30 Seconds To Mars-Hurricane Video

Debuted last night, 30STM put together a 13-minute clip for the huge song from their 2009 This Is War album, successfully amalgamating Jared Leto’s acting credentials with his musical side.

The video has a very isolated, apocalyptic feel running throughout that mirrors the nature of the track superbly. There are also strong sexual and violent themes that seems to work in an incongruent way to the audio, which certainly surprises you somewhat.

Storyline-wise, there’s an awful lot going on that I can’t really fit into this small space. I’ll work on a longer review, as this is a really captivating piece and I’m growing to love these extended music video/film blends. Definitely worth a watch.

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Kanye's Surprise Performance at the EMAs with 30 Seconds To Mars

This is taken from the MTV European Music Awards that were hosted in Madrid last night.

The performance starts off with Jared Leto delivering some brilliant vocals on the haunting 30 Seconds To Mars and Kanye West collabo Hurricane, for which the audio can be found here.

Yeezy then comes on stage to perform his verse in the song – which is then interrupted as Leto gives props to Mr West. Kanye then breaks out into a fantastically energetic performance of Power for the Spanish crowd, before 30 Seconds finish off the final part of Hurricane.

A must watch for any Kanye West fans.

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30 Seconds To Mars-Closer To The Edge Video

This came out a couple of days ago, but was impossible to find an embed code for as the official 30STM channel wouldn’t allow it. I really, really like this track and it runs Night of the Hunter close for the best track on This Is War.

A really uplifting track, and is suitably provided for by a capable set of visuals. Mostly live performances, but it works in this case as it brings a grand feel to the track, as well as a huge dose of energy and passion.

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Tempest's Best of '09... better late than later.

Yes, the title makes sense. What of it?

Anyway, hereon-in is my Best of 2009 straight through the internets to your face. Mostly your eyes, then ears. Not sure you’ll be able to taste much of it. I digress, I’m going to attempt to get my albums of the year out of the way first, then probably just artists that I’ve enjoyed in 2009, irrespective if they actually released anything (decent) in 2009.  How does that scan?

Right, I hope you’re sitting comfortably; this could get lengthy………wahey!! But seriously, read on.

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Notorious Indi’s Best of ‘09

2009 was one hell of an interesting year. We saw the comeback of Eminem, albums by the 2 other big names of hip-hop in Jay-Z and 50 Cent, and once again we waited all year for Dr. Dre’s Detox which never came. It’s fair to say that despite this the year hasn’t been dominated by the big boys and we’ve seen a gradual change in hip hop – the gangsta rap of previous years has steadily evolved into what can be described as ‘Hip Hop Hipsters’. Kanye led the way back in 2004 and by 2009 the likes of Lupe Fiasco, Kid Cudi, Wale and Asher Roth have emerged.

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Ajay-182's Best of '09

In what can best be described as a fitting coincidence given the retrospective nature of this particular post, 2009 was very much a year of hindsight. I rediscovered artists I’d neglected, I discovered artists who I’d simply ignored, but most importantly I began to see the fundamental flaw in my appreciation of music (especially hip-hop) and how I probably got it wrong.

Don’t make the same mistakes. Click on to grab some unmissable tracks, and of course my discoveries from the year gone by. I’ve thrown in a couple of lists too, as I know some of you can’t deal with excess reading.

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30 Seconds to Mars- Kings and Queens Video

Morning all, I’ve taken the time out of my literature review to bring you the visuals (and audio…s) to the first single from the new 30 Seconds to Mars album, This Is War, which Ajay minorly reviewed recently.

I’ve been on a pretty big 30STM kick recently, and have what can only be best described as a treasure chest of rarities which I will try and upload once I get some Internet back at home and I’ve not failed my degree.

In the mean time, enjoy this puppy… and the video too.

N.B. I’ve just consumed a fair amount of Red Bull and Cola Bottles, so my opinon may be somewhat compromised.

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Some (Very) Brief Album Reviews

Firstly, apologies for the quiet day on here. I’m having some issues with the back-end of things, and it’s going a lot slower than usual. Hopefully, normal service will resume in the next hour or so.

Right, onto this post: I get through a lot of albums weekly, and unfortunately just don’t have the time to do as many reviews as I’d like. They take a huge amount of time, which is pretty hard to come by. Don’t fret though, as I will have some coming up very soon (the assignments are nearly done!) and to tie you over I’ve written some mini-reviews on albums I’ve given a spin recently. Click below to swarm yourself in my warped opinions.

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30 Seconds To Mars and Kanye West

Ever since this picture surfaced of 30STM frontman Jared Leto, Kanye West and The Killers’ Brandon Flowers (who is said to have just stopped by, he didn’t musically contribute. Boo), there’s been some anticipation over what the collabo would sound like. Well, hit the click below and find out. I’d recommend fans of any genre tried this out, as it’s fundamentally a pretty good song.
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