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iamntbatman
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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 2:08 am 
 

@ TripeOverload:

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Huh, that's a...strange reading of The Black Heart Procession. They're super melodramatic but it's all dark Americana type stuff. Never really heard them compared to Radiohead before. Different strokes and all, I guess...
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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 5:02 am 
 

the chills - pink frost

never heard of this band before, but it's some pretty good, easy-listening pop stuff. the guy isn't the best singer, but the music underneath is good. i try not to use this adjective, but "cruisy" comes to mind. it's a pretty simple track in all in all though; a bassline playing 3 notes, a drum track, then the vocals over the top. incidentally, i'm typing this as it plays in the background, i switched to the video, and the clip is all of a sudden super-creepy! seemed a little out of place though - while most of the clip was just a guy walking around, some shots of a forest, etc... all of a sudden there's some kind of goth scarecrow in the picture! ha. who knows. all in all, not too bad but definitely mood music. reminiscent of the theme tune from mr bean, haha.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1DRTnP0gY8

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TripeOverload
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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 7:58 am 
 

iamntbatman wrote:
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Huh, that's a...strange reading of The Black Heart Procession. They're super melodramatic but it's all dark Americana type stuff. Never really heard them compared to Radiohead before. Different strokes and all, I guess...


I gave their 2 a listen, and it does have some amazing tracks indeed. But this song, taken individually... it is plain meh. Within the context of the album, it actually makes sense, though, and fortunately that guitar sound is more prominent on other songs. Cannot tell much about the Americana, I usually associated Americana with Bill Frisell, for example, who has a less melodramatic sound.

Frenzal Rhomb - Russell Crowe's Band

Essentially a punk rant against fucking potentates who pose as total "ahtists" ( :mad: ) - in this specific case, Russell Crowe's band is derided as a means for Crowe to get more royalties and shit, without having any intrinsic value - this 1 minute song has a rather funny video and some nice melodic hooks. I was hard pressed to find anything that would make me come back to this band, though... it's like a more polished and musically competent remake of the Dicks' Fake Bands song, and with a much less phlegmy vocalist, but played 30 years later. I think I prefer Fake Bands...

Anyone for this track? :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrUoK_TvVa8
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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 3:19 pm 
 

@TripeOverload:

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Ah, good to hear you liked them more in album format. Not gonna review the Low track, though, as I'm already a huge Low fan (and have posted Low tracks in this thread, I believe...) so I'll let someone else check them out.
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Abominatrix
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PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2014 12:21 pm 
 

Ah hello there. I guess I'll be The One:

Low: "Words"

A minimal, hermetic title for a very restrained, measured piece of music. Immediately arresting is the insistent, sliding bass, and what a great tone. Production has a good deal to do with the appeal of this music -- not to suggest that the musicians behind this couldn't adequately convey an atmosphere on their own, but I can well imagine how in the wrong hands this sound would come off as a bit bland and too direct -- the mix is full of "space", reverberating and sparse, while it still sounds like the band is playing nearby and not at the end of some long tunnel with the listener straining to follow proceedings. Those ride hits are so steady and constant, ddriving the piece forward at a deliberate pace with a beat/rhythm that never changes in the slightest and doesn't need to. Piano and I think very slight guitar embellishments interestingly almost completely eschew the use of chords until the chorus, where a vocal harmony rises a bit more stridently and manages to be pretty and evocative. There is a ghostly feeling to this; something that suggests longing and a bit of melancholy, but it's not bitter or self-consuming, if that makes sense. The verses are more memorable for the feeling they convey rather than notes or lyrics, which would I think take a few more listens for me to properly absorb. I must say that bass really sounds great with the volume turned up. I dug the restrained emotion of this piece...it is a little tentative maybe, but charmingly and deliberately so. I'd gladly go for more.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oF0MQ339Imc
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PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2014 1:23 pm 
 

Gorsh, so it happened.

Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso - R.I.P.

One fresh discovery - an Italian prog band (with a name that translates as... bank of mutual aid or some shit like that, I guess). When I think of Italian stuff, it's either great artists such as Black Hole and Bulldozer, Ennio Morricone, Paolo Fresu etc. , either scenes of me stuffing my guts with pizza/lasagna/scampi with Cutugno & company moaning about Itagliani veri in the background. This song is a prog rock tune played almost entirely by the numbers, nonetheless considerably more melodramatic than the stuff put out by many peers of other nationalities. Reasonably fast paced and featuring some knotty interplay between piano, bass and guitar, the first half is still generally much more controlled than it could have been, save for a tiny bit of noisy guitar freakout around 2:50, after which the band ends the alert section and goes for a second half of balladry, richer from a musical standpoint (organ, flute, a bit of violin too). The ending of the track seems somehow rushed, with a dizzy fast synthesizer crashing into violently strummed chords, and that's it. The vocalist is not necessarily a standout but he sure sounds Italian as spaghetti. He would've had no problem going to events like San Remo.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SeF8Uvms2g
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PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2014 1:40 pm 
 

@ Tripe:

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Nice. i could have picked a longer, more involved/developed piece by them I suppose but I tend to think shorter = better as far as these threads go, and I really like this song anyway, being the first Banco tune I heard and having perhaps a special significance now given that the vocalist died a couple of months back. I do think he was one of the better vocalists in Italian prog by the way...melodramatic for sure, but very fitting.
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PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2014 3:37 pm 
 

The Jesus Lizard - If You Had Lips

Ah, the Jesus Lizard. Used to listen to these guys a bit when I was 16 or whatever but have since totally forgot about them. They have some pretty good shit, for sure. I guess this is alt rock before the term alt rock became absolutely meaningless. This song is a tad noisy (for alt rock of course), has some strong, playful bass and some excellent guitar parts with a really cool swing to it. This is a really fun track and not generic at all. The vocals are kind of ehhhh, but whatever - they're not the main focus. Thanks for reintroducing me to the band, think I'll listen some more.

