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Grave Pleasures – Girl in a Vortex

Grave Pleasures are going to relesase their next album “Motherblood” this fall.

Time for me to celebrate my favourite song off their previous album “Dreamcrash”, called “Girl in a Vortex”. I love the video they made for this song. And this song’s climax with the odd solo just touches me a lot.

 

Мельница – Ангел (Melnitsa – Angel)

I’m just preparing a little series of reviews for some of my favourite russian bands.

Melnitsa surely are one of them with their amazing and versatile folk rock music, which also incorporates influences from neofolk, country, irish folk, and others. When considering their 2012 album Angelofreniya (Ангелофрения), one could argue to label their style as world music – despite the Russian lyrics that unfortunately hinder the access to this music to a considerable extent. That’s a shame, so I’m trying to get some more people to at least notice that there is such great music out there.

Angelofreniya features a lot of great songs, but the one I listened to the most during these days is Ангел (Angel). It features a slow build-up with an interesting rhythm, harp, guitar, strings and percussion, before it transists into something more rock-oriented midway through the song. I love these song build-ups and the instrumentation. Not to mention Natalia O’Shea’s beautiful, warm, expressive voice. On this song she gives you a good impression of her compass.

You can listen to the whole album here.

And check out their Facebook site!

Island – Apex

The whole Zeitgeister Music collective is heavily underrated, at least in my humble opinion. Their best-known act probably is Valborg, followed by Klabautamann. The latter are one of my favourite bands – not only of this collective, but in general. Another one of my favourite bands is Island, a now split-up project masterminded by Florian Toyka and Christian Kolf. They started playing a unique variation of progressive death/black metal (on Orakel), then developing into something that bears a closer resemblance to progressive rock (especially on Island), while still retaining some of the extreme metal influences (Enigma of the Stars). All of their outputs mean a lot to me, and they never get boring because of all the interesting rhythmic changes, the unique and memorable riffs, the vocals, the impressive song-writing skills, and so on.

I can practically listen to their stuff for several days in a row, but I guess the track I listened to the most is “Apex” off Enigma of the Stars. I particularly like the build-up towards the final part with its intense and interesting rhythm as well as the emotional density of the final part itself, during which the use of brass instruments is a great feature, giving this part its peculiar atmosphere.

Listen to it here: Island – Apex

 

 

 

Empyrium – The Ensemble of Silence

It’s been almost 20 years since the release of Empyrium‘s magnificent atmospheric dark folk metal (or whatever) album Songs of Moors and Misty Fields. I think I first listened to them around 2004 or 2005, when I was about the same age that the main protagonists had had when the recorded this album. That might be one reason why this album resonated so much with me back then. I simply like everything about this record, the musicianship, the vocals, the overall melancholic-beautiful atmosphere, the lyrics… It feels very genuine for me, a feeling that might by due to some of my own musical ideas sounding somewhat similar – although I wasn’t able yet to set them into music outside my head.

Apparently, Empyrium also dealt with the same kinds of literature (Romanticism) back then, although I focused on German poetry, whereas the lyrics on Songs of Moors and Misty Fields are clearly influenced by British poets (which I discovered a little later) like Percy Shelley and John Keats – the latter to such an extent that Empyriums’s Ode to Melancholy quotes Keats’ Ode on Melancholy with the phrase <<She dwells with Beauty—Beauty that must die>>.

But no more words – just listen to the song and read the lyrics, and order their stuff somewhere!

Song of the day: Kontinuum – Red Stream

2015 was a very intersting year for me in terms of new bands and styles that I discovered.

One of these discoveries is the band Kontinuum from Iceland, with which I got into touch alongside Agent Fresco.

Kontinuum’s album Kyrr hit me at the right time, I guess. Their melancholic yet powerful rock/metal music means a lot to me since then, and besides the musicianship and the overall feeling to the music I particularly like the vocals, which sometimes remind me in a good way of Depeche Mode.

But listen for yourself:

Ghost Brigade – A Storm Inside

Ghost Brigade have been a steady, reliable, and important companion of mine since 2013, when their music had the most impact on me as I was stumbling along in a struggle with myself.

Since then, even though other bands and music in general crossed my path with higher intensity, I often hark back to these times. And I always enjoy these listenings that evoke streams of reminiscences from this painful yet positively intense period, which was rich in insight.

I could have chosen most of their songs from Isolation Songs and Until Fear No Longer Defines Us, but after today’s reflections I think A Storm Inside is most representative of this former period.

The Raveonettes – Observations

The Raveonettes are something very special to me since I first crossed paths with their song Dead Sound back in 2009, I guess, especially as I did not usually listen to indie rock, garage rock, or whatever, back then. But I had to wait until the release of the Observator album in 2012 to fully appreciate the style they are playing, really hitting me at the right moment of my life. So this album in general means a lot to me, particularly the song Observations. And Observator still is the sole album of The Raveonettes that I can delve into from start to end without some moments that are too trendy or cheesy for my taste. But, well, check it out!

PS: While adding the lyrics to the photograph above, I had to notice that most of the online versions apparently got it wrong at some point. I hope I did a better job;-)

 

Klimt 1918 – It was to be

Today’s song of the day is the 4th song from the new KLIMT 1918 album Sentimentale Jugend.
When I heard it for the first time, I was a little sceptical because of the slow beginning, but just in the middle of the song, when it’s energy increases, something hit my very hard like a sharp piece of dolomite or something similar. It immediately crawled under my skin, and since then, something similar happens every time I listen to this song.

Especially, I am touched by the last four lines:

“How strange is the lot of lovers
who don’t choose to live, who don’t dare to feel
Unmentionable are their faults
The meaning of loss is written in their eyes”

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