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17 jun 2015, 09:26 av fabrykamagazineRonan 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)
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5 jun 2015, 19:32 av fabrykamagazineTengger Cavalry - Horseman (song review) |Metal Hell Rec., Blood Sacrifice Shaman, 2015| 4/5
While browsing through a long list of metal bands, a listener may find out there are very few internationally recognized China-based groups in the genre. Here however comes an innovative and powerful Chinese quartet presenting traditional mongolian music mixed with heavy metal guitars. The band members call it ‘mongolian folk metal’, which is definitely an interesting addition to the already wide spectrum of metal music subgenres. Tengger Cavalry was established in 2010 as a solo project of Mongolian music, film & game music composer Nature Ganganbaigal. He formed the full band with Xin Wang, Kai Ding and Wei Wang later in 2012, and has released four albums in both Europe and United States up to date.
"Horseman" is Tengger Cavalry's newest track and was released on their Blood Sacrifice Shaman album (released as a limited demo version in 2010). The song title refers to a Mongolian nomadic man, one of those who are historically known for their excellent horse-riding skills (as well as hunting with falcons and eagles, as you might have watched in many movies). Fast horse-riding means an accelerated tempo and therefore, the band showcased that in this track.
The song begins with a surprising intro that would work well for an electronic composition, but leaves no doubt what is to come when it is followed by a straightforward guitar cannonade soon after. The track is entirely instrumental but it could sound mighty with growling vocals as well. The arrangements include the aforementioned traditional Mongolian tunes, skillfully combined with heavy, dirty metal guitars. The composition allows for giving space to both - at first you'll hear the folk vibe, then fast-paced drums, bass and guitars, then finally a complete mixture of them all.
The sound is heavy and vibrating but also soft and dreamy at times. Thus, it is a straight call to action that a bit later invites you to take a break. Listeners may imagine a furry horseman resting in front of a tent, next to a bonfire, eating fried meat and relishing the view of the place he was born in and belongs to - a vast grassland overlooked by the snowy mountains in the distance. Such a landscape may look boring to some foreigners, but it means freedom, survival, and a direct contact with nature for any native. After the rest, you can see him continue his mounted exploration of the land.
Is this kind of music inspiring? Definitely, as much as Norwegian metal drives listeners to dig into the Norse mythology to study about Valhalla, Fenrir or Yggrasil. In fact, Tengger is the name of the sky god of the Mongolian land. Moreover, if you're a fan of metal music looking to branch out, then this track may encourage you to not only start listening to Mongolian and more Asian ethnic music, but also researching and supporting the growing metal music scene over there.
(Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz, Fabryka Magazine, June 5th, 2015. Proofreading: Mike 'Vesper' Dziewoński)
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2 jun 2015, 23:20 av psenough
enrmp374 - dOISsEMIcIRCUITOSiNVERTIDOS - Live at RDA69 27/02/2015
Live recording of dSCi, here wearing their hats of electronic live jam experimentalists. This particular session was recorded during a tribute session to their member João Capela who sadly passed away last year. Concert photos by Irene Fernández. Cover artwork photos by Inês Cabral.
29 maj 2015, 20:17 av neesh
On September 20th Coheed and Cambria’s major label debut will turn 10 years old. In celebration, I’ve picked it for this week’s Album of the Week! Make sure to lend an ear to Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness this week!
Here’s a Spotify playlist including all of our Albums of the Week to date, with the exception of Cage’s Hell’s Winter, Porcupine Tree’s The Sky Moves Sideways, and King Crimson’s Thrak (they’re not in Spotify’s library).
