A 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.
#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.
#2 Repetitive, industrial element
I have a weak spot for extremely bass-heavy, repetitive music and bands with a dark, industrial and dissonant atmosphere. The music is very hypnotic and easy to get lost in; it can be quite demanding and disturbing to listen to, but in the end it’s a very rewarding experience. My favourite bands for a disturbing and dark experience are Author & Punisher, The Amenta, Altar of Plagues, Wormed.
Author & Punisher – Fearce
#1 Contrast or balance
Ever since I discovered and started to love Opeth many years ago, I’ve always liked music with contrasts. Many opposing moods in one song , it creates a kind of balance that I find very satisfying. An “all in one” kind of feeling. It can be the contrast between clean and harsh vocals or cleans and heavy music, metal mixed with other music styles, slow/fast pace or heavy/ambient sound. This element is present in most of my favourite bands like Textures, Skyharbor, Borknagar, In Mourning, Twelve Foot Ninja and Benea Reach.
Uneven Structure – Frost
Concert Review: UK Tech Metal Fest 2013 part 2 – Shattered Skies, Drewsif Stalin, Uneven Structure, Skyharbor
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)
Release Date: 3 June 2013 by Basick Records
Tracks: 8 tracks played as one single piece
Length: 24m, 21s
Genre: Progressive metal/djent
Previous releases: Their EP ‘8’ came out in 2009 and their debut album ‘Februus’ was released in 2011 (full album review here)
Recommended for fans of: Progressive metal, Meshuggah, TesseracT, Textures, Vildhjarta, djent, metalcore
Music video of the year? This stunning video is a must-see.
The progressive metal band Uneven Structure’s guitarist Igor Omodei directed and produced this incredible video. With its beautiful, dark atmosphere and impressive visuals it compliments their music in so many ways. The freezing cold landscapes, the faint colours, the way the ethereal light moves in the pictures… it’s just absolutely breathtaking. It draws me in completely and together with the powerful, atmospheric music it feels like I enter another world.
The video for the two combined songs ‘Frost‘ and ‘Hail‘ is meant to be a follow up to their first video ‘Awaken’ and they can be found on their debut album ‘Februus’ (full album review here).
‘…gray landscape filled with pitch black clouds. All heat has gone sensing frost.’
‘Hail… Walls of rain washes out the innocence, the magnificent flood carves the letters down the flesh’
On the 3rd day of Metalmas my true love gave to me
Three French bands
Two headless doves
and an Opeth in a pear tree.
Gojira, Alcest, and Uneven Structure are all from France and play some damn great metal.
Gojira know for their poly-rhythmic and percussive style of instrumentation have really broadened and expanded on what can be done in technical metal and also have added tons of heart into their music both from their instruments and also in their environmentally charged lyrics.
Alcest are an interesting beast. To some they may not even be considered metal and that is where their genius shows through. Taking elements of metal that don’t accentuate aggression or brutality they use many of the more beautiful and somber elements of the genre to create some of the best post-metal out there today.
Newcomers Uneven Structure are one of the pioneering bands really pushing the envelope of the whole ‘djent’ craze by injecting elements of ambient music into their pulsing and hard-hitting sound marrying beauty and aggression.
Man, what can I say? 2011 has been a hell of a year. First things first, since this will be my final post of 2011, I just want to thank all our readers old and new for tuning in to Metal State. The site has grown so much over the past year and I’m honored to have all you readers and commenters here for the ride!! And a thank you to my blogger in crime Reggie(Plantera7) for being a completely awesome blogging partner and brother in metal!!!! And to everyone I say Happy Holidays and have a great start to your New Year, may it be great 2012 overflowing with copious amounts of Peace, chock full of Love, and tons upon tons of glorious Metal!!!
So onwards, like every other media website, Metal State will also be doing “Best of 2011” lists, I’m sure you’ve already seen/read a few of our other various “Best of” posts, and naturally we are waiting till the end to unleash the big daddy, the “Top 15 Albums of 2011”, which you will be able to read as soon as we return from our 2 week holiday break which will start today(we will still be around here and there to respond to comments, report any “huge” news, etc, but the regular posting will be on hiatus while we enjoy our holidays). On Jan. 4, 2012 we will be posting our “Top 15 Best Albums of 2011”. While making mine I had a bit of difficulty getting all the albums I really enjoyed honestly on the list, so I decided to make a mention of a handful of some great albums that ultimately didn’t make my personal Top 15. Some factors I used when doing my list were how often I returned to the album, my initial reaction to it or how well it grew on me, and most importantly, how much I personally and unbiasedly enjoyed it.
The great thing about reading all of the year-end lists for me is being able to see some of my favorites get mentioned, and if there is someone who mentions a good amount of albums I like, chances are there are some great releases on their list that might be right up my alley. Anyways, here are some of my honorable mentions in no particular order. Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!
Usually when one hears the word ambient associated with music the first place the mind goes is to music that embraces minimalism and uses as few sounds as possible to create the desired atmosphere. It is used to induce a calmness and clear a space to let the mind wander and ponder. With the obtrusiveness of a style of music such a metal one may wonder how it is possible for a band to work in the styling of ambient music into their sound effectively. While it can be said that bands such as Isis, Wolves in the Throne Room, Agalloch and bands in the post-metal genre have done this before, I can say none of them have used ambient music or worked the post-metal angle quite like Uneven Structure does on their debut L.P. Februus.
Last week I made a mention of a band that I stumbled across called Uneven Structure. I was very interested in hearing what else the band had to offer, and now that day has come. The upcoming debut album from Uneven Structure is now available to be heard in it’s entirety over on their Facebook page. Go give Februus a listen, it’s free(you do need to “like” their page to listen, but you can “unlike” when you’re done if you please) and it’s damn good. Click on the image below to listen.
So, recently I’ve been seeing a certain strange word pop up in the metal scene. That word is “Djent”. It is onamonapia for the sound a palm muted guitar makes and is a genre of metal that takes it roots from bands like Meshuggah. Around the internet its been getting a lot of talk so I decided to check it out because, well, I like new music and this word “djent” always seemed to have the label progressive and ambient attached to it quite often which perked my interest in it even more. So far there is some damn good stuff as well as some not so good stuff. In a future post, after I’ve done a bit more research on it and given an honest listen to some of the bands, I’ll be back to take a deeper look into this subgenre. For now while I was digging around on YouTube checking out some “djent” music I came across this song that I thought was really damn good and I’m quite interested to see what else this band has to offer.
The following song is by a French metal band that goes by the name of Uneven Structure and it is off their newly released album Februus and the song is called “Frost”. I dig the ambient build up with some cool guitar trickery, it has a great release moment, and I like the way the song progresses throughout. Check it out, let us know what you all think of it. Peace Love and Metal!!!!