Song Review: Habulan – The Dawn

In The Dawn’s latest release “Habulan,” Jet Pangan sings about a man exhausted of chasing and loving a person and just wanting to end it. In contrast to the track’s theme, Pangan’s voice is healthy, young, and could give young band vocalists a run for their gigs. His voice has not aged from the time he started fronting for the band in 1986.

Habulan” may be about being forlorn but the upbeat tempo will deceive and make listeners jam and feel good calling it quits, getting tired of loving. The song also sounds different from one of their better-known songs like “Enveloped Ideas,” which has a British, trippy, The Cure-influenced sound. “Habulan” sounds like an organic OPM song. Employing synthesizers as a major sound identification in the song makes it catchier and gives innovativeness to a legendary band like The Dawn. Longing for that love and slowly getting exhausted fighting the good fight has never sounded this good.

Song Review: Telepono – Mitsa

The band Mitsa sings about the journey of love in their single “Telepono.” The lyrics go introspective as it marvels at how love starts between two people. It is the story of every couple when they recount how their journey of love started.

Kung di kinuha aking numero, Kung di ako tinawagan.” The song puts the telephone in the spotlight, giving it a throwback feel to the good old days when people actually talked on phones for hours, falling in love with each other through their voices and stories of how their days went. This is in sharp contrast to today’s world where a Facebook like or a tweet can spark those moments of love between two people.

The band’s vocalist has that Pinoy alternative rock sound with the right amount of grit and sweetness in her tone. It gives the song a woman’s perspective of the love story minus the sappy vocals. The faint grit in her voice gives another layer of dimension to the song that could be considered as a love song. This could very well be a good choice of a song for a couples’ theme song, and maybe even for a wedding.

Linkin Park’s The Hunting Party: A throwback to the beast

More than a decade after being toughened in the Ozzfest arena, and hundreds of millions of music sales later, Linkin Park have become of America’s biggest and most famous rock bands. But now they’re taking the rock and edge of their music into another level. Their latest album release, “The Hunting Party”, is not only the most rock-hard and powerful material they’ve put out, but it’s also their first material to have a lot of focus on the guitar-laden vibe that would appeal to the millions of headbangers. The album’s intoxicating elements of thrash, punk, and headbanging rock like on the tracks, “Mark the Graves”, and “Keys to the Kingdom” is a particularly brave move from a rock group that has immersed themselves deeply into the electronic music genre on their past two and recent release.AV6A6407.jpgBut the heavy vibe of their overall sound is the not the only thing that’s out of the ordinary on this record. Brad Delson, guitarist, who scarcely touched his instrument in the past years, not only produces great devastating guitar riffs but also on nearly every song on the album gives a great howling of solo guitar performance. Moreover, this is the first album where the band features cameo by other artists and also, “The Hunting Party” is band’s first album to be self-produced in their extensive music career considering that Rick Rubin has oversaw the production of the last three releases.All these changes gave the album an air of aggressiveness and progressiveness but still remained to Linkin Park brand of sound. This latest album proves that bands that have been in the scene for so long does not get soft over the year, instead they grow balls.