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Author Topic: Top 6 albums that are kicking your lower back right now!  (Read 4135 times)
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« on: May 19, 2012, 05:17:13 am »

This new (attempt at a) topic is to expand the musical knowledge of the ERR Galaxy by divulging 6 albums, current or otherwise, that are completely owning you at the moment.

Only a few simple rules for posting:
1-   3 of the albums should feel right at home in the ERR Library, but not already there. I am trying to divulge music that you might never have heard of.
2-   The other 3 can be any album you want, but will NEVER be in the ERR Lineup. Go ahead. We won’t judge you. (much)
3-   Try to keep you posts in this thread a least a month apart.
4-   Try to write, or copy paste from thee web a short review for the album.
5-   A video clip link is always welcome. And quite necessary.


So, allow me to start:


3 ERR CANDIDATES:

Lyriel – Leverage (2012)

  Even though this is the fourth full-length album for Germany's Lyriel it is my first experience with the group and their take on folk metal.  I’m always on the lookout for female fronted bands and singer Jessica Thierjung´s voice is both soulful and stunning. She is quite heavy on the heart and her air of etherealness was just the extra incentive I needed to give this album my full and undivided attention.
  This is one impressive album that I can't get out of my head, and as with all bands that I love and who excel at what they do, but are not the "big names" we hear about every day, I hope this album is Lyriel's ticket to bigger and better things – to becoming one of those "big names" we hear about every day.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mR03julOXg

Dark Princess – The World I've Lost (2012)


Russian Gothic-Metal-band Dark Princess has a new vocal talent in Natalia Terekhova. Symphonic pomp and a gloomy atmosphere meet thundering riffs and catchy melodies in gripping, theatrical anthems and the charismatic singer Natalia will most probably give many established stars in the scene a run for their money with her impressive bandwidth that easily spans classical soprano and energetic rock singer. Solid, hard guitar work assures that the group’s mini operettas are delivered with just the right amount of kick and the band showcases an almost alarmingly impressive talent for creating tunes that stay in your head. Dark Princess also spice up their sound with a myriad of influences, from Folk to Russian traditional music, delivering one of the most exciting Gothic Metal releases in a long time. “The World I’ve Lost” is an enticing and gripping trip into epic worlds. Oh, and the best of all: absolutely no growling!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5H945JAwlJk

Xandria - Neverworlds End (2012)


  With the departure of Lisa Middelhauve in 2008 the band had the opportunity to start over. The band emerges stronger than ever with the addition of Manuela Kraller, who was once buried in a sea of musicians and vocalists of the traveling parade named Haggard. For those expecting “Salome, Pt. II,” then you are in for a surprise with “Neverworld’s End”. At first blush, I was amazed at how well the band recreated the old Nightwish. The sound is huge, the choruses are strong, and the vocals of Kraller have that similar low powerful operatic tone which blends so perfectly with symphonic metal music. “Neverworld’s End” represents a major shift in the band’s sound, which in the first ten years was leaning closer to gothic metal what Tarja Turunnen has accustomed us to.
  “Salome – The Seventh Veil” was once considered the band’s finest album, but “Neverworld’s End” leaves it buried and lost. The musicianship has risen to new heights, the sound is crystal clear, and the song writing is rich and full. Even with the heavier turn, it isn’t hard to imagine that the same band which released such promising albums like “India” and “Ravenheart” would pull off an even greater re-birth with “Neverworld’s End.” Xandria has firmly planted its flag in the realm of symphonic metal in 2012 and now it seems apparent the band compete with the big boys.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rx9OoLwiAho

3 ALBUMS THAT WILL NEVER SEE THE ERR LINE UP, BUT I CAN’T STOP LISTENING TO:

Nemesea - In Control (2009)

