søndag 31. mars 2013

Bjørns Recommendation: Laurel Halo


  1. Airsick
  2. Years
  3. Thaw
  4. Joy
  5. MK Ultra
  6. Wow
  7. Carcass
  8. Holoday
  9. Tumor
  10. Morcom
  11. Nerve
  12. Light + Space

Country: USA
Release date: May 21, 2012
Label: Hyperdub
Genre: Indie Electronic, Experimental Electronic, Dream Pop

Album musicians:
Laurel Halo - electronics

lørdag 30. mars 2013

Big Big Train - English Electric (Part 1)

Band: Big Big Train
Album: English Electric (Part 1)
Country: UK

Release date: September 3, 2012
Label: Self-release/English Electric Recordings
Genre: Progressive Rock
Existed since: 1990


They have just released the second installment of English Electric, which at present time do very well at top 2013 lists. This is part one, which was released last year.
They are heavily influenced by the 70's mainly english prog rock scene, n vocalist David Longdon use much of the same song techniques as Peter Gabriel did as vocalist in Genesis.
This is a well-made album filled w strong melodies.


Album musicians:
Andy Poole - bass, keyboards
Greg Spawton - guitarist, keyboards, bass, backing vocalist
Nick D'Virgilio - drums
Dave Gregory - guitar
David Longdon - vocal
Danny Manners - keyboards, double bass, piano

Guest musicians:
Abigail Trundle - cello
Andy Tillison - organ, Moog, keyboards
Ben Godfrey - cornet, trumpet, piccolo trumpet
Daniel Steinhardt - electric guitar
Dave Desmond - trombone
Eleanor Gilchrist - violin
Geraldine Berreen - violin
Jan Jaap Langereis - recorders
Jon Truscott - tuba
John Storey - euphonium, trombone
Lily Adams - backing vocals
Martin Orford - backing vocals
Rachel Hall - violin
Sue Bowran - violin
Teresa Whipple - viola
Verity Joy - backing vocals
Violet Adams - backing vocals

  1. The First Rebreather
  2. Uncle Jack
  3. Winchester From St Giles' Hill
  4. Judas Unrepentant
  5. Summoned By Bells
  6. Upton Heath
  7. A Boy In Darkness
  8. Hedgerow

Released records:
Goodbye To The Age Of Steam, 1994
English Boy Wonders, 1997
Bard, 2002
Gathering Speed, 2004
The Difference Machine, 2007
The Underfall Yard, 2009
English Electric (Part One), 2012
English Electric (Part Two), 2013

fredag 29. mars 2013

The Korea - Saturnus

Band: The Korea
Album: Saturnus
Country: Russia

Release date: March 25, 2013
Label: Rouge Records America
Genre: Djent, Deathcore
Existed since: 2003


The Korea released one of last year best deathcore album. Now it seems they trying to broaden their audience w a 3-song ep in both english n russian. They continues from where they left off, w 3 killer songs in their djenty, groovy, sci-fi metal style. In their third song Pole, they even put in a jazz/metallish guitar solo.
For my part i dont care if they sing in english or russian, though i think singing in their motherlanguage, makes them a bit more exotic.


Album musicians:
Ilya Sannikov - vocals
Eugene Potehin - guitars\vocals
Alexander Kuznetsov - guitars
Ruslan Latypov - bass
Sergey Kuznetsov - drums

  1. Saturnus (english)
  2. Zion (english) 
  3. Poles (english)
  4. Saturnus (russian)
  5. Zion (russian)
  6. Poles (russian)

Listen to the ep here

torsdag 28. mars 2013

Bjørns Recommendation: My Bloody Valentine

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  1. She Found Now
  2. Only Tomorrow
  3. Who Sees You
  4. Is This and Yes
  5. If I Am
  6. New You
  7. In Another Way
  8. Nothing Is
  9. Wonder 2

Country: Ireland
Release date: February 3, 2013
Label: Pickpockets Records
Genre: Shoegaze, Dreampop

Album musicians:
Kevin Shields – vocals, guitar, sampler
Colm Ó Cíosóig – drums, sampler
Debbie Googe – bass
Bilinda Butcher – vocals, guitar 

Kingcrow - In Crescendo

Band: Kingcrow
Album: In Crescendo
Country: Italy

Release date: February 12, 2013
Label: Scarlet Records
Genre: Progressive Metal
Existed since: 1996


Ever since i began listening to metal, ive had a weak spot for the italian progressive power metal scene, w bands like Vision Divine n DGM. I have been familiar w this band before this release, but i havent rly listened to them. This will surerly change, because Kingcrow w their 5th full-length have released an album filled of w great songs.
In metal-style i would say they lean towards bands like Disillusion n Shadow Gallery, w influence from modern progressive rock n swedish progressive rock/metal, where i hear The Flower Kings n Pain Of Salvation, whom they toured w in n. america this may.

