A Dive into Metalcore

Photo Credit: Chris Romano

As you may or may not know, I’m the Metalcore enthusiast at CJLO. Go ahead, call me a “poser” all you want. There is nothing better then a good Metalcore song during these quarantine times, where the only moshpit you might see is a hole in you wall with mushrooms growing out of it.


CJLO DJ SPOTLIGHT

DJ Spacepirate hosts Burnt Offerings, the absolute worst show ever to curse AM radio. There he mostly plays brand-spanking-new Canadian metal, as well as other types of new Canadian metal. Sometimes he doesn't play Canadian metal from the past 3 months, such as Canadian metal from more than 3 months ago, or metal not from Canada but still from the past 3 months. He gets reduced rations when this happens.


Why Beach Boys’ Party! is the Ultimate Soundtrack for Self-Isolation

I’ve been thinking about Brian Wilson a lot these days.    
He enjoyed working from home. In fact, at the height of his creative prowess, he held meetings in a tent in his bedroom, and wrote songs in a sandpit where his piano stood. 
In this era, he would go on to create the 1966 masterpiece Pet Sounds before completely atrophying through the creation of the infamously never-released Smile
But instead of listening to those albums, I have instead been listening to Beach Boys’ Party! as I try to make sense of life under self-isolation and social distancing. 

Metal My Movie - Almost Famous

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Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, I decided to rectify a blind spot viewing of mine and watch Almost Famous. Directed by Cameron Crowe, the film takes a focus on life on the road of a rock and roll band and their fans known as groupies. Audience views the film through the protagonist, a journalist writing an article for Rolling Stones magazine. From these two thematics we can see Almost Famous from a Metal perspective.


CJLO's Top Metal Bands of 2019

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2019 is over and with it, another decade is gone. We, at CJLO, can be sentimental at times, so let's take a look back at the year and tell you what loud/metal bands got played the most at the station. 

Now, before we get started, let me lay out what this list is so you don't get confused. 

This list represents each artist and the number of plays they received by DJs on their shows. There is no collection of automated plays; these are strictly things picked out and played by DJs across the station, with the majority of them being from the Metal shows. 


Metal My Movie - Force Majeure

When it comes to the country of Sweden and Metal music, most people often associate it with the subgenre of death metal. So why have I come to review this family drama about a ski trip in the French Alps? Is there anything metal about this film, other than the fact that Kristofer Hivju from HBO’s Game of Thrones co-stars? Maybe if we looked further at the sound design of the film and its central premise, there can be some metal aesthetics to be found.


Dermot Kennedy Gives Montreal His All

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On Monday Mar. 2, fans eager to see Dermot Kennedy lined the hall of Place des Arts, buzzing with excitement to be attending the sold-out show. Dermot Kennedy, an artist on the rise with increasing headline appearances, took the stage at La Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, which held hundreds of more people than his previous Montreal venue back in October. The Irish singer-songwriter has been touring since the fall of 2019, promoting his debut album Without Fear. 


Sunday's Best - 4th Edition of Gala Dynastie

Photo Credit: Akeem Johnson

March 1st marked the 4th edition of Gala Dynastie, an event which honors achievements and efforts from the best and brightest of the Montreal Black Community.This year’s Gala took place at Place Des Arts, a symbol of growth for the event.


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