Thursday, April 30, 2015

Throwback Thursday: '90s dance music

Throwback Thursday time! This week I thought I would do something cheesy and go with ten of my favorite dance songs from the '90s. I was so into that music back in my early twenties before I got into goth and industrial big time. I must say compared to most of today's music, I'll take music from the '90s over crap like Iggy Azaelia and Kanye West.

01. No Mercy: Please Don't Go

02. Sonique: It Feels So Good

03. Melanie C.: I Turn to You

04. Gina G: Just A Little Bit

05. Real McCoy: Run Away

06. La Bouche: Be My Lover

07. Robert Miles: Children

08. Nicki French: Total Eclipse of the Heart

09. Le Click: Tonight is the Night

10. Run DMC vs. Jason Nevins: It's Like That

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Old and New Favorite Songs

Old Favorite Songs:
Sugar: If I Can't Change Your Mind (solo mix)

One of my favorite songs from the '90s. I particularly like this solo acoustic mix from Sugar.

Concrete Blonde: Mexican Moon

Next to "Joey" and "Bloodletting", "Mexican Moon" is my personal favorite Concrete Blonde song.

Tears For Fears: Everybody Rules the World

Still one of my favorite songs from my childhood.

New Favorite Songs:
Ari Mason: Uber den Horizont

Absolutely love, love Ari Mason's cover of my favorite Blutengel song.

Sabaton: Far From the Fame

I have been really enjoying the hell out of the Sabaton album I bought last weekend. Super catchy as hell. I especially love this particular song.

Delain: My Masquerade

My favorite song from the band's lastest album Human Contradiction.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Album Of The Week: A Color For Fiction by Invocation Array

There isn't a lot of new releases I am excited about lately but one of them is the debut album by Invocation Array which features Kaia Young from The Luna Sequence, one of my personal favorite bands, and Adrianne Grady. I have been eagerly anticipating A Color For Fiction for the past few weeks now. Yesterday the album was dropped upon the public. Tonight I just downloaded the album. I certainly plan on writing a more thorough review of the album but I will say that this album is this week's pick for Album Of The Week. Check it out! If you like The Luna Sequence, I think you will like Invocation Array.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Weekly Playlist for 04/27-05/03

For this week's playlist, I decided to create an Alfa Matrix sampler featuring some of my favorite artists on the label. Enjoy!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Throwback Thursday: 1990

Throwback Thursday time again! This week it is another ten favorite songs of mine from 1990. Enjoy!

01. Soho: Hippychick

02. Social Distortion: Story of My Life

03. Lightning Seeds: Pure

04. Real Life: God Tonight

05. Ocean Blue: Drifting, Falling

06. Lloyd Cole: Downtown

07. 808 State: Cubik

08. Gene Loves Jezebel: Jealous

09. Chris Isaak: Wicked Game

10. Mission UK: Butterfly On a Wheel

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Upcoming concerts and events in the Twin Cities

I decided to put off my Old and New Favorite Songs post for another week since I have been out of town last weekend and been ill for the past day and a half. I decided to update my list of upcoming shows to the Twin Cities that people might be interested in seeing.

Darker Mondays: The Rite of Spring
Sick of Sarah at The Turf Club

Fallout at Bedlam Lowertown
Kamelot with Dragonforce
The Body+Full of Hell+Prostate+Thunderbolt Pagoda at Triple Rock
William Control in the Nether Bar
Amaranthe with I Prevail and Santa Cruz at Mill City Nights
Goth Prom XII: Mystery
Aurelio Voltaire with Ego Likeness and Bad September at Amsterdam Bar and Hall
Ministry at Mill City Nights
Hot Chip with Slow Magic at First Avenue Mainroom

Lindsey Stirling at Northrup Auditorium
Purity Ring with Braids and Born Gold (All Ages show) at First Avenue Mainroom
Rock the Garden 2015
Electric Six with White Reaper at First Avenue Mainroom
Pride in concert: Deborah Cox, Peaches, Hunter Valentine, Mayda

