Last week a good friend of mine recommended me this album, called ”Renewal”, by Colaris. Until recently i had no idea about the band. So i asked my friend ”is it post metal or post metal related?” and then he asked me ”wow, how did you know?”. 97 out of 100 albums he has recommended me lately are all post metal or post something. So it wasn’t really hard to figure it out. But enough with my lame humor. The band comes from Pirmasesns, Germany. ”Renewal” Lp was released back in 2012. And if it wasn’t perhaps for youtube or spotify or even bandcamp we would had never found out bands like Colaris. So internet thank you for that. Today’s album includes eight tracks. I think it would be really wrong to classify this album solely as post metal/rock. The band has trully many influences. O.k you may trace some Pelican influences here. But what i feel is that the band has achieved to form an idntity of its own. All songs are really heavy, filled with exquisite, melodies. There is no doubt, the ambience that comes out of these songs is great. Some songs like ”Reveal” sound really liberating. Songs like ”Focus Shift” don’t sound that liberating to me but one can not deny that this is some great songwriting in my opinion. ”Focus Shift” is my favorite track from ”Renewal”. ”Trail” is another great track. Listening to this song, there is only a single word that i can come up with. And that is Lyricism. There is so much beauty in this record. Find here beautiful soundscapes. Here are some links where you can also listen to ”Renewal”.
Actually, here’s two albums that blew my mind recently. We start with Bone Dance.
- Bone Dance – I have lived like an animal, but i will die like an angel.
Bone Dance is a chaotic hardcore band from Boise, Idaho, United States. Back in 2009 they released this kick-ass album with its really long title. Ten tracks are included in this album. In my opinion what we have here is a great combination of hardcore, sludge, grindcore, extreme metal e.t.c. They combined it all perfectly and they created one of the best hardcore albums of the last ten years. Here’s a link where you can listen to the whole album:
- Loma Prieta – Last City
A friend of mine actually had recommended me Loma Prieta. Really nice band in my opinion. The band comes from San Fransisco, United States. As for their music one could describe it as chaotic hardcore perhaps. The thing is genres come and go. Originality is what matters. ”Last City” was released back in 2008. Ten tracks are included in this album as well. This is a more melodic, atmospheric album but make no mistake it is really heavy as it should be. Check it out:
It’s time for a live report (well sort of). Yesterday i decided to go to this live gig in Athens. The club is called Bums Blackbird. And its underground stage proved to be trully underground. Well, some friends that came to the live were late as usual so i decided to order a beer. The place where the live took place, i think must had been an old warehouse or something like that. Nevertheless its walls were covered with some impressive graffitis. I’ ve never seen Diamanda Galas, Jack White and Johnny Cash drawn like that (and in the same place) before in my life. Friends finally came. Five minutes later (about 21:15) Mock the Mankind stormed the stage. This is actually a new band. They played their songs from their upcoming full length, debut album which i find them to be great. Instrumental, post, psychedelic doom metal at its best. Next band was Supersoul. Until yesterday i had no freakin’ idea about Supersoul. Nevertheless the truth is that they made many heads turn with their heavy blues/ stoner rock/ metal blend. After Supersoul it was time for Amniac to go up on stage and do their thing. We have already talked about Amniac in this blog. Back in 2014 they released an impressive debut album. Up on stage they performed their songs greatly and i think that the band delivered. Unfortunatelly i had to leave earlier than i expected so i missed Green Yeti. This is a great band as well. Check out this link over here and you’ ll see what i’m saying: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VLu2kGhBTg). I didn’t like the fact i missed the last band but i definitely had a great time. Until the next time then.
