Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Vulture Industries - Deeper

The Norweigan oddballs VULTURE INDUSTRIES is an excellent band to continue the little far-out choice we had yesterday.

A band that plays a surrealist brand of dark metal cabaret, heavy rock vistas bent and twisted into living entities embodying the width and breadth of human emotion.

The single "Deeper" 7″ features the new VULTURE INDUSTRIES single paired up with a live recording of "The Benevolent Pawn" from the venerable concert venue USF in Bergen. This exclusive single, released for the Strange Rain Tour, is strictly limited to 500 copies on green Danish vinyl, released via Dark Essence Records. The tune has a spaghetti western vibe of Ennio Morricone and with a touch of Nick Cave. "Deeper" tells the story of man's insatiable greed for more, as symbolized by the miners digging all the way to Hell.

The front man Bjørnar says this about the formation of the track:

“It was one of those scorching summer days of 2018. The grass in the fields had all turned the colour of old paper, and the sun, at its zenith, was mercilessly searing our skin. Thirsty, hungry, and with tongues swelling, we had just missed the ferry crossing and could taste our hopes turn to ashes in our mouths. Trying to remain calm, but steadily feeling the building pressure of desperation, as a boiler ready to blow, we waited in line. Then suddenly the one year old in the back seat broke the silence chanting AHUM, AHUM, AHUM, AHUM! Overcome by what felt like divine inspiration but might very well have been sent from the depths of Hell, I started drumming on the dashboard. DUM, DADADUM, DADADUM, DADADUMDADUMDADUM.”

Bjørnar Erevik Nilsen – vocals and keys
Eivind Huse – guitars and vocals
Øyvind Madsen – guitars
Kyrre Teigen – bass and vocals
Tor Helge Gjengedal – drums

Today's tune "Deeper", is taken from the 7" single, released April 23, 2019.


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Monday, 27 January 2020

Thy Catafalque - Naiv

Monday, time to introduce "Record Of The Week".

"Naiv" is another spectacular musical album release by the Hungarian eccentrics THY CATAFALQUE, the brainchild of Hungarian Tamás Kátai. "Naiv" is inspired by the “Naïve Art” movement.

One thing I love about Tamás Kátai, it's his ability to create innovative, interesting and very irresistible music. From his newly gained bag of lego, where the blocks contain diversion of genres like gothic rock, ambient, electronica, folklore, jazz, and funk amongst others, where all the pieces have wisely assembled together to create the musical landscape of well-working crossovers.

"Naiv" is just as unpredictable as his earlier works and demands to be listened to with full attention. That it can then be a sprawling story for someone who is unfamiliar with wilder textures, I can buy that, but I can almost promise that one can easily be sucked into the magical madness of the flow of rhythms with unknown and quite tricky instruments. It's a playful and very easily accessible record and still delivers on some good, old fashioned heavy riffs.

That album is a real adventure with many guests on various positions, like the vocalist Zoltán Kónya (GIRE) the progressive death metal band who appears on the album opener murderous blasting "A Bolyongás Ideje" spiced up with some psychedelia, like the unpredictable "Tsitsushka", that have many shifts from gothic metal to funk but still keep the focus also contains some fretless bass by Badó Réti (GIRE). The electronic intro in "A Valóság Kazamatái" takes one of the radar, until the heavy riffages take place in the middle eastern theme that this tune takes its path. The chamber rock piece "Számtalan Színek" where the guest musicians take the center with cello and creates a classical atmosphere. "Embersólyom" has a folkish touch with proggy flutes and some beautiful vocals from Martina Veronika Horváth (ex-NIBURTA, SALLYANNE, NULAH). She can also be heard on rocker "Napút" where she does an excellent job. "Vető" is eight minutes of old school avant-death metal, a heavy piece with some odd but pretty well-executed shifts. The extra bonus on the album is that all the lyrics are in the native Hungarian language. The album can feel complex and confusing but with some time and patience it will grow and the enjoyment will be much richer.

"Naiv" was released January 24 through Season Of Mist. Recorded, mixed and mastered in 2018-2019 in Edinburgh (United Kingdom) Makó, Budapest, Debrecen, Szentendre, Szombathely (Hungary) and Athens (Greece). Cover art: Irene Saíz Guerrero

Sum: "Naiv" is a magical album, requires some time with full attention, but with a little patience comes the rewarded.

Today's tune "Embersólyom" is taken from the ninth full-length album "Naiv", enjoy!

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Sunday, 26 January 2020

Saga - Humble Stance

Sunday, time for a classic.

"Humble Stance" is a tune by the Canadian progressive rock band SAGA. Taken from the first studio album and was originally released 8 April 1978.

SAGA was are from Oakville, Ontario, Canada. Jim Crichton and Welsh-born vocalist Michael Sadler were the principal songwriters. The band had numerous line-up changes over the years. Ian and Jim Crichton were the only two original members who appeared on every album. Sadler appeared on every release, apart from the 2009 album "The Human Condition". Keyboardist Jim Gilmour was with the band from 1979, making his debut on the album "Silent Knight". Drummer Steve Negus performed with SAGA until 1986. The lineup was supplemented by many session musicians and live performers from the late 1980s to the late 2000s.

SAGA have been awarded gold and platinum albums worldwide and have sold more than eight million albums.

"Humble Stance" is one of only few songs on which Michael Sadler plays bass guitar, while Jim Crichton plays keyboard chords. As it is a regular part of the live setlis - unlike "It's Time" or "No Stranger", which also feature the same constellation - fans usually know that SAGA are going to start playing "Humble Stance" as soon as Sadler takes over Jim's bass guitar.

