Coverkillernation!

A couple of weeks ago I found out about this awesome youtube channel: Coverkillernation. This guy is great at reviewing music, and currently also has a band VS. band tournament going on – Actually it ends pretty soon so go and vote(meaning: comment on the video page). Its the Elite 8 stage now:

Opeth vs. Death
Rush vs. Overkill
Enslaved vs. Tool
Porcupine Tree vs. Pantera

May the best band win! Though I fear that will be Opeth..or Pantera. Both bands are great..but..*ahem*, well..this IS “underrated Reviews”. I think these bands have already won enough praise for an eternity. I’m all for those underrated guys(and..girls!? ). Anyway this dude has some truely badass attitude and cool ideas. and he IS underrated!

Porcupine tree or Pantera? MAN that was a hard choice to make!

Vomit The Soul – Apostles Of Inexpression

Reading discussions on metal music, I get the feeling that many people dislike the Slam\brutal sub-genre of DM, and I somewhat agree with them. Many new bands in this genre usually put all of their efforts into playing fast and “brutal”, but lack an understanding of the importance in good songwriting and interesting song structure, so..all these..”efforts”.. really amount to nothing.

But, some bands do remember that even extreme metal is a form of music ! You have to know how to keep things interesting, especially when you’re focusing on riffs with almost no melodic lines. Vomit The Soul know this. Their songs are fun & brutal, but also treat the listener intelligently in terms of technique, syncopation, and song structure. Building these elements together, they create a killing rhythm section which moves from breakneck speed to heavy slams in a blink of an eye, breaking the music apart and putting it back together in a different form each time, not unlike Dying Fetus or Suffocation.

Lyrics in “Apostles of Inexpression” are actually philosophical, no gore or pornographic bullshit, though the vocals do make them indecipherable. My guess is, if you’re a fan of the Sub-genre, you won’t care much for that, or expect this to be the most original album. There’ll never be another “Non So Vile” or “Killing On Adrenaline”(best brutal\slam albums IMO) – But this is a gem in its genre, containing lots of heavy & memorable riffs. The sound here is simply crushing!

Prototypes of values incarnation

I did mention “non so vile”!

First Review: Haken – Aquarius

The first album I would like to recommend is the newest one in my music collection, and is also considered to be the best prog album of 2010: Haken – Aquarius.   I myself ain’t no huge prog fan – I just started listening to prog stuff a year ago and I like maybe 3-5 bands. but forget genre labels..this an amazing piece of music!

“Aquarius”  has all the guitar tricks and wacky time signatures you might have heard of, but manages to sound totally original, mainly thanx to smart compositions and the use of keys that play major roles in all songs – from quiet interludes to various epic & dark parts(with many different sounds). Even though most songs are pretty damn long, they flow naturally and don’t feel like they are dragging you just for the sake of it. The music includes many enjoyable instrumental parts, but also delievers uplifting, memorable choruses. This leads us on to the the vocals, which are also something special – they’re really not your typical aggressive vocals nor high pitched stuff. They are softer but very percise, filled with emotion and always giving meaning to the lyrics. The whole album isn’t that much on the “heavy” side of music, but(strangely), this is exactly what makes it so awesome; Free from obligations or limitations, Haken avoid falling into cliche`s, and really go where few bands go, exploring a wide variety of genres & moods, combining them into this freakin’ amazing & epic experience !

anyway, My favourite songs are “streams” and “celestial elixir“. give’em a listen and tell me what you think. This is the band’s first album, and I will look forward for their next release. Go murmaid metal!

Streams