So ”Limbosis” is the title of the album we’ re reviewing today. Or else my exit pass from my personal limbo where i had temporarilly lost some interest in heavy music. O.k that’s not totally true but i had been really struggling the last days to find something interesting. Luckily for me, Jakub from Abstrakt sent me a message requesting a review. I had never before heard of this band so i decided to check them out. For the record, Abstrakt is a five piece band from Poznan, Poland. The band was formed back in 2010. ”Limbosis” which was released on the 1st of January is their debut, full length album. Eight tracks are included in this album. Their music is an exciting blend of progressive metal, post metal and progressive rock also. Basically we’ re talking about heavy, atmospheric music here. I think it is also quite obvious that this band loves Tool. But then again everybody likes Tool. First track is called ”Teratorma”. And allow me to say that is one hell of a song to start a record. Great, massive track. I have only a slight objection here. In some parts they have overdone it perhaps with those synths. I mean you’ ve managed to create a majestic atmosphere here, you have achieved to get your message across. Why overdo it? Second track is called ”The Bus”. Nice one as well here. I must say i quite enjoyed this song. Third track is called ”Clockhouse” and it is my favorite one from ”Limbosis”. It’s like everything fits appropriately here. From the bass, guitar, vocals. Just check it out and you’ ll see what i’m saying here. I could easily divide ”Wolf” into two parts where the second bigger part sound quite liberating in a sense. ”Bloody Mary” is a ”toolish” song if you will. It is a song where one can also appreciate Krzysztof’s vocal skills. That also goes for ”Liars Symphony”. Nice tunes here. The album ends in a nice way with two heavy as fuck track called ”Greatnot” and ”Journey”. So what can say about this album? It was definitely a really pleasant surprise for me. Judging from the album’s front cover art i didn’t really have high hopes. Nevertheless i couldn’t have been more wrong. Production wise i think they have done a great job. Before i conclude this review i want to make a last comment. ”Limbosis” is a concept album. Nevertheless you don’t have to explain step by step what’s going on in this record. Just give away some hints and let the listener discover the rest. Don’t ruin the magic. Definitely recommended for progressive and post metal fans, but then again not only for them. Here are some links where you can also listen to ”Limbosis”:
Today i wanted to talk to you about an album that is considered to be a classic one, at least in the hip hop world. Jeru the Damaja is a rapper from Brooklyn, New York. ”The Sun rises in the East” is his debut album, released back in 1994. Many people believe that it is one of the best hip hop albus ever recorded. It was produced by Dj Premier. I remember watching a video on youtube where another hip hop artist (Talib Kweli) mentioned Jeru. Just out of plain curiosity i decided to check out this artist whose name i’ ve never heard before. So that was the first time i came across ”The Sun rises in the East”. Thirteen tracks are included in this album. Approximately 21 years have passed since its release but the feeling i’ve got is that it never gets old. Certainly the most known track from this album is ”come clean”. In my opinion this a track that can be easily described as hardcore. It is a true delight to hear Jeru rap in this track. And certainly that minimal beat sticks easily in your mind. 1994 was a time where hip hop was slightly different than it is today. Just watch the video clip made for ”come clean” and you’ ll see what i’m saying here. Nevertheless, despite what most people believe, i consider ”ain’t the devil happy” to be the album’s best track. It is trully one hell of a track. The way i see it the lyrics of this song are great. Don’t forget that we’ re talking about hip hop here. Lyrics and verbal abilities are extremely important. Again you can find a sick beat here, dope as hell. Minimalistic yet great. And of course you must also check out ”My Mind spray”. I consider this track to be an atmospheric one. Again it stands out for its minimalistic, dope beat and for Jeru’s great mcing. Another great track from ”the sun rises in the east” is ”Brooklyn took it”. To be honest i’ve been listening to this album for three weeks straight now. And to be honest i can’t seem to stop. In my opinion these thirteen tracks form a great atmospheric album. An album characterized by Jeru’s excellent rimes and mcing, as well as its excellent beats. Definitely recommended for hip hop fans but not only for them. Here is a link where you can listen to ”The Sun rises in the East”: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCG53XU4Cg4)
It’s been a while since i last did a review here in Tzertzelos. I simply couldn’t find anything i could relate to. I had been busy with some other stuff also. Anyways. The thing is i think i finally found an album that i really like. Izah is a six piece band from Tilburg, Holland. Their music is a blend of atmospheric metal and sludge/doom metal as well. On the 23rd of February they released ”Sistere”. This is also their newest release and first full length album of course. Four songs are included in this release. If someome asked me to describe ”Sistere”, then i would probably use two words. And these two words would have to ”epic ride” or something like that. This is how i feel. You can check out ”Duality”. the album’s second song, and you’ ll see what i’ m saying here. the band has managed to combine sludge and post metal in a really nice way. Nevertheless there’s more to that. Remember when atmospheric metal was the shit back in the 90’s? Trust me you’ll find something from that here. As for their songs, i have to say these songs are of course immensely heavy and last really long. I’ve said it before and i’m going to say it again. It is not easy to write a 30 minute song. I ‘m talking about ”Sistere” which is the album’s fourth song. In my opinion it’s great. One could pereive it perhaps like a theatrical play, composed of two or three parts if you will. I don’t think that someone just listens to this song. The way i see it it’s more of an experience. So what can one expect from this album? Many things for sure. I think we can easily name it album of the month, and perhaps one of the best albums of this year so far. So surpass the mediocre front cover art and listen to ”Sistere”. Links:
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