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  • Ronan Le Barbare album review instrumental metal

    17 jun 2015, 09:26 av fabrykamagazine

    Ronan Le Barbare - Ronan Le Barbare |self-released, 2015| 4/5 instrumental metal

    1. Intro, 2. A Furor Normanorum, 3. Ascension Of The Black Insane Heart, 4. Tamdin, 5. In Utero, 6. The Barbarian, 7. Thulsa Doom, 8. Aromael, 9. Amen (Sepultura Cover)

    Ronan Le Barbare is a solo project by French guitarist Ronan LeBouc. He has been making music for the last 17 years and the self-tilted album is his debut. Judging by the title, the musician has been touched and inspired by iconic 80's movies about a mighty warrior - Conan The Barbarian - which illustrated such aspects of human nature as brutality, spirituality, honor, vengeance, and sadness.

    The album brings a collection of professionally arranged and performed instrumental songs which were mixed and mastered by Ronan's friend Vonig Le Mee. The highly poetic, spiritually moving "Intro" opens the tracklist with light guitar leitmotifs as well as an intriguing synth part. It is then followed by a series of chunky guitar riffs synced very well with drums, which all announce the arrival of "A Furor Normanorum". Technically, this 8+ minutes long track consists of two parts. The first is dynamic and metal-orientated and provides catchy arrangements (loud rhythm guitars vs soloing, background voice samples and slightly intrusive drums). The second is built upon repetitive, heavy guitar parts and sounds less rhythmic, yet captures the essence of human pain and suffering. It's finished with a murky, buzzing, electronic effect.

    The introduction to "Ascension Of The Black Insane Heart" is a large quote taken from American Psycho movie where the protagonist, Patrick Bateman was confessing about his inner drama. The song keeps the tension, expressed through altered, extended, and sometime heavier guitar riffs, whereas a woman's lamentation and her insane laughter are the cherry on the pie of the overall atmosphere of this track. The arrangements are quite repetitive and tightly fill in this lengthy suite.

    "Tamdin" begins innocently with an almost Victorian or even New Age set of passages. These then become enriched and develop into an epic guitar-driven arrangement. A Tibetan-like invocation comes in surprisingly, lowering the tone of the track and preparing the listener for a heavier ride. The drums, bass, and guitar that follow collaborate nicely, bringing a progressive metal vibe that sounds very vital thanks to a multitude of changes. The heavier part could definitely make a dynamic soundtrack for an action video game. Gloomy voices return to decrease the tempo and lead to an ending where two guitar arrangements (one gradual, the other stretched) collaborate together nicely, building up the mysterious atmosphere.

    If you like melodious gothic moods, then the opening of "In Utero" should please you with its 'windy' mood and subtle, positive guitar arrangements. There's a feel of loneliness and isolation here, which slightly warms up until the spirited progressive rock riffs show up. Next, a very well written and performed, and also instantly memorable part of the composition starts. The listeners might vividly imagine a lone guitar virtuoso performing on a high cliff, with a grey sky as background, but also thunder and lightning approaching behind his silhouette. This lengthy composition gives some space for more 'exotic' instruments and ambient sounds such as ocean waves, which it ends with.

    Now, in the name of aforementioned Conan, here comes "The Barbarian", with the most memorable Q&A quote from the movie ('Conan! What is best in life?') in the beginning, and the heaviest metal arrangements presented on this album. The rhythm guitars are layered and sound dirty, with shredding bringing us into higher tones. The drum parts are packed tightly and put on the top along with the bass lines. Tuned down, mighty guitar riffs come up next, reminiscent of Ministry's dense industrial metal vibe and enriched with similarly sampled quotes. Ideal for headbanging. Then the chase slows down again and the focus changes to cold melodic guitar riffs, supported by a slightly chaotic background. Both gradually fade away into the end of the song.

    "Thulsa Doom" is another sonic trip into the heavy metal lands, with a dramatic performance by James Earl Jones, also sampled from the first Conan movie. Vibrating guitar riffs keep the sound up and spacey, while interestingly altered rhythm guitars attack from the other side like a swarm of angry hornets. The drums are very well matched, and don't steal attention from the initial guitar-driven dynamics. It's the best track of the whole album in my opinion, thanks to lively arrangements and equally interesting sonic backgrounds. It seems as if they make both of your brain’s hemispheres engaged into processing the incoming sound waves. Ronan openly and successfully shows a full spectrum of both playing and songwriting skills here.

