Occasionally, we like to understand the words. What?
Everyone knows that metal in its various forms is often a dark, angry genre of music, a genre that has often come under fire for allegedly inciting violence and encouraging ‘bad’ behaviour. What many may not though, and perhaps what some within the metal circles may forget, is that metal/heavy rock can often be the complete opposite of what it’s known for; sometimes, it can show some restraint. Sometimes, it wants to grab a drink with friends. Sometimes, it just wants to slow down, relax and chill the hell out. Know what I mean? For those who know, no examples are needed. For those still need further proof, get your ears around these.
A Perfect Circle – Magdalena
Pepper from Tool’s other band, taken from the album ‘Mer De Noms’. Utterly ethereal.
Apocalyptica – On The Rooftop With Quasimodo
Possibly my most favourite instrumental of all time. Taken from the album ‘7th Symphony’.
Deftones – You’ve Seen The Butcher
It’s no secret that this band have their quieter moments, but this is just one example. Sultry. Taken from the album ‘Koi No Yakan’.
Opeth – Face Of Melinda
Taken from the album ‘Still Life’. The perfect song doesn’t exi-
Theatre Of Tragedy – Siren
Just utterly relaxing though. Taken from the album ‘Aegis’.
Korn – Helmet In The Bush
A trippy moment from their debut album.
Fear Factory – Never End (original version)
A version that some might not have heard, as it differs from the version released on ‘Obsolete’.
(Check out the later version here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LWsLtceV5Y)
Def Leppard – Hysteria
Okay so maybe I’m cheating here as DF are known for having a more radio-friendly vibe, but this is the title track of one of the most ultimate party rock albums ever.
Pantera – Planet Caravan
A Black Sabbath cover, but there’s just something special about this version. Taken from the album ‘Far Beyond Driven’.
The Gathering – On Most Surfaces
This band had a habit of writing ethereal, lifting music. Taken from the album ‘Nighttime Birds’.
Cradle Of Filth – Nymphetamine Fix
Displaying their more gothic elements, perhaps the first time COF demonstrated their restrained side. Taken from the album ‘Nymphetamine’.
Talanas – Beloved Whore
An atmosperic track, taken from the prog/death metallers’ 7″ single.
Type O Negative – Christian Woman
A band who influenced many of those listed above. Wine-soaked goth. Taken from the album ‘Bloody Kisses’.
Tesseract – April
Could pretty much dive anywhere randomly into their discography for an example. Taken from the album ‘One’.
There are plenty of other tracks out there worth investigating (‘My Ruin’ by Sevendust sprang to mind whilst completing this), go listen, enjoy, and chill out!
Warning: contains blood/gore/nudity/explicit language
With Halloween approaching at the end of the month, I thought I’d put together an appropriate playlist to set the right atmosphere, featuring the usual suspects, some classics and some upcoming names from the UK (links provided).
Note: some of these videos are unsafe for work.
Cradle of Filth – From The Cradle To Enslave
The title track of that EP – the uncensored version! Definitely NSFW.
Moonspell – I’ll See You In My Dreams
Taken from the film of the same name’s soundtrack, available on Youtube. Also NSFW.
Send More Paramedics – Zombie Crew
Horror punk from the UK.
Misfits – Scream
Taken from the Michael Graves-period album ‘Famous Monsters’.
White Zombie – More Human Than Human
Taken from the classic ‘Astro Creep 2000’ album. FEATURES STROBE LIGHTS.
Alice Cooper – Feed My Frankenstein
As featured on the Wayne’s World soundtrack.
Lordi – Devil Is A Loser
The one-time Eurovision winners.
Marilyn Manson – Sweet Dreams
The Eurythmics cover that first brought MM to noteriety.
Denigrata – Kyrie Eleison
Taken from the album ‘Missa Defunctorum: Requiem Mass in A Minor’, available from Bandcamp at https://denigrata.bandcamp.com/releases.
Cerberus Unchained – Naturom Demonto
Taken from the debut EP ‘Di Inferni’, available at https://cerberusunchained.bandcamp.com/.
Victorian Whore Dogs – Prayer of Dust
Taken from the EP ‘Hobo Chic’, available from https://victorianwhoredogs.bandcamp.com/album/hobo-chic.
Type O Negative – Black No.1
A classic, taken from the album ‘Bloody Kisses’.
