29 jul 2014, 11:13 av miotailtmilidhLooking for solutions to support artists (specifically but not exclusively metal artists) where social media fails. If you have any thoughts or ideas, join the discussion:
26 jun 2014, 14:26 av fabrykamagazineCybertoyz - Undo.Exit |self-released, 2014| 5/5 metal electronic
01. Enter: A Fistful Of Dust, 02. Absolutely Identifiable, 03. Battery Operated pt 1, 04. i:Romance, 05. Bleed Your God, 06. Battery Operated pt 2, 07. Survival Type, 08. The Dead Drive Fast, 09. Heavenly, 10. Exit: A Handful Of Stars
Cybertoyz is the solo project of Zyggie (Alexander Korpusov; guitars, programming, sampling) - a guitar player armed with his favourite Framus Diablo 7-string and Ibanez JS1000 guitars. Undo.Exit is the sophomore release of the Moscow-based project founded in 2004, coming 8 years after the debut Chaos Theory album.
The newest album brings a mix of two main sound themes - guitar driven and electronica, matched together successfully so far. As Zyggie admits, he managed to incorporate catchy riffs on odd chord progressions and Satriani-like legato shredding into industrial and electro tunes. He was inspired by highly influential rock artists such as Led Zeppelin, Rush, Steve Vai, Buckethead and Jeff Beck as well as electronic acts: Aphex Twin, The Young Gods, Nine Inch Nails, Gravity Kills, Switchkicker/MM9, Pitchshifter and Die Krupps.
The technique called 'shredding' is quite important for the majority of metal guitarists - either for their own finger training, best guitarist contests or just showing off. It is always entertaining to watch or listen to, but when included in several songs on an album, it must be well arranged and mixed to avoid sticking out. Undo.Exit is an example of production done right.
You'll have a taste of shredding in the very first track, "Enter: A Fistful Of Dust", which would suit an action video game perfectly. In fact, it reminds me of a theme from Quake III. However, aside of the guitar soloing, there are electro synths and a symphonic female voice in the background. The composition is pretty short but rhythmic with somewhat an epic motif.
The following track, "Absolutely Identifiable" begins with a high-pitched looped guitar riff, later altered by a small spattering of electronica. The mix grows potent when dense drums and bass join in next. The guitar returns with a memorable, spiritual solo further along the track. The arrangements change quite often in this purely instrumental track, and probably only the rhythm remains solid throughout.
If you're craving modern electronic music, listen to "Battery Operated pt 1". It is not deprived of guitars, reminiscent of how Robert Fripp (King Crimson) uses his instrument quite often. Think of spirals drawn with high-pitched sounds and expressed with the entire scale. There are also a contrasting groovy bass and fundamental drums in the background so in all, there's some good fodder for your ears.
The moods on this album do come in different shades, but they don’t change too often. You can already sense differences in the song titles, e.g. "Battery Operated pt 1" sounds technical and sophisticated when compared to "i:Romance" which brings the style of the 80s rock songs through a warm and melodic vibe. There are upbeat dynamics and classical guitar solos that go well with tiny electronic add-ons. Balance in the track has a strong focus, certainly helping listeners keep a healthy, steady heartbeat. If this track is about a romance, it's about a spirit-opening experience.
After that you get exotic, nostalgic, stretched and singular tone guitar passages wrapped around a rather cold and 'windy' composition. "Bleed Your God" sounds like typical Middle East music but performed on an electronic guitar instead of traditional Eastern instruments. It is a very short instrumental track, that might as well have been used as the intro to the album. Here, it gives you a breather before you dive into the complex arrangements written for "Battery Operated pt 2".
This composition, built upon improvisation and performed on guitars, drums and bass is even shorter than the previous track, so you won't get too deep into musical confusion. Think that you've just jumped into a malfunctioning electronic device, where some lines of code are still working well, but others loop like a damaged vinyl record.
"Survival Type" begins with a KMFDM-like electronic passage, but then turns into a prog-rock or even a prog-metal composition, thanks to dualistic guitars vs synths arrangements. There are symphonic metal elements smuggled in as well, with an additional dose of beat-driven electronica, which fits in very well. The guitars seem to have an argument with the bass regarding leadership. Both however, stitch interesting arrangements individually as well as together, so they do complement each other like lovers in a passionate relationship.
