I have one very simple mission. I want to show people music. Music they've never heard before. I know how much music means to me and I know that I am always looking for new music that I love. I created this blog in the hopes that perhaps I could help other people discover new music as easily as they possibly can. There are few things I love more than learning that I've helped someone discover music, and I love discussing music even more. If I have helped you discover something, feel free to let me know, I'd love to hear about it. And most importantly, if you read these reviews and, somehow, enjoy them, thank you.

If you would like to submit music to me to review, message me with a link to your music and I will review it. Please only send me music that is from the current year, as I prefer to stick to one year.







"Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. It is the electric soil in which the soul lives, thinks and invents."
-Ludwig Van Beethoven

 

"Pale Communion" - Opeth
3.5/5. Opeth have been known for a long time now as one of the most interesting and impressive progressive death metal bands around. So if you approached their new album (like I did) expecting it to be progressive death metal, you’re in for something a little different. This is Opeth turned down, it’s soft Opeth. I heard someone say that it’s basically just adult contemporary. Now, that’s not to say that this album is bad, it’s just different. It’s closer to King Crimson or something than it is to death metal. The instrumentation is good, I would expect nothing less from Opeth, but the songs are only average. There are some interesting moments here and there, but generally this album is kind of slow and plodding. It’s decent, it’s an above average album, and quite different than what I was expecting from Opeth.

"Pale Communion" - Opeth

3.5/5. Opeth have been known for a long time now as one of the most interesting and impressive progressive death metal bands around. So if you approached their new album (like I did) expecting it to be progressive death metal, you’re in for something a little different. This is Opeth turned down, it’s soft Opeth. I heard someone say that it’s basically just adult contemporary. Now, that’s not to say that this album is bad, it’s just different. It’s closer to King Crimson or something than it is to death metal. The instrumentation is good, I would expect nothing less from Opeth, but the songs are only average. There are some interesting moments here and there, but generally this album is kind of slow and plodding. It’s decent, it’s an above average album, and quite different than what I was expecting from Opeth.

"Royal Blood" - Royal Blood
4.5/5. A grooving riff played by a fat, heavy, thick guitar. That’s all over this album, that’s what Royal Blood does so well. This album is very reminiscent of early Queens Of The Stone Age, but a bit different. I could virtually see any of these songs being a Jack White song or something from a band he’s in. These songs groove, they’re powerful and they’re fun. Each song has its own identity, each song is separable from the others, they don’t all blend together like many bands that sound like Royal Blood do. They’re not doing anything particularly different, this isn’t something new, but it’s doing what’s been done before and doing it exceptionally well, doing it their own way. Check this album out. Highlights include: “Figure It Out”, “Out Of The Black” and “Come On Over”.

"Royal Blood" - Royal Blood

4.5/5. A grooving riff played by a fat, heavy, thick guitar. That’s all over this album, that’s what Royal Blood does so well. This album is very reminiscent of early Queens Of The Stone Age, but a bit different. I could virtually see any of these songs being a Jack White song or something from a band he’s in. These songs groove, they’re powerful and they’re fun. Each song has its own identity, each song is separable from the others, they don’t all blend together like many bands that sound like Royal Blood do. They’re not doing anything particularly different, this isn’t something new, but it’s doing what’s been done before and doing it exceptionally well, doing it their own way. Check this album out. Highlights include: “Figure It Out”, “Out Of The Black” and “Come On Over”.

"Shadows" - Sinbreed
4/5. It’s not just metal, it’s power metal. Power metal is supposed to be huge, it’s supposed to be, obviously, powerful. While Sinbreed doesn’t necessarily do anything new on this album, they execute power metal with great precision, and that should be no surprise for a band that’s formed out of Blind Guardian, one of the greatest power metal bands of all time. Instrumentally, it’s well done, and vocally it’s great. Each song is big, there’s a decent amount of variety, it’s a solid power metal album. Sinbreed isn’t reinventing the wheel here, they’re just using the wheel like it’s supposed to be used.

"Shadows" - Sinbreed

4/5. It’s not just metal, it’s power metal. Power metal is supposed to be huge, it’s supposed to be, obviously, powerful. While Sinbreed doesn’t necessarily do anything new on this album, they execute power metal with great precision, and that should be no surprise for a band that’s formed out of Blind Guardian, one of the greatest power metal bands of all time. Instrumentally, it’s well done, and vocally it’s great. Each song is big, there’s a decent amount of variety, it’s a solid power metal album. Sinbreed isn’t reinventing the wheel here, they’re just using the wheel like it’s supposed to be used.