    You'll need some rest after the exposure to such a heavy cannonade. The eighth track on the album brings acoustic, subtle arrangements written for both guitar and synths. Moreover, it is the song which Ronan wrote for his daughter. Guitar riffs flow in steadily like ocean waves, later shaped into rock arrangements. A modulated sound of bells ends the track giving it a spiritual, ambient vibe.

    The album’s closing track is the only one with actual vocals. Ronan chose to cover Sepultura's "Amen" with his very well matched, partly-growled voice that comes very close to the original. When the original song's overall tune is harsher, and more 'underground' thanks to a strongly accented bass, Ronan's version sounds much cleaner & spacey. Yet, his guitar riffs sound heavier and more modern than Sepultura’s. The song features an opera-like singer's voice, though Sepultura's original sounds more exotic, with the classical vibe playing that part here.

    Ronan LeBouc seems to enjoy changing arrangements and may not settle down for making a track with just one mood, one arrangement, and all those repetitions that usually appear in popular song structures. The entire debut presents a cross-section of Ronan's best compositions so far, rather than being a concept album, but the music has lots to say to careful listeners. His songwriting and instrumental talents definitely are in their prime for another release, which could cover an original story narrated with several integrated chapters.

    (Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz, Fabryka Music Magazine, industrialrock.net, June 15th, 2015)
    Source: http://industrialrock.net/php-files_en/articles.php?article_id=557

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  • The Kut - Kerrang! Video Premiere

    15 maj 2015, 00:44 av criminalrecords

    Kerrang! Magazine premiere the brand new music video by The Kut today (Friday 15th May)!  The track, I Don't Need Therapy is taken from the recent 'Rock Paper Scissors EP' and was directed by Mike Gripz. Watch it from 4pm at http://kerrang.com

    Classic Rock Magazine
    Tracks of the Week
    "Bad Man marks the precise point in the Venn diagram where L7 meets I Wanna Be Your Dog meets Courtney Love, which is equal parts terrifying and a cause for long and rowdy celebration. Punk's not dead, pass it on."

    Kerrang! Magazine 
    "Despite the loud Courtney love references they're more than just Hole II. Mario has an Against Me! Strut to the intro, while DMA is a pounding gem"

    Q Magazine
    Top 5 Tracks To Listen to This Week
    "There's a slice of angst-offloading gutter rock that's a kissing cousin of Hole, but The Kut's scuzz-covered family tree also stretches further back to the garage rampages of The Stooges."
  • Recommended Release: The Kut - 'Rock Paper Scissors' EP - 20.04.15

    10 apr 2015, 16:52 av criminalrecords

    The Kut are due to release their 'Rock Paper Scissors' EP on Criminal Records, Monday 20th April. This last few months has seen some great support from Scuzz, BBC Introducing, MTV-U, Planet Rock, Kerrang! AXS America, Vevo, Putpat TV and Club NME, and we are delighted to be putting this record out on your radar.

    Listen here >>
    1. I Want You Maniac
    2. Alekhine's Gun
    3. I Don't Need Therapy (clean)
    4. Bad Man

    SUPPORT THE KUT ON LAST FM
    Give the track's a heart here to help The Kut get more exposure on Last FM
    http://www.last.fm/music/The+Kut/Alekhine%27s+Gun


    Photography by Joe Brady.

    Inspired by bands like Deftones, L7, Hole, Incubus, Tool, Placebo, Nirvana, Faith No More and others, The Kut are a rock trio born from the alternative scene. Having been voted into in the winning spots for MTV UK Brand New Unsigned 2014 Poll, their ‘Make Up’ EP was produced by James LeRock Loughrey (Skindred / White Zombie / My Vitriol / Page & Plant / Def Leppard), featuring 3 brand new tracks plus 2 previous releases ‘DMA’ and ‘Closure’. The 2014 record saw immense support from Scuzz TV, BBC Introducing, Kerrang! Planet Rock, Kerrang! Radio, AXS, MTV-U, Putpat TV, Vevo and 16 cable channels across the USA.

    Their forthcoming 'Rock Paper Scissors' EP is a quicker than expected follow up to the 'Make Up' EP, and includes horror pop halloween single 'I Want You Maniac'. Alekhine's Gun is second single from the 'Rock Paper Scissors' EP, out 13th April. The Kut release their latest single 'I Don't Need Therapy' on Monday 6th April, which "is about rejecting the ill advice that people try to ram down your throat in the guise of helping you out." The track mixes riot grrrl grunge with contageous riffage and is soon to be accompanied by forthcoming video, produced by Mike Gripz (Boy Better Know / Frisco).