Lenka at The Cedar
Veruca Salt at The Cedar
V 2.0 The Resurrection Fashion Show at Ground Zero

The Kills with Baby in Vain at First Avenue Mainroom
Social Distortion with Nikki Lane and Drag the River at First Avenue Mainroom
KMFDM with CHANT! and Inertia at Mill City Nights
Insomnium with Omnium Gatherum and Cold Colours at 7th Street Entry

Symphony X with Overkill at Mill City Nights

Suicide Girls at Mill City Nights

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Albums I am currently listening to

I would write out my thoughts but today was not a good day for me. I actually had to leave work towards the end of the work day because I ate something really foul. Nothing says fun than fainting at work. I will say that I absolutely love the Sabaton album especially after seeing the Swedish band perform this past Saturday night.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Nightwish w/Delain and Sabaton at Concord Music Hall 04.18.15

This past weekend I was down in Chicago, Illinois to go to see Nightwish on their Endless Forms Most Beautiful tour with Delain and Sabaton at the Concord Music Hall. I had booked my trip way back in September when I found out about the tour. The show was totally sold out. I got to the venue around 4pm, should have arrived earlier because there was a pretty lengthy line already when I got there. By then I knew my chances of getting a good view was next to none. On the up side, I wasn't like a block down from the venue like a lot of people were. My experience at Concord and the shitty view I had because I'm short made me appreciate my concert experiences here in Minneapolis all the more so.

Dutch symphonic metal band started off the show with a 30 minute set which I thoroughly enjoyed. I really need to get some of their music. I have heard quite a bit and have liked what I had heard from them, just never got around to buying their music. Saturday night's show proved to me that I really need to buy their music.

I really hope that the band returns to the US and to Minneapolis in the near future. The band has a lot of energy and obviously enjoys performing live.

Swedish power metal band Sabaton followed after Delain. They played about an hour's worth of music (give or take several minutes). After I learned that they were joining the Nightwish tour last year (or maybe earlier this year, I forget), I quickly checked out their latest album Heroes and was immediately hooked on their sound. Today I bought their album because I did not feel like dealing with the crowds at the show. As for their live set, the Swedish band was absolutely amazing. They sound incredible live. The band really enjoyed interacting with the audience through out the show which I found quite endearing. I hope one day soon they will go headline their own tour. They clearly have a huge following in the metal scene.

Finally the reason I traveled 9 hours from the Twin Cities hit the stage. Despite my difficulty seeing through out the show, seeing and hearing Floor Jansen live was so worth the damn travel delays I was experiencing no thanks to the trains in ND carrying oil. I thought I died and gone to heaven when Floor and the band performed "She's My Sin" from the first Nightwish album I have ever heard Wishmaster. Floor has quite an impressive vocal range in my opinion. Her voice straddles between Anette Olzon and Tarja Turunen. She is more than a capable singer to me and the band was very wise to offer her the job as singer full time. Nightwish performed a well balanced mix of old and new songs which was very smart. Every time I have listened to Endless Forms Most BeautifuL the music keeps getting better and better with me. I absolutely loved it when the band busted into two songs from Oceanborn, "Stargazers"and "Sleeping Sun". Floor truly shined on those two songs. She showed the audience what she was truly capable of as a singer which was that she had an impressive vocal range. She totally sounded like Tarja on those two songs. To all the naysayers who put down Floor as a singer, put a sock in it. Tarja and Anette is gone and not coming back. Floor has proven herself as well as others that she is the band's singer and she is talented and able to perform the older Nightwish songs.

