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Songs That Define My Taste In Music #4 & #3 (Mik)


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#4 The songwriting and lyrics

The biggest part of my musical heart belongs to progressive metal, mainly because I like the complex and diverse nature of the music, the excellent songwriting, carefully thought out lyrics and lengthy tracks. The best thing is when bands compose concept albums that are one long, consecutive song, like TesseracT’s ‘Concealing Fate’ and Uneven Structure’s ‘Februus’. Another example of good songwriting and lyrics:

Gojira – Pain Is A Master

#3 Emotional Vocals

A vocalist with a powerful and versatile voice is very often present in the music I like the most. I’ve realized it’s a very important component; instrumental music doesn’t interest me much at all. I love a sincere, emotional voice with a good range that can perform many different styles like Daniel Tompkins (Skyharbor), Ilkka Viitasalo (Benea Reach), ICS Vortex (Borknagar) Daniel de Jongh (Textures)

Skyharbor – Catharsis 

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Songs That Define My Taste In Music #6 & #5 (Mik)


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This was indeed a difficult, but interesting challenge. Exactly what I like and look for in music, and mainly in metal, is something I’ve never thought about to a great extent before. And I wouldn’t say it’s important to know either, it’s just a way to get to know myself better (and a good excuse for making another list). It goes a bit deeper and is more specific than just saying “I like <insert genre here>”. These components I’m describing apply to any style of music I listen to.

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#6 Dark, melancholic and flowing atmosphere

Maybe I’m a person that is too serious and sorrowful on the inside?  I’m always drawn to music with a dark and melancholic undertone and sincere, solemn vocals. Even if some music I like might sound light and uplifting, the lyrics usually have a very serious or sad meaning (the song Reaching Home by Textures being the perfect example). I prefer this dark atmosphere served with the wonderful flow that can often be found in post rock/metal and atmospheric black metal. This is why I love bands like Alcest, ISIS, Ghost Brigade, Swallow the Sun and Ne Obliviscaris.

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Video Of The Week: Exmortus – Immortality Made Flesh


Yay, it’s Friday! To prevent an overload of lovely progressive music here on the blog I decided to pick a song that our non-proggy readers could enjoy too. “Immortality Made Flesh” is a fast-paced and fun technical melodic thrash tune, with an abundance of catchy riffs and insane guitars. It’s a single from their upcoming album (I’m looking forward to it!) that will be released in February next year. A perfect energy boost for the beginning of the weekend. Enjoy and have a nice one!

Song Of The Week: The Amenta – Obliterate’s Prayer


The Amenta’s excellent album ‘Flesh Is Heir’ has been my must-listen-to-when-exhausted-after-work-album for a couple of months now. Their music is impossible to use as only background music; it’s demanding, intense and chaotic. This song works particularly well on me and never fails to succeed in waking up all of my sleepy brain cells.

“I am a single signal, tear me from the ground, and drown me in sound. 

I am a crest of a wave, tear me from the ground, and drown me”

Mik’s Top 100 Favourite Albums of All Time #25-21


Top100A while ago, at the same time as Matt and Reggie, I posted my Top 100 All Time Favourite (Metal) Albums over at the forum The History of Metal on FB. It took a good amount of time and effort to put it together, but it was so much fun! My taste in metal is always changing, so the list will not always look the same. In fact, it’s already a bit different than it was when I first put it together and posted it on the forum seven months ago.

I tried to limit myself to three albums per band to make the list a little more diverse and interesting. I don’t really consider the ‘test of time’-factor when selecting what albums that will go on my list, instead I measure it by how strongly the album has affected me emotionally and how much/often it has helped me through both good and bad phases in my life. That’s why you can find quite a few newer releases among my favourites too.

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#25  Orkenkjott – Onskediktet

‘Onskediktet’ is a really odd, proggy debut album from Norway, with influences from 70’s prog but with a heavier sound. It feels very middle-eastern at times, and it’s not only because the band is called “desert meat” and claim they play “desert rock”. They have an extraordinary vocalist whose voice takes some time to get used to, but I like their unique style, with many weird and amazing moments.

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Mik’s Top 100 Favourite Albums of All Time #30-26


Top100A while ago, at the same time as Matt and Reggie, I posted my Top 100 All Time Favourite (Metal) Albums over at the forum The History of Metal on FB. It took a good amount of time and effort to put it together, but it was so much fun! My taste in metal is always changing, so the list will not always look the same. In fact, it’s already a bit different than it was when I first put it together and posted it on the forum seven months ago.

I tried to limit myself to three albums per band to make the list a little more diverse and interesting. I don’t really consider the ‘test of time’-factor when selecting what albums that will go on my list, instead I measure it by how strongly the album has affected me emotionally and how much/often it has helped me through both good and bad phases in my life. That’s why you can find quite a few newer releases among my favourites too.

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#30 In Mourning – The Weight of Oceans

This is the third In Mourning album in my list and their latest one, released last year. They keep getting better and better and ‘The Weight of Oceans’ is a very fine collection of songs. It includes my favourite In Mourning song, ‘Colossus’, possibly also one of the best songs written in the history of music, according to myself. The build up and groove in that one is amazing. ‘A Vow to Conquer The Ocean’ is another fantastic tune with great guitar work and the track titled ‘Celestial Tear’ is one of the most beautiful and emotional metal ballads I’ve ever heard. From the first listen, I found this to be a truly captivating album.

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Video Of The Week: Vattnet Viskar – Breath Of The Almighty


It’s almost time to wrap up the year and create our ‘Best of 2013’-lists. Vattnet Viskar’s debut album will be on my list, that’s for sure; rarely have I heard such a tasteful mix of atmospheric black metal and post rock. Watch the video for ‘Breath Of The Almighty’ and get carried away by the bleak but beautiful visuals that goes perfectly with the build-up in the song and leads up to the explosive ending. Powerful stuff!

Album Review: White Moth Black Butterfly – One Thousand Wings


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This is the stuff dreams are made of.

 

Release Date: November 11, 2013  self-released

Tracks:  11          Length: 48 minutes

Genre:  Cinematic, ambient post-rock/experimental

Recommended for fans of:  Sigur Rós, Enigma, Massive Attack, Olafur Arnalds, Daniel Tompkins

 

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Album Review: Caligula’s Horse – The Tide, The Thief & River’s End


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Caligula’s Horse has crafted songs that are so alive and so powerful that I get tears in my eyes. Their music makes me do more than just listen, I’m feeling it, I’m living it.  

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Genre: Progressive rock/metal with a unique, modern and intelligent sound

Recommended for fans of: Opeth, Pain of Salvation, Porcupine Tree, Karnivool, Dream Theater, TesseracT, concept albums, interesting music

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