Yes, I do love my metal. Always have. However, I have a softer side, a side that loves to groove and chill. That is exactly what Junior Boys bring to the table. I found So This is Goodbye several years back (KEXP radio I believe) and I love this album. Perfect for work, perfect for just relaxing or a small gathering with friends. Junior boys have a very minimalistic electronic sound that just grooves right along. The vocals are just as soft and offer a fantastic melody to the soundbed. Another album that is fantastic from beginning to end. A must-have for anyone electronica lovers. I also love that cover. Not sure what it is, but it looks pretty rad. Favorite tracks from the album:
One of my favorite metal genres is Folk Metal. I've always loved bagpipes and other folk instruments, however, I really only knew of punk banks that implemented folk instruments, such as Flogging Molly or the Dropkick Murphys. Which I still enjoy them, but they don't have the epic sound that you can get from Folk Metal.
This week's album of the week is Ensiferum's From Afar. Their new album Unsung Heros is out in Europe this week, and next month for the US. From Afar embodies folk metal, in my opinion. On the title track "From Afar" you've got galloping and melodic guitars, energetic harsh vocals, a whole orchestra and even a "chorus" for the, well chorus-- all of which making for the truly epic folk metal sound (specifically Finnish Viking Folk Metal). An awesome album overall, and there is something for any type of metal head. My favorite tracks on the album:
I found Thy Catafalque late last year in my rediscovery of metal. I was pretty sick of the metal that was coming out of the US, and bands I did enjoy from the US weren't putting out anything interesting. I think I found Thy Catafalque while browsing Last.fm's similar artists feature (though it very well could have been browsing new releases in RDIO). Thy Catafalque is a one man force: Tamás Kátai, sort of like Nine inch Nails and Trent Reznor. So I can seriously appreciate that.
Hailing from Hungary (this blew my mind) and singing entirely in Hungarian, their sound is some of the most diverse music from a single band I've heard. Apparently categorized as Avant Garde metal, Kátai mixes symphonic strings with electronic overtones, with pulsating drums and seriously heavy rhymic guitars- often in a single track. Reneteg is absolutely an adventure and your ears will love you for taking them along. Often a song will start out über metal , then wind down to a symphonic almost lullabye, then take off on an electronic dance tour. Seriously, I cannot say enough amazing things about this band and their diversity. They even pinch my music nerve- a disco beat. Stand out tracks:
- Fekete mezok
- Az eső, az eső, az eső
8.99 on Amazon mp3 and worth every cent.
Intimacy is my favorite Bloc Party album to date. I really dig the more electronic route they took along with a bit more "dance" beats if you will. The remix album is fantastically solid with some great reinterpretations that are a lot of fun. As of this writing, Amazon's got it on sale for six bucks. Highlight tracks:
- Ares (Villains Remix)
- Biko (Mogwai Remix)
- One Month Off (Filthy Dukes Remix)
I love the entire album, and if I still had my MINI, I can easily see myself enjoying this blazing over the mountain passes in the PNW.
I'm going to try to share an Album of the week, hopefully, each week. This week I've got an Estonian Folk metal band Metsatöll. Specifically their 2011 album "Ulg". Fantastic harmony vocals, driving guitars and of course a variety of folk instruments. Lyrics are entirely in Estonian, and sound fantastic. Plus the artwork is pretty sweet. Duck men in a fish boat? Or is that a mermaid boat?