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Does It Hold Up: Opeth Edition


opeth-logo-pretoI thought I’d try to do something new here.  Since I’ve become a curmudgeon of an old grandpa with new music lately and have been spending my time enjoying the metric fuckton of music I’ve accumulated over the years I thought it would be a good idea to revisit some of the more historied bands catalogs and see how they hold up years later now that the hype and initial impact is gone.  I’ll be looking at how often I’ve found myself revisiting the records, which songs/albums may have lost me or grown on me, if an album has been rendered obsolete by the artists later works, etc.

Today I’ll be taking the easy route and looking at one of my all time favorite bands, Opeth, and seeing how they hold up in the decade plus amount of time I’ve been following the band (they pretty much all do).  Enjoy!!!!  Peace Love and Metal!!!!

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Mik’s Top 100 Favourite Albums of All Time – The top 5


Top100A while ago, at the same time as Matt and Reggie, I posted my Top 100 All Time Favourite (Metal) Albums over at the forum The History of Metal on FB. It took a good amount of time and effort to put it together, but it was so much fun! My taste in metal is always changing, so the list will not always look the same. In fact, it’s already a bit different than it was when I first put it together and posted it on the forum seven months ago.

I tried to limit myself to three albums per band to make the list a little more diverse and interesting. I don’t really consider the ‘test of time’-factor when selecting what albums that will go on my list, instead I measure it by how strongly the album has affected me emotionally and how much/often it has helped me through both good and bad phases in my life. That’s why you can find quite a few newer releases among my favourites too. 

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We’re down to the last post, my top five best albums ever released of all the thousands and thousands of cd’s I’ve listened to during the years. 

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#5  Altar Of Plagues – Teethed Glory And Injury

An album from 2013 which, after almost daily spins throughout most of last year, has to be mentioned in the top of this list. Like I said in my review;  it is an extremely rewarding listen. It’s an album packed with depth, darkness and tortured pain executed in the most beautiful way. Primitive and intimate music with a forceful and disturbing atmosphere. Music like this is necessary to balance out all the melodic and proggy stuff in my cd-collection.

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Mik’s Top 100 Favourite Albums of All Time #25-21


Top100A while ago, at the same time as Matt and Reggie, I posted my Top 100 All Time Favourite (Metal) Albums over at the forum The History of Metal on FB. It took a good amount of time and effort to put it together, but it was so much fun! My taste in metal is always changing, so the list will not always look the same. In fact, it’s already a bit different than it was when I first put it together and posted it on the forum seven months ago.

I tried to limit myself to three albums per band to make the list a little more diverse and interesting. I don’t really consider the ‘test of time’-factor when selecting what albums that will go on my list, instead I measure it by how strongly the album has affected me emotionally and how much/often it has helped me through both good and bad phases in my life. That’s why you can find quite a few newer releases among my favourites too.

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#25  Orkenkjott – Onskediktet

‘Onskediktet’ is a really odd, proggy debut album from Norway, with influences from 70’s prog but with a heavier sound. It feels very middle-eastern at times, and it’s not only because the band is called “desert meat” and claim they play “desert rock”. They have an extraordinary vocalist whose voice takes some time to get used to, but I like their unique style, with many weird and amazing moments.

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Album Review: Caligula’s Horse – The Tide, The Thief & River’s End


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Caligula’s Horse has crafted songs that are so alive and so powerful that I get tears in my eyes. Their music makes me do more than just listen, I’m feeling it, I’m living it.  

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Genre: Progressive rock/metal with a unique, modern and intelligent sound

Recommended for fans of: Opeth, Pain of Salvation, Porcupine Tree, Karnivool, Dream Theater, TesseracT, concept albums, interesting music

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Song Of The Week: Caligula’s Horse – Dark Hair Down


If you have the slightest interest in progressive rock/metal, especially the kind with a good rhythm section and great guitar work, and some of your favourite bands happen to be named Opeth, Tool, Karnivool, Porcupine Tree  or Pain of Salvation, you need to check out the Australian band Caligula’s Horse. Don’t worry, they are not copying aforementioned bands, they do have a very nice style of their own and perfectly blends modern metal with a more classic proggy sound and outstanding vocals.

