Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Not so much a review but a recommendation....

Bandcamp is a site is a site set up to allow musicians to sell music directly to their fans. The latest development is to allow you to post reviews of your purchases and let others see what you like/dislike. There's a link below to my collection if you want a browse

There are some great discoveries to make and also some big names especially from the goth scene -Julianne Regan (AAE), Eden House, Peter Yates (FOTN), All Living Fear......

Worth taking a look

Free downloads don't show up in youe collection though and I can offer the following two bands as examples of great new music out there ans available for free

hAND are a female fronted prog metal band and the album Breathing  is rather good. The vocals are not the histrionics you get from the European scene (Nightwish et al) but a much more downbeat even goth like fee. The opening track Song Number B has a great chorus - even with the dodgy title

The second band is Lithium Dawn. Their album AION takes a more regular prog metal but with elements of Tool and a big dose of melody. It would appear to be a concept album but as with all the best concepts, make your own mind up about what it all means !
One worth watching

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Very late discovery last year but what a stunning find....

While the Alabama Shakes started my year with some top notch americana, Phantom Limb have possibly topped it with The Pines

Whereas Brittany Howard is more Janis Joplin, Yolanda Quartey is channelling Etta James over some gorgeous southern' R&B with more than a touch of soul

Hard to believe this band is from Bristol when dobro, swirling Hammond organ and banjo form the soundtrack.

Some songs like Laugh Like You're Mad have the sound of early Eagles pre checking into the hotel while Tumbling Down is achingly beautiful

Produced by Marc Ford of the Black Crowes this is an album you should really search out

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Time to look back over the last 12 months are decide on the albums that rocked and rolled....

So here it is, the top 10 in alphabetical order.

  • Alabama Shakes - Boys and Girls
  • Alcest - Le Voyage De L'Ame
  • Civil Wars - Barton Hollow
  • Crippled Black Phoenix - (Mankind) The Crafty Ape
  • Crippled Black Phoenix - No Sadness Or Farewell
  • Dead Can Dance - Anastasis
  • Eden House - Timeflows EP
  • Marillion - Sounds That Can't Be Made
  • Phantom Limb - The Pines (review coming soon...)
  • Smoke Fairies - Blood Speaks

In addition the best live release would be Fields Of The Nephilim - Ceremonies