Friday, October 5, 2012

Falloch-Where Distant Spirits Remain Reveiw

Falloch's new album, "Where Distant Spirits Remain" was first presented to me as an atmospheric ambient metal album.  Needless to say, I was confused enough to go listen to a track from the album.  What I heard blew me away.

The description was more or less accurate, though I would take somewhat of an expetion to calling this band a metal band.  The music is mostly keyboard and guitar-based, fusing long, stretched melodies with soulful guitar plucking and the occasional pedal loop effect.  Many of the basic power riffs serve to accentuate the atmospherics and to draw in a sense of doom to the music.  Additonally, the band employs elements from post rock, folk, and black metal, at times mixing in flutes and strings to deepen the texture of the songs.

The vocals are a blend of looping solo clean singing and raw shrieks similar to the style of vocals that many black metal bands use.  They are powerful when they need to be and sorrowful when circumstances warrant.

Falloch's name was taken from a local landmark called the Falls of Falloch, which is a waterfall in Scotland.  Falloch hails from Glasgow.  The feelings this album evoke are of melancholic wind brushing over grassy rolling hills.  You hear tales of sadness and wonder, and dire fears.  In truth it is somewhat difficult to put into words every emotion this album carries. 

"Where Distant Spirits Remain" is an incredibly diverse album that can satiate cravings for numerous styles of music. I highly reccomend this music to almost anyone who enjoys thoughtful, challenging music that flies against the conventions of popular music genres.  Enjoy We are Gathering Dust below.  Thanks for reading and enjoy :)

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Deftones and Verses new singles

Today I decided to review a couple of songs from artists that I don't normally listen to.  So the first song is from the band Verses.  I have never heard of them before.  As soon as the song started I was totally into it.  Sadly I have no information on this band. I know that they are a band from the UK and have a few songs available for download from I-Tunes. The website that I heard this song from says this is their debut song from their album Come To Life.  It comes out on the 10th I am really considering purchasing this album if the rest of the tracks sound like this one.  This song has a great guitar intro.  It has the great drum line that your favorite songs have and great intro vocals.  The lyrics of the song are great.  It's all about accepting the things that have happened to you because that is what makes you who you are.  Check out Who We Are from Verses below.  P.S. if you have any information about this band please let me know.  Thanks :)

The next song that I would like to review is Tempest by the Deftones.  The Deftones are an alternative band that came out it 1988.  This band has many different albums and you have heard a lot of their songs on movie soundtracks.  Tempest is a new single off of their upcoming album Koi No Yokan due out on the 13th of November.  This song has a great suspenseful intro.  It kind of beckoned me to listen to listen to it.  I did and I liked it.  This song has great guitar riffs and vocals from their lead singer Chino Moreno.  Check it out. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Hammock-Departure Songs Review

Let me start off this post by saying that our thoughts and prayers are with the Haycock family as they endure their terrible loss.  Tim will be missed.

Now for the review.

When you think of Nashville, the first music genre you think of probably is not post rock.  That, however, does not mean that good post rock music can't come out of Nashville, Tennessee. 

The one, albeit minor, problem I have with post rock is that it is more difficult to distinguish one artist from another because much post rock sounds very similar.  That said, I am admittedly somewhat new to the genre, and therefore less seasoned in the stylings.  Hammock is an ambient post rock duo that mixes live instrumental music with some electronic beats and keyboard sweeps.

The music is like a journey to a faraway place you can only imagine.  Atmospheric ambient melody blends with spacey piano and violin interplay and sparse, minimalist vocalizations.  The vocals emerge in three or four tracks on the entire album.

Listening to this album is a chore, clocking in at a hefty near-two hours encompassing 19 mesmerizing tracks.  But like most post rock music, you have to know how to listen to it.  Find yourself a comfortable spot in the shade between two sturdy trees.  Relax and turn the radio up.  Then, let the melody transport you to a dreamlike realm shut off from the daily grind.  This is relaxation music, not elevator music. 

"Departure Songs" happens to be Hammock's first double album and their fifth overall.  Over the years they have polished and perfected their sound. I have been awaiting this album since word first surfaced that the band would be releasing a new album in 2012.  I'm happy to announce that it did not disappoint.  Instead, it impressed me further.  I encourage you to give this music as listen. 

As always, thanks for reading and enjoy!

Monday, October 1, 2012

If You Were Here Thompson Brothers cover

For my post today I decided to blog about the cover to the 80's hit from the Thompson Brothers If You Were Here.  Most of you will remember this as the theme song to the movie Sixteen Candles.  I love this song.  It was released on the third album from Quick Step and Side Kick in 1985.  This British new wave band had a few popular songs and ultimately broke up in 1993.  If You Were Here is such a great song.  First of all the symphonics in this song are amazing.  I can't imagine this song any other way.  It makes this song sound so romantic, which is kind of funny because if you listen to the lyrics it really isn't at all.  That being said, this song is still an iconic hit from the 80's so please take a second and check  it out below.

When the movie Easy A came out I heard a familiar song.  The Cary Brothers covered If You Were Here for this movie.  The Cary Brothers started singing in 2003.  They have two studio albums but they focus more on getting exposure through hit films and TV shows.  They covered this song in 2010.  I like the cover of this song.  It starts out a little differently because they drop the symphonic part of this song but they make it work.  The vocals are louder and more in your face than in the regular version but I don't think that this is a bad thing.  I think for it being a couple of decades after this song originally came out that it's the best way to make it modern and more appealing to people who have never heard it.  So here is the cover to Thompson Twins If You Were Here.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Xandria-Neverworld's End

Symphonic Metal is a genre of music that has been toyed with for decades and to varied success.  Bands like Epica and Within Temptation made a big splash and for good reasons.  If you are a fan of Epica, chances are you will like Xandria.

Xandria is a German band who serve up generous heaps of symphonic 'epicness' and weave it with old school, thrashy metal riffs and operatic vocals.  Manuela Kraller does an excellent job providing the vocals, which mostly stay in a lower range.  She doesn't go too high or hold notes for too long, which makes for a rewarding listen.

I would almost consider Xandria to be rock.  They don't use harsh vocals, nor do they present a dark, somber, almost gothic atmosphere like Within Temptation.  What I like about this band is that they are neither over-the-top symphonic nor overwhelmingly metal.  They find the right balance between punchy, chugging metallic guitar riffs and soothing, atmospheric symphonic sweeps. 

When I first heard about Xandria, I was excited to hear an album by them.  I considered purchasing "Salome-The Seventh Veil," but decided to hold on for their new album, which was to come out within a few months.  A few months ago, "Neverworld's End" finally did come out.  I was once again pleasantly surprised, for the band had improved in both execution and production.  It was a good purchase, which may lead me back to purchasing "Salome." 

Take a listen to Soulcrusher below.  Thanks for reading and enjoy!