Making this quick because I have things to do.
- Katatonia is no longer on a hiatus! Wonderful news! Night Is The New Day turns ten this year, and to celebrate they are touring the album in full (if you’re lucky enough to be in Europe) and there will be a reissue as well.
- I’m become quite fond of Helms Alee in recent years. So I’m happy to present you with a new track called “Interachnid”. It’s sludgy and melodic and wonderful. Even better news? They have a new album coming out on April 26th called Noctiluca.
- How about a tour? September Mourning cruising around the United States with Smile Empty Soul. Dates mostly in March, if you’re into that kinda thing.
- Here’s a music video from Meadows End for “Svept i Sorgepläd”. I found it in the inbox and rather like it, so now I’m sharing it with you. It involves hiking and the wilderness and whatnot… so I get it.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
The releases for any genre that come out in the first quarter of a given year are what usually set the precedent for the remaining nine months of music to be consumed. If a bunch of mediocre albums come out, the bar for quality (and expectations) is set low, and listeners won’t expect to be wowed anytime soon. But if solid albums come out within a year’s first quarter, we at least have the anticipation of more solid albums down the pike. As fortune would have it, the first quarter of 2016 has been stacked with great releases from both major label artists and those who are just now crossing our collective radar. Continue reading
Orchestration and keyboards in metal, especially extreme metal, will continue to be one of the genre’s most polarizing issues. When done well, the combination of choirs, orchestras, and pianos can enhance the power of the underlying song structures and take it from merely solid to way beyond epic. When not done well or over-emphasized, though, keyboards are tantamount to ruining a perfectly good steak by drowning it in nacho cheese. Fortunately, symphonic melodic death metal veterans Meadows End are masters of their trade, and their newest album Sojourn is yet another strong display of brawn and beauty as partners in tango. Continue reading