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[Recommendation] Hello Madness – Light and Life After Dusk

December 14, 2008

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Alejandro Millán, ex member of Stream Of Passion and Elfonía released his debut solo album on popular bittorent site Demonoid on the 21st of November 2008. Along with Alejando, there is Pablo González-Sarre on bass and Enrique González on drums. Alejando does the vocals, piano, keyboards and concertina.

The news article mentioned it was a blend of progressive and alternative rock with influences from Porcupine Tree, Muse, Keane and Coldplay. This drew my attention as I am a huge Porcupine Tree fan and 90% of my library is a mix of those two genres. On the other hand I was thinking to myself this is going to be a mess of different sounds mashed together. Keane and Coldplay I strongly dislike and Muse are just above average at best. It was at this point I got it, it’s free so why not!

This album certainly would appeal to fans of neo-prog with it’s dark beat and slow tempo along with the depressive lyrics. “I long for you, I die for you” Really I feel it is Blackfield meets Keane. To me it is not as progressive as bands such as Porcupine Tree or Marillion but you can constantly hear the influence.

So in conclusion this is a great mix, creating a real emotional piece of music.

Sample: Destiny is too late download

Written by Oliver Sayers

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[Recommendation] Traced In Air

December 1, 2008

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After their breakup in 94′ Cynic are back to bring us a new album on the french label ‘Seasons of Mist’ released on the 17th of November 2008, now broken down into four members consisting of three original members, Paul Masvidal, Sean Malone and Sean Reinert with the new additon of guitarist and singer Tymon Kruidenier. I myself am new to the band so cannot comment on their original sound.

This album is a mix of two things I love, it packs aggressive metal yet perfectly mixed in with an ambient sound comparable to the likes of pg.lost. The sheer epicness shines throughout this release and sends a shiver down your spine. Opening up with dark other-world-ly sounds accompanied by a dominant, gradually building drumbeat leading into a fantastic opening riff.

Around a minute into The Space for This you are hit with an almost explosive experience as the music switches from the ambient sound it opens with into the incredible technical metal of this superb 4-way. The album continues on in this fashion of switching between the different sounds, continuously surprising you with the great variation of soft and heavy as I mentioned previously.

I do not want to go into much detail of each track but if you like, technical and highly experimental metal then this should definitely be one to check out for yourself.

For fans of:

  • Opeth
  • Between the Buried and Me
  • Pain of Salvation

Sample: The Space For This download

Written by Oliver Sayers