    The debut single from the EP 'I Want You Maniac' was added to the playlists of MTV-U and AXS TV. These US channels joined major UK support from Scuzz TV, Planet Rock, BBC Introducing and Jim Gellatly's New Music Showcase among others. The EP has also been played out in the clubs including Club NME and Medication.

    Pre-order the EP now and get the singles at http://thekut.bandcamp.com

    Or show your support at http://thekut.co.uk | http://thekut.bandcamp.com | http://twitter.com/thekutgirlsrock | http://facebook.com/thekutgirlsrock

    [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N68dzvnPMu4[/youtube]
  • The Kut - 'I Don't Need Therapy' single (Criminal Records)

    5 apr 2015, 15:26 av criminalrecords

    The Kut release the 'I Don't Need Therapy' single and tour dates ahead of their EP release 'Rock Paper Scissors'.

    Listen here: I Don't Need Therapy (clean)

    The Kut - Rock Paper Scissors EP
    Releases 13.04.15 (Criminal Records)

    Listen here >>
    1. I Want You Maniac
    2. Alekhine's Gun
    3. I Don't Need Therapy (clean)
    4. Bad Man

    Click the play button to listen

    SUPPORT THE KUT ON LAST FM
    Give the track's a heart here to help The Kut get more exposure on Last FM
    http://www.last.fm/music/The+Kut/Alekhine%27s+Gun


    Photography by Joe Brady.

    ABOUT THE KUT

    Inspired by bands like Deftones, L7, Hole, Incubus, Tool, Placebo, Nirvana, Faith No More and others, The Kut are a rock trio born from the alternative scene. Having been voted into in the winning spots for MTV UK Brand New Unsigned 2014 Poll, their ‘Make Up’ EP was produced by James LeRock Loughrey (Skindred / White Zombie / My Vitriol / Page & Plant / Def Leppard), featuring 3 brand new tracks plus 2 previous releases ‘DMA’ and ‘Closure’. The 2014 record saw immense support from Scuzz TV, BBC Introducing, Kerrang! Planet Rock, Kerrang! Radio, AXS, MTV-U, Putpat TV, Vevo and 16 cable channels across the USA.

    Their forthcoming 'Rock Paper Scissors' EP is a quicker than expected follow up to the 'Make Up' EP, and includes horror pop halloween single 'I Want You Maniac'. Alekhine's Gun is second single from the 'Rock Paper Scissors' EP, out 13th April. The Kut release their latest single 'I Don't Need Therapy' on Monday 6th April, which "is about rejecting the ill advice that people try to ram down your throat in the guise of helping you out." The track mixes riot grrrl grunge with contageous riffage and is soon to be accompanied by forthcoming video, produced by Mike Gripz (Boy Better Know / Frisco).

    The single is the third from the 'Rock Paper Scissors' EP, with the full record scheduled for release on Monday 13th April via Criminal Records. The EP was again produced by James LeRock Loughrey (Skindred / White Zombie / Def Leppard). Lead vocalist Maha postulated that Rock Paper Scissors "probably has the closest resemblance to the material we've been playing out on the live sets this last year".

    The debut single from the EP 'I Want You Maniac' was added to the playlists of MTV-U and AXS TV.  These US channels joined major UK support from Scuzz TV, Planet Rock, BBC Introducing and Jim Gellatly's New Music Showcase among others. The EP has also been played out in the clubs including Club NME and Medication.

    Pre-order the EP now and get the singles at http://thekut.bandcamp.com

    http://thekut.co.uk | http://thekut.bandcamp.com | http://twitter.com/thekutgirlsrock

    [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N68dzvnPMu4[/youtube]
  • !!!!НОВАЯ ПЕСНЯ!!!!

    23 jan 2015, 17:18 av brender3000

    Друзья, вот и настало долгожданное событие!!!
    Сингл с будущего альбома группы "SOLERRAIN" - Время Пришло (2015)!!!
    Спасибо нашим друзьям - гуру за звук:
    Запись - http://vk.com/soundwayrecords
    Сведение/Мастеринг - http://vk.com/recastman_studio



    КАЧАТЬ ЧЕРЕЗ ВКОНТАКТ ТУТ:

    SOLERRAIN - Время пришло.mp3

    SOLERRAIN - Время пришло.flac
  • The wisest words I've ever read on /mu/

    23 jan 2015, 06:49 av NegruVoda

    Listen to music that is enjoyable to listen to. Disregard everything else. That's the only rule. You're not gaining anything by listening to music except entertainment. You're not broadening your horizons, you're not increasing your intelligence, you're not getting cultured.

  • My alltime classics

    10 jan 2015, 16:23 av UNITY_fm

  • Patrick's 2014 Music Awards!

