It’s not the first time we write about the brilliance of a little band called The Sun Explodes, a progressive metal/rock act from Carlisle, UK. Their adventurous album “We Build Mountains” was one of my favourite releases in 2013, and these guys are finally back with more music to caress and impress our ears. Here’s the first single from the upcoming EP, accompanied by a beautiful, atmospheric video that smoothly emphasizes the strong melancholic emotions in the song.
“The Calm, The Storm” EP is released on May 18 and front man Dave Maclachlan gives us a good picture of what it’s about:
“Expect some big hooky chorus’, the occasional techy riff, and plenty of self-indulgent grandiose. Remember when you had some good food and you were all like, f**king hell this is so good, why doesn’t all food taste this good?! That’s us, but we’re a band not a food.”
No, he’s not just bragging. It’s actually true.
I am not one for live albums anymore. I used to always buy them because I felt I was enjoying a piece of the band that I did not have regular access to. The live setting was raw and mostly unedited back then. It seemed pure and energetic. Then, bands like Dream Theater and Opeth (to name just two) went and threw a whole bunch of production into their live albums/DVDs and now my bar has grown accustomed to excellent sound. How can I go back to bootleg-ish production now? There is one exception to the rule though. The (sort of) “unplugged” setting is an intimate atmosphere free of distortion and all around craziness. More importantly, bands have to rehearse quite a bit because the audience will be able to hear every single nuance of the music. It has to be awesome. This is where Katatonia’s new live concert, Sanctitude, comes in. It is (basically) unplugged, crisp, and sensational. Of course, the production helps. Read the rest of this entry
Here are the second six of the 12 female-fronted albums our friends at Sonic Cathedral reviewed during March. I’m still trying to determine if the Christopher Backeberg who does reviews for SC is the same one who posts as ChristopherMammal on Metal State. Every time I look for him, he seems to be looking for me.
Our good friends at Sonic Cathedral have reviewed 12 albums since our February digest. SC covered a lot of different types of music, from alternative and prog rock to death metal, all featuring female vocalists. Sonic Cathedral is a destination all FF metal and rock bands and fans should know about and visit.
Thanks again, SC, for sharing your coverage and the summaries of every review!
We’re posting a song from each album. This round-up will be in two parts ‘cos we don’t wont to super-saturate you with top-class FF music. As a digression, that reminds of an answer some chemistry student gave in a test. Q: What is a super-saturated solution? A: A solution that holds more than it can hold.