Talanas – The Apostle
Taken from their acoustic EP ‘Asylum’, available from https://talanas.bandcamp.com/album/asylum.
Skullfucked – Sluts Impaled on Their Own Entrails
Taken from the forthcoming debut album ‘Blasphemy’, to be released on November 10th from http://skullfuckedbgka.bandcamp.com/.
Morbid Angel – God Of Emptiness
One of biggest names from the Florida death metal scene.
Nile – Sacrifice Unto Sebek
Love that intro riff.
Fear Factory – Martyr
The opening track of their debut, back when they had a more industrial-death metal sound.
Butcher Babes – They’re Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haa!
Taken from their covers EP ‘Uncovered’.
Bile – In League
Featured on the ‘Strangelands’ soundtrack. FEATURES STROBE LIGHTS.
Author & Punisher – Terrorbird
Taken from the album ‘Ursus Americanus’.
Another playlist from a couple of years ago – https://thursdayaddams.wordpress.com/2013/09/26/atmos-fear/
This literally goes up to 11
An essential part of being a ‘metalhead’ is having a sense of humour, and just as important is the ability to make fun of one’s self – to both recognise and embrace the absurdities and cliches that exist within the rock and metal world and its lifestyles. It’s this ability that has lead to many of the films listed here being completely embraced by the alternative communities, and becoming firm favourites with rockers, goths and headbangers everywhere.
This Is Spinal Tap
Essential viewing for anyone who calls themselves a rocker or metalhead. Inventors of ‘going up to eleven’.
Basic synopsis – The misadventures of an 80s heavy metal band.
Cameos – Many recognisable faces from television/Hollywood make brief appearances, including Billy Crystal, Dana Carvey and Anjelica Huston.
Soundtrack – The band themselves.
Not featured in the film, but worth sharing….
Wayne’s World 1 & 2
Basic synopsis – In the first film, Wayne and Garth’s local cable TV show gets bought by a national company. In the second, the duo decide to organise a huge rock festival.
Cameos – Rock legends Alice Cooper and Aerosmith, Chris Farley.
Soundtracks – Queen, Tia Carrere (performing tracks from the films) and Jimi Hendrix, among others.
Basic synopsis – A British 70s rock band reunites 20 years later, despite unresolved issues amongst its members.
Cameos – Phil Daniels, Zoe Ball.
Soundtrack – Features music from its stars Jimmy Nail and Billy Connolly, among others.
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure/Bogus Journey
“Be excellent to each other, and…. party on dudes!!” – Abraham Lincoln.
Basic synopsis – In ‘Excellent Adventure’, the ‘Wyld Stallions’ duo travel through time collecting historical figures for a history report. Then, in ‘Bogus Journey’, our heroes travel through the afterlife and battle evil robot versions of themselves.
Cameos – Jim Martin, formerly of Faith No More, and Primus.
Soundtracks – Van Halen, Kiss, Extreme, Big Pig and Slaughter, among others.
A pre-Mummy Brendan Fraser film, and the first time we see Adam Sandler and Steve Buscemi appearing together.
Basic synopsis – A struggling unsigned rock band highjacks a radio station, in an attempt to get their demo played.
Cameos – Late rock legend Lemmy of Motorhead, White Zombie, Chris Farley. Spinal Tap’s Michael McKean also stars as a radio DJ.
Soundtrack – Motorhead and White Zombie, among others.
Some might see this as an unlikely choice; whilst not everyone is a fan of his films, this has always been a favourite of mine. Elements of rock music appear in many of Adam Sandler’s films, this being a prime example.
Basic synopsis – The Devil’s youngest son must visit the world above to prevent his brothers from taking over Hell.
Cameos – The man himself, Ozzy Osbourne as himself.
Soundtrack – POD, Linkin Park, Incubus and Filter, among others.
Queen Of The Damned
Again, another that didn’t win critics over, but found a fanbase attracted by the music.
Basic synopsis – A centuries’ old vampire awakens in 21st century America, joins a rock bands as their frontman.
Cameos – Korn frontman Jonathan Davis appears briefly as a ticket tout.
Soundtrack – Five tracks written specifically for the film by Davis and Richard Gibbs, sang by frontmen from other bands (Disturbed, Static-X, Marilyn Manson, Linkin Park, Orgy), alongside various other tracks.
