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Music Has the Right to Children - Boards of Canada
Genres: Ambient electronic, IDM
Now this is an awesome album! This is my first time hearing BoC’s actual music (since “——— / ——— / ——— / XXXXXX / ——— / ———” isn’t really much of a song, despite how cool its 20 seconds are), and I’ve always loved IDM and ambient electronic music, so this is just another release to add right into my collection. The song songs range from crushing IDM to psychedelic trip hop to atmospheric synth-driven interludes. The songs are very minimalistic and don’t change up much at all, but it’s no big deal when the same beats and melodies they’re repeating are really freaking cool. It’s hard to pick a favorite track off of an album as consistently good as this, but “Sixtyten” was a particular stand-out track for me, especially with that intense drum beat. If you like electronic music and haven’t heard Music Has the Right to Children, then go listen to this, NOW!
One of the best electronic albums ever made.
"Red Birds Will Fly Out of the East and Destroy Paris in a Night" - Coil
Crystal Logic - Manilla Road
Genres: Heavy metal
Epic metal? Eh. It’s all right. The music is pretty good (and at times really good), but the production is really weak, and Mark Shelton’s vocals are really nothing special (he sounds rather nasally at times). The guitar solos are also not so great, and sometimes they don’t even really sound like notes, which is perfect if your, say, Deathspell Omega, but this is FAR from that. I always heard that these guys were the first real EPIC metal band, but it only really sounds like staight-up heavy metal to me. Nothing more, nothing less. The album is good enough that I’ll probably check out more of their stuff later on, but it’s not something that I’d put on regularly.
200% sure that all of my friend have secret meetings where they just talk about how annoying I am
Pretty Hate Machine - Nine Inch Nails
Genre(s): industrial rock, electro-industrial, synth pop
A very hit and miss album right here. As a whole it isn’t bad at all. It has great electronics and there are some damn good songs on it, specifically “Kinda I Want To”, which just blows “Head Like a Hole” right out of the water. But there are plenty of times where Trent’s voice just doesn’t sound too good, or where the entire songs in general are just weak, like “Down in It” and “The Only Time”, which are the two weakest tracks. But when listening to it all it does flow together well. Not the best work by NIN, but it’s a worthwhile listen and is a good start to a good career.
Six Men Getting Sick (1966)
David Lynch’s first short film
You know, I don’t think I’ve ever posted my favorite Björk song on here before! (I might be wrong, though, lol)
I would post the music video, but the song’s cut short in it. xp
Deadpool + Unemployment + Debt
Of course, the second album I decide to review turns out to be pretty much perfect.
Diadem of 12 Stars - Wolves in the Throne Room
Genre(s): atmospheric black metal, melodic black metal
An obligatory listen for myself, as Two Hunters is one of my all-time favorite albums. Diadem of 12 Stars is 60 minutes long and consists of only four songs, the shortest of which is just shy of 13 minutes. That alone sounds like my kind of thing, but the music here is simply beautiful, and you don’t even realize that the songs are long as they are, they just flow so well. Even the 20 minute finisher seems to move along just as well as the others. The guitar lines are relentless and produce a heavy wall of sound that is natural for atmospheric black metal, but what makes Wolves so great is their seamless balance of melody and ferocity. There are a few parts scattered throughout where the music drops off into gorgeous folk passages. They even go as far as to have clean, female lead vocals on one of the tracks, which they make work wonderfully. And Nathan Weaver’s vocals are some of the most powerful that I’ve ever heard in black metal; there truly are few who match him.
I highly recommend this album. Even if you’re not a big fan of black metal, perhaps you may find some the same beauty in it that I do.