After The Burial

Yesterday I had the fortune of meeting and seeing After The Burial, a really fantastic metal band.

My brother Alex got me into them a couple years ago when they had released a new song called “Lost in the Static.” That song ripped and instantly drew me into the band.

Funnily enough at that time I was seeing this woman who used to be very Protestant and had used to listen to super cheesy Christian rock.

Her and I met on a train and we just really hit it off. In fact she was so in to me, she wanted to listen to all my favorite music so she could really get to know me. I know, pretty hot right?

So I made this playlist for her where I originally tries to list my top 40 songs. Then it was my top 100. Then my top 200. Now it’s close to 800 songs and I have just given up trying to narrow it down.

The very first song on my playlist is “American Love” by Haste the Day. It’s a hardcore song that rips (double-bass, breakdowns, screaming, etc.) but it has this melodic bridge about 2 minutes in. The girl really loved that part (so much it made her cry, it’s a beautiful song by the way I encourage you to listen to it) and while she originally hates the screaming parts soon because she had the song on repeat waiting for the melodic part she suddenly found herself head banging to the hardcore parts.

And then it happened.

She got addicted to metal. Haste the Day took her hardcore virginity but After The Burial came next to really show her s good time.

I got a text that read. “Nolan. What’s happening to me. What did you do to me.” After she listened to “Lost in the Static” she was hooked on the metal. And she didn’t know what to do.

For years she had listened to slow Christian Rock Ballads and had dated a very Christian man and she became very Protestant to be with him. Now she was older and no longer in that relationship, she found herself suddenly listening to some of the hardest death metal out there.

I told this to the band when I met them last night. The bass player Adrian laughed. He said “Wow! That’s a small transition.” The guys loves it though. Spreading their rareform album across the continent and metal across the land.

Godspeed After The Burial. Godspeed. I can’t wait for the new album, I am more than excited to hear it.

And you know I will be at the concert, you guys put on a fantastic show.

Heck, maybe she will be there too!

Keep Smiling and Rock On,


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Standing out here in Hollywood.

I look to my right, (your left)

And I think to myself

Keep Smiling Everyone

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Late Night Blogging

It’s been a long day; but a good one. I accomplished much today. I returned the desk and dresser that I didn’t like to IKEA and I found two more suitable replacements for my room.

I wasn’t able to quite get to assembling them though as a few other jobs and errands came up before I could. I ended up getting home late and I thought maybe I should just do it tomorrow.

But then I thought no.

If I keep putting it off I will just keep putting it off, and soon tomorrow will becomes the next and then these boxes of stuff will just take up space around the house.

So I stayed up late working on assembling all the furniture. It’s been taking a while but it has been fun. I put on the album “Run” by Alison Wonderland and I have been listening to it on repeat. Man I gotta tell you,

I love her.

Alison if you are reading this feel free to reach out. Would love a backstage pass to one of your shows. Tell you what Alison, I’ll write you a whole blog, all about you and my love for your music. Not just this half blog love piece. You would get a full blog.

But I want those tickets first. Hit me up on my insta at

(Non-Alisons are welcome to follow me and reach out as well.)

Anyways back to the building. I have assembled tonight a desk (my second one actually – I returned the first one), a stepstool that turned out to be harder than expected, and a shoe cabinet. Now I have the final piece left:

A dresser.

Oh man it will be nice when I am done. I will finally be able to get some sleep.

But first I am enjoying this midnight view while I sip some water.

Then back to it.

Talk to you tomorrow, Keep Smiling everyone.