The grim-faced troops brace themselves. The whistle blows and the sergeant yells, “Over the top, men!” They emerge from the trench to a hailstorm of machine-gun bullets.
I’m glad my sorting of hundreds of albums in various categories wasn’t anything like that, except for the “over the top” part. Or maybe “overboard” would be a better word. I cannot contain myself, not only because of my expanding waistline but because I love so many kinds of music. Last year didn’t disappoint me; 2015 was a great year for all the main genres I’ve grown to love during my two-thirds of a century.
Tags: Amanita Virosa, Crazy P, Crossover progressive rock, District 97, Electronic jazz / deep house, folk death metal, Heavy rock, Indie Rock, istweaver, Kayleth, Lucid fly, Mammal's Best of 2015 - Part 1/10, melodic death metal, Melodic death/black "hospital" metal, Nechochwen, Northland, Pagan folk metal, Royal Thunder, space rock
Our buddies at Sonic Cathedral reviewed 11 albums last month. As always, the albums span a range of genres. What they all have in common is that the bands have female vocalists.
Since Sonic Cathedral selects the best of the best for review, the albums on the list for May range from pretty damn good to most excellent. We’ll do our digest of six of the SC reviews today, and the other five tomorrow.
Posted in Album Reviews
Tags: Activist Electrocore, Aeverium, Break Out, Crossover progressive rock, Fright Night, Goth Punk Horror Metal, Gothic Metal, Gothic rock, Life Eternal, Lucid fly, One-Eyed Doll, Sirenia, Sonic Cathedral’s female-fronted roundup for May, Stasis, The Majesty Of Your Becoming, The Seventh Life Path, The Way Of Purity, Witches
Weekends are when I park off in the Metal State vaults while the other writers argue about who should have won the Eurovision song contest. Unsupervised, I pick out new prog rock and extra-proggy metal to try. This afternoon, between naps and snacking, I found some goodies.
Some of these new or forthcoming releases are pure prog rock. Others are crossover prog rock / prog metal, some are prog metal, and some are… they’re music. Good music doesn’t recognise the boundaries that are supposed to surround it.
Posted in Exploring New Things
Tags: Amaran, Arcturian, Arcturus, Armed Cloud, Ascension, avant-garde progressive metal, Crossover progressive rock, experimental post metal, Inner Odyssey, IO Earth, Jealousy with a Halo, Kraków, Lazy proggy Sunday afternoon, New World, Progressive Metal, symphonic progressive rock