I don't care how much the PBR-swilling hipster swine like it, this is awesome:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZO7ZWfvCjBE
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PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2014 4:46 pm 
 

@dystopia4

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Yeps, Yow's vocals have always been acquired taste par excellence. Still, I love his vaguely melodic, unconventional approach to screaming. He seems quite a groovy guy.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2014 2:21 pm 
 

Arcade Fire - Intervention

Dang, this song has a really good dark theme to it. My issue with it is everything else. The singer sounds horribly poppy, the instrumentals just aren't cutting it, and the whole song just sounds like that kind of thing that you'd hear on alt radio. The instrumentals specifically are awful. They are just horribly incomplex and uninteresting. I was bored by the 0:45 mark (don't worry, I still listened to the whole thing).

My song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyy7BbU1lSg
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 6:27 pm 
 

Oke... that's me again.

The Ghost Inside - Test The Limits

Frankly, I have no clear idea about the distinction between contemporary hardcore and metalcore, so I'll just take these guys for a hardcore act. A considerably upbeat song with a decent beginning that gets repeated for most of the song (that speshul kind of melody that makes Linkin Park and Jay Z fans cream their pants), plus some "relentless" breakdowns, but no leads, or anything that would demand repeated listens, for that matter. Reasonably generic guitar tone and a very competent machine-like drummer, but the flavor has been lost during the proceedings. This is what you'd get if you started a conversation with a drunken motivational speaker who provides vocalisms for a hardcore band as a pastime, I guess... Man, hardcore is so far nowadays from what it used to be.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uUpt_C4xeI
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 14, 2014 5:10 pm 
 

Sprawl - Martyrium Und Genuss

Sorry man, really hated this. I'm all for weird music and experimentation, but I found this really annoying. Really weird blasty drums (with an awful tone) are the main focus and they're just really loose and abrasive . . . not in an unsettling way, more in an incomprehensibly irritating way. There are also these awful squealing horns that occasionally come up to assault the soundscape. This is definitely not for me....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBlq-yuY6uo
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 14, 2014 9:13 pm 
 

@dystopia

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Nah, no problem in that, dude. I just happen to enjoy seemingly disorganized tunes more than some people, I guess. Michael Wertmuller is a helluva drummer, too bad if the tone put you off - my headphones helped a lot, I hear all that shit going on and it's a lot of it, cuz the guy speaks mostly in snaky ever-changing signatures. Just one suggestion: whenever you have time, if you use slsk or stuff like that, try the track called Zweites Purgatorium from this album. It features a really epic guitar lead riff + improvisation. And the drums are a bit more audible...


And your track, Gain by Burning Love, was a relatively pleasant surprise. I am not very keen on this type of rock, though it resembles well the anger present in songs from early 90's acts that I love such as Unsane, Laughing Hyenas and maybe even Dinosaur Jr. The sonorities, however, are more elaborate and rather far removed from the Southern sociobilly optic of the first two of the aforementioned acts, and show a very competent punk revival act, with a flair for composing catchy angry ditties and an instrumental ability that matches it perfectly - including fitting dramatic solos that change the flow of the general sound in surprising ways. The vocalist employs a coarse semi-melodic scream that really reminds me (again) of the vocalist from Laughing Hyenas, the drumming is the standard for punk, nothing stunning but aggressive enough to provide a good backbone for the rest of the band. Might be checking out more of these folks, especially if they insert a bit of variety in their tracks.
('Preesheate your blog and your respect for the good olds like the Jeez Liz :p ).

Here is a voodoobilly classic from an Amphetamine Reptile act :love: that made some of my fave songs. Not as experimental as labelmates Cows or Melvins, but still a peculiar band.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbstkboBBV0
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 12:33 am 
 

I know that posting the song of the person who replied to my song is an exceedingly lame thing to do, but no one has posted here for over half a month, so might as well I guess...

God Bullies - What Are You Looking For

I liked this quite a bit more than your last song. Probably not something I'd come back to on my own volition, but pretty enjoyable for what it is. Noisy rock music with a gothic/post-punk edge. The leads on this steal the show, although simplistic they are have a nice sweet sound and provide a nice contrast to the rough nature of the music. A nice strong bass presence, here. My one problem with this would be the murky vocals - while nothing egregious, I feel another approach could have served the song much better. The whiny spoken word thing at the end was kind of unnecessary, too. Not a bad song at all, but I think the vocals would stop me from revisiting it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CULo30StFW4
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 3:39 am 
 

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Hmmm... Yeah didn't really dig this at all. Brings me back to my childhood though, but not even nostalgia can move me. T.Rex are one of those bands for me - the one you know of due to the staggering amount of radio play their bigger songs got/get over the years that they seem to have been around forever and ever. To me this just sounds dated, with those reverb claps in the background, stringy, noodly guitar licks and those vocals which I never really liked. It moves at a plodding pace too, which really didn't help keep my attention whatsoever, as it just sort of... ambled aimlessly along. The soulful vocals underneath it all were probably the best thing about this, and that's a stretch to find anything redeeming about this. Sorry man to bring this thread back with such a negative review, but I really couldn't enjoy this on any level.

Something more modern with an eighties throwback?
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