One song, two versions: Which version of “Let Him Burn” is better?

The first track from the upcoming Sumerian Films movie American Satan has been released. Titled “Let Him Burn”, it features Andy Black in the video, but with Palaye Royale vocalist Remington Leith actually singing. However, the song, originally written by Lee McKinney and Nick Rossi for their new project In Motive, was demoed by vocalist Jonathan Wolfe of Vespera (whose first single “Bloom” has already racked up impressive accolades, including a Billboard premiere, in just 3 months). It’s a radically different version of the song with a grittier, more dynamic vocal performance. And while the just released song is a decent listen in its own right, it’s hard not to say which one is the better song overall.

But we’ll leave that for you to decide. Which version is better? The new version, or Wolfe’s demo version that was recorded in an apartment? Listen to both songs below, and let us know your thoughts.

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Let’s Talk: The Integration & Overlap In Soundcloud and Various Rock Subgenres

In the past few weeks, popular Soundcloud artist and songwriter Lil Aaron has released 3 new songs, each opening with samples from classic emo/pop punk hits. It started with the track Warped Tour, featuring Paramore’s Misery Business. Then, a week later he released Hot Topic, which begins with Panic At The Disco’s iconic I Write Sins Not Tragedies intro. About a week after that, he released the most recent track, Top 8 which samples Sugar, We’re Goin Down by Fall Out Boy. His song Drugs also gives off a pop punk vibe on it’s own with no samples, and he even referred to it as being “like a Blink-182 song on drugs” in an interview with Pigeons & Planes just about a month before releasing it.

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Being As An Ocean Secure Rights to Own Album

Earlier today, Tyler William Ross of Being As An Ocean tweeted “Just drained my E*Trade account to buy my own album. Welcome to 2017, the rules are changing.”. The long delayed release of the band’s 4th album, Waiting For Morning To Come, was supposed to happen 2 months ago – but never did. At least not yet.

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Pop-Punk Matures: Revisiting Blink-182’s 2003 self-titled album

“Pick me up now, I need you so bad.”

Blink-182’s brand of pop-punk had, by 2003, cemented them as one of the most popular bands of the new millennium. And for good reason. They had always known how to create catchy songs with some massive hooks that appealed to a wide variety of people.

Eventually, though, almost every young band (especially in pop-punk) attempts to shoot for a more “mature” sound. And Blink-182’s 2003 self-titled affair was that result. It’s an album that even has Robert Smith of The Cure on a song, which seems pretty crazy, but it’s really not.

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