2021 Is Another Journey

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I'm not forcefeeding music this year. 2020 had me wasting a lot of time focusing on the lesser releases every week. Nowadays I just listen to what I want, and try to explore new things, dig my backcatalog, and take notes at each significant step. There's unfortunately little metal for now, hopefully it will change.

^did you know this existed? If not I'm glad to show it to you

Created by: Ansercanagicus | 21.02.2021

1. Nina Hagen - live at Fürstenhof Tanzpalast
1986. Seriously digging Nina lately, exploring her whole discography. I think this concert is a great synthesis. Her voice as well as her charisma just transcends me. It's great to find original music written by talented people.
2. Pat Benatar - Love Is A Battlefield
1984. I got hooked with this song. The albums aren't satisfying though, with cool but forgettable songs, repetitive, and washed out with a bunch of sounds left and right.
3. Diamanda Galas
suggested by random youtubers under a Nina Hagen video. She also has incredible vocal capacities, but it's not the same music. It's an atmospheric, dark, sad, hellish music, made of drones, slow drum hits, insistant piano parts, litanic singing. She speaks and declame horrific lyrics, then raises her voice way up and split the notes to produce a haunting scream. I'm not turned on yet, I am just intrigued. It's clearly not enjoyable, but it's a new form of expression for me. Reminds me of Gnaw Their Tongues and Lingua Ignota a bit. I have to dig this more.
4. Indochine - 3
1986. This one is a famous album in France, from a famous pop/electro/rock/new-wave idk band. Often mocked for its cheesiness. It is true that the lyrics are awfully written, and that the singer has this typical "french singer from the 80s" voice, which sound pretty stupid. The music is also repetitive. The album is also weak, with a couple of very bad songs. But you have some hits here and there, and some good ideas. I think I like a bit of it, and that's great since it's music "casual" people normally relate to. (Not that I was socially pressured to listen to this or anything).
5. Savatage - Hall Of The Mountain King
1986 This one is still perfect one every listen. It's not a discovery at all but since I enjoy it a lot I can throw it here. It just sets a standard. (also it's against the rules to post a list wihout metal in it ahah)
6. Voodoo KungFu - Celestial Burial
2019 This was staff picked in 2019. I'm kinda the only one who checked it. Have to say it's a shame. This is a badass mix of chinese folk and alt-metal. The singer is pretty awesome. The metal parts kick and groove. The folk part are immersive and great.
7. Nina Hagen - Nunsexmonkrock
1982 best NH album heard yet, with a ton of trippy effects. It's a great moment of fun, and the vocals are obviously really impressive
8. Eskaton - 4 Visions
1982 One of the best prog album ever, from an unknown French zeuhl band. Thanks Karlabos for showing me this years ago, it's been a revelation. I recently got my hand on the lyrics, now I can try to sing along. They were hard to understand because of the speed and poor production. I'm surprised by the content, that is actually charming distopian scifi stories.
9. Les Ramoneurs De Menhirs - Dans An Diaoul
2008 This is one of the local band everyone knows down here, altough it struck me metalstormers might in fact not know this one. It's a mix of punk with traditionnal britton dances/singing. I'm revisiting this. Quite repetitive as expected, but the music is pumping and the biniou are always fun to listen too. I invite any fan of folk metal to check this.
10. Les Soeurs Goadec - Ar C'hoarezed Goadec
1973 While I'm at it, I'll also link actual britton singers, which I knew by name but never botherd to check. My roots are there. Thing is that the singing is very very repetitive, but also soothing in a way. I like this structure somehow, using call and response. One sentence x2, chorus x2, repeat. Same with zeuhl. It's also meant to be dance so that's why. It's also great to hear them burst in laughs from time to time, trying to keep the difficult syncopation of their phrase.
11. Triptykon - Eparistera Daimones
2010 Thanks MS awards for forgeting Triptykon in the symphonic category this year, for someone to complain about it in the forums and lead me to their Requiem which I've been unaware of. I forgot how much I like this band. Rex Irae is an un forgetable song, and the orchestration was really delicious. I also skipped Into The Pandemonium, so it might be next on the list
12. Celtic Frost - Into The Pandemonium
1986 well, quite an inconsistent album
13. Starbenders - Live From Maze
2021 popping in my youtube thread. This is a glam rock band, from nowadays. Sounds like a mix of Marmozets and Heart? The singer looks like Ann Wilson, sure. She doesn't sing the same way at all though. There's a lot of pop elements in it too. The guitars are rather psychedelic. Well, I'm not buying it but it's surprising.
14. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - K.G.
damn! I missed this one in 2020! And I actually heard it on french radio, can you believe it? Well it's a great album, love the soft rock approach as well as groovy odd signature, and all the microtonal instrumentation. It's a real banger!
15. Brown Sabbath - lives on KEXP
2015 The other day I was in my car, listening to the everlasting CDs I keep for travel, and this time it was Black Sabbath spinning once again. On "Fairies Wear Boots" I found myself groovig a lot, and I wondered this piece has ever been danced too. It a strong hard rock after all. So back home I searched for such things, which I did not find, but I've come across this band. Brown Sabbath. It's a funk/jazz band covering early BS. And it's great.
16. Kristofer Maddigan - Cuphead OST
2017. I played Cuphead, but you don't get to clearly hear the music, with all the sfx over it, and also the quickness of some fights. Moreover you have so much to focus on gameplay-wise that I didn't truely listen to the soundtrack. And it's a damn shame, since this music is so good. Grooving so hard! There's a clear evidence that I'm fed up with metal when a jazz soundtrack captivates me this much. Hear all the licks, the aggressive timbre of the brass, the virtuosity of the pianists... The drummer and percusionnist kill it, and it's so good to hear the actual sound of the drums. Not some overcompressed triggered and sampled stupid blastbeats. Modern metal doesn't know about timbre. It doesn't know about dynamics. Everything is saturated or compressed for the sake of the loudness, or to embrace some kind of mediocre standard. Well this OST has a super vibe and a wide diversity of tunes. Play the game if you haven't.
17. Immortal - Sons Of Northern Darkness
2002. Holy drums! I knew Immortal a bit (abbith) but this is thrashing af. I especially love the title track, I got all those snare rolls in my head. So see, that's what I like : all musicians on this record are killing, all instruments shine, the sound is great, the album is consistent. It's been a while I haven't enjoyed a metal album this much, and I shall dig Immortal furthermore.
18. Shub Niggurath (FR) - Les Morts Vont Vite
1986. I already knew this album, but gosh I have to feature it in a list. This is an obscure Lovecraft themed zheul band. The music is rather dark, atmospheric blend of jazz, zheul, noise. It's very unique, intriguing and genuinely feels scary. The female singer does her best at singing the most dissonant stuff possible, clashing against the piano and the winds. Go check this if you like dark, atmoshperic or progressive music.

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21.02.2021 - 17:51

You're probably already aware but in case you aren't King Gizzard is releasing another full-length on the 26th of February. I'm excited for it.
"If people kept things simple, there would be no discoveries in the world. If scientists said, "The brain is just a brain" and not take it by small segments and labeling it - We would not have come as far. Labels are necessary. Music is sci
21.02.2021 - 18:37
endangered bird
Yes thank you. I'm gonna listen to their whole discography anyway
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