School Of Rock
Basic synopsis – A substitute teacher introduces his young class to rock music, and turns them into a rock band.
Cameos – None.
Soundtrack – Tracks performed by Jack Black and the cast, alongside Cream, Led Zeppelin and others, with various classic rock bands featured throughout the film.
A cult favourite in alternative circles, its star Brandon Lee tragically lost his life during its creation. Three sequels followed, none of which repeated the same success as the original.
Basic synopsis – A murdered rocker is resurrected to seek vengeance on the Los Angeles underworld.
Cameos – None.
Soundtrack – Nine Inch Nails, Pantera and Stone Temple Pilots, among others.
If documentaries are your thing, track these ones down:
Other soundtracks worth checking out:
Singles (A who’s who of 90s grunge, including Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, Mother Love Bone and others)
The Crow 2: City Of Angels (White Zombie, Korn, Hole, Bush and many others)
Spawn (a album of techo-rock crossover collaborations)
Judgment Night (the legendary rap-rock crossover album)
Strangelands (Dee Snider’s horror, includes Anthrax, Pantera, SOAD, Sevendust and many others)
I Know What You Did Last Summer (Offspring, Korn, Type O Negative, L7 and others)
Alone In the Dark (a massive 2CD collection of acts right across the metal spectrum)
Last Action Hero (Alice In Chains, Def Leppard, Queensryche, Aerosmith and others)
May 31, 2016 | Categories: Random, Uncategorized, Writing | Tags: alternative, cinema, comedy, culture, DVD, entertainment, films, goth, metal, metalhead, movies, Music, rock, spinal tap | Leave a comment
Recent rumblings in the underground music scene
A round-up of recent releases I haven’t had time to blog about in more detail over the festive period.
Bad Pollyanna – new album
UK rockers Bad Pollyanna have just released their second album ‘The Broken Toys’, available now via their website. Immediately engaging and dramatic, ‘The Broken Toys’ has a varied sound that might appeal to a broad range of audiences, from the electro-rock/goth crowd, to fans of 80s post-punk – imagine an act somewhere between Toyah, Evanescence, The Birthday Massacre and The Dirty Youth, and you’d be getting close. Coming as a result of a successful Pledgemusic campaign, and getting strong reviews everywhere in the rock press, 2016 may just be Bad Pollyanna’s year.
A solid album that features some catchy tunes (highlights include ‘Define Me’, ‘Hooks’ and ‘Ugly Love”) with little filler, ‘The Broken Toys’ is available now as a digipak CD and digital download at http://shop.badpollyanna.com/album/the-broken-toys, live gigs and other digital outlets.
Toy Birds – new EP
Toy Birds, featuring The October Game’s drummer Ollie Taylor as frontman, have released their debut self-titled EP. Having offered a preview of their sound with the track ‘These Eyes’ earlier this, the band have now expanded on this with these five tracks, with an electronic-pop sound not a million miles away from some of the popular acts of the 80s – if you’re into pop in the A-Ha/Paul Young/Nik Kershaw vein, give this a listen.
Dorylus – debut tracks
London/Herts-based metallers Dorylus have released their debut EP, two tracks from which are streaming now over at Reverbnation. Having formed less than a year ago, the band have been gigging since May and winning fans with a melodic-death metal sound that would appeal to fans of the likes of Lamb Of God, Meshuggah, In Flames and DevilDriver. The whole EP is out on iTunes, Spotify, Deezer, Googleplay and other outlets.
The Tuesday Club – new EPs
St Albans post-punk/glampop crew The Tuesday Club have recently released EPs 3 and 4 for this year’s set of releases. Titled ‘Lady Gargar’ and ‘Boo Hoo’ respectively, both EPs comprise of three tracks each and are available now via their website. These complete the set of four releases which make up their second album.
Despite recently losing a couple of members (The Minx and J-Rod), the band look set to continue as a five-piece for 2016.
The Wolves Of Avalon – new single/album
Pagan-black metallers The Wolves Of Avalon released a two-track vinyl single a few months ago, and are currently working on the release of their next album for 2016. The A-side of their single is a cover of Venom’s track ‘Die Hard’ and features guest vocal appearances from Rob Miller of Amebix, Mirai Kawashima of Sigh, Alan Averill of Primordial and Venom’s own Mantas guesting on vocals and guitar. The B-side, ‘Carrion Crows Reprise’ is an alternate version of a track originally featured on their first album. Released via Eternal Death Records, available on their Bandcamp site.
