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Mik’s Top 16 Albums of 2014 (Part 2)


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The list continues from part 1

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Album Review: Skyharbor – Guiding Lights


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Tracks:  10     Length: 69 minutes

Genre:  Progressive/ambient/rock

Previous releases: Blinding White Noise: Illusion and Chaos 2012

Location: India/UK/US

Label: Basick Records

Recommended for fans of:  Karnivool, Deftones, TesseracT, Steven Wilson, Tool

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Storytelling Videos: Skyharbor – Patience


From Skyharbor’s highly anticipated full length release “Guiding Lights”, out on November 10 on Basick Records. The video is magically created by Jess Cope at Owl House Studios.

 

“Sleep… stay asleep.

My soul yearns for one last look at you
Before I leave you here to be hidden within idyllic peace
It’s the perfect memory and I keep it close to me

Bound with wire
Cut me deep into the seams
Flow the colours of the queen
I live like I’m the only one, the fragile one that fights to survive
Crown the liar
Buried deep beneath the cross
Tainted hearts forever lost

Sweet treasure, let go of all you know
Sweet treasure, you are the one, you are my only true pleasure

Now watch me burn it all down, parasite town
Far down below it’s a fight for survival
So scared as I am of you
I’ll burn it all down, parasite town
I call this survival
So scared as I am of you, parasite town.”

Mik’s Top 100 Favourite Albums of All Time #10-6


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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#10 Anaal Nathrakh – Vanitas

Intriguing and entertaining in every way. The melodies, the lyrical themes, the insane music and incomprehensible singing/noises. I love this album to bits.

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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 

Lots of free music? Of course you want some!


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Here are links to five different metal compilations from three different labels, all FREE to download. They include bands like Queensrÿche, Fates Warning, Skyharbor, Devin Townsend, Extol, Misery Signals and many more. It would be stupid to not take advantage of this opportunity to check out some new bands or just get free songs. Basick Records, for example, is my favourite label and they have some excellent progressive/tech/core bands. I hope you find something to your liking too!

Century Media Records 
http://www.carnivalofsounds.com/

Facedown Records

http://facedownrecords.com/sampler/

Basick Records
http://music.basickrecords.com/album/basick-records-2013-sampler

http://music.basickrecords.com/album/basick-2012-free-sampler

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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Video Of The Week: White Moth Black Butterfly – Omen


This week’s video is from the singer of the progressive metal band Skyharbor, Daniel Tompkins. White Moth Black Butterfly is his solo project that he has created with help from Keshav Dhar (also in Skyharbor) and Acle Kahney (TesseracT). It’s pretty far away from metal, but it’s definitely good enough to deserve a mention, or two. Or, in my opinion, one thousand! “One Thousand Wings” is the title of White Moth Black Butterfly’s debut album that will be released on November 11th, and I happen to know that it includes some very beautiful and special songs. This is the third single, called “Omen” and it premiered yesterday, on Halloween. Good timing, considering the dark, mysterious and slightly horror-like atmosphere in the video and the song. I hope you’ll give it a listen and let me know what you think! Enjoy!

Concert Review: UK Tech Metal Fest 2013 part 2 – Shattered Skies, Drewsif Stalin, Uneven Structure, Skyharbor


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Saturday: 

Bands playing: Colors To Shame, Above The Earth, Immerse, Kartikeya, Shattered Skies, Red Seas Fire, Aeolist, Drewsif Stalin, Destiny Potato, Disperse, Xerath, Uneven Structure, Skyharbor, Veil of Maya  

Afterparty: Bilo Super Jam – members from different bands.

This was the day when three of my absolute favourite bands were going to play. And I mean hugely favourite bands. So be warned, I might enter fanboy(girl)-mode. For a general review of the festival and the bands from the first day, check out part 1. I will cover the lineup of Sunday in part 3. These three parts won’t include all the bands playing, not even all of the ones I did end up watching; I’ve only chosen the ones I liked the best.

(THE PHOTOS ARE USED WITH PERMISSION FROM AND ARE COPYRIGHTED TO METALWASP.COM)

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