Highly Recommended

Album musicians:
Diego Cafolla – guitars, backing vocal
Ivan Nastasi – guitars, backing vocal
Diego Marchesi – vocals
Thundra Cafolla – drums, percussion
Francesco D’Errico- bass
Cristian Della Polla – keyboards, synth

  1. Right Before
  2. This Ain't Another Love Song
  3. The Hatch
  4. Morning Rain
  5. The Drowning Line
  6. The Glass Fortress
  7. Summer '97
  8. In Crescendo

Previous records:
Hurricane's Eye (EP), 2000
Something Unknown, 2001
Matzmariels (EP), 2003
Insider, 2003
Timetropia, 2006
Phlegethon, 2010

mandag 25. mars 2013

Mali's Recommendation: Soilwork

The Living Infinite

  1. Spectrum Of Eternity
  2. Memories Confined
  3. This Momentary Bliss
  4. Tongue
  5. The Living Infinite I
  6. Let The First Wave Rise
  7. Vesta
  8. Realm Of The Wasted
  9. The Windswept Mercy
  10. Whispers And Lights

Country: Sweden
Release date: February 27, 2013
Genre: Gothenburg Metal

Album musicians:
Björn Ove Ingemar "Speed" Strid - vocals
Sven Karlsson - keyboards
David Andersson - guitars
Sylvain Coudret - guitars
Dirk Verbeuren - drums
Ola Flink - bass

Guest musician:
Justin Sullivan

lørdag 23. mars 2013

Fen - Dustwalker - 2013

Band: Fen
Album: Dustwalker
Country: UK

Release date: January 21, 2013
Label: Code666 Records, Aural Music
Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal, Progressive Rock
Existed since: 2006


Got into this band w their previous album, Epoch, that had some rly good songs, but where i think the overall result was just above mediocre.
This time they personalize their identity w an atmospheric mix of early prog rock influence fused into black metal. Their sound is cold, but still feels warm n comforting. Among all the good songs on this album, is 'The Black Sound' that got a great epic intro, which i think represents the sound of the album.

Highly recommended.

Album musicians:
The Watcher - vocals, guitar
Derwydd - drums
Frank "Grungyn" Allain - bass, vocals

  1. Consequence
  2. Hands Of Dust
  3. Spectre
  4. Reflections
  5. Wolf Sun
  6. The Black Sound
  7. Walking The Crowpath
  8. Epilogue (bonus)

Previous records:
Ancient Sorrow (EP), 2007
The Malediction Fields, 2009
Epoch, 2011
Towards The Shores Of The End "(Split EP), 2011

torsdag 21. mars 2013

Music to check out:

Amorphis, Hopeless Days, from their upcomming album 'Circle'

Italian prog metallers Dgm, comes out w a new album in less than a week. After touring w Pagan's Mind n Symphony X, they got lofstad to contribute on a song, n Russel Allen to sing on this. Sounds like they moved forward, but still got their sound intact.

Intronaut released their new album a few days ago. Enjoy;)

tirsdag 19. mars 2013

Dying Fetus - Reign Supreme - 2012

Band: Dying Fetus
Album: Reign Supreme
Country: USA

Release date: June 19, 2012
Label: Relapse Records
Genre: Brutal Death Metal, Technical Death Metal
Existed since: 1991


7th full-length from the americans. Its a brutal, yet very melodic album. The guitar-riffs r killers n the guitar solos seems out of touch w the first listenings, but when u get into them, they add great, melodic layers to the music.
Not as progressive as i would like it to be, but still a great record.

Highly Recommended.

Album musicians:
John Gallagher - guitars, vocals
Trey Williams - drums
Sean Beasley - bass, vocals

  1. Invert The Idols
  2. Subjected To A Beating
  3. Second Skin
  4. From Womb To Waste
  5. Dissidence
  6. In The Trenches
  7. Devout Atrocity
  8. Revisionist Past
  9. The Blood Of Power
  10. Dead Whores Love To Fuck (bonus)

Previous records:
Purification Through Violence, 1996
Killing On Adrenaline, 1998
Grotesque Impalement, 2000 (ep)
Destroy The Opposition, 2000
Stop At Nothing, 2003
War Of Attrition, 2007
Descend Into Depravity, 2009
History Repeats, 2011 (ep)

onsdag 6. mars 2013

tirsdag 5. mars 2013

Mali's Recommendation: Vreid

Welcome Farewell

  1. The Ramble
  2. Way Of The Serpent
  3. The Devils Hand
  4. Welcome Farewell
  5. The Reap
  6. Sights Of Old
  7. Black Waves
  8. At The Brook

Country: Norway
Release date: February 22, 2013
Label: Indie Recordings
Genre: Black Metal

Vreid      Facebook

Album musicians:
Sture Dingsøyr - guitars, vocals
Stian "Strom" Bakketeig - guitars
Jørn "Steingrim" Holen - drums
Jarle "Hvall" Kvåle - bass

søndag 3. mars 2013

Bjørn's Recommendation: Alan Vega/Pan Sonic

Ressurection River

  1. Resurrection River
  2. I Got Wheels, I Got Nails
  3. Desperate Nation
  4. So Tired
  5. It Was Her Eyes
  6. 11: 52 PM
  7. Job Blue
  8. Sellin' My Monkeys
  9. Chrome Z-Fighters 2003
  10. Black Crucifix
  11. Life
  12. It's Violence

Country: USA/Finland
Release date: 2005
Label: Mego
Genre: Electronica, Experimental

Pan Sonic      Alan Vega

Album musicians:
Alan Vega
Ilpo Vaisanen
Mika Vaino