2017 marked SAGA's 40th anniversary. The band that has combined hard rock, progressive rock and pop like no other celebrated their anniversary with a tour around the globe, saying thank you and farewell to the fans… for now. Now, one year later, the exciting live recording "So Good So Far - Live At Rock Of Ages" sees its release. SAGA's performance video for the song "Humble Stance" can be seen below.

Featuring the most iconic of songs that SAGA has been known and loved for by fans for more than 40 years, "So Good So Far" delivers the epitome of the band's long and proud history — all recorded at the Rock Of Ages festival in Seebronn, Germany in 2017 on both audio and video. SAGA, the headliner of the evening played, an energetic one-and-a-half-hour set in front of thousands of festival goers, featuring the best of 21 SAGA studio albums with classics such as "On The Loose", "Humble Stance", "Wind Him Up" and "Don't Be Late".

SAGA has a very special history with the legendary Rock Of Ages festival in Seebronn, Germany. Founder Horst Franz invited us to perform for the very first one in 2006! Fast forward to 2017 — SAGA returns to the coveted Saturday night stage by special request, celebrating the band's 40th anniversary with our 'Final Chapter' tour".

Today's tune "Humble Stance" taken from the first self titled studio album. But I have picked the live version from "In Transit" for today. This clip is filmed live at Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, Germany, December, 1981.

This clip is taken from the live album "So Good So Far - Live At Rock Of Ages", filmed live at ROCK OF AGES festival in Seebronn, Germany 2017.

Upcoming Tourdates:

Feb 18, 2020 - Copenhagen - Denmark - Amager Bio
Feb 19, 2020 - Aarhus - Denmark - Train
Feb 20, 2020 - Copenhagen - Denmark - Amager Bio SOLD OUT
Feb 21, 2020 - Gothenburg - Tradgarn
Feb 23, 2020 - Oslo - Norway - Rockefeller
Feb 24, 2020 - Stockholm - Sweden - Bern's Feb 25, 2020 - Hamburg - Germany - Grosse Freiheit36
Feb 26, 2020 - Berlin - Germany - Metropol
Feb 27, 2020 - Karlsruhe - Germany - Tollhaus
Feb 29, 2020 - Pratteln - Switzerland - Z7
March 1, 2020 - Stuttgart - Germany - Im Wizemann (Halle)
March 3, 2020 - Oberhausen - Germany - Turbinenhalle T2
March 5, 2020 - Suhl - Germany - Congress Centrum Suhl
March 6, 2020 - Neuruppin - Germany - Kulterhaus Stadtgarten Neuruppin
March 7, 2020 - BitBurg - Germany - Stadhalle
March 8, 2020 - Hannover - Germany - Capitol
March 9, 2020 - Neu-Isenbur - Germany - Hugenottenhalle
March 11, 2020 - Saarbrucken - Germany - E Werk
March 13, 2020 - Zoetermeer - Netherlands - Boerderij SOLD OUT
March 14, 2020 - Enschede - Netherlands - Metropool
March 15, 2020 - Wetzlar - Germany - Event Werkstatt SOLD OUT
March 27 - April 1, 2020 - Cruise to the Edge - Pearl, Miami, Florida USA
June 5, 2020 - Sölvesborg, Sweden Rock Festival
June 7, 2020 - Bassum - Germany - Open Air
June 20, 2020 - Ulm - Germany - Ulmer Zelt
June 21, 2020 - Munich - Germany - Olympiahalle - with FOREIGNER & The New Roses
June 23, 2020 - Würzburg - Germany - Posthalle
Jun 26, 2020 - Neuleiningen - Germany - Burgensommer
June 27, 2020 - Mönchengladbach - Germany - Red Box
July 17, 2020 - Bronnoysund - Norway - Rootsfestivalen
July 18, 2020 - Spalt - Germany - Lieder Am See (with Deep Purple & The Hooters)
July 20, 2020 - Freiburg -Germany Zelt Musik Festival
July 21, 2020 - Tuttlingen -Germany - Honbergsommer
July 22, 2020. - Koblenz - Germany - Festung Ehrenbreitstein

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Saturday, 25 January 2020

Pattern-Seeking Animals - No Burden Left To Carry

PATTERN-SEEKING ANIMALS is a progressive/art-rock band based in Los Angeles group featuring the talents of the current & former SPOCK'S BEARD members Ted Leonard, Jimmy Keegan & Dave Meros as well as long-time contributing songwriter-producer John Boegehold. The band recently signed to InsideOut Music for the release of their self-titled debut album on July 5th, 2019.

With the band obviously being closely associated with SPOCK'S BEARD, John was conscious of exploring different avenues with PATTERN-SEEKING ANIMALS, whether it was song structures, vocal arrangements, synth sounds or emotional textures.

“Pattern-Seeking Animals was a clean slate so I found myself drawing on a few different musical influences and using some contemporary production ideas and sounds that I probably wouldn’t use with SB for various reasons.”

As the project came together it quickly became apparent that they would want to take this material out live: “Originally it was intended to be a recording project but as it was coming together we started talking seriously about doing it as a live band. Because of the complexity of a lot of the material, it’ll require an additional musician or two to pull it off live. The plan is to tour as much as possible and to come out with a new album at least once a year. In fact, work on the second album is already well under way.”

Today's tune "No Burden Left To Carry" taken from the album PATTERN-SEEKING ANIMALS self-titled album, released July 5th, 2019.

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