Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!
I have barely read any books or played any games and I have watched maybe one full movie this year, due to spending almost all my time on starting up my own business, so I couldn’t create a top-entertainment list like my colleagues. However, I have spent pretty much all my free time listening to, experiencing and gathering knowledge about music in different ways. So here are my musical highlights of 2013, in no particular order:
Kartikeya is one of the bands I’m really looking forward to see live this weekend at the small, but very exciting, Euroblast Festival in Cologne, Germany. They are a Russian/Serbian/Canadian ethnic extreme metal band and are heavily influenced by hinduism, Indian culture and mythology as well as classical and folk music. I just recently found out about this band, but they have been around since 2004, and have two full-length albums and a couple of EP’s in their discography. Kartikeya’s technical style of metal with the unique eastern touch is very unusual; it’s heavy and bombastic, filled with riffs and unpredictable twists. This can easily become one of those songs you want to put on repeat for the rest of the day.
‘Tunnels Of Naraka‘ features the multi-instrumentalist/composer/producer David Maxim Micic (Destiny Potato) performing the kick ass guitar solo at the end.
Fun fact: Kartikeya is the name of the second son of Lord Shiva, he’s the embodiment of perfection, the leader of forces and a war god who was created to destroy the demons in the world (meaning the negative sides in human beings).
I got something a little different for you today. Twelve Foot Ninja is genre-bending band from Australia, and they have crafted some very fine songs by mixing bossa nova, funk, jazz and Mike Patton-influenced vocals with dynamic and heavy music. It’s eclectic and extremely groovy and infectious music that never fails to get me out of my chair and up on the dance floor. Their hilarious videos are a nice bonus and they already have a reputation of being a fantastic live band. In a couple of weeks I’ll be at Euroblast festival in Germany and Twelve Foot Ninja is one of the bands I’m looking forward to seeing the most. Turn the volume up, press play and if you can stop yourself from dancing, post a comment and let me know what you think!