One of the Best Albums of 2014:
Nothing More by Nothing More
Well as they say, there is a new kid on the block. For fans of meaningful lyrics who at the same time demand quality music with fresh rhythms and new ideas, may I introduce you to the best hard rock release of 2014 so far; Nothing More’s self titled album. This CD has 17 kickass songs with meaningful lyrics, amazing musicianship and creative, unique mixes of musical genres. I saw Nothing More at Rocklahoma this year, and I was completely blown away by their show. In fact the show was so incredible, so inspiring and energizing that I actually expected to be disappointed by their release because of my high expectations. That was certainly not the case.
The first single, "This is the Time (Ballast)", is also amazing. The lyrics call out for self-examination. I know personally I can see my own life in that...how when times get hard, rather than dealing with the frustration and moving forward, we blame, we get angry and we get trapped:
Anchored in anger, we exile ourselves
Bitter Blood builds our prison cells
Darker water now fills our lungs
The depths of our heart have blackened the sun
Anyone who can read that and not feel a twinge in the stomach, congratulations, you are a better person than I.
Finally, I get to see Nothing More at least twice, and hopefully three times in the next couple of months. They are doing a headlining tour, playing Aftershock in Sacramento (http://www.aftershockconcert.com), and then opening for Volbeat and Five Finger Death Punch. What I wonder is how will they ever create a setlist from so much amazing material? I got to see a short set at Rocklahoma on the hard rock stage, but the thought of a full set has me so excited that I want summer to go by faster….ok not that excited…I teach… I love summer.
Nothing More is undoubtedly one of the best young metal bands in America. They have it all….music, lyrics, live show and communication with their fans. Their new CD is an incredible work of art, a masterpiece of music and verse. You will rock, you will headbang, you will air guitar, you will laugh, and you will cry. And then you will put the CD back in and do it all over again….to an even deeper level.
Dan Adler was raised in Southern California to a mom and dad, one of whom appreciated Creedence and left wing anti-war politics. By the teenage years, Dan became obsessed with Black Sabbath, listening to the same seven albums repeatedly for 5 years. During this time, his favorite concert experience was seeing Metallica open for a bunch of bands that no longer exist and winning the 1st ever Santa Cruz Air Guitar contest. After several years in Africa listening and dancing to Chimurenga music, Dan returned to have the two best children in the world, one of whom spends a lot of time at concerts with him. What a lucky dad!