  Dear Lords, I cant stop listening to this. I swear the cd is thinner from overuse. Manda Ophuis is an outstanding vocalist, easily on par or surpassing many of the better known femme metal singers out there. “In Control” is Nemesea’s second release, and they took a major change in direction from the symphonic/gothic style of their first album “Mana”. This new album has a more mainstream quality to it, with a mixture of hard rock and electro-industrial. One thing that they did bring over from the “Mana” album is masterful song writing skills and top notch musicianship. Even though this CD has a different sound than “Mana”, it is a magnificent creation none the less.
  This album has one spellbinding song after another, and the production is exceptional. Even the keyboards carry a deadly punch, and the other instruments are super tight. I think what really makes this album a treasure are Manda’s vocals and the amazing choruses. Some songs are definitely verging on the pop side, although I have no problem at all with the electro-industrial aspects of this CD.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2tw9_UnZkU

Gregorian - The Dark Side Of The Chant (2010)

  Gregorian returns to the theme of the dark side. As with all of Gregorian’s music there are those tracks that you like staight away and those that will grow on you over time. With this one there were more that I liked straight away - ten out of the thirteen. Oh Fortuna is very appropriate in this style and while not what you have come to expect from Gregorian works superbly. As a contrast Hells Belles, Morning Dew, My Heart is Burning and Black Wings are instantly Gregorian at their best. The versions of Frozen and Bring me to life also stand out though in a different way and no doubt will be many persons favorites. It is as they say Gregorian - The Original (and Best).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sEjSEoq-MU

Poets Of The Fall - Temple Of Thought (2012)

  This album is very special to me, and every time I listen to it, I love it more. Poets of the Fall are an alternative rock group from Helsinki, Finland that make very atmospheric and large-scale music. They've come close, but not quite, to becoming mainstream as their sound is extremely accessible. They have sold multiple platinum albums in their home country, and haven't even gotten a single gold in the US. I have been following them since I discovered their music from that great game, "Max Payne 2", and I've been listening to them often since.
  The opening track opens up with high energy and follows up with the same sound I have come to know from the group. Beautiful melodies and acoustic ballads, atmospheric hooks, and fantastic lyrics, let alone the singing. They definitely haven't lost inspiration, as the first few tracks alone prove that this band is still running hot. Each musician works off each other with ease and displays fluency at all times, and Markos vocals shine through and add just the perfect touch of melody and sound-scape to give the necessary kick that drives this to be another phenomenal release from Poets of the Fall. I recommend this to anyone who has a taste in melodic music in general.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUptPvR8FJ8


That’s it for my list. I hope to see other ERR listeners post what albums they just cannot put down or back in the shelf.
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« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2012, 04:21:29 pm »

Interesting idea! Figure i'll join in and hopefully more people will follow suit!

I kept things to 2012 only and made it only 2 for each.

2 ERR CANDIDATES:

Huntress - Spell Eater (2012)
Heavy Metal



I know a lot of people on ERR don't really like it, but I find this album to be really unique and interesting. The songs are mostly about witchcraft and the vocalist does an amazing job at singing exactly as I would expect a witch to sound. Her voice is not clean but at the same time she isn't a growler either. It's somewhere in between the two... think the Grave Digger vocalist as a Female. This is the very first album of this band and i'm definitely going to check out their next album when it comes out!

Eight of Swords: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SKELDVRJDY&ob=av3e

Paradise Lost - Tragic Idol (2012)
Gothic Metal



We already have this band on ERR but not this album yet! As you'd expect from this band, its another masterpiece. They do a great job of combining elements from their newer style (Faith Divides, In Requiem) with their original sound which made them famous (Draconian Times, Icon). Luckily, they seemed to have dropped their experimental techno crap from albums like Host and some other equally terrible ones and are back to pure metal. Highly recommend this one!

Honesty in Death: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kU18F6yTuHo


2 ALBUMS THAT WILL NEVER SEE THE ERR LINE UP, BUT I CAN’T STOP LISTENING TO:

Swallow the Sun - Emerald Forest and the Blackbird (2012)
Melodic Doom Metal



This band has become one of my all time favorites within just a short period. Their new album is absolutely incredible. It's melodic, dark, heavy, ambient and terrifying all at the same time. These guys manage to create songs which tell a story without sacrificing any musical qualities. In their single, Cathedral Walls, they have the famous Anette Olzon do some female parts for them and she is absolutely incredible. She creates such a calm atmosphere for the song which gets chaotic midway through and she is the anchor which holds it all together. A+ from me!