Despite the fact that I was stuck around a lot of tall people, Saturday night's concert made the long ass journey so worth it (not to mention the amount of money I spent to get to Chicago). I think a larger venue would have been better because everyone was packed in like a can of sardines. I suppose the promoter wanted a sell out show (which they got) but from my personal experience, being stuffed into a venue like Concord for a hugely popular band like Nightwish is a bit much. I do hope the next time the band tours America, they don't bypass Minnneapolis/Saint Paul again. Jeebus? Chicago then Iowa? WTF is in Iowa that the Twin Cities doesn't have?! Just saying.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Hellions of Hollywood at Ground Zero 09.19.13

Throwback Thursday time! This week I chose the Hellions of Hollywood show which featured Psyclon 9, Dawns of Ashes, Promidal and As/Of. It was a fun show especially when it involves Promidal and their onstage antics. LOL!

goth_maven's Hellions of Hollywood Minneapolis show album on Photobucket

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Old and new favorite songs

Old favorite songs:

Pulcher Femina: Dark Clouds

Marsheaux: Promise

Javelynn: Morphine

New favorite songs:

Frozen Plasma: Foolish Dreams

Delta Rae: You're the One For Me

Nightwish: My Walden

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Albums I am currently listening to

The last couple of weeks have been very kind to me in the music department. I got in the mail my copies of the Neuroticfish and Nightwish albums that I had pre-ordered. Bought the new As/Of album on USB key at the Covenant show last week as well as Covenant's Leaving Babylon album, and over the weekend I bought the new Delta Rae album. At the moment I am completely obsessing over the latest albums by Delta Rae and Nightwish. They are so freaking good.

Delta Rae's music isn't normally something I listen to on a regular basis which can be described as a mix of rock, folk, and country. Very straight forward and mainstream sounding but I like it a lot. The band did not niss a beat with After It All considering the fact that I absolute love their first album Carry the Fire. My absolutely favorite track on the album is "You're the One For Me". I just keep listening to the song over and over.

To hell with some of Nightwish's fans that bitches about Floor but I love Floor Jansen in Nightwish. Endless Forms Most Beautiful is excellent album. I wish "Sagan" wasn't cut from the album but oh well, it is what it is. I really like the third disc in the three disc earbook version of the album. I it contains orchestral versions of the songs. I thought that was a really interesting take on the songs. The instrumentals on the second disc didn't do much for me to be honest.

The new Neuroticfish was well worth the wait and the money I spent for an import CD. The new album has reinvigorated my interest in futurepop, so much I have been listening to the new Frozen Plasma album which is also really good. I definitely recommend those two albums if anyone is looking for some new music especially in the futurepop vein. Also love the latest Covenant album Leaving Babylon. The first time I heard it last year, I was kinda bored but after listening to the album on my stereo and not on Spotify, the whole listening experience changed my attitude towards the album. It is very good.

I am digging the new As\Of album A Million Scars a lot. The band certainly has grown since I first seen them live a few years ago. They are really killer live on stage. 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Weekly Playlist for 04/13-04/19

I have been on a big futurepop kick lately so for this week's playlist, I have put together a playlist of some (not all) of my favorite futurepop songs. I am really digging the new Frozen Plasma album. I definitely recommend checking out their new album Dekadenz.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Office playlist of the week

Another work week is just around the corner but at least it is only four days because I am heading to Chicago on Friday to go see Nightwish on 4/18. I also plan on bringing my music with me for the eight hour train ride to and from Chicago/Minnesota.

As\Of: A Million Scars (USB key I bought at the show the other night)

Chandeen: Forever and Ever

Re/Vision: The SkyQode Tribute to De/Vision

Empyrean Asunder: Serpent

Neuroticfish: A Sign of Life

Covenant: Leaving Babylon

Delta Rae: After It All

Nightwish: Endless Forms Most Beautiful

Angels and Agony: Monument

Purity Ring: Another Eternity

Seabound/Iris: Radiant Turbulence

Within Temptation: Hydra

Junksista: High Voltage Confessions

Arch Enemy: War Eternal

Delerium: Poem

Moby: Innocents

Dum Dum Girls: Only In Dreams

Ayria: Plastic Makes Perfect

Noblesse Oblige: Affair of the Heart

Marsheaux: Lumineux Noir

Stray: Letting Go (Bonus Tracks Version)