The next album, to be titled ‘Across A Twilight Field Of Corpses Grey, Only The Trilling Of Nightingales Can Be Heard’ , is currently scheduled for a May 2016 release via Godreah Records.
December 27, 2015 | Categories: Music, Random, Writing | Tags: 80s, album, alt-rock, alternative, Bad Pollyanna, band, bandcamp, black metal, death metal, Dorylus, download, electronic, electronic pop, entertainment, EP, extreme, glam rock, goth, gothic, metal, mp3, Music, new CD, pagan, post-punk, review, rock, The Tuesday Club, The Wolves Of Avalon, Toy Birds, UK, underground, underground music scene, unsigned | Leave a comment
Complex and dramatic second album from British death metallers
1. Ethereal Organisms
2. At His Behest
4. Primal Revelations
5. The Fevered Spirit
7. The Whisperer
Paul Sadler – Vocals, lead, rhythm, acoustic and classical guitars, keyboards
Richard Corrie – Lead and rhythm guitars
Alex Jolley – Fretless bass
Chris Barnard – Drums
‘The Whisperer’, the second album from Manchester-based metallers Spires, has actually been out since November of last year, but it somehow missed my attention until recently, after a recommendation from a labelmate of theirs. I wasn’t disappointed.
Much like two of their labelmates Talanas and Rannoch, Spires specialise in an adventurous, more expansive take on death metal. Rather than bludgeon with constant brutality (which is no bad thing when done properly), they offer a more complex palette of sounds, alternating between heavy riffs and growls, and long melodic, twisting passages, with a strong, dramatic delivery. Despite only consisting of seven tracks, this album totals up at over an hour long, but manages to keep the listener interested by refusing to stick to one path for too long, and the delivery is faultless, with tight musicianship displayed and fascinating arrangements. Opening track ‘Ethereal Organisms’ contains more ideas than some bands will throw into an entire album, and middle track ‘Primal Revelations’ in particular might be of interest to fans of Opeth. Title track and album closer ‘The Whisperer’ also features a special guest appearance from Exivious/former Cynic guitarist Tymon Kruidenier, among other guests on the album. Ending the album on a high, Spires have managed to create an album as complete and accomplished as a band can hope for, with repeated listens required to take it all in.
‘The Whisperer’ offers up progressive, technical death metal with a gothic, almost operatic sense of drama, a genuine theatrical feel. I’ll be curious to hear what future releases from Spires bring.
‘The Whisperer’ is out now via Eulogy Media, as a limited edition digipak CD and digital download at http://spiresband.bandcamp.com/album/the-whisperer, and at live gigs.
For fans of: Opeth, Cradle Of Filth, Within Temptation, Ephel Duath, Triptykon, Gojira
May 20, 2015 | Categories: Music | Tags: album, band, bandcamp, CD, death metal, download, Eulogy Media, extreme, goth, heavy, metal, Music, musicians, prog, progressive, review, rock, Spires, technical, UK, UKDM, underground, underground music scene | Leave a comment
20 tracks of heaviness from the UK’s underground metal scene
I’ve recently compiled another online ‘mixtape’, which you can download for free from my Bandcamp profile at https://musikalsin.bandcamp.com/. Entitled ‘Extremities’, it was compiled and released to coincide with the first EXTREMITY night I held at Club 85 in Hitchin that same day, featuring acts from the heavier, darker ends of the UK’s underground metal scene. If you’re a fan of the heavier/more extreme ends of metal, of sub-genres such as grindcore, progressive death metal, sludge, doom or thrash (amongst others), then please check it out. I’ve posted it below, along with a track-by-track breakdown of all the tracks featured.
1. Sectioned – Parasite
Intense building intro. Imagine Neurosis meets The Dillinger Escape Plan.
Taken from the EP ‘Outlier’, available for free from http://sectioned.bandcamp.com/album/outlier. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sectioned/110534288996228
2. Rannoch – The Forgotten (edit)
8-string progressive death metal with dashes of black and tech metal.