Cathedral Walls: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6W5ScOEv2c

Ne Obliviscaris - Portal of I (2012)
Extreme Progressive Metal



While I admit, I haven't actually bought this album yet, all the songs which i've heard on youtube so far are amazing. Its very progressive, layered, complex and heavy. They manage to find a unique sound which is difficult to do in this age of a flooded music market. They use lots of instruments and have every type of vocal you can imagine. Impressive work indeed!

And Plague Flowers The Kaleidoscope: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMorAdnCixg
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« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2017, 02:02:46 pm »

3 Candidates

Progenitor - Mechina https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJwsXmM8tsc

Symphonic/industrial metal outfit from Chicago, the likes of which I have never come across before. I have been obsessed with this record since it popped up on my youtube reccies a year ago and cannot shut up about it.

The Gentle Storm - Anneke Van Giersbergen/Arjen Lucassen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPE3j6Gg_r4

Anneke/Arjen= dream team. Also Marcela Bovio performed with them live.

Symphonies - Neurotech

Trancy/symphonic/industrial one man project from Slovenia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66CD-u2mlC0

3 not for ERR

Sorni Nai - Kauan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJwsXmM8tsc

Extremely lovely post/doom from Russia. light on the doom, heavy on the violins.

M - Mykur https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxkwoD-87C0
 
Atmos/folk/black metal. I did not know I could enjoy black metal influenced music until I listened to this record. Also nice floaty etherial choirs.

Magic Night - Violet Cold

Post/black/shoegaze from Azerbaijan! Also the cover art is a picture of the moon. I like the moon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxkwoD-87C0
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« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2017, 02:07:05 pm »




So, allow me to start:


3 ERR CANDIDATES:

Lyriel – Leverage (2012)

  Even though this is the fourth full-length album for Germany's Lyriel it is my first experience with the group and their take on folk metal.  I’m always on the lookout for female fronted bands and singer Jessica Thierjung´s voice is both soulful and stunning. She is quite heavy on the heart and her air of etherealness was just the extra incentive I needed to give this album my full and undivided attention.
  This is one impressive album that I can't get out of my head, and as with all bands that I love and who excel at what they do, but are not the "big names" we hear about every day, I hope this album is Lyriel's ticket to bigger and better things – to becoming one of those "big names" we hear about every day.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mR03julOXg

Dark Princess – The World I've Lost (2012)


Russian Gothic-Metal-band Dark Princess has a new vocal talent in Natalia Terekhova. Symphonic pomp and a gloomy atmosphere meet thundering riffs and catchy melodies in gripping, theatrical anthems and the charismatic singer Natalia will most probably give many established stars in the scene a run for their money with her impressive bandwidth that easily spans classical soprano and energetic rock singer. Solid, hard guitar work assures that the group’s mini operettas are delivered with just the right amount of kick and the band showcases an almost alarmingly impressive talent for creating tunes that stay in your head. Dark Princess also spice up their sound with a myriad of influences, from Folk to Russian traditional music, delivering one of the most exciting Gothic Metal releases in a long time. “The World I’ve Lost” is an enticing and gripping trip into epic worlds. Oh, and the best of all: absolutely no growling!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5H945JAwlJk

Xandria - Neverworlds End (2012)