"Antagonise" - MaYan
4/5. Perhaps the coolest thing about this album is the interesting use of orchestra blending with metal. I mean, it’s not like it’s something that hasn’t been done before, it has, but MaYan are able to do it pretty well. It’s symphonic death metal, and from a musical perspective, it’s pretty solid. Big, thick guitars with powerful riffs, harsh vocals mixed with melodic ones, loud, thumping drums, it’s definitely executed well. The main problem I have is how preachy this can get. There’s a song entirely devoted to how dumb the band (or at least lead singer) believes gun control is, and then another about how great capital punishment is. Those subjects are fine to sing about, but it just starts to get preachy after awhile. It’s a minor issue, but a slight annoyance. Generally speaking, this is a pretty solid album, interesting, engaging and well-done.

"Antagonise" - MaYan

4/5. Perhaps the coolest thing about this album is the interesting use of orchestra blending with metal. I mean, it’s not like it’s something that hasn’t been done before, it has, but MaYan are able to do it pretty well. It’s symphonic death metal, and from a musical perspective, it’s pretty solid. Big, thick guitars with powerful riffs, harsh vocals mixed with melodic ones, loud, thumping drums, it’s definitely executed well. The main problem I have is how preachy this can get. There’s a song entirely devoted to how dumb the band (or at least lead singer) believes gun control is, and then another about how great capital punishment is. Those subjects are fine to sing about, but it just starts to get preachy after awhile. It’s a minor issue, but a slight annoyance. Generally speaking, this is a pretty solid album, interesting, engaging and well-done.

"Black Moon Rising" - Falconer
3.5/5. While power metal can be a very interesting, bombastic genre, at times it can be a very uninspired, generic one. Power metal is all about three main things: soaring melodies sung by a Bruce Dickinson-like voice, fast guitars and pounding drums. This had most of that, but they lacked identity, they didn’t feel like Falconer, but rather just some power metal band. There were some decent songs on here, some good moments for sure, but generally, this album is just a somewhat above average power metal album. It’s not bad by any stretch, it’s just nothing particularly special short of a couple songs.

"Black Moon Rising" - Falconer

3.5/5. While power metal can be a very interesting, bombastic genre, at times it can be a very uninspired, generic one. Power metal is all about three main things: soaring melodies sung by a Bruce Dickinson-like voice, fast guitars and pounding drums. This had most of that, but they lacked identity, they didn’t feel like Falconer, but rather just some power metal band. There were some decent songs on here, some good moments for sure, but generally, this album is just a somewhat above average power metal album. It’s not bad by any stretch, it’s just nothing particularly special short of a couple songs.

"The Pagan Manifesto" - Elvenking
4/5. I’ve always liked power metal, and I think it gets a bad rap because of how dorky or “uncool” the music seems. I mean, it’s a little over the top, but I think that’s why I like it. It’s crazy and it loves being crazy. Someone once told me that power metal is just musical theatre with loud guitars, and I think that’s a very apt description. This album started off a little off for me, but ultimately ended up being a pretty solid album. The thing that really brought it down was the instrumentation. The instrumentation wasn’t bad, but there were moments (especially in the drumming) that could’ve been better. The guitar-work seemed to lack an identity, it was somewhat generic as far as metal-guitar goes. The songs were pretty solid though despite that, and all in all, this is a pretty solid album. Highlights include: “Grandier’s Funeral Pyre”, “Towards The Shores” and “Moonbeam Stone Circle”.

"The Pagan Manifesto" - Elvenking

4/5. I’ve always liked power metal, and I think it gets a bad rap because of how dorky or “uncool” the music seems. I mean, it’s a little over the top, but I think that’s why I like it. It’s crazy and it loves being crazy. Someone once told me that power metal is just musical theatre with loud guitars, and I think that’s a very apt description. This album started off a little off for me, but ultimately ended up being a pretty solid album. The thing that really brought it down was the instrumentation. The instrumentation wasn’t bad, but there were moments (especially in the drumming) that could’ve been better. The guitar-work seemed to lack an identity, it was somewhat generic as far as metal-guitar goes. The songs were pretty solid though despite that, and all in all, this is a pretty solid album. Highlights include: “Grandier’s Funeral Pyre”, “Towards The Shores” and “Moonbeam Stone Circle”.

"Meshes Of Voice" - Susanna/Jenny Hval
5/5. I don’t even know where to begin with this album. It’s absolute insanity, as crazy and feverish as anything Swans or Current 93 have put out, like some kind of nightmare you never want to wake up from. This is a live collaboration project from Jenny Hval and Susanna Wallumrod, two Norwegian vocalists. All fifteen tracks on here are interconnected, one flowing into the other, and they all form one incredible piece that forces you to stop what you’re doing, shut up, and listen. Hval and Wallumrod are able to put something together that can sound like an absolute chaotic mess at times, but a controlled chaotic mess, if that makes any sense. It’s an album you have to hear to really get it, describing it is difficult. Just know, this album is a ride, a crazy, roller coaster of an album that will leave you going “What just happened?”.