Full-length version appears on the album ‘Between Two Worlds’, available from http://rannoch-uk.bandcamp.com as a digital download and limited edition two disc CD/DVD digipack via Eulogy Media. The official video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5oVoZsh6Kg. https://www.facebook.com/rannochband
3. Concave – Filthy Rotten Luck
Utter chaos in aural form.
Taken from the album ‘Back Down The Drain’, available for free from http://concave420.bandcamp.com/album/back-down-the-drain. https://www.facebook.com/concaveband
4. Boss Keloid – Skipper’s Pipes
Dark, catchy sludge goodness.
Taken from the album ‘The Calming Influence Of Teeth’, available from http://bosskeloid.bandcamp.com/ as a digital download and limited edition digipack CD. The official video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OrA_fT3-3A. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Boss-Keloid/244839332562
5. Confessions Of A Traitor – The Blinded
Punishing metalcore, might appeal to fans of Lamb Of God and Meshuggah.
Taken from their self-titled debut EP, available for free from http://confessionsofatraitor.bandcamp.com/album/confessions-of-a-traitor. https://www.facebook.com/confessionsofatraitor/
6. Purging The Venom – The High Priest of Holocaust
Thrash meets old school death metal.
To be included on their next EP. Further tracks available from http://purgingthevenom.bandcamp.com/. https://www.facebook.com/PurgingTheVenomOfficial
7. Vendetta – Martyr
A new level of heaviness from the sole Herts-based band.
Previously unreleased – further tracks available from http://vendettamusicuk.bandcamp.com/. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Vendetta/164586970287781
8. HorseBastard – Giraffetermath
Short sharp grindcore specialists.
Taken from the album ‘Giraffetermath’ available on vinyl via Dead Heroes Records – please visit their Facebook site for the link.(http://deadheroeslabel.bigcartel.com/product/lahar-the-shining-split-7-ep) Full album stream at http://horsebastards.bandcamp.com/album/giraffetermath. https://www.facebook.com/HORSEBASTARD
9. Nervewrecker – Stoic
Taken from the EP ‘EP’ available as a free download from http://nervewrecker.bandcamp.com/ – CDs coming soon. https://www.facebook.com/Nervewreckeruk
10.Reprisal – Atomic Tectonics
All-out modern thrash, for new and old school fans.
Taken from the EP ‘Ichneumanity’, available from http://reprisal.bandcamp.com/. https://www.facebook.com/reprisalmetal – https://twitter.com/ReprisalGB
11.Talanas – Diaphora
Progressive death metal with a gothic touch.
Taken from the EP ‘Reason & Abstract’ available as a download and CD from https://talanas.bandcamp.com/album/reason-abstract or http://talanas.org/shop. The official video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMNxIK8vX1M.
http://www.facebook.com/talanasband – https://twitter.com/talanasband
12.Victorian Whore Dogs – Prayer Of Dust
Sludgy, atmospheric post-metal.
Taken from the EP ‘Hobo Chic’, available from http://victorianwhoredogs.bandcamp.com/ as a download and limited edition CD. http://www.facebook.com/VWDBAND
13.Donkerkarnuffel – The Greatest Show On Earth
‘Clown-core’ death metal.
Taken from the album ‘Zombie Clown Apocalypse’, which you can stream from http://donkerkarnuffel.bandcamp.com/ – head to https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/donkerkarnuffelks/donkerkarnuffel-zombie-clown-apocalypse-metal-debu for details on how to help the band fund a hardcopy release. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Donkerkarnuffel
14.TORPOR – Ashes
Forward-thinking sludge/doom/post-metal hybrid.
Taken from the EP ‘Bled Dry’, available for free from http://torpornoise.bandcamp.com/album/bled-dry-ep. New EP coming soon. https://www.facebook.com/torporsound
15.Black Veins – The Cruel Mind of Man/Through the Depths of Reality
Difficult to label, post-metal with elements of other things.
Taken from the EP ‘The Cycle Will Cease To End’, available for free from http://blackveins1.bandcamp.com/. http://www.facebook.com/blackveinsmusic – http://www.twitter.com/blackveinsband
16.Hellsworn – Repulsive Existence
Old school death metal – imagine Entombed, Brutal Truth and Obituary having a jam together.
Taken from the EP ‘Repulsive Existence’ available from http://hellsworn.bandcamp.com/album/repulsive-existence. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hellsworn/108153215880655
17.Undersmile – Hives
Intense brooding, grinding doom.
