Ótta

Ik zag de IJslandse band Sólstafir vorig jaar aan het werk als voorprogramma van Long Distance Calling in Baroeg. Eindelijk eens een goed voorprogramma, dat kan dus ook! Ik had al werk van hen, maar live ging het pas echt leven. Deze maand komt er een nieuw album uit, getiteld Ótta. Ben erg benieuwd, vooral omdat het doorgaans toch betrouwbare angrymetalguy.com het werkje met niet minder dan 5 van 5 sterren beoordeelde. Lees verder Ótta

Masque

I recently finally purchased the Theatre of Tragedy 1996 album Velvet Darkness They Fear. My favourite song on this album, and possibly from the ToT catalogue, is And When He Falleth. It features a dialogue from The Masque of the Red Death (1964) starring Vincent Price. I’ve never actually seen the movie, but now, thanks to the wonder of YouTube, I can at least watch the fragment with this particular dialogue. Lees verder Masque

Madrugada

One of my favourite bands has a new album out today! So after work I rushed to the record store (yes, I’m one of those people who still buy albums) to get a copy of the self-titled album by Madrugada.

Unfortunately the guy working there informed me I was the fifth person inquiring and he was sad to tell me there was no information available about an international release. Even though the website clearly states a worldwide release today. I’m quite disappointed now. Hopefully I’ll be able to get my hands on a copy soon.

Ghost Brigade

Album cover for Guided By Fire

It’s been a bit slow here lately, so I figured now is as good a time as any to mention a recently released album I’ve been impressed with: Ghost Brigade – Guided By Fire

This is the debut album for this Finnish five piece. The influences apparent in their music are eclectic and wide spread, and they have encompassed a number of styles in their melancholic music. Quoting reviews “the most apparent and easily identifiable influences would be the melding of latter period Katatonia-esque dark rock, with hints of the tempered metal style of latter day Paradise Lost. Mix into that the minor key atmospherics of Amorphis at their most inspired, and lashings of good old fashioned death metal atmospherics and dynamism, and you can begin to see that we’re onto a winner here.”

Got it!

Album cover

Though it wasn’t set for release untill Monday, I got my hands on a copy of the new Type O Negative, called Dead Again. Shiny! Here’s a review, on Chronicles Of Chaos or if you’d rather read an interview, try Decibel Magazine. I had hoped to be able to see the band perform the songs on stage, but I recently found out (‘European Tour Dates Announced‘) they’re only performing festivals in my neck of the woods. So I’m currently considering attending the second day of Fields Of Rock on June 17th. Details might follow.

Next release I’m looking forward to is Porcupine Tree’s Fear Of A Blank Planet, which is due out on April 16th. Good times for great music!

OSI

Album cover

I recently discovered a band called OSI. It’s a progressive metal band formed by Fates Warning guitarist Jim Matheos in 2003.

He was joined by (among others) Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy and Kevin Moore (from Chroma Key). They’ve since released two albums, which I can’t recommend enough.

My favourite songs are Shutdown, featuring Steven Wilson (of Porcupine Tree), Hello, Helicopter and Go.

Agalloch

Ashes Against the Grain cover

About 4 years ago I was browsing the ‘Metal New’ at my favourite recordstore, when I found The Mantle by a band calld Agalloch. It featured a sticker that said Melancholic metal with references from Pink Floyd, Godspeed You Black Emperor, Sol Invictus, Ulver, Dissection, Fields Of The Nephilim…. I wasn’t familiar with the band, but the combination of the somber cover and the sticker made me buy it. I instantly loved it and soon purchased their back catalogue.

The new album was announced earlier this year and I ordered it some time in March. Unfortunately the release was postponed untill August. I’d almost forgotten about it when it arrived in the mail earlier this week. It’s called Ashes Against the Grain and like all great albums it takes a number of plays to form an opinion. For the time being, you can find a review on Chronicles of Chaos. More good news, as the band is playing in Helmond in November.

Music

Got it! Picked up the new Tool album 10.000 Days at Velvet just now. Got a not so legal version earlier this week, but that’s just not the same. After waiting five years for this, I want the complete package, including the groovy artwork. At the moment the title track is my favourite track. The album is called thus because:

As Keenan explains [..], his mother suffered a stroke that left her partially paralyzed and wheelchair-bound. The length of time between her paralysis and her death was 27 years, or approximately 10,000 days.

Katatonia

Album cover

Just ordered the new Katatonia album, which is called ‘The Great Cold Distance‘. It’s an additional birthday present. I tried to buy it in town last night, but all I got was blank stares upon requesting it at the various counters. Hm. Oh well, now I’ll have it in a few days anyway.

One thing though, why is it that everywhere I go the Arctic Monkeys seem to be playing? They’re really not that special, people. I just don’t get the hype. Oh, almost forget something much more important. I found out Katatonia are playing Katwijk (of all places) on May 12th. Let’s see if I can try and get tickets for that.

More good news, as I’ve just found out Agalloch have finished their upcoming album ‘Ashes against the grain’. I’ll try to get my hands on that as soon as it’s available.

Music

More upcoming album to look forward to: Moonspell will be releasing “Memorial’ in April and March will bring up the new Placebo, called MEDS. Also, Dutch radio station Kink FM is making some of it’s programs available as Podcasts, including their metal program, called Aardschok. 🙂