A Pleasant Meander

If you’re a fan of instru-metal music then I highly recommend you check out this little album. It’s five tracks of very satisfying music, reminiscent of Pelican or Monolord (minus the vocals), or maybe even a heavy Astralia. They’ve managed to capture a satisfying atmosphere with these songs. Definitely worth a listen.

neànder – Aăs

One Of My Favourite Bands

It may the fact that I’ve had a couple of beers, but if that is the catalyst to post again, so be it. This is one of my favourite bands of the past decade, and that’s saying something given that they only have an LP and a couple of EPs. I’m on tenterhooks waiting for their next album. Seriously. It’s kinda driving me crazy how long it’s taking. This is off their very first EP back in 2012, and to be honest, I gotta say I find the lyrics a little cheesy. But fuck me its got passion. The dude is baring it, and I respect that. It could well be the beer talking but I think one of the reasons I love music is that it lets me get in touch with my emotions. I always say to my SO that I’m a robot, and we laugh about it, but honestly I sometimes feel like that’s the only way I can be in this world without feeling crushed underneath it all. Music lets us share a weight, and lets us recognise that we are all feeling something even if we aren’t wearing it on our sleeves.

Everything In Slow Motion – Red

Where The Heck Did That Week Go???

A 2-4-1 deal today. When I first started on here some years back, I didn’t know of the band Architects. Then their album All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us fell into my lap and after some initial uncertainty, it became one of most binged albums of the year. I spent the next couple of  years anticipating the follow up album, being saddened to hear of the passing of one of the founding members, then relieved when the band continued on and finally released Holy Hell in 2018. They just released a new acoustic version of one of the songs of that album, so today I’m posting that track and the original… Both masterfully and hauntingly done!

Architects – A Wasted Hymn (acoustic)

Architects – A Wasted Hymn (original)

None Needed

Here’s a song from a band I know absolutely nothing about. But I really have enjoyed this song over the last few months. My music taste seems to have shifted towards the “Post Hardcore”/”Melodic Metalcore” spectrum over the past couple of years. As an educational aside, let’s just have a quick look at what characterises these 2 genres.

Post Hardcore: Has been around since the 1980’s and has enjoyed a certain revival over the past decade. Pilfering from Wikipedia, Music database AllMusic stated “these newer bands, termed post-hardcore, often found complex and dynamic ways of blowing off steam that generally went outside the strict hardcore realm of ‘loud fast rules’. Additionally, many of these bands’ vocalists were just as likely to deliver their lyrics with a whispered croon as they were a maniacal yelp.” Allmusic also claims that post-hardcore bands find creative ways to build and release tension rather than “airing their dirty laundry in short, sharp, frenetic bursts”.

Metalcore: Has also been around since the 1980’s, and like Post Hardcore, has its roots in Hardcore Punk. “Metalcore is noted for its use of breakdowns, which are slow, intense passages conducive to moshing. Other defining instrumentation includes heavy guitar riffs often utilizing percussive pedal tones and double bass drumming. Vocalists in the genre typically perform screaming, more popular bands often combine this with the use of standard singing, usually during the bridge or chorus of a song. However the death growl is also a popular technique within the genre.”

I find myself being rather picky about which bands fall within this cross section appeal to me. There’s a certain melodic clean vocal/scream combo which comes from the Post Hardcore, and when done right, is extremely satisfying when paired with the heaviness of Metalcore. Take this song for example.

Defences – In Eclipse

An Unexpected Cover

I’ll be the first to say I had pretty low expectations for this. I mean, hell guys, you’re attempting to cover QOTSA. That’s bold! But after I’d set my expectations about as low as they could go, I must say, I was pleasantly surprised by this song (which has been on the top of my amping playlist for as long as I can remember, so those are some big socks to fill!).

I don’t particularly know the band, but maybe I’ll go back and have a listen to some of their older stuff, also I see they’ve toured with a few of my highly rated bands, so that must bode well right? And for some daily trivia, the band was apparently named after the Akkadian god of war and plague who sounds like a real charmer. Here is:

Erra – You Think I Ain’t Worth A Dollar, But I Feel Like A Millionaire

T1 24BIT Tube

Argh this video is hard to watch, being that it’s a great snapshot of 2000’s style metal music videos… Yikes. I do remember binging the crap out of this song, I was particularly taken by those harmonics (and they’re still cool). This is a mix bag band, made up of members from other bands who got together and made a song for the Roadrunner 25th Anniversary album. The vocalist is from Trivium and was the nominated ‘leader’ for his group, all at the age of about 20 I think. Not bad, not bad.

Roadrunner United – The End

Duality

Unfortunately I can’t seem to embed a link to the specific song that I’d like to from this album, so I’m going to have to just put direct link to it and let you do the clicking work. What I found entertaining is that the sample at the start is the same as that in a more recent song. So let’s have a comparison of style and wonder why they both sampled the same audio snippet. I chose the John Holowach song due to its relevance to “The End” theme, and then thought I’d throw the other one in for good measure. You can download John’s album for free at that site too btw. So firstly click on his name to go the link:

John Holowach – The End (2005)


And then:

Crown The Empire – Are You Coming With Me? (2016)