Taken from the Coma Wall/Undersmile split EP ‘Wood & Wire’, available as a download and CD from http://undersmile.bandcamp.com/album/wood-wire, and on limited edition vinyl from http://www.shamanrecordings.com/releases/coma-wall-undersmile-wood-wire/, and from their Bigcartel site. https://www.facebook.com/Undersmile
18.Foreboding Ether – House of Cards
Intense, catchy tech-prog metal.
Taken from the EP ‘Beyond Conjecture’, available from http://forebodingether.bandcamp.com/. http://www.forebodingether.com/ – http://www.facebook.com/forebodingether
Hope you enjoy it!
June 16, 2014 | Categories: Music | Tags: bandcamp, compilation, death metal, djent, doom, download, extreme, free, goth, grindcore, hardcore, heavy, metal, metalcore, mixtape, Music, post-metal, prog, progressive, rock, sludge, stoner, technical metal, thrash, UK, underground, underground music scene | Leave a comment
New CD set from the rising Essex glampunk rockers
If you catch Essex rockers Trash Monroe at one of their live events, you’ll be able to pick up their new singles boxset. Entitled ‘Addiction of Duplicities – The Complete Collection’, this set collects both parts of the ‘Addiction Of Duplicities’ duo, and two tracks which have only previously been available via audio stream online.
The ‘Addiction Of Duplicities, Part 1’ CD –
The ‘Addiction Of Duplicities, Part 2’ CD –
Sexy By Proxy
The Downloads –
Bleached Edges Of My Memory
‘Addiction Of Duplicities, Part 1’ was previously reviewed upon its original release back in 2013, here https://thursdayaddams.wordpress.com/2013/02/27/trash-monroe-aodpart1-review/. If you didn’t pick it up first time around, or you’re a newcomer to their sound, then this is a worthwhile package; blending dramatic goth with fierce punk rock and giving it all a 80s glamrock edge, TM’s sound could appeal to a number of audiences, as they’ve proven on the live circuit across the UK. The tracks ‘Deja Vu’ and ‘Sexy By Proxy’ from the second single included, ‘Addiction Of Duplicities, Part 2’, are also available via Amazon, whilst the Benatar-esque ‘Bleached Edges Of My Memory’ (below) and incredibly catchy ‘Porno Pure’ (a definite highlight) can only currently be purchased on CD via this set.
Trash Monroe have a knack for writing catchy, anthemic tunes that you could imagine appearing on Guitar Hero or on your favourite rock station’s playlist, and it’s worth delving into their catalogue to check out older material you might have missed. Here’s hoping that it’s only a matter of time before Trash Monroe catch more rock press attention.
‘Addiction of Duplicities – The Complete Collection’ can be picked up at live gigs and via the band – get in touch via links below.
For fans of: Pat Benatar, The Pretty Reckless, Tool, Skunk Anansie, No Doubt
March 27, 2014 | Categories: Music | Tags: alt-rock, alternative, band, Essex, glam, glam rock, goth, grassroots, live music, Music, new CD, punk, review, rock, single, Trash Monroe, UK, underground, underground music scene, unsigned | Leave a comment
New EP and Kickstarter campaign from Brit prog metallers
Last month, progressive death metallers Talanas released their acoustic mini-album ‘Asylum’, a stripped down affair which, whilst stripped of all full-on riffing and deathly roars, still maintains a definite sense of darkness and underlying menace. This month, the London-based quartet have launched a Kickstarter campaign, in a quest to raise funding to turn the mini-album (currently only available digitally via Bandcamp, iTunes and other outlets) into a hardcopy CD, with various special offers attached.
Their first acoustic release, and fourth overall, ‘Asylum’ showcases a different side to the Talanas sound, with riffs replaced with restraint, drawing influence and inspiration from the likes of Fields Of The Nephilim, and from British occult and supernatural history. The resulting output is an enjoyable set of tracks which only get better with each listen, easily accessible to any newcomer or curious listener, with tracks such as the atmospheric ‘The Apostle’, and the mini-album highlight track ‘Nothing Gained’, with its 80s goth edge. Still progressively-minded and losing nothing of their dark edge, ‘Asylum’ sits quite comfortably within the Talanas canon, and is recommended to any fan of dark/gothic/progressive music.