"The Dead Drive Fast" brings a bit of an iconic Depeche Mode-esque motif but then falls into rock'n'blues & rock'n'roll. Not entirely though, if you recall the main goal of the album - to reconcile guitar driven arrangements with modern electronic music. There are far more variegated influences coming from different genres (metal as well!), thus only you can decide if Ziggy succeeded.
Linking tracks within an album to make changes in the tracklist smooth is a good move - check out how "The Dead Drive Fast" slides into "Heavenly". The latter is a rock ballad, but you should forget about nostalgic boredom you may find in trendy songs by Chris Isaak, for example. You'll find a bit more of Clapton's guitar mastery instead, but still altered with clean, chillout electronica in some spots.
All this leads us unto the final track, "Exit: A Handful Of Stars". A sad (but not melancholic) mood permeates this song. Female background vocals appear rarely, just enough to give the track a slightly heroic feel. This instrumental ending of the album should leave listeners in contemplation.
All compositions on Undo.Exit flow smoothly, instead of possibly interrupting each other when groovy electronica extends what guitars only kick off. This speaks perfectly for Zyggie's expert songwriting - after all he studied jazz theory in a college, but also spent around 15 years on self-mastering his guitar techniques.
The guest musicians on this album are: Anna Lyapina (vocals), Sergey Timofeyev (bass), Alexander Karpukhin (drums), Dmitry Oslyakov (drums) and Ruslan Dzhigkaity (drums).
It's also worth adding that mastering and production are very well done (by Nickolay Vengrzhanovich at Light Temple Records, Moscow, Russia). Both styles of music that meet on this album need a different mastering approach, and it turned out successful on Cybertoyz' Undo.Exit. Neither guitars nor electronica take up all the bandwidth.
The excellent, cyber-punkesque blue cover artwork was designed by Eugene "Jonny" Postebaylo and looking at it while listening to the music feels just right.
Watch out for Cybertoyz in your area - they do play live gigs. Zyggie also had an endorsement contract with Framus/Warwick and AMT Electronics between 2009-2010. You should not miss this release if you're looking for innovative guitar driven compositions.
(Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz, Fabryka Music Magazine, June 23rd, 2014. Proofreading: Mike 'Vesper' Dziewoński)
This review on Fabryka Magazine: http://industrialrock.net/php-files_en/articles.php?article_id=542
Buy on: http://cybertoyz.bandcamp.com
17 jun 2014, 10:32 av mistersirbandTwo Chords, the band of four engineers from Siberia has released their debut album In Blight We Thrive which revives rock-music.
Tired of that crap about heavy music death under the oppression of major labels and trends, Two Chords resurrect rock bringing back hope and rebellion. The latest one reflects in every word spoken by these guys: "Seems like we are all taking part in the Cold War II: the Western world hates Russia and Russians hate everything about the USA. But you know, we don't want to separate ourselfs from the rest of the world. That's why we sing everything in English to let everyone understand us".
They plug their scuffed guitars into the dead body, turn the volume on the cheapest Chineese distortion to the maximum and started to play rock.
Rude like Siberian men, sensitive like lesbians, multi-faceted like Russian tricolour and totally free like a fat-woman's dress. This is Two Chords. This is hope.
Three best songs from the record:
Fallen Dreams (feat. Slava Zhdanov)
Hey, Jimmy Kimmel, I Have Gone Through A Terrible Break-Up (Album Edit)
Хуй С Ней (Album Edit)
Everything else can be found:
on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/in-blight-we-thrive/id884385653
on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/In-Blight-We-Thrive-Explicit/dp/B00KVYE3HQ
or on Bandcamp: http://twochords.bandcamp.com
26 apr 2014, 04:50 av Hoxerijo
8 apr 2013, 04:31 av futurolvidadoPie Plano & Gueas Raras fue una banda de Folk-Psicodelia formada en Curicó, Chile por Mónica Cruz en voz, junto a los hermanos Gonzalo Carrasco en guitarra/composición y Marco Carrasco en voz y composición.
En 2004 editaron "Pie Plano & Gueas Raras" el que a la postre sería su único álbum.
Producido de manera independiente, el disco contiene 13 cortes construidos y ejecutados pulcramente, sin mayores ambiciones en términos sonoros.
Un trabajo sobrio donde sobresale el desempeño de la guitarra, que ante la ausencia de bajo asume un rol protagónico en lo rítmico, como también en armonía y melodías. Ocasionalmente hay intervenciones flauta dulce, teclado y pequeñas percusiones no programadas.