    5 jan 2015, 17:02 av COandCA4life

    It’s time to announce my favorite music of 2014! You’ll probably notice that lots of the music I’m recognizing is not from 2014 (one of this year’s favorite albums was released 15 years ago). Keep in mind that these are MY awards, and they simply showcase the musicians, albums, and songs that I enjoyed this year!


    2014 Artist of the Year: Lights

    I identified her as an artist to watch last year, and I was right: I just could not stop listening to Lights this year! Lights Poxleitner is a super-talented electro-pop singer/songwriter from Toronto who released her third full-length album, Little Machines, just a few months ago. She doesn’t tour this far south very often, but I’m very excited to have tickets to see her play at Cat’s Cradle in February 2015!


    Artist Runners-Up:

    Sabaton – My 2012 Artist of the Year and first runner-up last year, they’ll claim the #2 spot again this year with the release of another great history-themed album. They’ve now earned a spot in my top three bands of all time, and their relentless energy has made them my very favorite LIVE band of all time!

    Angra – I first heard Angra via Pandora a year or two ago, and this year finally started listening to a few of their full albums. See also: 2014 Song of the Year.


    2014 Album of the Year: The Listening by Lights (2009)

    What drew me to Lights was the bubbly electronic sound and the youthful and upbeat lyrics and melodies on her first two albums (#1 & #2 here). Her new album is good, but it’s mellower and sounds more grown-up and mature, which kind of goes against the things that drew me in. I expect The Listening to remain my favorite Lights album for the foreseeable future.

    Album Runners-Up:
    Siberia by Lights (2011)
    Heroes by Sabaton (2014)
    Temple of Shadows by Angra (2004)
    The Wake of Magellan by Savatage (1999)
    The Bad & The Better by The Ready Set (2014)
    1989 by Taylor Swift (2014)


    2014 Song of the Year: Spread Your Fire by Angra

    This song is SO blazingly energetic! Listening to the first few seconds alone gets my heart pumping, and this earned it the honor of being my kickball walk-up song (the song that plays when it’s my turn to kick)! This was my most-played and most-loved song of the year.


    2014 Top 10 Artists by Plays:
    1. Lights
    2. Sabaton
    3. Savatage
    4. Angra
    5. The Ready Set
    6. Circus Maximus
    7. My Chemical Romance
    8. Coheed and Cambria
    9. Iron Maiden
    10. 2Pac


    Artists to Watch in 2015:

    Taylor Swift (pop) – I’ve always been ambivalent about her since I don’t like country, but her new pop album is fantastic!!! I expect I’ll be listening to it a good bit more before I get tired of it.

    Capital Cities (indie/electo-pop) – Another Pandora discovery. Their song Safe and Sound is infectious and so catchy that I went ahead and got the album In a Tidal Wave of Mystery. I expect these guys to stay in my rotation for a while.

    Thank You Scientist (progressive rock) – I discovered this band when they opened for my favorite of all time, Coheed and Cambria, on tour this fall. Their odd yet accessible mix of prog rock with a brass section is really unique and fun to listen to. As my friend James put it, “They’re like a listenable version of The Mars Volta.”


    More charts and graphs here:
    http://www.last.fm/user/coandca4life

    Thanks for reading! See you next year!

    P
  • The Exits Debut Album - Out Monday 1st December

    28 nov 2014, 17:41 av criminalrecords

    Listen to the album here: The Exits (Criminal Records)

    Like it? Give it a heart here and let other people hear it! http://www.last.fm/music/The+Exits/The+Exits+Debut+Album

    1. Let The Damage Begin 

    2. You Gotta Help Me Out 

    3. The Fear Inside 

    4. Life Lines 

    5. Fever 

    6. Dead On Arrival 

    7. How Long is Forever 

    8. I Wanna Know 

    9. Fall From Grace 

    10. Tears 

    11. Smoke In The Room 

    12. Broken Smile 

    13. Trip 



    Pre-Order it here:
    https://theexitsuk.bandcamp.com/releases
    http://facebook.com/theexitsband
    http://twitter.com/theexitsuk
  • Argonaut 'TV' - Out Mon 24th Nov - Listen here!

    14 nov 2014, 13:53 av criminalrecords

    'TV' is the debut single from the second Argonaut 'TRY'.

    Out Monday 24th November on Criminal Records
    Listen here: TV

    Like it? Then give it a heart on this link and help more people hear it!
    http://www.last.fm/music/Argonaut/TV+(single)

    Pre-order it here
    https://argonautband.bandcamp.com
    http://facebook.com/argonautband
    http://twitter.com/argonautband

    #YouDontNeedATV