Saturday, November 22, 2014

Album of the Week: Shine and Burn by Avarice in Audio

After spending the last few months waiting with baited breath, one of my new favorite bands Avarice in Audio finally dropped their debut full length album Shine and Burn yesterday. I already have been listening to my copy since Monday when I got my pre-ordered copy in the mail. Since getting the album earlier this past week I have been listening to it constantly therefore I am making it my Album of the Week pick for my blog. Shine and Burn was one of the releases I have been eagerly anticipating to hear since this past summer. Was the music worth the long wait? I absolutely thought it was worth the wait. After hearing the excellent Frostbite EP, there was no doubt that I needed to hear the duo's full length album.

The song "Frostbite" itself is an outstanding track reminiscent of Delerium and Conjure One especially when remixed. A lot that credit goes to singer Jade Pegg whose voice is like ear candy to me through out the album. As a fan of bands like Blutengel and Ashbury Heights whose music adds a male/female dynamic which I find immensely appealing, I can add Avarice in Audio to that list. Gerry and Jade's vocals is what really made the album for me. Gerry's vocals is more on the harsh side while Jade's is more polished, ethereal, and often operatic. The results is pure bliss for me. On a whole the album has a lot of energy and very catchy.I certainly think there is always room for growth with the group's sound and I hope to hear it on future albums but overall Shine and Burn is a great way to begin one's career. I am glad Alfa Matrix Records signed this band. They are a nice addition to the roster of dark electro bands.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Throwback Thursday: My Top 10 Favorite Songs From 1983

01. Eurythmics: Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)

02. Duran Duran: Hungry Like The Wolf

03. Bonnie Tyler: Total Eclipse of the Heart

04. Michael Jackson: Beat It

05. Prince: Little Red Corvette

06. Men Without Hats: The Safety Dance

07. Laura Branigan: Solitare

08. Spandau Ballet: True

09. The Human League: (Keep Feeling) Fascination

10. The Stray Cats: Stray Cat Strut

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

10 Songs That Should Be On the Next Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack

A few minutes ago tonight I just found out through Facebook that I could download the soundtrack to my favorite film of the summer < href=>Guardians of the Galaxy for free (as long as the individual has a google play account which I do personally). I should note this is for people in the US only. Sorry everyone else, you'll have to pay. Then earlier today I was listening to a compilation of Heart's music that I got from the library and it got me to thinking that their music from the '70s would be perfect for the next soundtrack to the next Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Both of these moments inspired tonight's blog which is songs that I think should be featured on the next GOTG soundtrack. Of course I am going to keep to the classic pop/rock sound.

01. Heart: Barracuda

02. Black Sabbath: Paranoid

03. Cat Stevens: Peace Train

04. Gladys Knight And The Pips: Midnight Train to Georgia

05. Blondie: One Way or Another

06. Fleetwood Mac: Go Your Own Way

07. Elton John: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

08. Wild Cherry: Play That Funky Music

09. Carly Simon: You're So Vain

10. The Clash: London Calling

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Office Playlist For the Week

A little late with this week's playlist but better late than never. Probably better than I waited a couple of days since I just picked up a few cds at the library after work today. I have to admit I was in a mood for some cheesy ass pop/rock music hence the Chicago and Heart cds.

Chicago: Greatest Hits 1982-1989

Heart: the Essential

Haley Bonar: The Last War

La Roux: Trouble in Paradise

Faithless: Sunday 8PM

Garbage: Version 2.0

Elastica: Elastic

Depeche Mode: Ultra

Belly: Star

Concrete Blonde: Bloodletting

Moby: Play

Marsheaux: Inhale

The Jezebels: Prisoner

Blutengel: Monument (deluxe edition)

Nitro/Noise: Total Nihilism

Delerium: Poem

Mondraume: Empty

Suicide Commando: When Evil Speaks (deluxe edition)

Blume: Autumn Ruins

Monday, November 17, 2014

5 Albums/EPs You Should Hear

01. Cosmic Armchair: I Don't Belong Here

02. Avarice in Audio: Shine and Burn

03. Unwoman: Circling

04. Hanzel und Gretyl: Black Forest Metal

05. Youth Code: A Place to Stand

Today I finally received my copy of the debut album Shine and Burn by Avarice in Audio today. It was so well worth the wait. I personally think the album is absolutely wonderful. Album officially comes out on November 21st. I hope people will check it out.

Last week Cosmic Armchair released  I Don't Belong Here EP. Cosmic Armchair reminds me a little of Saint Etienne but with more uptempo beats. They are one of my favorite new finds of 2014.

Of course I had to mention Circling by Unwoman. Great album.

It goes without saying about Hanzel und Gretyl and Youth Code and their latest efforts. Youth Code is definitely one of my top 10 favorite new bands of 2014. Both bands put out really killer music this year. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Album of the Week: Black Forest Metal by Hanzel und Gretyl

I have been a fan of Hanzel Und Gretyl for just over a decade now. I have been listening to their brand of industrial/metal since Uber Alles in 2003. For the most part the band has been consistent with their brand of crushing industrial/metal music. I personally always love this sound than their earlier sound which was industrial/techno, it was okay but it lacked the energy that their current sound. While the band has been for the most part consistent with their music, I just wasn't happy with their last two albums 2012's Born to Be Heiled and 2013's Fur Immer (which was a remix album). Despite those two missteps, I didn't stop being a fan of Hanzel Und Gretyl. When the band announced their new album Black Forest Metal, of course I got excited. When I heard their new song "Black Forest Metal" a month ago, I knew that the HuG I loved was back.

The song has classic HuG written all over it. It is brutal and aggressive as their songs off Uber Alles. I was quickly convinced into pre-ordering the album from Metropolis Records. The wait and money invested into the album was definitely worth it. The album was aggressive from start to finish.I definitely think the music is more metal than industrial but that is okay. I have been listening to quite a bit of metal nowadays, more so than I have in the past. The band's twisted sense of humor remains intact. It doesn't take much to figure out that this is a band you shouldn't take at first value with song titles like "Burning Witches for Satan" and "More Metal Than Satan". I love listening to the album as loud as I am permitted to where I live. I love how relentless the guitars and bass riffs are. They bombard my ears as well as the vocals by Vas Kallas and Von Loopy. Their vocals are so in your face and just as harsh as the music. I also love that the album has Satanic theme to it. Of course this is part of the band's humorous charm. If you take the songs on this album at face value then you would have shit for brains.  Black Forest Metal is one of the most satisfying albums of 2014 I have heard. It is also my pick for Album of the Week.