Sobre la minimalista instrumentación -y como formando un todo- se apoyan las voces de Mónica y Marco para cantar metafóricas y surrealistas líricas o, como en el caso de "Itagana" simplemente ininteligibles.
La estructura musical de cada una de las composiciones, no obstante haber sido concebido el disco como un trabajo conceptual en términos líricos, posee la suya propia y distintiva de las demás.-
5 mar 2014, 09:51 av fabrykamagazineThe 88's - The 88's EP |self-released, 2013| 5/5
1. Get Me Through, 2. Addiction, 3. Time Was Right, 4. You Gotta Give A Damn, 5. For You, I'll Sing My Song, 6. Pride
The 88's trio which has been playing together since 2009 has an international line-up. The members make music in China, Portugal, France and the US. Joe Mahone brings the hard rock/metal drive through excellent drumming, Pheel Duarte feeds the songs with dynamic vocals, while Luis Coelho enriches The 88's music with Latin guitar influences.
The eponymous EP is their second release (the first one was out in 2011). The tracklist opens with a wavy guitar solo and gives you a foretaste of what to expect. "Get Me Through" has a melodic yet heavy mix, ensuring that you're listening to the work of experienced musicians who know how to skillfully borrow from a few different genres. They utilize latin music, blues, hard rock and modern metal structures as well. They undoubtedly worked this one out and avoided predictable arrangements.
"Addiction" begins with a heavy and rhythmic mix written for the drums, guitar and vocals. However, this passionate track has also a surprising acoustic side, based on soft melodic arrangements. A professionally played guitar solo influenced by classic rock, as well as guitar parts draw inspiration from Latin music. As an interesting aside you should note that the song is bilingual (English & French).
The 88's seem to be inspired by music of Metallica, Foo Fighters, and System of a Down. "Time Was Right" is a goof proof of this. It’s a heavy track built upon balanced arrangements, neither leaving empty spaces, nor invading your ears with arrogant intensity. The structure is diversified enough to keep your mind engaged, but also repetitive enough to stick to your memory.
A swinging mix of guitars, drums and bass begins "You Gotta Give a Damn", an example of a popular alt-rock theme, which easily fits into prime time airplay. The song is short, melodic, dynamic and instantly memorable. It has spots filled with guitar solos and intensified drumming, with very suitable vocals.
If you like Soundgarden or Nirvana, or just enjoy the grungier vibes, "For You, I'll Sing My Song" is, precisely, for you. The track includes also an interesting part performed by Pier, a guest musician utilizing a Chinese instrument called Erhu. She appears midway through the song and brings more of a world music feel. When it comes to vocals for the track, Pheel Duarte proves clearly that he can adjust his voice to different styles of music.
Now, it's time for a decorative jewel. "Pride" is a huge finish, definitely enriching the whole EP with a big, nostalgic theme. You can clearly imagine the lone guitarist performing on a stage. When he's focused on the instrument, locked in an invisible bubble of the sound, the entire world seems to disappear. There are only three things that matter here: him, the guitar and the music these two make in the limelight. You've heard that same, never changing tune from Santana, Clapton, Led Zeppelin or Queen and you'll hear it again, this time performed by Luis Coelho and The 88's. It's also a great movie track.
All the songs on the tracklists have a definite flow connecting them - whether it’s their rhythm or mood, or the technical skill behind them. Thus, the end of "Pride" interlocks with "Get Me Through" very well and you can listen to the entire EP on repeat.
The album is worth having and the band deserves your support. Their official website and social profiles should give you more insight into The 88's next move.
(Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz, Fabryka Music Magazine, February 28th, 2014. Proofreading: Mike 'Vesper' Dziewoński)
This review on Fabryka Magazine: http://industrialrock.net/php-files_en/articles.php?article_id=526
Buy this EP:
Tags: music review, fabrykamagazine, discover music
2 mar 2014, 10:26 av AnaonHello Prog addicts!
Spleen Arcana's new album "The Light Beyond The Shades" is available to download and pre order on Bandcamp :
1. Erin Shores (12:00)
2. Fading Away (10:16)
3. Memento Mori (24:07)
You can hear the album on Soundcloud as well :
Last FM page of the album : The Light Beyond the Shades
I hope you'll enjoy it! Thanks for your interest ;)
5 feb 2014, 13:56 av Neue_regel_I just read a very interesting article:
MAIN POINTS :
1. Have you ever wondered why guitarists seem so laid back and loose on stage? Some shredders even appear to be immortal, like the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards. Maybe they just have access to really good doctors, but here’s another potential explanation: The axe might be as powerful as anything inside the medicine cabinet. Strapping on a Fender could boost your brainpower, sex life, six-pack, and more.