"Meshes Of Voice" - Susanna/Jenny Hval

5/5. I don’t even know where to begin with this album. It’s absolute insanity, as crazy and feverish as anything Swans or Current 93 have put out, like some kind of nightmare you never want to wake up from. This is a live collaboration project from Jenny Hval and Susanna Wallumrod, two Norwegian vocalists. All fifteen tracks on here are interconnected, one flowing into the other, and they all form one incredible piece that forces you to stop what you’re doing, shut up, and listen. Hval and Wallumrod are able to put something together that can sound like an absolute chaotic mess at times, but a controlled chaotic mess, if that makes any sense. It’s an album you have to hear to really get it, describing it is difficult. Just know, this album is a ride, a crazy, roller coaster of an album that will leave you going “What just happened?”.

"Foundations Of Burden" - Pallbearer
4/5. It’s easy to just do something that’s been done a hundred times before. To just let it ride, pump out something generic and go. It requires less energy, less thought, it’s simple, but it doesn’t make for a good album. Pallbearer is a doom metal outfit, and doom metal has been around for a long time, lots of people have a lot of things with it, but Pallbearer add their own identity with this album. This album doesn’t feel generic. It certainly feels like a doom metal album, but it doesn’t feel like every other doom metal album. This is a Pallbearer album, this has their identity engraved in it. It’s a solid album, with heavy, powerful riffs, chunky guitars, and really solid vocals. It can drag a little here and there, but generally speaking, it’s a pretty solid album.

"Foundations Of Burden" - Pallbearer

4/5. It’s easy to just do something that’s been done a hundred times before. To just let it ride, pump out something generic and go. It requires less energy, less thought, it’s simple, but it doesn’t make for a good album. Pallbearer is a doom metal outfit, and doom metal has been around for a long time, lots of people have a lot of things with it, but Pallbearer add their own identity with this album. This album doesn’t feel generic. It certainly feels like a doom metal album, but it doesn’t feel like every other doom metal album. This is a Pallbearer album, this has their identity engraved in it. It’s a solid album, with heavy, powerful riffs, chunky guitars, and really solid vocals. It can drag a little here and there, but generally speaking, it’s a pretty solid album.

"LP1" - FKA Twigs
4.5/5. The beauty is in the subtlety. That’s where this album shines. Tahliah Barnett’s (aka FKA Twigs) voice doesn’t overpower you, and it doesn’t need to. Her voice, at times barely a whisper, draws you in closer to the music. The atmosphere is absolutely mesmerizing and it’s easy to just get lost in her voice and the music around her. She’s slowly pulling you in closer to her, like she has something special to tell you and only you, and you can’t help but come closer and listen. It’s a very well-composed, incredibly interesting album and well worth the listen.

"LP1" - FKA Twigs

4.5/5. The beauty is in the subtlety. That’s where this album shines. Tahliah Barnett’s (aka FKA Twigs) voice doesn’t overpower you, and it doesn’t need to. Her voice, at times barely a whisper, draws you in closer to the music. The atmosphere is absolutely mesmerizing and it’s easy to just get lost in her voice and the music around her. She’s slowly pulling you in closer to her, like she has something special to tell you and only you, and you can’t help but come closer and listen. It’s a very well-composed, incredibly interesting album and well worth the listen.

"Flying Soul" - Aki Takase La Planete
3.5/5. I can dig avant-garde jazz, in fact I’m a pretty big fan of it, it can be some of the more interesting music that you listen to, music that seems to have no limitations to it. Aki Takase La Planete does a fairly good job on this album, there really are some pretty tracks, especially early on. They’re different, but still pretty accessible, which is saying something for avant-garde jazz. However, this album goes on longer than it needs to, there’s one too many songs that aren’t as good as the rest of the album, which really brings this down. It’s a pretty decent album and worth giving a chance, but if it were a bit shorter, it’d be a much better album.

"Flying Soul" - Aki Takase La Planete

3.5/5. I can dig avant-garde jazz, in fact I’m a pretty big fan of it, it can be some of the more interesting music that you listen to, music that seems to have no limitations to it. Aki Takase La Planete does a fairly good job on this album, there really are some pretty tracks, especially early on. They’re different, but still pretty accessible, which is saying something for avant-garde jazz. However, this album goes on longer than it needs to, there’s one too many songs that aren’t as good as the rest of the album, which really brings this down. It’s a pretty decent album and worth giving a chance, but if it were a bit shorter, it’d be a much better album.