1. Sister Damnable (for which a video will be released soon)
2. My Lady White
3. The Apostle (featuring fellow Eulogy Media artiste Beth Ryan)
5. Nothing Gained
The Kickstarter campaign
Talanas are aiming to create a 20+ page digibook CD version of ‘Asylum’, and have recently announced that, if they can hit their target, they will also be able to add a bonus DVD, featuring promotional videos and production/behind-the-scenes footage. As added incentives, people can also opt to pledge on having their name featured in the promotional video’s credits, and in the digibook’s ‘Thanks’ list, with further options including an exclusive signed poster and even a meeting over tea with the band in Camden. Further details available at the link below:
March 24, 2014 | Categories: Music | Tags: acoustic, Asylum, band, bandcamp, Beth Ryan, British, death metal, download, EP, extreme, goth, Kickstarter, London, metal, mini-album, Music, new CD, prog, progressive, review, rock, Talanas, UK, underground, underground music scene | Leave a comment
A round-up of current underground rumblings
Here are just some of the current happenings in the UK’s underground rock and metal scene, featuring new and upcoming releases.
Talanas – acoustic mini-album coming soon
Progessive-death metallers Talanas will soon be releasing the acoustic mini-album ‘Asylum’, via their own Eulogy Media label. Showcasing a different side to their sound, though still not a million miles away from their brand of progressively-minded/goth-influenced death metal, the first track to go public ‘Sister Damnable’ still has the same dark atmosphere and sense of menace we’ve come to expect from them. Pick up the latest edition of Terrorizer magazine to hear the new track exclusively, or check out this teaser below. ‘Asylum’ will be released digitally on Saturday 22nd February.
Alone With Wolves – new EP in the works
Cambridge/Herts-based quintet AWW are currently working on their new EP, the first with their new(ish) vocalist Danilo Fiocco, who joined them last year. You can hear samples of what’s to come, in the series of studio diary videos they’ve posted on Youtube, the first of which is below. Their 2011 self-titled EP suggested they had what it takes to become the UK’s answer to Alexisonfire – if that sounds appealing, check out the video below.
Gilla Bruja – new EP available for free
Southern-tinged sludge veterans Gilla Bruja have just released the new EP ‘Clubbed Hands and a Fist Full of Snakes’ and have made it available as a free download on Bandcamp. Frontman Paul March has been in various bands and kept the Gilla name active for the past 16 years, and this is one of his heaviest, more direct releases to date. If you’re into the NOLA sludge/metal scene, obsessed with horror or anything heavy from the UK’s underground scene, give this a listen.
Lord Skrugg – new noise coming soon
New Herts-based act Lord Skrugg, featuring former members of the aforementioned Gilla Bruja, Zebediah Crowe and Burn The Yeti, are currently busy putting together their debut material, with an aim to go public very soon. Below is a sample of what to expect – whilst still sludgy and doomy like their previous acts, this is sounding more intense, sharper and immediate. Lord Skrugg will be making their live debut soon – watch this space.
The Dirty Youth – new single out now
Welsh rockers The Dirty Youth have just released the new single ‘Alive’, with an accompanying video, below. TDY have seen their fanbase grow to an international level over the past couple of years, thanks to tours with the likes of Korn and The Rasmus, and that looks likely to continue this year, with further tours and an album release imminent. ‘Alive’ features everything you’d expect from TDY – frontwoman Danni’s powerful heart-on-sleeve vocal delivery, backed by stadium-sized riffs, packed into a catchy tune that won’t disappoint fans. ‘Alive’ is available now via iTunes with an exclusive b-side, with new album ‘Gold Dust’ set for release in coming months.
February 12, 2014 | Categories: Music | Tags: Alone With Wolves, alt-rock, alternative, band, bandcamp, EP, extreme, Gilla Bruja, goth, heavy, hertfordshire, Herts, live music, London, Lord Skrugg, metal, Music, prog, progressive, review, rock, sludge, Talanas, The Dirty Youth, UK, underground, underground music scene, Wales | Leave a comment
Musical highlights from the past year
In no particular order, a list of some of the musical highlights for me of 2013 – these are the tracks that I’ve either found myself listening to on regular repeat or had stuck in my head over the last year, hence their inclusion. There are plenty of other tracks I could’ve included here, but the vast majority of those have already been featured on my recent mixtapes (see previous blog entry). Some of these are from releases I’ve reviewed this year.
dan le sac vs Scroobius Pip – ‘Stunner’
Everything about this is infectious, from the beats to the lyrics, and the one-take video is just great. Taken from the album ‘Repent Replenish Repeat’.
