Category: MUSIC

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Sonata Arctica – Talviyö – 2019

Do you remember when I wrote about Evergrey the other day? Sonata Arctica is another band that I got suggested to me and that I never heard about before. It’s nice to have friends good enough to suggest new things to discover. So…I fired up Spotify and found their latest album – Talviyö, which means Winter Night in Finnish. I always try to listen on the whole album when I get suggestions even if I...

Evergrey 0

Evergrey – The Atlantic – 2019

Even if Evergrey has been around since the mid 90’s I never listened to them before. Actually I never even heard about them. Yet they are my countrymen and come, like so many other Swedish Metal bands, from Gothenburg. Anyway, I was so out of inspiration the other day that I asked a friend for suggestions on what to listen to. I got a couple of names and my choice fell on Evergrey. I choose...

Other People's Stuff 0

John Mellencamp – Other People’s Stuff – 2018

Once again I haven’t paid attention to what Mr Mellencamp has been up to. I discovered Other People’s Stuff more or less by accident. As the title insinuates, this is songs written by someone else than John Mellencamp himself. Some are from tribute albums and some are from John Mellencamps previous albums. Here we can find somewhat different version of songs. It’s not like it’s a masterpiece but it’s nice listening. I like it and...

Third World Genoside 0

Nuclear Assault – Third World Genoside – 2005

There are basically two reasons for naming your album Third World Genoside. The first is to create a provocing effect. It could be interpereted as a “cool sounding title”. Compare it to titles like Slayers God Hates Us All and it’s kinda leaning in the same direction. Just comparing the album title that is. To compare Nuclear Assults music with that of Slayer (during any era) feels just strange. The other reason is that the...

Spectrum of Death 0

Morbid Saint – Spectrum of Death (extended edition) – 2014

I was listening to this a couple of days ago. I don’t really know why I had it in my Spotify list. I don’t think I ever heard about Morbid Saint before, let alone Spectrum of Death. But I like to explore stuff that is unknown to me so I gave it a go. I imagine I would have somewhat different thoughts about Spectrum of Death if this were the original length album. This Extended...

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King Diamond – The Graveyard – 1996

My relationship with King Diamond is kinda ambivalent. I most often like the ideas behind the albums and I like the background music. I often have a problem with the vocals though, which is more or less the calling card of King Diamond. He has a gimmick of using falsetto, the Graveyard album is not an exception. Well, if you have a problem with that singing technique you have… well… a problem. King Diamong doesn’t...

Reaching into infinity 0

Dragonforce – Reaching into Infinity – 2017

If you ever heard Dragonforce preform, you know that the tempo is way up there. It’s so fast sometimes that you are totally astonished. And it’s not just pedal notes as can be heard in som fast Thrash Metal. There are indeed scales and patterns played absolutely furiously. Reaching into Infinity was a real treat in that sense. No holds barred, very high tempo. For Power Metal it’s not necessary, but it’s very appropriate with this...

Vanity 0

Madman’s Choice – Vanity – 2017

I don’t know if Madman’s Choice wants to sound heavy or not. Or if they want to sound “out there”. I think they succeed with the latter. It’s kinda in the terms of Stoner Rock and it sounds like a long psychosis. A mild psychosis that is. There are plenty of bands where you easily can use the metaphor “high as a kite” for describing the music. Vanity has just a tad of that. I think it’s angled...

Funky Abba 0

Nils Landgren Funk Unit – Funky Abba – 2004

Once in a blue moon a cover album worth mentioning pops up. To be honest, most of these are pretty unimaginative an boring, often just containing the song in a common arrangement. Of course, you can hear different voices from the original but everything else is usually quite the same. Funky Abba is different though. I should have realized that immediately when I picked it up as Nils Landgren doesn’t do anything but his own...

Karma Hammer 0

Lord of Cyclopses – Karma Hammer – 2017

  To be honest with you I have a hard time listening to music with too processed vocals. Lord of Cyclopses has this. At least on this album – Karma Hammer. The music is somewhere in the crosslands between old school hard rock and more modern radio heavy rock. It’s ok to listen to but nothing that gets me too excited. I would have liked some more riffs and some less basslines. But on the...