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The Wave (CLOriginals-006)

Cover photo cred: Elliott Blair

Another dark night in the den – lost in a wave of bourbon and blues. I spend most of my nights here, staring at my poison while taking in the music. Only looking up every now and then to admire the band, and the crowd under its spell. Even though the floor is packed tonight, the seats next to me at the bar are empty – as always.

I’m okay with that.

I’m not here looking for company.

I’m here to ride the wave.

Photo by Justin

As the bartender pours me another round, I notice another lost soul at the other end of the bar. Like me, she’s alone. Like me, she couldn’t care less. She exudes confidence and proudly wears her scars – as I do my own.

The cigarette.

The tattoos.

The bourbon.

The piercing eyes.

She’s mesmerizing.  I know nothing about her, yet I feel a sense of familiarity – as though I’ve known her for a lifetime.

Meanwhile, the guitar is wailing in the background, and it captivates us both. The look in her eye tells me she rides the wave, too. The wave that quiets the mind and heals the soul. The wave I’m addicted to surfing, and she is too.

When our eyes first meet, my instincts hijack the moment, and I get a dose of fear. If I let her in, I could risk it all. But while my fear is real, so is her magnificence. It would be overwhelming on its own, but with the surge of the guitar howling in the background, it’s intoxicating.

I glance down at my drink, take a breath, and down it in one go. It only takes a moment for the poison to work its magic; the fear subsides. I look back up and summon a smile. After what feels like an eternity, she smiles back.

She makes her way to the seat next to me.

The bartender pours us a round.

And then we disappear.

Into the night.

Into the wave.

Free Your Mind.

Hard Rock Selections 20/02/21: Stayin’ Alive – Bee Gees (Sershen & Zaritskaya Cover)

Flames.

One of those where you are expecting it to be terrible, and it’s actually flames. Daria’s booming vocals mixed with shredding solos and an insane bassline make for an explosive track.

Also, this video is a visual spectacle, to say the least. Check it out for yourself.

Free your mind.

Photo Cred: cuartedelmetal.com

Hard Rock Ballad Selections 25/10/20: IRIS – DIAMANTE & Breaking Benjamin

Wow.

What. A. Cover.

Diamante and Ben absolutely knocked this one out of the park. That makes back-to-back weeks of unreal covers being featured (in case you missed last week’s post – listen to Chris Cornell kill this cover of Patience by GnR.

Before pressing play on this for the first time, we were skeptical to say the least. Iris is an iconic song and, often, when iconic songs get covered – they get butchered. After listening to the first 20 seconds of this one, it was obvious this was not the case. Diamante – one of our favourite female leads in the game right now, kicks of the track with beautiful vocals. Ben comes in 20 seconds later, and its clear their voices have an amazing synergy.

By this point the track has dug its claws into your soul – then the chorus hits…and you’re gone. The whole song is a runaway feels-train; especially around 1:54. “When everything feels like the movies (Diamante), ya you bleed just to know your Alive (Ben).” Dear god. Between the nostalgia of the lyrics, and the raw power in Ben’s voice, its impossible not to get hit hard by that part.

But don’t. take our word for it – listen for yourself. Then listen again….and again….and again.

Free your mind.

Photo Cred: Nextmosh