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The following posts are filed under Metal Appreciation. Other categories are available.

24 April 2018

VuuR - In This Moment We Are Free - Cities (2017)

Anneke van Giersbergen is at it again, showing her heavy side with a new progressive metal project called VuuR named after the Dutch word for “fire”. Each song describes a different city that has left its mark on Ms. van Giersbergen in her travels as a touring musician. Each reveals just how underrated a vocalist she is.

Cover art for "In This Moment We Are Free - Cities" (2017) by VuuR

18 April 2018

Janelle Monáe: The ArchAndroid (2010)

I’m late to the party as usual, checking out Janelle Monáe concept album The ArchAndroid eight years after everybody else. I’m used to getting sci-fi concept albums in rock, but you know what? This works. I love how she’s reinterpreting Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and making it her own.

Covert art for "The Archandroid" (2010) by Janelle Monáe

27 March 2018

Demon: “The Plague” (1983)

If you’re into melodic or progressive metal, and you haven’t listened to The Plague, you’ve missed out.

09 March 2018

Judas Priest: “Firepower” (2018)

I’m listening to Firepower, the new Judas Priest album, on Spotify since I won’t have the CD until I get home from work. It’s a solid effort given the band’s age and founding axewielder Glenn Tipton’s recent and unfortunate Parkinson’s diagnosis. “Never the Heroes” and “Rising from Ruins” are standout tracks, but there isn’t a bad song on the entire 58 minute album.

Naturally, the album art is flaming…

Cover for Judas Priest's 2018 album, Firepower.

If you like old-school metal, you probably already bought this album. If you’re new to Judas Priest, this is a reasonable point of entry, but you might get a better impression from Screaming for Vengeance, Defenders of the Faith, and Sad Wings of Destiny.

06 March 2018

The 30 Day Song Challenge

The 30 Day Song Challenge has been making the rounds on Mastodon. Here are my answers.

24 January 2018

Elder - Reflections of a Floating World

Here’s another excellent album I found on Bandcamp: Reflections of a Floating World by Elder. Check it out if you like long, heavy progressive rock jams.

This is brilliant stuff if you need a background album at work, for long drives, or can just sit quietly and listen with your full attention on the music.

Reflections of a Floating World is Elder’s fourth full length album and second LP released via Stickman Records (EU) and Armageddon Label (US). Long, undulating and dense tracks float between psychedelic passages and progressive rock without missing a beat; adventurous and unpredictable songs are punctuated by hypnotic jams, all colored by the tendency toward melody and dynamism that has become the band’s hallmark. In keeping with their motto of expanding and expanding upon their repertoire, guest musicians Mike Risberg and Michael Samos joined the core three in the studio to add extra guitar, keys and pedal steel, adding vibrancy and lushness to the album. In all regards, Reflections shows a band with a clear vision honing their skills with every year.

See for yourself…

20 July 2017

An Essential Prog Rock Playlist

I grew up listening to prog, and I still listen to it, so naturally I’m interested in David Weigel’s new book, The Show That Never Ends.

02 March 2016

The Night Flight Orchestra is a Blast from the Past

Björn Strid of Soilwork and bassist Sharlee D’Angelo of Arch Enemy recorded an album. Then they recorded another.

26 February 2016

Hedy Lamarr — Actress, Inventor… and Indie Band?

Actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr was never just a pretty face, and neither is the namesake Euro-pop band from Rome.

22 February 2016

Journey to the Stars with music by Widek

I’m listening to Widek’s Journey to the Stars. I think I reviewed this album a while ago; I have to dig up the post and put it up, along with lots of others.

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