Saturday, January 31, 2009

Kauan - Lumikuuro

Artist: Kauan
Album: Lumikuuro
Genre: Folk/Doom
Year: 2007
Origin: Russia

Kauan plays folk influenced music with doom metal tempos and psychedelic melodies. It goes between typical doom heaviness and a lot of acoustic music. Despite the loads of folk-infused metal music, this album feels very fresh to me. It probably would've made my top 10 of 2007 if I'd heard it soon enough.

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Friday, January 30, 2009

Beatrik - Journey Through the End of Life

Artist: Beatrik
Album: Journey Through the End of Life
Genre: Black Metal
Year: 2002
Origin: Italy

The songs are all easily distinguishable, which is something lacking in a lot of black metal music. But I wouldn't exactly call Beatrik melodic black metal because it seems largely in the "atmospheric" camp. For some reason I didn't get this music at first, but I can't really see why; maybe I was just in a bad mood when I gave it a first listen. I suppose it could be called rather depressive, but I find the melody and atmosphere quite pleasing.

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P.S. I re-uped Planet Smashers - Unstoppable because it was missing the first track.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Toxic Holocaust - An Overdose of Death

Artist: Toxic Holocaust
Album: An Overdose of Death
Genre: Thrash
Year: 2008
Origin: USA

Olde-school crossover-styled thrash with harsh vocals is what you get from Toxic Holocaust. At first the name and album title were just corny enough to keep me from listening to this new release, but it now makes my tops of 2008. It's the kind of music that causes involuntary neck spasms as you drive to work at your dead-end job. Yeah I'm talking to you, Mr./Ms. I-wish-it-was-the-80s-forever. Get a haircut!

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Dave Brubeck Quartet - Time Out

Artist: Dave Brubeck Quartet
Album: Time Out
Genre: Jazz
Year: 1959
Origin: USA

This is one of the jazz albums everyone should have. It's all about experimenting with unusual time signatures, but it ends up with seven very compelling pieces. I only started listening to Dave Brubeck fairly recently because I went to the University where he's from and I thought I should find out what the excitement was all about. I was pretty much blown away, and now he's one of my favorite jazz musicians.

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Sunday, January 18, 2009

In Memorium - From Misery...Comes Darkness

Artist: In Memorium
Album: From Misery...Comes Darkness
Genre: Black Metal
Year: 2003
Origin: USA

In Memorium plays above average black metal; sometimes it's doomy, usually it's aggressive. For how long this album's been out, I'm rather surprised it isn't more popular. It kicks off on a strong track with Ravenslaughter. I don't have much else to say about it right now. Enjoy.

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PS: I re-uploaded Pagan's Mind - Celestial Entrance, since the old file seemed to be corrupted.