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Vanna Stares into the Void

On June 16, 2014, Vanna released their fifth album

On June 16, 2014, Vanna released their fifth album, Void.

By Raquel Crockett, ’18

Vanna is a popular band from Boston, Mass., whose music style and genre of the band is are mainly post-hardcore, hardcore punk, and melodic hardcore.

The band consists of five members: Davey Muise, Nicholas Lambert, Joel Pastuszak, Shawn Marquis, and Seamus Menihane.

The band was founded by Nicholas Lambert and former member Evan Pharmakis, the guitarists, in December 2004, and recorded their first demo in Lambert’s dorm room. Soon after, they recruited bassist Shawn Marquis, drummer Brandon Davis, and vocalist Joe Bragel. Lead vocalist Muise, who joined the band in 2009, gave a motivational speech at ELHS this past winter, an event orchestrated by EL students who invited him to speak about drug use and suicide prevention.

The “Devil” Has Risen (And so has Chiodos)


By Trevor Laliberte, ’16

Normally, I avoid pre-ordering albums on iTunes. It’s never been appealing to me to be able to download one song from an album before the release date. I was led into temptation, however, when the new Chiodos album was announced.

“Devil” is the first Chiodos release with original members Craig Owens and Derrick Frost since 2007’s “Bone Palace Ballet.” The world has been waiting seven years for this. On top of the band’s original member reunion, the group has also welcomed former Fall of Troy frontman Thomas Erak to the band as lead guitarist, and the album was engineered by Maine native Josh Wilbur. Needless to say, this is an exciting mix of people making music together.

Breaking Into the Mainstream Doesn’t Always Mean “Selling Out”

By Trevor Laliberte, ’16

Of Mice & Men – Restoring Force
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Of Mice & Men latest album, "Restoring Force," has led to accusations of selling out.

Of Mice & Men latest album, “Restoring Force,” has led to accusations of selling out.

Of Mice & Men, one of the more successful metalcore bands, released their third album, “Restoring Force,” on Jan. 28. The album quickly peaked at number four on the Billboard charts, an unusual success for the metal scene.

The first single off of Restoring Force, “You’re Not Alone”, immediately broke away from anything the band had done before. It was clear with that first song that the group hadn’t written a sequel to 2011’s “The Flood.” “You’re Not Alone” abandoned the intricate breakdowns, aggressive in-your-face vocals, and complex structures of its predecessors. The song is a heavy-hitting hard rock arena anthem. It’s structurally a simple song, with a chorus that will be sung by crowds in sold-out venues all over the world.

The song isn’t exactly a representation of the whole album though. Of course the first single will be one of the more simplistic, memorable songs on the album. That’s how the music business works, when a band releases an album, they usually put out a single prior to the album’s release, and that song is typically catchy and radio friendly. This should be clear to most people, but if you’ve ever visited YouTube’s “comment” section (you poor soul), you would be led to believe differently.

The One Direction Boys Have Done it Again!

One Direction released their latest album, Midnight Memories, yesterday.

One Direction released their latest album, Midnight Memories, yesterday.

By Ashley Bowden, ’14

Parents cover your ears and lock your doors, Directioners across the world are going wild with the release of One Direction’s third album “Midnight Memories.” Monday, November 25 was a day millions across the world have waited for and I have to say, the boys delivered.

No one would have expected these young teenage boys, who formed back in July of 2010 on X Factor UK, to top the billboard charts and accomplish as much as they have. The British-Irish boy band consists of Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and Zayn Malik.

The band has accomplished and made their mark ever since the day they were formed. They have received two BRIT awards, the first for their debut song “What Makes You Beautiful” back in 2011 only shortly after being signed and releasing the single. They also won a New Musical Express (NME) award, two Kid’s Choice awards, four MTV Video Music awards, all nine awards they were nominated for at the 2012 Teen Choice awards, and both awards they were nominated for at the American Music Awards.

Of Fortune and Fame Return with Strong Split EP

By Trevor Laliberte

Of Fortune & Fame/The Traditional – Split EP


Of Fortune & Fame are putting out music for the first time in a year, and that in itself is a reason to be excited for this release. The Syracuse-based pop-punk group established themselves last year with their EP, “Perspective.” The band’s high energy songs are flavored with catchy lyrics as well as plentiful vocal and guitar harmonies.

Of Fortune and Fame and The Traditional weave together an excellent new release.

Of Fortune and Fame and The Traditional weave together an excellent new release.

This time around, they’ve evolved musically.