Bent Knee – Land Animal

Bent Knee has just landed their new animal and it’s a real savage one…..

Well, if you know Bent Knee, you already should be aware that this band is not conventional at all, not  even into the progressive scene, and it’s without any doubt a risked band, rather than experimental. Bent Knee is the kind of band that took you to the boundaries with every album they release.

The new album has the characteristic dynamic sound of the band, but this time the songs are more savages, raw, aggressive and Yes! more guitar based than all the predecessors.

The musicality it’s as always on the top, an excellent execution with the perfect “live” feeling in each song, you know, that vibe that only great musicians can bring (especially if they are graduated from Berklee right?). The record is perfectly balanced and the mix is just excellent, leaving besides the trending of make the songs sound just perfect and extremely polished.

Vocals on this album are amazing, is very notable how the Courtney’s voice has maturate so far, it basically make you shiver on every song, she could bring the nicest pop ballad vibe and then take you to the more obscure piece, a la Diamanda Galás.

Something particular on this album, are the rhythm section, because not only do perfectly their main job, but also, gives tons of power on every song, even in the songs like “Boxes”, that by the way, is the perfect close for this album.

Talking about the songs, I prefer not to highlight my favorites ones, because the album it’s so diverse that, I’m pretty sure that in a few hours I’m going to have a whole different set of new favorite songs. Although, I would like to recommend to you, not to shuffle this one, because the songs are perfectly fitted in the track list, and in the way I see it, is like a life cycle, in which “Terror Bird” is the birth song, “Hole” and “Holy Ghost” are the childhood and teenage songs respectively, while “Insides In”, “These Hands” and “Land Animal” are the adulthood. Finally the twilight comes with “Time Deer”, “Belly Side Up” and “The Well”. The peacefully death song is “Boxes -.”, and the perfect ending for this album.

Please go and get Land Animal, which is one of the best pieces of music you going to hear until they probably release new material.

I hope you enjoy this review, and please follow this band in all their official networks which I will leave here:

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Stay tuned and best regards!

Deathwhite – Solitary Martyr

In the nowadays metal scene, there are such a huge variety of categories that could go from the most common and well know heavy metal, to the most elaborate sub genera such the DSBM (please google to know what does the acronym means).

The problem with this, is that the songs tends to be extremely complicated, with tons of instruments and what is probably the worst characteristic, an unnecessary polished sound, making a no human sound.

Having said that, people like me, have no other option, but pick for a more minimalist and more riff based music. In that vein, I introduce to you guys: Deathwhite, a metal band commonly labeled as a Dark Metal.

I won’t try to discuss if that label is the most adequate for this band, but Instead, I would like to focus a little bit more into the music of their EP: Solitary Martyr. This work consists on 5 songs with standard duration (about 5 minutes each), and a very decent production, that in fact, remarks the melodies that identifies each song.

The songs on this material are minimalist, nevertheless with a incredibly musicality, intelligent arrangements and very catchy guitar melodies.  Something that I was attracted from the very beginning, I must admit, was the voice, because highlight so well the melancholy of the lyrics, and complements perfectly the atmosphere of each songs.

Although that during the whole album (specially in songs like “Vain“), you can hear all the influence from Katatonia and My dying bride, is fantastic that songs like “Suffer Abandonment” does includes very heavy intros, that reminds to 90’s sound from bands like Iced Earth and Nevermore.

Deathwhite has just signed with season of the mist, and their new material is just about to be released. I strongly recommend to be pending of this, since I’m very sure that, just as Katatonia’s The Fall of Hearts, was one of the best 3 albums of 2016, this  one has very high chances to reach the same success.

I hope you enjoy this review, and be pending for more, since some interesting material has been released over the past weeks.

Band information:

http://deathwhite.com/

https://www.facebook.com/deathwhiteofficial/

https://deathwhite.bandcamp.com/

 

 

The 3 of 2016

Today Dark Tranquility finally released their last album: Atoma, and then the inevitable question comes to my mind, which of the 3 is the best album of this year:

 

Katatonia – The Fall of Hearts

Opeth – Sorceress

Dark Tranquility – Atoma

 

3 Albums, by 3 big acts, all from the same country, with very different content, and yet very similar. All works have a magnificent production, great musicality, amazing songs, incredible artworks, etc.

 

Probably, is still quite difficult to choose one right now, since DT has just released the album, and in the case of “The Fall of Hearts” I already enjoyed and abused of that album, and I’m on my way to do the same with “Sorceress”, and I’m just in my first listening “Atoma”, and god, is being very dynamic, strong, passionate so far, that I’m thinking on this one as the actual winner.

 

But, like I said before, I need to wait a little more, and particularly I need to sit down, grab a bottle of whisky, and listen the 3 of them, and do this, several time, until I can finally make decision.

 

Although, at the end, why in the fuck should I chose one? Well, the answer is easy, is just a vulgar justification to listen these masterworks over and over again.

 

Hope you enjoy the entry, I would like to know you thoughts on this.

Monstrance – World on Its Knees: Rise of the Metal in music and spirit

Well guys, Monstrance gave us once again another damn blast from the past, and we weren’t prepared for such an amazing song. As you know, my last entry was about the rebirth of organic, raw and honest metal music; and as you can see, Monstrance was included on that list, well guys, I was not wrong at all.

Metal music lately has lost one of their vital columns: Content, Philosophy, Message, etc. I remember back in the 90’s that metal was all about rebellion, about society, about real matters, you know. I’m ok with the content of the current bands, but it’s hard to imagine that none of those bands are truly worried about the things on the world today. But without any warning, Monstrance has released this killer melodic metal song, with a straight to your face lyrics.

The melodies on the song invite to rebellion, to stand up and fight for your principles. Metal should not be plane and shallow , although Monstrance brings back this feeling, with a musicality of the highest levels.

There is no doubt that Monstrance will bring back the true metal among the community anytime soon. I’m personally impatient to hear a whole album recorded by this band, hopefully they going to be on the track of this very soon.
Please check their official sites and support them:

https://www.facebook.com/monstranceofficial

https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCENrJuSOjpmkMdoB6TkeFWQ

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Best regards!