à la belle étoile, Amesoeurs

With the impeding tensions regarding the end of quite a tumultuous era of my academic life, I tend to listen to a range of folky acoustic tracks. My latest find in these waters is Amesoeurs. Technically they’re not “folky acoustic” at all, but the temperament they provide is pleasing nonetheless.

Amesoeurs was a French getup and their music is categorized as being post-punk (wiki). I don’t know what that means. They’re a lot like Alcest (another French group) and their music is quite interesting. I have their only album (Self-titled) which has mix good ambient moods and groovy riffs.

The album kicks off with an instrumental “Gas in Veins” followed by another fifty minutes of atmospheric riffage and the beguiling voice of Audrey Sylvain (clean) and Neige (harsh). (I preferred the former) The beguilement could also be resulting from the French, a language known to beguile. Either way, it is a beautiful mix of elements which have contributed to making one of the better albums that I have come across in the past few months.

The album is characteristic with the feature of being so subliminal due to the similar tones used, excessive merging of layers and basic chord structures. Lyrics blend in well with the colour of the entire album.

Tracks like “Faux Semblants” and “Les Ruches Malades” quite literally liven the mood up with their quick step beats and empyreal music (structure wise), but then one actually delves into what she sings and one realises one’s own naivety and the entire paradoxical scenario that was forged for the listener. The first half of the album is quite an adventure; the second half begins with “I XIII V XIX XV V XXI XVIII XIX – IX XIX – IV V I IV” which is this straight out black metal track, something out of a commercial Scandinavian band. It stands out like an off-note in an opera. And yet the rude awakening to reality is just as brutal as reality itself, quite fitting. “Video Girl” plunges one back into the familiar vertigo.

This album has shown every aspect of this band and its diversity. It was a sad day when Amesoeurs split, for they had just about everything right.

This album gets an easy 8.5/10 from me.

Cheers!

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Unsung Out!

Insomnium have released a new track from their upcoming album One For Sorrow. This track, Unsung has quite much raised my expectations from this album. It is available for download for free for those who are registered to their newsletter, so sign up RIGHT NOW! Maybe it’s on torrents but this way is legit :D. Nearly five and a half minutes long, it is pure bliss.

About the track, an overall fast paced and intense song. I love the strength with which this song starts and the way with which it continues is amazing. It is so refreshing to hear a new Insomnium track, even though Weather the Storm was quite recent too.

Something that struck me was the firstly the lack of the typical acoustic element in a majority of their songs. The songs just entered into a heavy melodic riff with Niilo Sevanen’s vocals just blending in with the soundscape (one of the few bands that have pulled that off successfully). No fancy acoustic guitar of atmospheric keywork. Secondly, this clean vocals section that pops in somewhere in the middle (3.30, i checked). I still don’t know whether I like that. But yes, It does not hinder the fact that this song is amazing trailer to whats eems like another epic album.

\m/ Insomnium!

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Blood Magic and Necromancy at it’s best! Belphegor people! \m/

Blood Magick Necromance has got to be one of the finest works I’ve heard coming from the entire black metal brutality/ambience category this year. I never rated Belphegor in my top bands no matter what they released. I never went beyond “It’s ok” whenever asked for an opinion. But man have they impressed me with this album.

Black metal the way it should be with hints of a baseline melody dressed in blast beats and aural orchestration, Blood Magick Necromance is just the kind of album you should listen and bow down to. The first track is a breath of fresh air (well not literally but you get the point), blast beats already setting in that backdrop of carnage. This track’s intro itself got me rethinking my prejudice against this band.

Subsequent tracks are only substantiation to this prognostication of mine. Well produced, layered and crafted with the experience and know-how, the album is just plain awesome. Rise to Fall and Fall to Rise and Sado Messiah would be my favourites with most of the other tracks not far behind. Why the hell could this skill not be reflected in their earlier productions? They have portrayed the potency that could easily get them the recognition that they lacked. (or maybe they didn’t, either way this is the better of productions till now)

A minute or two into the Rise to Fall…  and you would realise exactly how well-crafted this track is. Layers or typical Belphegor-esque riffs meshed with rhythmic powerful beats make up most of this album. I sit in awe thinking about how these guys managed to pull this album off so well with what I felt are minor changes to their soundscapes. What I do notice halfway through Angeli Mortis De Profundis is this is not one of those album with solid album selling tracks and otherwise trashy mixes and productions filling the spaces. No fucking way! Impaled Upon the Tongue of Sathan got me back on my feet, raw blackened energy splitting my speakers in two.