Talanas – ‘Beloved Whore’
The b-side to ‘Corpseflower’, the limited vinyl 7″ single released by Talanas. Whilst no streaming audio is currently available, do be on the lookout on the Facebook page regarding further news on forthcoming releases, including their acoustic EP.
Genre: progressive/goth metal
Korn – ‘Never Never’
Back with a vengeance, reunited with founding guitarist Brian ‘Head’ Welch. Taken from the album ‘The Paradigm Shift’.
An Escape Plan – ‘Living Together’
I was completely sucked in by this – their Bee Gees cover, first launched into the public eye via this Ikea advert. Edited down for the advert, this is the closest thing to a full-length version I could find for this list, so I’ve included a live version, uploaded by band member Craig ‘Arge’ Brown here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K85OIsLKcbo. Taken from the ‘Living Together EP’.
The October Game – ‘Beg Cycle’
It’s an album full of highlights, but ‘Beg Cycle’, one of the first tracks made available, stood out in particular. Taken from the album ‘Balancing’.
Lorde – ‘Royals’
Catchy as hell (in fact, that exact line has been used by others too), taken from her debut album ‘Pure Heroine’- though it did debut on her 2012 EP ‘The Love Club EP’, it was this year that it was officially released as a single with this video accompanying it.
Hello Lazarus – ‘When In Rome’
The lead track from this year’s ‘Moving Forward Over The Next Financial Quarter’ EP – another trio with the potential for big things.
Owen Stephen – ‘Just Dreaming’
Owen was able to take his various influences, and blend them to form his debut solo EP, the infectious ‘Just Dreaming’.
Genre: acoustic pop
The Civil Wars – ‘The One That Got Away’
Anything with a Fleetwood Mac-esque (circa ‘Rumours’) vibe to it gets my approval, and this is no exception. Sadly, this duo split after recording of their self-titled album was completed.
Author & Punisher – ‘Fearce’
Dark and noisy, taken from the inventive one-man industrial doom/drone act’s ‘Women & Children’ EP.
Otep – ‘Apex Predator’
Probably NSFW – taken from Otep’s fierce and sadly last album, ‘Hydra’. They’ve bowed out in style.
Sons Of Guns – ‘Bad Blood’
It’s one of those tunes that stays in your head. Taken from the free ‘Bad Blood’ EP.
Adam Ant – ‘Cool Zombie’
Not just a catchy tune, it was also good to see Adam Ant back again. Co-written with former 3 Colours Red/Grand Theft Audio guitarist Chris McCormack, taken from the album ‘Adam Ant Is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter’.
God Damn – ‘Heavy Money’
I could’ve easily have posted the free ‘Heavy Money’ EP here again (reviewed a few months ago), with it being such a strong release, but this is the first track I heard from it. These guys could go far.
Placebo – ‘Too Many Friends’
They’re not a band I’ve listened to often, but there was something about this that kept me coming back. Taken from the album ‘Loud Like Love’.
http://www.lesacvspip.co.uk/ – https://www.facebook.com/lesacvspip
http://talanas.org/ – https://www.facebook.com/talanasband
http://www.korn.com/ – http://www.facebook.com/korn
http://www.theoctobergame.com/ – https://www.facebook.com/theoctobergame
http://www.hellolazarus.com/ – https://www.facebook.com/hellolazarus
https://twitter.com/otepofficial – https://www.facebook.com/otepofficial
http://sonsofgunsmusic.bandcamp.com/ – http://www.facebook.com/sonsofgunsband
December 18, 2013 | Categories: Music | Tags: 2013, acoustic, Adam Ant, alt-rock, alternative, An Escape Plan, Author & Punisher, dan le sac, electronic, folk, God Damn, goth, Hello Lazarus, Korn, Lorde, metal, Music, Otep, overview, owen stephen, Placebo, pop, prog, progressive, review, rock, Scroobius Pip, Sons of Guns, Talanas, The Cival Wars, the october game, underground, underground music scene | Leave a comment