Playlist Challenge, Day 436

Almost Kings — “OMG”

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Playlist Challenge, Day 416

Almost Kings — “Never Gonna Happen”

10 Songs to Help You Through Hard Times

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, as I haven’t been in the best place mentally or emotionally for the past month. Music is the only thing that makes sense anymore.

I know we all have those songs that make us feel good, but what about the ones that are like a balm to our bruised hearts/souls? My recent struggles have led me to a few discoveries, one of which surprised me very much.

Alter Bridge: “I Know It Hurts”

Myles Kennedy is the king of uplifting lyrics. I can name a track from each Alter Bridge album that could be on this list, but “I Know It Hurts” takes the spot because of one simple line: “Now is not forever.” Sometimes, that is the best thing to remember.

Alter Bridge: “All Ends Well”

I said Myles was the king, right? “If you believe in nothing else, just keep believing in yourself.”

Almost Kings: “Better Than This”

There are actually a couple of songs from these Georgia natives that I could have chosen. However, “Better Than This” immediately struck a chord in me. I understand it so much more now.

Asking Alexandria: “Alone in a Room”

I know, I know. I haven’t shut up about this band or this song, but the lyrics describe my mindset so accurately that it’s scary.

Linkin Park: “Heavy”

Honestly, isn’t it nice to know you’re not the only one? This song has brought me to tears more than once, especially following Chester’s death.

Asking Alexandria: “Under Denver”

“Just wait and see, just sit and breathe.”

Andy Black: “Put the Gun Down”

This was the one that surprised me. I hadn’t listened to Andy’s solo record, then I randomly decided to let it play on Amazon. I ended up with this song on repeat. I couldn’t have found it at a better moment.

Blink-182: “Adam’s Song”

Self-explanatory.

Fun: “Carry On”

“May your past be the sound of your feet upon the ground. Carry on.”

Modest Mouse: “Float On”

My line has always been Don’t worry, even if things end up a bit too heavy. We’ll all float on alright.”

Album of the Week: Almost Kings’ Forever This Time

I reviewed Forever This Time about a month ago. Long story short, I love this record!

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Album Review: Almost Kings’ Forever This Time

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Band: Almost Kings

Album: Forever This Time

Genre: Rap/rock

Release date: August 25, 2017

Standout tracks: “Better Than This,” “OMG,” “Closer to You,” and “Bad One”

I never know what to expect from Almost Kings, and that may hold true more for this album than any of their others. After a few lineup changes, including the addition of a second rapper and a DJ, there was no way to anticipate how Forever This Time would sound. Every record Almost Kings has released has been different from its predecessor, but what direction would they take with only two of the original members left?

Well, I’ll tell you. There is not a single dull moment on this album. In the opening track, “With Force,” the listener immediately receives an introduction to Jude Buckingham, who lends his own brand of rap to Bozeman’s smooth flow. There is also a shining example of what DJ Breezus Khrist can do.

And the formalities end there.

Almost Kings storms in at the top of their game, and they don’t slow down until Bozeman’s promise at the very end of the record: “We ain’t leavin’.”

The band stays true to its interesting blend of rap and rock with songs such as “Envy and Enemies,” “Forever This Time,” and “Where It All Ends.” The rock edge is heavier than ever, the subject matter matching the vibe, tending towards rising above your enemies and the realization of our own mortality.

Not for nothing, though, is Almost Kings known as a party rock band. Want something to get you moving? “OMG,” “Bad One,” “Lit,” and “The Weekend” fit the bill nicely, further showcasing AK’s funk/dance/hip-hop side.

A harder and funkier punch than their past releases, intricately woven with that uniqueness that keeps the AK faithful coming back, Forever This Time is a perfect example of why we love this Atlanta-based sextet. This album has something for everyone. You’ll go from headbanging, to bobbing your head, to dancing like a fool, and you will love every minute of it.

I don’t have an official rating system, but I used “stars” when I reviewed Alter Bridge’s The Last Hero, so… I give Forever This Time 5/5 stars. If you’re already familiar with Almost Kings, I’m certain you’ll be satisfied. If you’ve never heard them, then this is a fantastic place to start!

New Music: Almost Kings

Almost Kings is releasing a new album, entitled Forever This Time, on August 25th. To start with, only physical copies will be available, at shows and for order online. You can preorder the album and immediately receive two free tracks.

You can purchase the record digitally starting September 15th.

(Note: “5 Foot Hurricane, V2.0” will only be available on the physical copies.)

In other AK news, the guys will be playing a pre-game concert for the Atlanta Falcons on October 1st at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Rise Up!

And here is the first single from Forever This Time, “Envy and Enemies.”