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Old 01-08-2012, 07:19 PM
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I'm shamed to admit I didn't listen to that Long Distance Calling record. I'm going to give it a spin tonight.
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I'm shamed to admit I didn't listen to that Long Distance Calling record. I'm going to give it a spin tonight.
It's not as good as Avoid The LIght, but it is still damn good.
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It's not as good as Avoid The LIght, but it is still damn good.
I remember being pretty underwhelmed by it but I gotta give it another shot.
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That's not what you said on Metaluprising...
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30) Explosions in the Sky Ė Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
Explosions in the Sky create a very relaxing and hypnotic experience with Take Care, Take Care, Take Care. The songs are fleshed out by the three guitarists in the band, whether theyíre layering harmonies on top of riffs or layering riffs on top riffs. EitS do a great job of letting the songs build-up in intensity and wait for the right time to burst into a distorted climax. Unfortunately, a lot of the songs donít vary too much with sound. Most are very serene and innocent then eventually mature into distorted riffs. They do it well, but the songs are too similar and it keeps them from having their own identity. Still, Take Care is a good time and nice to listen to when you need a break from your blast beats.
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29) Iron & Wine Ė Kiss Each Other Clean
It seems that itís very hard to describe a certain style of music with one word now-a-days. Most people on this site wouldnít label their favorite band as just ďmetalĒ. And thatís simply because music isnít that simple. If youíre wondering why Iím writing a kind of bullshit intro, itís because I donít know how to introduce Iron & Wine. If you take a look at their facebook page, Sam Beam doesnít even bother trying to describe the music he makes with project. Genres like folk, indie, funk, and adjectives like experimental and electronic come to mind. There are many different sounds going on and many different elements to this album. You have thinks that come standard to folk like acoustic guitar and rich vocal melodies, but you get lots of that are affiliated with traditional folk, like synthesizers, samples, and tons of instruments you donít even think of when you hear folk, like saxophones, vibraphone, and tons of percussion. Many of the songs do have a straight forward folk feel, but others donít even come close and feel like funk rock or indie. This album has a lot of different flavors and theyíre all done extremely well.
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28) Alarum Ė Natural Causes
After youíre not even 4 minutes into Natural Causes, youíve already heard 2 guitar solos, a bass solo, and a drum solo. And you know for a fact that there is a whole lot more to come. Alarum are often described as jazz metal, because they use a lot of elements that are featured in fusion, such as odd time signatures, lots of key and tempo changes, and lots of jazz chords that are beautifully voiced. This album also features some middle-eastern elements, and even implements a sitar solo. Natural Causes some of the best musicianship and technicality that I heard on any other album in 2011. These Aussies know how to write great progressive metal that features balls out heavy moments, melody, and great solos. This album is a huge step up from their previous album. Iíd highly recommend this to anybody who is a fan of Atheist, Cynic, or later Death.
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27) Hammers of Misfortune Ė 17th Street
The Bay Area is a wonderful place. Itís produced some of the best bands of all time, some of the most talented musicians, and this year, some of the best albums. 17th Street is another prime example of the great music that not only comes from the Bay, but is also inspired by it. The album is named after John Cobbettís favorite place in the city, which happens to be home of the great venue, Thee Parkside . Musically, Hammers of Misfortune are a progressive metal band in the more traditional sense. Their music isnít based around technicality, but good songwriting. Itís progressive in the traditional sense, that theyíre writing songs that take metal to new boundaries in the arena of songwriting. John Cobbettís song writing prowess is quite impressive. A lot of these songs are have a retro feel and are really catchy, which isnít something you find in this kind of music. This album is a great listen, and prog fans should pay special attention to this album.
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26) Wood of Desolation - Torn Beyond Reason
Post-black metal aka blackgaze aka atmospheric black metal aka is becoming one of my favorite genres of music right now. The combination of raw aggression, melancholy, and an almost serene atmosphere is practically perfect. Australian post-black metallers Woods of Desolation take all of these elements into blender and create a pretty good post-black metal smoothie. A lot of these songs focus a lot on a raw atmosphere with the vocals being extremely gritty, lots of double bass and blast beats, but keep up with the atmospheric elements by way of the higher chords. Only issue with this album is that the songs are kind of samey, and the production is kind of bad. Yeah, yeah, yeah, itís a black metal album, but that doesnít mean it should sound like shit. But anywho, Torn Beyond Reason is definitely is a great record and is a good introduction into this genre.
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