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Most of you may have noticed that I the bands I have featured here aren’t real heavy hard rock, until now.  I love rock, especially hard rock and metal and this weeks band is one of that fits that category perfectly.  Blue Gillespie.  The first time I heard about Blue Gillespie was at the 2011 Chicago Wizard World.  We were at a panel for Torchwood, the Doctor Who spin off. The two members of the cast that were on the panel were, Garetth David Lloyd, who until he was unjustly killed off in season 3, played Ianto, and Kai Owen, who plays Rhys.  Both guys were great and had a ton a fun, they even gave money to two audience members for beer.  During the conversation, Garetth mentioned his band, Blue Gillespie, and their upcoming plans.  So after the panel we went downstairs and they were signing stuff and he was also selling the cd’s so the wife bought it and he signed it.

So when we got home, we opened it up and threw it in, I was impressed, I liked it.  So I decided to find out a little more about the band so I looked them up.  This UK foursome was formed in 1997 with Gareth Lloyd on Vocals, Anthony Clark on Guitar, Rhys Bryant on Bass and Nick Harrison on Drums.  The name Blue Gillespie represents a “character” comprised of all 4 members inner struggles and anger.  The band is used as a way for them to clear their alter egos of darkness and anger and for them to become more positive.  Prior to the first full length album, Synesthesia, The band had released 2 EP’s.  Cave County 1 and Cave County 2, with the latter being more of an acoustic record.  They received mostly positive reviews and got great reactions at their live shows, which they live for.  As of this writing, their second album has been released, Seven Rages of Man, which was inspired by the Shakespeare speech from As You Like it.  We’ll start with the first full length album…..

Synesthesia 2010

This is the first full release and was met with plenty of critical acclaim from all over the world.  It is full of loud guitars, great bass and pounding drums.  The vocals help complete the package matching the band perfectly.  It all comes together for a nice tight Hard Rock/Metal package just right for anyone that likes the genre.  To be honest, after seeing Lloyd on Torchwood, it was hard for me to believe that those vocals were coming from him, but they do and it’s awesome.  The lyrics are great, somewhat dark, but that’s what you would expect from a band like them so it’s just right.  In fact its almost like a Blues band went metal….and kept their lyrics.  Its dark, brooding and moody and it’s great. The album is full of great tracks, not even kidding, would I recommend a one hit wonder to you guys?  Of course not.  The opening track, Beat Oven, is a great beginning and the album just goes like a freight train headed downhill with no brakes after that.  My favorite tracks? Well, I thought you’d never ask…..Beat Oven of course, Sugarglass, Skinned, Growsome, Making Sound, Black Waltz, and Paradox & Time Knot.

Seven Rages of Men 2012

Seven Rages is the Sophomore album by Blue Gillespie, but unlike a lot of Sophomore attempts this one is as good if not better than the original.  The album was mixed, mastered and co produced by Skindred guitarist Jeff Rose.  Like I mentioned above, its structure is inspired by Shakespeare’s Seven Ages Speech from As You Like It.  The album explores the depth of rage incorporating Shakespeare, Greek tragedy, modern philosophy and even mythology as influences.  Making a Metal opera almost, I say almost because Metal is awesome, Opera, well, sometimes I suppose.  The album contains different locations, characters and differing levels of anger and rage.  The album follows them from birth to death, complete with a prologue and an epilogue.  The tracks are all excellent and the same quality from the last album is there, in fact it’s probably a bit better.  The tracks sound great stand alone, but listened to in order give the listener a great experience….if you like Metal.  The best tracks? Well, if I have to choose it would be…..The Mewling, Interlude 1, Effervescent Youth, Sullen, Grim Determination, Interlude 2, The Misanthropist and  Epilogue.  Yup, that is almost the whole album, and with good reason, it rocks.

Conclusion

Blue Gillespie was influenced by great bands such as Tool, Portishead and Down and the influences show in their work.  They are a great Hard Rock act and from what I’ve seen on the internet and heard put on a hell of a live show.  They truly enjoy what they’re doing and it shows on both their albums and live.  So if you like Metal, give them a shot, their official website is http://www.bluegillespie.co.uk/ and you can even listen to their albums on there.  Thanks for reading, now start listening!

-John

All biographical info was gained from http://www.bluegillespie.co.uk/

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So I have read a decent amount of posts about people that don’t know why we have a leap year and leap day ever 4 years.  Well, it comes down to a few factors, mainly the Earth revolving around the sun and math.  While Calendars have 365 days in a year, it technically takes 365 and a 1/4 days to travel around the sun, think of the extra 6 hours as a remainder.  So when the calendar was being finalized, it was decided that it would be way too much of a pain in the arse to have a 1/4 day, so they added an extra day every four, because after four years the extra 6 hours would add up to 24, or 1 day.  Although there have been some leap years that didn’t get the extra day, it has to do with the way the Gregorian calendar works and the way things are divided, I’ve always been a bit foggy on that, you could look it up if you want.

Now why was February 29th picked why not December 32, December is the end of the year? that’s a good question, I didn’t really find much that was concrete, I found two explanations that make sense and are probably correct, if anyone finds another let me know.  As to why it isn’t Decmember 32nd, the reason I found is that December wasn’t the end of the year in the Roman calendar, February was.  So why make February longer? Well this goes back to Romans also.  From What I found, Augustus Caesar wanted his month to be longer (it originally had 30 days as did February). So he arbitrarily shifted a day from February to August.  That’s it, those are the 2 reasons I dug up.  Like I mentioned above, I don’t know how true they are, they sound about right, so if you find anything different please let me know.

Leap year also causes some confusion for birthdays.  In some countries, such as the US and New Zealand your birthday would fall on the 28th.  In others, such as the UK and Wales, your birthday would be the 1st of March.  Which means, you could turn 18 in the US on the 29th, take and early flight to London, and still be 17 and underage for drinking! Bummer right? lol

Now mankind as we know it, like to have a reason to do different things, so because of leap year a few traditions sprang up to go with it.  One, the most popular, is that a woman a man to marry her on leap day, if he refuses he needs to give her money or buy her a dress.  In some areas of Europe, mainly with the upper class, if he refuses, he needs to provide her with 12 pairs of gloves so she can hide her ringless finger.  Also, another one, this time in Greece, is that it is unlucky to get married on that day, even with Windex present, in fact its considered unlucky to get married in a leap year in general let alone leap day.  Must be a horrible year for halls, priests and ministers!

Well that’s about it, that’s the basics about leap day and leap year, hope you learned something, now all the single ladies, go make your move!

well, as usual thanks for reading!

John

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