I have to say I do enjoy finding the black sheep song on albums. That odd one out which is usually experimental or pared back, maybe acoustic, maybe electronic… Case in point, today’s song is a floaty melodic number off an album of djenty metal tunes. I likes it! The name of the song refers to a particular kind of cloud so it seems befitting. And hey, it’s a circular tune!
Today’s circular tune comes all the way from Sweden via 2003. This is Burst with an instrumental interlude type tune. FYI don’t go listening to the rest of the album expecting similar stuff, it’s Prog Metal otherwise. Good album though if that kind of music floats your boat.
Burst – Fourth Sun
I think the less said about this song the better. Tosin Abasi who started the band, plays an 8 string guitar and it’s crazy, go have a squiz at some videos of him playing it. And hey, a new album coming out soon by these fellas!
Animals As Leaders – Arithmophobia
I’m sorry, I completely forgot to do an elephant related post last week. Just completely slipped my mind, and truth be told, now I stop and think about it, I think I’ve had enough of the elephant theme. It was fun, it made life interesting, but now for something else. Brighter pastures await… I think we’ll all miss the elephants, but that part of my life is behind me now. There I said it. Now turn your ear to this. This song (and the supremely excellent album The Hymn of a Broken Man) really helped me get through a break up some years back. It’s an excellent combination of somber, brutal, and optimistic. A side project of the lead guitarist from Killswitch Engage, Adam Dutkiewicz, and the former (now returned) vocalist, Jesse Leach. The riffing that kicks in at about 1:45 gets me every single time. Still.
Times Of Grace – Fall From Grace
Today’s song is from an album (Rivers and Shores) which is a collaboration blending Hungarian guitar and French piano. But with a twist… The two artists alternate interpretations of each song, first the guitar by Black Hill (representing the river) and then heklAa’s piano rendition (as the shore). So the album itself makes for a rather interesting listening experience. Let the track run on to listen to the alternative version of it.
Black Hill – Arros / heklAa- Arros
This is a bit of an unusual track to me, sort of Classical style Instru-metal. I think it sounds better than that description mind you. Just the one Hungarian guy behind the music, and he seems pretty talented as he also does the artwork for his albums. This is off the 2014 album Wilderness, and he has a new one, Holocene, releasing very shortly. (Actually you can get all his albums for super cheap on bandcamp at the moment so snap that deal up).
Release The Long Ships – The Heart Of The Mountain
Having been thrashing this song for most of the day it seemed rude not to put it up here. I have a sneaking suspicion that I’m gonna hammer this song to death and then never want to hear it again, but I can’t stop myself darn it! Curse my inability to not binge music! I’ve been patiently waiting for a new album from these guys since Phoenix came out back in 2013, now we finally get an EP (Laid Low), which is great, but about 5 songs too short. Some nice Alternative Rock to shake up your Tuesday.
Everything In Slow Motion – Bad Season