Jan 7th – 14th: Cage – Hell’s Winter
Jan 14th – 21st: Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill
Jan 21st – 28th: 3 – Wake Pig
Jan 28th – Feb 4th: Radiohead – The Bends
Feb 4th – 11th: Thrice – Vheissu
Feb 11th – 18th: Deftones – Adrenaline
Feb 18th - 25th: dredg – Catch Without Arms
Feb 25th - Mar 4th: Mr. Bungle – Disco Volante
Mar 4th - 11th: Weerd Science - Friends And Nervous Breakdowns
Mar 11th - 18th: Jawbreaker - Dear You
Mar 18th - 25th: Bear vs. Shark - Terrorhawk
Mar 25th - Apr 1: Porcupine Tree - The Sky Moves Sideways
Apr 1st - 8th: Circa Survive - Juturna
Apr 8th - 15th: Sunny Day Real Estate - LP2
Apr 15th - 22nd: The Receiving End of Sirens - Between the Heart and the Synapse
Apr 22nd - 29th: Hum - You’d Prefer An Astronaut
Apr 29th - May 6th: Gatsbys American Dream - Volcano
May 6th - 13th: The Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
May 13th - 20th: The Mars Volta - Frances the Mute
May 20th - 27th: King Crimson - THRAK
May 20th - June 3rd: Coheed and Cambria - Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
A new album is announced every Wednesday night during the Neeshcast between 7-11pm Central on Radio Xenu.
23 maj 2015, 11:28 av puremusic4everA BRITISH MAN collected over 40,000 records – including vinyl singles and CDs – throughout his life, buying Top 40 chart hits every week from the 1950s to 2015.
Now Keith Sivyer’s entire collection is going under the hammer following the 75-year-old’s death – and includes records by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Abba, and the Sex Pistols as well as many one-hit wonders.
Ewbank Auctioneers, which is looking after the sale, has detailed music-lover and former DJ Sivyer’s dedication, explaining how his three-bed terraced house had thousands of pop records “neatly arranged on shelves around the rooms”.
15 maj 2015, 14:11 av puremusic4everRemembering B.B. King
15 maj 2015, 00:44 av criminalrecordsKerrang! 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."
"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"
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."
6 maj 2015, 16:00 av fabrykamagazineIn Virgo - In Virgo |self-released, 2015| 5/5 industrial rock, metalcore
1. Set Me Free, 2. The Light At the End, 3. The Chosen, 4. Lost All Of You, 5. The Poison, 6. Breaking Apart, 7. Public Enemy, 8. Bully The Few, 9. Revolution, 10. Colors, 11. Exposed, 12. Part Of Me
It's quite common in the music industry to find a guitar-driven album holding between one and four hit songs. In Virgo's release however may be a breakthrough in that category, since almost every of the 12 tracks present here has the potential to be a hit.
Chris Egert (guitar/synth/programming) has already proved his songwriting skills through making catchy music for his past project Replica. He then joined an electro/rock band September Mourning a few years later. The singer, Emily Lazar worked together with Chris, and also a little with Chris Vrenna (Nine Inch Nails) and Dave "Rave" Ogilvie (Skinny Puppy), leading to the Melancholia album released in Europe in 2012. While we’re talking collaborations, In Virgo's tunes are enriched with clear and metal-orientated voice of Chris Hodges, who definitely sounds fitting.
"Set Me Free" opens the tracklist with a gentle piano arrangement which is then joined by a dynamic fusion of edgy guitars, drums and metalcore vocals. There are guitar rock solos, the bass sounds thick, and every tune fits into the place perfectly. The lyrics here, and in other compositions on the album, refer to breaking from restrictions - and that can mean a break-up, a suicide attempt, opposing bullying, but also awakening to something new or an emotional detox.
"The Light At the End" brings a buzz of dynamics thanks to a tight mix of the guitar-bass-drums combo and rebellious, slightly raspy vocals. The track sounds catchy from the beginning to the very end and the choruses are going to etch themselves in your memory pretty easily. Such attributes make it a smashing hit to be performed live in front of a bigger audience.
The pace slows with the arrival of "The Chosen". The song's mood feels a bit darker than in the first two compositions. A bit more light shines through the choruses, however. As the song’s lyrics develop, a line of standing out vocals casts a feel of courage as indeed, anybody feeling as a 'chosen one' would be expected to express. Amazingly well written arrangements make this track a must-listen. Fans of Filter will dig "The Chosen" right away.
"Lost All Of You" begins with the sound of an unplugged guitar and catchy choirs, as if to avoid a repetition of intro techniques. It then develops into an alt-rock composition by bringing broad, uplifting choruses. My guess is that it was written to flow with sounds of many new and liked bands of the aforementioned genre. Yet there's no copycatting - it’s just In Virgo's original song writing enriched with the by now ‘usual’ edgy guitars. A lively and gentle guitar tune finishes the song, making its end a smooth match with the song's beginning, inviting to a looped listening.
