I am not one for live albums anymore. I used to always buy them because I felt I was enjoying a piece of the band that I did not have regular access to. The live setting was raw and mostly unedited back then. It seemed pure and energetic. Then, bands like Dream Theater and Opeth (to name just two) went and threw a whole bunch of production into their live albums/DVDs and now my bar has grown accustomed to excellent sound. How can I go back to bootleg-ish production now? There is one exception to the rule though. The (sort of) “unplugged” setting is an intimate atmosphere free of distortion and all around craziness. More importantly, bands have to rehearse quite a bit because the audience will be able to hear every single nuance of the music. It has to be awesome. This is where Katatonia’s new live concert, Sanctitude, comes in. It is (basically) unplugged, crisp, and sensational. Of course, the production helps. Read the rest of this entry
This week on What’s Cookin’ in the Inbox, my goal is to be as diverse as possible. This time around I am painstakingly sifting through the requests and advertisements to capture the breadth of metal which you know doesn’t always have to be bone crunching or heavy. Of course, that is preferred, but metal comes in many forms. Since I am trying to bring you as much music as possible, I will skip the chatter and get to the most important point, which is introducing (hopefully) a little something new to you.
Johnny Wore Black
First up is Johnny Wore Black. We have been following his progress for quite some time now as he has released several videos. I believe a full album is on the way shortly. While recording his creations, he managed to get Megadeth’s Dave Ellefson to collaborate on some of his music. Below is the latest song, Gift of Desperation.
It was another affair with Opeth, my second, this time at the Fox Theater in Boulder, Colorado 20 May 2013. It was not surprising that Katatonia were on board to open the show seeing how both bands are very good friends and tour together often. This was also my second time seeing Katatonia, but this evening was provided more Katatonia than I have ever seen, since the first time was at a festival…and a 25 minute set doesn’t do much justice for most bands. And before you read on, no there was no special set of Bloodbath afterward…though that would have been very cool. Read the rest of this entry