Blume: Autumn Ruins

Johnny Cash: American IV The Man Who Comes Around

Blutengel: Tranenherz

Depeche Mode: Ultra

Dido: Life For Rent

Travis: The Man Who

Hanzel und Gretyl: 2012 Zwanzig Zwolf

Avarice in Audio: Shine and Burn

William Orbit: Pieces In A modern Style

Psy'Aviah: The Xenogamous Endeavour (deluxe edition)

Janet Jackson: The Velvet Rope

Conjure One: Conjure One

Goldfrapp: Tales of Us

Anette Olzon: Shine

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Covenant at Amsterdam Bar and Hall with The Labrynth and AslOf on 04.09.15

Friday night I finally got to see the Swedish synthpop band Covenant. The last time they were in the Twin Cities, it was 8 years ago and I missed their show (and hated that I missed it since then). Seattle band The Labrynth and local band As\Of opened up for the legendary band. It was a fantastic show. DJ Nitrogen spun music in between sets while the bands hauled their gear off stage. As\Of was the first to go on and played some of their new album A Million Scars which I still haven't gotten around to listening to it (I bought a USB key at the show) which I know I'm bad...LOL. Judging by what I had heard that night, the music kicked ass. The Labrynth followed up next and performed songs from their debut Eternal EP. If you like Ayria, you definitely will like this band, I know I do. Finally Covenant was up next. They did not disappoint me. They played a mix of old songs and songs from their latest album Leaving Babylon which I bought a copy at the show. I hate saying this but I was totally wrong about Leaving Babylon. I initially thought it was a dull album but after hearing it on my portable stereo as opposed to via spotify, the album is excellent. I do wished that the band performed "Dead Stars", the very first Covenant song I had heard but I was happy that they performed "Call The Ships to Port", one of my personal favorite Covenant songs. In case you missed my pictures and videos from the show, here they are :).

goth_maven's Covenant with The Labrynth album on Photobucket

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Throwback Thursday: 1996

Throwback Thursday time again! I decided to pick ten of my favorite songs from 1996.

01. Catherine Wheel: Wish You Were Here

02. Rancid: Ruby Soho

03. Stabbing Westword: What Do I Have to Do

04. Iggy Pop: Lust For Life

05. Marilyn Manson: Beautiful People

06. Gravity Kills: Guilty

07. Garbage: Stupid Girl

08. Ruby: Tiny Meat

09. Leah Andreone: It's Alright, It's Okay

10. Sarah McLachlan: Dear God

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

New releases worth checking out

Tonight I thought I would share with my readers some new releases that has come out in the past week or more.

Venal Flesh is a dark electro act from Washington DC, who recently was signed to Belgium record label Alfa Matrix records. They recently released their EP Sacrament to the Scalpel. If you are anything like me and like your music on the harsh side, Venal Flesh is right up your alley. Really kickass tunes.

Local Minneapolis band As/Of just released their second album. I haven't heard it yet but I definitely will be sometime this week. The band will be performing tracks at Thursday's Covenant show at Amsterdam Bar and Hall.

Yesterday I finally got my copy of the new Neuroticfish album A Sign of Life which just came out late last month. It was so worth spending the extra money for a physical (import) copy of the album. I definitely recommend buying it. It is really good.

Some new aggrotech from Cynical Existence. So far I like what I have heard. Need to listen to the entire album when I have the time. Maybe at work. LOL!

