style rawness which just ties everything together so nice . And maybe I’m just tripping out a little, but i’m sure I hear a piano underlaying the guitars on the chorus which is just awesome and adds to that awesome dirty rock feel if its there.

Check it out in the link bellow

And hit them up with some love on Facebook :https://www.facebook.com/NewGirlsMusic/?fref=ts

8.5/10

Check This Shit Out!:MiddleParkMusic

For a couple of weeks now, a friend of mine has been filming high quality live footage of bands performing in and around Glasgow and uploading them to the YouTube Channel MiddleParkMusic. MiddleParkMusic Offers a range of styles and features bands from Glasgow and international touring acts, with excellent videography and audio quality.

Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaV3wVi-DOyjwqi96M7D7hw?nohtml5=False&ab_channel=MiddleParkMusic

Check out this video of New Girls Performing at King Tuts last months: