Now, I know Middle School was somewhat of an awkward and strange time for us, but this group certainly takes me back to my middle school days.
Not because they are a boppy teenage band, they are in fact the exact opposite of that. But, in my middle school days, I was listening to music my parents hated, that I could blast in my room while applying the darkest heaviest eyeliner possible. Music that made me angry, made me feel and made me feel like I was understood and a part of something.
For those of us who grew older and slightly older and (sold out) *ahem* found other musical interests: this is a band that will help you get back to your roots. The kind of music that built you, made you and let you release all your anger, all while having fun headbanging in the process.
My only issue with this genre of music is sometimes I have trouble hearing the lyrics over the booming guitar and heavy music, but I suspect that is more of a 'me problem.' If this is your genre of choice, you can probably understand every single word.
There's so much artistry present in this black metal, dark band. The lyrics, when I listen closely, come from a real place of pain, and longing in extreme ways, but that's what makes it relatable and unique.
The world isn't always pop princesses singing bubbly hits, sometimes you need a rough sound, and sick guitar solo to make you feel alive again. That's what The Long Road gives you. It makes me remember middle school, but not because it's a band for children, but because in middle school I loved this type of music so deeply, and listening to it, is like my younger self, remembering what it's like to have such a visceral outlet for my emotions.
It's alarming how much music can affect you and make you think. Sometimes it hits you in ways you would never expect.
Give this band a listen, even if heavy rock music isn't necessarily your thing, we can all relate to the frustrations, wanting to belong, sorrow, and feeling out of control.
This band will make you think, it will make you jam, and if you're like me, it might make you completely rediscover a genre that you foolishly left behind.
To listen to their track Tragedy of the Commons and pre-order via Bandcamp, you can visit the link right here: https://thelongdarkroad.bandcamp.com/releases