A different vibe is utilized for "The Poison", which is kept in the vein of drum'n'bass thanks to phat and bubbly synths. There are, however, softer vocals used on the top of all the electronica. These can speak for Hodges' talent - his voice sounds at times rebelling, then velvety - and always adjusted to any song's mood. Since "The Poison" is one of tracks bringing slower tempo to the album, you can catch a breath before the high energy returns.
"Breaking Apart" will definitely please Filter’s fans, but they will not be the only ones enjoying it. Aside from bringing a familiar groove and melody, the song is vibrant to the point of spawning images of a fast-pace music video accompanying the track in your head. It has moments of drama, followed by the release of all the gathered-up tension. The drums and bass collaborate nicely here, keeping the dynamics steady. The vocals also comfortably appear as planned along all the instrumental parts, making the whole composition of "Breaking Apart" a prime example of great songwriting. Listeners who prefer heavier tunes get an exciting wall of sound, spiced up with aggressive vocals near the end of the song. Big applause to Chris Egert for the spreading of a harmonious mix of both electronic and guitar driven arrangements.
Next, we have "Public Enemy" with its vibrating, graded guitar riffs and a rebellious, marching vibe. The song moves from aggressive to melodic (and back again), especially in choruses. Through this track, In Virgo proves that a balanced composition needs to keep vocals at bay when there's a good moment to bring up instrumental parts only (and vice versa). Yet another great live show song.
As the title implies, "Bully The Few" touches on the very hot and relevant topic of bullying and speaks about breaking away from your enemies to honor your personal human freedom. It brings an equal portion of synths and guitars along with aggressive vocals and powerful dynamics. Yet again, In Virgo gives you a lesson in how to end a track properly.
"Revolution" comes with a slower tempo than its predecessors, but remains energetic thanks to the edgy guitar riffs. Its overall tune is softer, gives a hopeful feel, and could swap the vocals for female ones. Yet another track on the album good enough to be supported by a music video, as it brings a lively set of images to your mind while listening. While the synths put more 'air' and build up a space within the tune, the guitars, bass, and drums keep the entire composition properly grounded.
"Colors", on the other hand, is opened very lightly, with electronic samples. An effusion of guitar riffs follow next bringing a completely different 'color' to the palette of available sounds, including both brighter and darker shades. The riffs here sound dirty at times, while the drums are exposed. The song's mood is positive and uplifting though, with wide-open straightforward and repeating vocal parts make it a highly memorable hit song.
The theme of "Exposed" refers to dropping a mask without fear and living one's life in peace with the authentic self. The composition begins with a delicate tone which is then surrounded by a groovy, interlaced line built upon bass, drums, and guitars. Again, Chris Hodges presents his full voice range and you should be able to tell by now that he's a talented and definitely well trained singer. In addition, tiny choral elements in the background bring an “easy listening” feel to the track.
The album finishes on the peaceful note with yet another mild song. "Part of Me" offers a blend of modern rock sounds and therefore is a perfect track to be aired on the radio. The vocals and guitars are strongly accented but not pushy at all. They both flow smoothly, supported by matching drums and bass lines. "Part of Me" also calls for providing a suitable video for promotional purposes. Finally, if you listen closely to the lyrics, you may find traces of romantic poetry expressed through lines such as "I traded a photograph for sand and blue sky / It fades when the light falls short of your eyes when you cry".
Every composition on this album recalls a full circle - an entirely complete piece of art with extremely well written arrangements and compositions, professionally mixed, mastered, and produced. The tracklist order is set to gradually shift the listeners’ mood and attention for the ultimate listening experience. Fans of industrial rock, alt-rock, metalcore and those in love with Dope, Filter, the 90s Nine Inch Nails or even Celldweller will not be disappointed - but by no means should the audience for this album be limited to those groups. All the tracks could easily find their way to TV, movies or ads through licensing. They are equally promising for powerful live performances or intimate private listening sessions. The LA-based duo distribute their debut album in tune with a revolutionary new business model - you can either download music files for free or buy them. This should guarantee the In Virgo album reaches as many listeners as possible. Make sure you give it a try as soon as you finish reading this.
(Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz, Fabryka Music Magazine, April 9th, 2015. Proofreading: Mike 'Vesper' Dziewoński)
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