  With the departure of Lisa Middelhauve in 2008 the band had the opportunity to start over. The band emerges stronger than ever with the addition of Manuela Kraller, who was once buried in a sea of musicians and vocalists of the traveling parade named Haggard. For those expecting “Salome, Pt. II,” then you are in for a surprise with “Neverworld’s End”. At first blush, I was amazed at how well the band recreated the old Nightwish. The sound is huge, the choruses are strong, and the vocals of Kraller have that similar low powerful operatic tone which blends so perfectly with symphonic metal music. “Neverworld’s End” represents a major shift in the band’s sound, which in the first ten years was leaning closer to gothic metal what Tarja Turunnen has accustomed us to.
  “Salome – The Seventh Veil” was once considered the band’s finest album, but “Neverworld’s End” leaves it buried and lost. The musicianship has risen to new heights, the sound is crystal clear, and the song writing is rich and full. Even with the heavier turn, it isn’t hard to imagine that the same band which released such promising albums like “India” and “Ravenheart” would pull off an even greater re-birth with “Neverworld’s End.” Xandria has firmly planted its flag in the realm of symphonic metal in 2012 and now it seems apparent the band compete with the big boys.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rx9OoLwiAho

3 ALBUMS THAT WILL NEVER SEE THE ERR LINE UP, BUT I CAN’T STOP LISTENING TO:

Nemesea - In Control (2009)

  Dear Lords, I cant stop listening to this. I swear the cd is thinner from overuse. Manda Ophuis is an outstanding vocalist, easily on par or surpassing many of the better known femme metal singers out there. “In Control” is Nemesea’s second release, and they took a major change in direction from the symphonic/gothic style of their first album “Mana”. This new album has a more mainstream quality to it, with a mixture of hard rock and electro-industrial. One thing that they did bring over from the “Mana” album is masterful song writing skills and top notch musicianship. Even though this CD has a different sound than “Mana”, it is a magnificent creation none the less.
  This album has one spellbinding song after another, and the production is exceptional. Even the keyboards carry a deadly punch, and the other instruments are super tight. I think what really makes this album a treasure are Manda’s vocals and the amazing choruses. Some songs are definitely verging on the pop side, although I have no problem at all with the electro-industrial aspects of this CD.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2tw9_UnZkU

Gregorian - The Dark Side Of The Chant (2010)

  Gregorian returns to the theme of the dark side. As with all of Gregorian’s music there are those tracks that you like staight away and those that will grow on you over time. With this one there were more that I liked straight away - ten out of the thirteen. Oh Fortuna is very appropriate in this style and while not what you have come to expect from Gregorian works superbly. As a contrast Hells Belles, Morning Dew, My Heart is Burning and Black Wings are instantly Gregorian at their best. The versions of Frozen and Bring me to life also stand out though in a different way and no doubt will be many persons favorites. It is as they say Gregorian - The Original (and Best).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sEjSEoq-MU

Poets Of The Fall - Temple Of Thought (2012)

  This album is very special to me, and every time I listen to it, I love it more. Poets of the Fall are an alternative rock group from Helsinki, Finland that make very atmospheric and large-scale music. They've come close, but not quite, to becoming mainstream as their sound is extremely accessible. They have sold multiple platinum albums in their home country, and haven't even gotten a single gold in the US. I have been following them since I discovered their music from that great game, "Max Payne 2", and I've been listening to them often since.
  The opening track opens up with high energy and follows up with the same sound I have come to know from the group. Beautiful melodies and acoustic ballads, atmospheric hooks, and fantastic lyrics, let alone the singing. They definitely haven't lost inspiration, as the first few tracks alone prove that this band is still running hot. Each musician works off each other with ease and displays fluency at all times, and Markos vocals shine through and add just the perfect touch of melody and sound-scape to give the necessary kick that drives this to be another phenomenal release from Poets of the Fall. I recommend this to anyone who has a taste in melodic music in general.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUptPvR8FJ8


That’s it for my list. I hope to see other ERR listeners post what albums they just cannot put down or back in the shelf.

I'm aware of Gregorian due to their work with Sarah Brightman (featuring on each other's records, Frank Peterson being Sarah's producer). Just had a look at their discog. Now convinced more than ever Sarah knows her symphonic/gothic metal. Fleur Du Mal is so close to being symphonic metal it hurts.
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