Smash Magazine Content by Lauryn Dyan

November/December 2020 Album Reviews

Check out my album reviews for issue 103 of Smash Magazine, including the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Movements, PVRIS, and Touché Amoré. The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus – The Emergency EP Album Review If your only knowledge of The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus is their radio hit “Face Down” from their 2006 debut album, now would be a good time to get reacquainted. Each track on their new EP slaps, and at six songs, The Emergency EP could have made a…Continue reading November/December 2020 Album Reviews

Smash Magazine Content by Lauryn Dyan

September/October 2020 Album Reviews

Check out my album reviews for issue 102 of Smash Magazine, including Blaqk Audio, Sleeping with Sirens, Bright Eyes, and Neck Deep. Blaqk Audio – Beneath the Black Palms Album Review Essentially the electronic alter ego of AFI minus a few members, duo Davey Havok and Jade Puget, a.k.a. Blaqk Audio, have returned to their dark, synth, dance party glory with their fifth studio album, Beneath the Black Palms. At just under 40 minutes, this twisting, writhing, mass of…Continue reading September/October 2020 Album Reviews

Hawthorne Heights Interview

Fighting the Darkness with Hawthorne Heights

“This is our way of trying to keep our business afloat, which is Hawthorne Heights. It’s trying to service our fans. We are at heart, entertainers, and that’s what we love to do, and we’ve been building this community for 17 years, so we do want to give them something as well. But an important part of what we’re doing with this Stay Home tour is to try to give a little bit back to…Continue reading Fighting the Darkness with Hawthorne Heights

Smash Magazine Content by Lauryn Dyan

July/August 2020 Album Reviews

Check out my album reviews for issue 101 of Smash Magazine, including Emery, The Used, Asking Alexandria, and Dance Gavin Dance. Emery – White Line Fever Album Review As a band that’s been around for nearly twenty years, Emery has seen many of their early 2000s counterparts that sweated it out with them on the Warped Tour, Take Action Tour, and more, fade away. But not Emery. The Seattle based band has steadily been there all the while—making…Continue reading July/August 2020 Album Reviews

Hayley Williams

Supporting the Black Lives Matter Movement is Punk AF

“So cool to be led by the young people in our hometown. What they are doing as a part of advancing the BLM movement is punk AF and completely heroic.” Posted Hayley Williams on her Instagram account on June 7th, several days after attending a Black Lives Matter (BLM) protest march in Nashville, Tennessee. This event was one of the largest peaceful protests in the city’s history, and it was organized by six young female…Continue reading Supporting the Black Lives Matter Movement is Punk AF

Smash Magazine Content by Lauryn Dyan

May/June 2020 Album Reviews

Check out my album reviews for issue 100 of Smash Magazine, including All Time Low, Silverstein, Sparta, and The Word Alive. All Time Low – Wake Up, Sunshine Album Review If you’re looking for music to blast post-quarantine as you roll the windows down and cruise the again bustling streets while soaking up the warm Vegas sun, this is it. On their eighth full-length album aptly titled Wake Up, Sunshine, All Time Low makes good on…Continue reading May/June 2020 Album Reviews

Violent New Breed

Interview with Violent New Breed

Violent New Breed Establishing Their (Bad) Reputation If Three Days Grace and Trivium had a badass love child, it would be Violent New Breed (VNB for short). Led by founding member Max Green (former Escape the Fate, and briefly, Falling in Reverse), VNB combine gritty vocals, intense metal riffs, and blow your speakers-out breakdowns to create a rock album worthy of your attention. Rounded out by new additions Sean Russell (vocals, guitar), Charlie Nicholson (drums),…Continue reading Interview with Violent New Breed

Smash Magazine Content by Lauryn Dyan

March/April 2020 Album Reviews

Check out my album reviews for issue 99 of Smash Magazine, including PVRIS, Turnover, Hawthorne Heights, Highly Suspect, and Bring Me the Horizon. PVRIS – Hallucinations EP & Acoustic Single As a band that blurs the line between rock and pop, the latest release from Massachusetts trio* PVRIS, Hallucinations, with its synth-driven track “Death of Me” and its dance-worthy beats on “Nightmare,” leans more toward the band’s pop side. But even if the electropop sounds…Continue reading March/April 2020 Album Reviews

Thrice Drumstick

My Top 10 Unique Concert Moments

I’ve made it no secret–I love going to shows. And while I’m not sure I could ever pick a favorite concert overall, I can think of ten crazy, epic, surreal or just plain lucky concert moments that I will never forget. Here they are: Billy Burning BrightOne of the first concerts I ever went to as a kid was Billy Joel with my family. I was pretty young, so I don’t remember a lot, but…Continue reading My Top 10 Unique Concert Moments

New Found Glory

Earthquake? Psh, the show must go on.

Last night, there was an earthquake in Southern California that reverberated all the way to Las Vegas. Where was I? In a swaying balcony at a concert at the House of Blues. The whole experience, nay, the whole night, was a big, surreal experience for more than one earth-shaking reason. First and foremost, I went to the show specifically to see The Early November (TEN). This was my first time seeing them live and they…Continue reading Earthquake? Psh, the show must go on.

Thrice

To the Aging Rocker…

I still love going to concerts. I love that feeling when your heart starts racing as the lights dim and each band member takes the stage. The rush as the first notes ring out and you are immediately enveloped in sound. The carefree way you can get lost in the music and the crowd, truly singing like no one is listening, because in most cases, no one can hear you nor do they want to.…Continue reading To the Aging Rocker…

Supernatural

Supernatural Resurrections

Holy slew of resurrected characters, CW! Supernatural season 13 should have been subtitled “The Return” for as many deceased characters as it brought back in the latest chapter of the long-running show. Honestly though, we probably should have seen it coming. Slowly over the past few seasons, the show has been returning to its season one through five roots established by original showrunner Eric Kripke. It all started in season eleven when Lucifer sprung himself…Continue reading Supernatural Resurrections

Coffee, Coffee, Coffee

We Need a Few More Words From Gilmore Girls

The anticipation and excitement over the Gilmore Girls revival, A Year in the Life, was almost palpable leading into its release a few weeks ago. I myself was extremely anxious to get back from my Thanksgiving vacation so I could watch every GG moment on my TV rather than on the small iPad screen I had with me, though I was tempted to sneak a peek more than once. There were so many questions from…Continue reading We Need a Few More Words From Gilmore Girls

Halloween

Scream Pays Tribute to Halloween

Hopefully everyone had a happy Halloween! And if you’re like me and one of your ways of celebrating is to watch scary movies, you may have noticed that certain newer films give shout outs to their earlier, influential counterparts. One such love affair is between my favorite scary movie, Scream, and one of the best horror flicks, the original Halloween. Here’s the top 10 Halloween references in the 1996 movie: This one is pretty obvious.…Continue reading Scream Pays Tribute to Halloween

Books

Let Books Decide Your Halloween Costume

Sometimes coming up with a Halloween costume can be as dreadful as swimsuit shopping in December. This year, when you’re stumped trying to find something that is both clever and easy for your inebriated friends to understand, take a page from a book on your bookshelf (virtual or literal). To get you started, here are a few ideas: Classic Halloween Costumes These costumes are tried and true and have their roots in classic horror literature.…Continue reading Let Books Decide Your Halloween Costume