It feels like an eternity since Regenerator last put out an album. Hearing new music from the band makes me very happy. The new album sounds great.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Playlist of the week for 04/06-4/12

In honor of my upcoming trip to Chicago to go see the symphonic metal band Nightwish which happens on 4/19 at the Concorde Music Hall, I decided to put together a playlist of some of my favorite songs (that I had access to on Spotify) by the band. I am really enjoying the new album Endless Forms Most Beautiful. It is a great first album (of original material) for Floor Jansen. I picked out three of my personal favorite tracks on the album. While I wasn't all crazy about Anette Olzon during her time in the band, there were a couple of tracks with her that I actually love that I included on the playlist. And of course had to feature a few songs with Tarja on vocals. I am really excited about the show and seeing Floor perform live for the first time. I definitely will be live tweeting photos from the show ;).

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Album of the week: Endless Forms Most Beautiful by Nightwish

After a two year wait since the band put out their live concert album Showtime, Storytime, the band finally released a new studio album featuring Floor Jansen as their new vocalist. It has been a long wait for this longtime Nightwish fan. After listening to Showtime, Storytime for well over a few dozen times, I knew what to expect from Floor Jansen as a singer. She is definitely no Tarja Turunen or Anette Olzon, the band's previous singers. I think Floor is an immensely talented singer in her own right and the band made the right choice in making her a full time member. After hearing the first single "Elan" back in February when it was released, I loved the song immediately and it made me become excited for the release of the album. Being the impatient person I am I decided to download the new album via Google Play instead of waiting for my 3 disc version of Endless Forms Most Beautiful to arrive in the mail when it came out this past week.

After listening to Endless Forms Most Beautiful every day this week (once at work and once at home), I honestly am going to say that I enjoyed this album immensely but I can't say whether or not if it is the band's best album to date. Putting Endless Forms Most Beautiful up next to say Oceanborn or Once when Tarja was still in the band is a difficult choice to make since I am both a fan of both Tarja and Floor. I think in a couple of years down the road I will have to see how well this album
holds up.

For those still mourning the loss of Tarja (after ten years since her firing) and those who loved Anette's work, well don't bother listening to the album and just stick to listening to your favorite Nightwish albums. Floor sounds nothing like neither singer nor is she going anywhere. Floor is definitely a powerful vocalist but she can also tone it down when needed like on "Our Decades in The Sun". I just find her vocals so enjoyable. She is a good fit for the band in my honest opinion. I think Floor's shining moment on the album is on the 24 minute long track "The Greatest Show On Earth". I think skeptics (who are willing to listen to the album with an open mind) will be surprised to hear what Floor is capable of as a singer.

As for the music on the album is concerned, I was not disappointed in Tuomas Holopainen's talent as a composer. He really created some memorable songs on the album like "Elan", "Our Decades in the Sun", "Edema Ruh", "Alpenglow", and "The Greatest Show On Earth". I find myself listening to "Edema Ruh" and "Alpenglow" over and over a lot. Next to "Elan", those two songs are the catchiest tracks on the album. I do wish that "Sagan" was included but it was cut and put on the "Elan" single as a b-side. I am really digging the addition of Troy Donockley who plays pipes, flutes, and whistles. His work on "Elan" is fantastic". The use of pipes gives the band's sound a folk element to it. Unfortunately drummer Jukka Nevalainen had to leave the band temporarily to address his issue with insomnia. In his place Kai Hahto from Wintersun is filling Jukka's shoes until he returns (which from what I read online could be years). I think Kai  did a great job on the album considering what big shoes he had to fill in. Of course I can't forget about guitarist Emppu Vuorinen and bassist Marco Hietala whom both never disappointed me with their abilities as musicians.

The only song on the album that fell flat with me was "Weak Fantasy"but overall I thought the album was worth the wait. Up next for me is the band's show at the Concorde Music Hall in Chicago, IL on April 18. I am most excited to see and hear some of the new album live in concert.


Thursday, April 2, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Monsters On Tour (Combichrist with iVardensphere, Star Killer and GATA)

Time for Throwback Thursday! This time I am featuring 2011's Monsters on Tour featuring Combichrist with iVardensphere, Star Killer and Gabriel and The Apocalypse.

goth_maven's Combichrist show 2011 album on Photobucket