One more aspect that I love about this album is the way it has successfully blended true forms of both black and death, with all the brutality and iniquity and yet have these pieces of mellow pieces. However odd it may sound, the melodic opuses weave the tracks magnificently, taking this entire experience to a higher more potent state of beguilement. Considering the big names these guys compete against ( Behemoth, Necrophobic,Gorgoroth), they’ve set quite a bar. And one that challenges the current trends followed by these bands as well as upcoming black metallers (European and Indian alike).

This album has been on a loop in my library for the past week, while the much raved about “Consider This” and a brand new find “Mahayuga” have been sitting idle. Belphegor finally got their place in my playlist. I could only recommend this album strongly. GET IT!

I can’t think of one negation for this album and yet my ego refuses a straight ten.

8.5/10 ought to keep the masses happy.

Cheers!

 

Amorphis’s Beginning of Times

Amorphis comes under the category of one of those bands which sound just a powerful on stage and equally soothing on pair of earphones midway a long journey. So I happened to learn while listening to this album recently. After doing my bit of research and reading many other views on The Beginning of Times, I listed my sets of pro and cons.

Firstly, this album is a continuation on the story that the Skyforger started. The production sounds very similar and that would be a good thing, seeing the popularity that album got. Considered as one of their best ventures, Skyforger had music both melodic as well as potent. It was the peak of Amorphis’s transition from their more folk-esque/death sound to a more progressive melo tracks. This album I feel has done no more to contribute to that transition. With this album I believe we have reached the soundscape that Amorphis would operate and experiment with (tiny bits with the latter).

Shades of their former musical preferences are visible with the work on the keyboards. Vocals are beautiful when clean and the growls though unexpected, are welcome still. They are at just the right temperature with the setting of the songs. I wouldn’t comment on other parts of the production majorly because of their similarity with Skyforger.

Another aspect that really strikes a listener is the sheer number of tracks. 13 tracks, laid out well and in an order which almost makes this album gapless. Only if I am actually listening to the tracks individually (analysis mode :D), am I capable of differentiating. Else they beguile me, leave me in this state of perpetual day dreams involving distant wars and hymns that being sung about them (most Nordic bands of this genre leave this essence in me).

What I did not like about this album was not its lack of progress, for even though I am a fan of their earlier ventures I do like what the band has grown into. No, what this album lacked was that potency and that thrill. It does grow on you, but man does that take a long time. Thankfully, their music is awing enough for me to listen to over and over again; else I generally leave albums like these in my library, there for me to discover them later.

I was impressed but not to the point which was being so hyped about on the internet, hence for slight disappointment there I would give this album a 7/10.

Cheers!

Deccan Rock is Here Again!

 

I like it!

 

 

 

Official Line up of Indian and Asian Bands to play this year at Hyderabad at the DRF MMXI ( I don’t why I wrote it like this, somehow I just prefer it)

Indian:
Abandoned Agony (Bangalore)  [not heard]
Evergreen (Cochin)                       [not heard]
Escher’s Knot (Chennai)               [Mehuggah/LOG/ our very own BM rip offs, But still neat]
Devoid (Mumbai)                          [Mindfuck]
Artillerie (Delhi)                            [Noble Luke FTW]

Asian Acts:

Almost none of them have I heard. I’ve got to start brushing up on my metal trivia! Nervecell is one the most promising bands I have heard in recent times.

Funeral in Heaven – Black Metal from Sri Lanka
Absence of The Sacred – Thrash/Death Metal from Singapore
Antim Grahan – Melodic Black Metal from Nepal
Orator – Death/Thrash Metal from Bangladesh
Nervecell – Death/Thrash Metal from Dubai
Violent Eve – Melodic Death Metal from Spain

As for the headliners, still not out. With the likes of Amon Amarth last time, rumours about Cannible Corpse coming have been officially dismissed. Suffocation is still an option. It’ll be awesome if they did play in India. It’d give the scene here a good boost, not that it is required. India now seems to have finally woken to the genre of metal, many good bands on the list and many more that would come on it soon!

Meanwhile Cradle of Filth is visiting town in April. Here’ s a facebook link with some details. facebook event for COF

As for the headliners watch the Orka networks page, which I should say is hardly maintained at all.

Relentless Reckless Forever :|

So here’s the song to the first single from Bodom’s new album “Relentless Reckless Forever”. Queer name for an album or any theme of sorts. And as for the song, nothing that would make me want to buy their CD or wait in anticipation for it. Its not bad, its just bland. The album is due next week- 8th March.

 

 

PS. I don’t know why there is a skateboarder in the video or why he is monkeying around. I haven’t seen the lyrics, so I won’t comment there. DO let me know your views.