2. Feel Serious Pleasure
Who needs groupies? Simply plugging in your guitar, playing it, and listening to the music you’re creating can make you feel good—orgasmically so. According to a neuroscientific study from McGill University, hearing music triggers the release of dopamine in the brain, the same chemical that’s released during sex. That’s like musical masturbation.
3. Wave Away Stress
Whether it’s your boss or bills that give you anguish, grabbing your Gibson can help zap stress. A dual study from the Mind-Body Wellness Center and Loma Linda University School of Medicine and Applied Biosystems found that stress can be reduced on a genomic level by playing an instrument. Rocking out actually reverses your body’s response system to pressure.
4. Send Pain Packing
Forget popping pills: If you live with chronic pain, reach for a pick. According to a study from the University of Utah’s Pain Research Center, listening to music—and in this case, your own sweet licks—can take your mind off, and thereby reduce, pain.
5. Sharpen Your Mind
Did Einstein secretly shred? A new Scottish study says if you play the guitar—or any musical instrument, for that matter—you’re more likely to have sharper brain function, which can help guard against mental decline in the future. Open a songbook and study up.
6. Roughen Your Ticker
Rockers have killer chops—and cardiovascular systems: Researchers from the Netherlands found that patients who practiced music for more than 100 minutes a day showed a significant drop in blood pressure and a lower heart rate than those who didn’t. Three of the test subjects? Guitarists.
7. Subconscious Seduction.
Can’t wail yet? Don’t worry. Just carrying a guitar case can seriously boost the odds of women wanting you—even if they’re total strangers, finds recent research in Psychology of Music. How come? Studies show women associate musical ability with intelligence, commitment, hard work, and physical prowess—and ladies associate all those qualities with your ability to earn money. Israeli researchers recently sent friendship requests from a good-looking guy to 100 attractive, single women. In half the requests, the guy was holding a guitar. In the other half, he wasn't. Only 5 of 50 women accepted a friendship request from the guitar-less guy, while the man with the axe scored 14 attractive new “friends,” according to the study. The reason: Musical ability is linked to manliness.
9. Strike It Rich
You might not make it in the music biz, but your guitar could still help you earn the big bucks: Researchers from Michigan State University found that musicians who picked up an instrument at an early age and continued nurturing their craft throughout adulthood had a better chance of launching successful invention—logging patents, building businesses, and publishing pieces.
10. Build More Brainpower
Stuck at work without your six-string? You’re still giving your brain a workout: According to a Cambridge University study, musicians continue being creative even when they’re not playing their instruments. Researchers found that performers visualize music in terms of its shape, and then process that as a form of practice. Most don’t see it as such, but it’s a highly creative way of learning.
And a Bonus reason:
- Record Yourself, Reward Yourself
Often times, guitarists will record their sessions or demo songs; that way, they can go back and practice them. But bring your recordings to the gym and you might see a physical benefit: Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences found that music doesn't just make for solid background noise while working out—it actually made exercising less exhausting for study participants.
Neue regel's final note:
- If not a guitar, then another string-like instrument like Piano could be impressive as well.
4 feb 2014, 03:45 av futurolvidado
16 jan 2014, 12:52 av mistersirbandТретий и заключительный сингл перед нашим полноформатным альбомом, на этот раз в жанре rnb/hip-hop
Ещё год назад у нас появилась интересная идея - в рамках группы Two Chords сделать R&B-версию одной из песен. Просто мы решили, что мы настолько охеренная рок-группа, что кроме рока пора навести шухера ещё в одном жанре. Для этого мы пригласили нашего друга Вусала aka Voose. Его ebonix (если вы понимаете, о чём я) звучит роднее 50 сентовского, а член гораздно больше, чем у тебя!
В итоге, вместо одной, мы сделали даже пару песен, первая из которых стала синглом, а вторая - будет уже в альбоме.
Отдельная благодарность Славе Кривоносову за обложку, как к этому синглу, так и предыдущему синглу, а так же афишам прошедшего концерта. Его лучшую работу вы ещё увидите на обложке альбома.
Спасибо, конечно же, Вусалу! Хотя мы так часто писали об этом, что наверное уже задрали его этим.
Записано, спродюсировано и сведено на Juiced Alien Records, 2012-2013.
Hey, Jimmy Kimmel (feat. Voose) (R&B Version)