I first saw their name on Facebook a couple of weeks ago, as a recommendation by the band Ne Obliviscaris. Because they were mentioned by Ne Obliviscaris (another awesome band) and in the same sentence as “great gigs” and “Twelve Foot Ninja” (my latest musical addiction), I decided to investigate it further. After a couple of days and their new album ‘The Tide, The Thief and River’s End’ on repeat, I’m sold. Completely. In love. Head over heels…

Dark Hair Down‘ provides a taste of it, but the album has so much more than this to offer:

 

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EP Review: Brutai – Brutai


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This should come with a warning-sticker that says “highly addictive music”.

A good friend of mine has been saying lots of positive things about the five tracks on this EP, and after a couple of spins I have to say he’s right. This is an impressive collection of groovy songs with a progressive and modern sound, which should appeal to fans of classic heavy metal just as much as it will to people that prefer newer styles. It’s slightly reminiscent of both Symphony X and Iced Earth, with heavy, hard-hitting music and melodic singing, but Brutai also mixes in elements of metalcore and progressive death metal, which gives a nice edgy feel to their songs.

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Songs That Define My Taste In Music #4 & #3 (Reggie)


music-taste--large-msg-132724488296Talking to other metal admirers has certainly opened my ears to a world of music I barely knew existed.  I have to say, my library has expanded quite a bit over the years though meeting friends in blogs and social forums.  A recent conversation on a facebook forum called “I, Author of Despair” led me to do some soul searching on songs that define my taste in music, more specifically heavy metal.  When asked, I usually tell people I just like the aggressive nature of the music, but after thinking about it for a bit I realized there are so many other reasons that define my particular taste…reasons that opened the door to my favorite genres and opened further doors to new ones.   Those 10 reasons in no particular order are Speed, Cadence, and Flow; Rhythm and Groove; Guitars; Presentation and Appearance; Disposition; Artistic Impression; Technicality; Poignant Intelligible Lyrics; Storytelling; and Aggression.  Although some of the bands used to articulate the things that define my taste can cross over into multiple areas, I use them as good examples of why it defines my taste in music.

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Mik’s Top 100 Favourite Albums of All Time #40-36


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A while ago, at the same time as Matt and Reggie, I posted my Top 100 All Time Favourite (Metal) Albums over at the forum The History of Metal on FB. It took a good amount of time and effort to put it together, but it was so much fun! My taste in metal is always changing, so the list will not always look the same. In fact, it’s already a bit different than it was when I first put it together and posted it on the forum seven months ago.

I tried to limit myself to three albums per band to make the list a little more diverse and interesting. I don’t really consider the ‘test of time’-factor when selecting what albums that will go on my list, instead I measure it by how strongly the album has affected me emotionally and how much/often it has helped me through both good and bad phases in my life. That’s why you can find quite a few newer releases among my favourites too.

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#40 Negura Bunget – OM

I like Negura Bunget mainly for their flowing, hypnotic sound. I love the dramatic build-up in their songs and with the unconventional song structures and beautiful ambience. ‘OM’ is a very dark and spiritual piece of folkish black metal. The addition of folk instruments and lyrics sung in the band’s native language adds a wonderful and mysterious feeling to their music.

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EP Review: Black Crown Initiate – Song Of The Crippled Bull


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“Black Crown Initiate is the sound of a sentient being at war with itself and everything else;

an entity holding on for dead life as its inner and outer world dies”

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This is one of those “just buy it”-releases. So, just buy it…

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Tales From Bandcamp: Heart of Oak by Anciients


a1928185160_10Somewhere between Opeth and Mastodon lies Anciients.  Wielding the sword of prog metal coated in moody atmospheres and honed with memorable riffing and catchy melodies Heart of Oak slays even the weariest of prog metal fans.  Stellar musicianship that is very technical but never roams into the superfluous realms and a dearth of variety and pacing make this album even more of an engaging listen.  While I have found myself becoming rather disappointed in new prog metal bands the past couple years or so and many new bands that tag themselves with the genre and produce nothing but snooze-fests, Heart of Oak is such a breath of fresh air.  Nothing comes off feeling contrived or forced but wholly organic and passion fueled.  An excellent debut and I greatly look forward what this Canadian band can do in the future.  Give the album a listen and share your thoughts.  If you dig it buy yourself a copy and tell your metal loving brethren about them.  Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!

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