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RetroBlog: Refused – The Shape Of Punk To Come

Posted in Experimental Rock, Hardcore, Post-hardcore, Retroblog by newmusicexcess on June 1, 2010

The Shape Of Punk To Come

The Shape Of Punk To Come, by Swedish band Refused, completely passed me by when it was originally released , however I gave it a listen recently and was completely blown away by the unique sound. Check it out, still sounds as fresh today as it did in 1998.

Track listing:

  1. Worms of the Senses / Faculties of the Skull
  2. Liberation Frequency
  3. The Deadly Rhythm
  4. Summerholidays Vs. Punkroutine
  5. Bruitist Pome #5
  6. New Noise
  7. The Refused Party Program
  8. Protest Song ’68
  9. Refused Are Fucking Dead
  10. The Shape of Punk to Come
  11. Tannhäuser / Derivè
  12. The Apollo Programme Was a Hoax

Check it out at Spotify – http://open.spotify.com/album/3qiPCc9ktPONvkHyfqUqOz

Reviewed at:

 

Genre(s):

  • Hardcore punk
  • Post-hardcore
  • Experimental rock

 

Similar artists:

  • The (International) Noise Conspiracy
  • Snapcase
  • Raised Fist
  • Gallows
  • Fugazi
  • The Bronx
  • The Ghost of a Thousand

 

Further information:

@Website – http://www.officialrefused.com/

@Myspace – http://www.myspace.com/refused

@Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/RefusedBand

@Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Refused

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RetroBlog: Slipknot – All Hope Is Gone

Posted in Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Nu Metal, Retroblog by newmusicexcess on May 25, 2010

All Hope is Gone

Owing to the death of Paul Gray of Slipknot I have decided to feature a different band as part of Tuesday’s RetroBlog.

The first Slipknot album I listened to was their debut, and while good, I was not really minded to keep up with subsequent releases. So, in light of recent events I decided to give the more recent release, All Hope Is Lost, a listen. I was surprised, in a pleasant way, how much their sound had changed from the first album. If you have not done so already, check it out.

Here is the link to the album on Spotify – http://open.spotify.com/album/0hFWapnP7orzXCMwNU5DuA

Track listing:

  1. .execute.
  2. Gematria (The Killing Name)
  3. Sulfur
  4. Psychosocial
  5. Dead Memories
  6. Vendetta
  7. Butcher’s Hook
  8. Gehenna
  9. This Cold Black
  10. Wherein Lies Continue
  11. Snuff
  12. All Hope Is Gone

 

Reviewed at:

 

Genre(s):

  • Heavy Metal
  • Alternative Metal

 

Similar artists:

  • Stone Sour
  • KoЯn
  • Mudvayne

 

Further information:

@Website – http://www.slipknot1.com/

@MySpace – http://www.myspace.com/slipknot1

@FaceBook – http://www.facebook.com/slipknot

@Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slipknot_(band)

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RetroBlog: Drowning Pool – Sinner

Posted in Alternative Metal, Nu Metal, Retroblog by newmusicexcess on May 4, 2010

Drowning Pool - Sinner

I only properly picked up on Drowning Pool just last week when I was looking to swap out a dodgy audio track on a YouTube video I had posted with one of the tracks that YouTube provides. The track in question was Bodies from the debut album Sinner.

Track listing:

  1. Sinner
  2. Bodies
  3. Tear Away
  4. All Over Me
  5. Reminded
  6. Pity
  7. Mute
  8. I Am
  9. Follow
  10. Told You So
  11. Sermon

Album on Spotify – http://open.spotify.com/album/2x69bUM3cqWJ1ckKpwCNgh

 

Drowning Pool on Amazon

 Reviewed at:

 

Genre(s):

  • Alternative Metal
  • Nu Metal

 

Similar artists:

  • SOiL
  • Godsmack
  • Disturbed
  • Adema
  • Dope
  • Mudvayne
  • Static-X
  • Saliva
  • Ill Niño
  • Stone Sour

 

Further information:

@Website – http://www.drowningpool.com/

@MySpace – http://www.myspace.com/drowningpool

@FaceBook – http://www.facebook.com/drowningpool

@Twitter – http://twitter.com/DrowningPool

@Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drowning_Pool

 

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Retroblog: Fields Of The Nephilim

Posted in Gothabilly, Gothic Metal, Gothic Rock, Retroblog by newmusicexcess on April 11, 2010

I was listening to the first 3 studio albums by the Fields Of The Nephilim this morning, and so, I thought I would try to track down some of the videos for their singles. Here is what I found.

Power

 

Preacher Man

 

Blue Water

 

Moonchild

 

Psychonaut

 

For Her Light

 

Summerland

 

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Retro Blog: Ratt – Invasion Of Your Privacy

Posted in Glam Metal, Retroblog by newmusicexcess on April 2, 2010

I’ve just been getting my privacy blog on Tunblr (Privacy Hound – http://privacyhound.tumblr.com/) up and running, which made me think of Ratt’s album, Invasion of Your Privacy. Oops, just let out my Glam Metal dirty little secret, but, so many great songs on this album.

  1. You’re in Love
  2. Never Use Love
  3. Lay It Down
  4. Give It All
  5. Closer to My Heart
  6. Between the Eyes
  7. What You Give Is What You Get
  8. Got Me on the Line
  9. You Should Know by Now
  10. Dangerous but Worth the Risk

There were 3 singles lifted from this album: Lay It Down, Your In Love,  What You Give Is What You Get.

Here is a couple of videos from the band.

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RetroBlog: Now That’s What I Call Memories ‘79

Posted in 1979, Retroblog by newmusicexcess on January 25, 2010

248604080v3_225x225_Front On Saturday morning we were having a discussion, over breakfast, about favourite years for music. A very popular discussion between myself and my wife. I have a specific fondness for 1979, of which I am noted for, my wife prefers a wider range of years. Consequently, we both ended up composing a list of 20 favourite singles from  1979, being of an age when we both around 15-years-old. Although, we do have overlapping musical tastes, I think we were more interested in the possible differences owning to the fact that I am from the UK, while my wife is from Canada.

While we put together our lists the discussion moved to the selection criteria and it became apparent that to repeat the process for other years may result in different criteria based on the environment the music was listened to in a particular year. But, would it be possible to come up with a selection criteria that could then be applied to other years even if the particular ‘listening situation’ might not have occurred?

For example, in 1979, I was taping my favourite stuff of the radio in the UK using the Top 40 chart rundown on a Sunday evening. In putting together my 1979 list I wanted to ensure that I adopted a method for selection which I felt would both prevent me from missing some things forgotten in the mists of time and encompass the selection restraints due to taping the tracks of the radio.

So, I started of with a list of UK chart singles released that year, working on the assumption that I would have only heard them on the top 40 chart show on a Sunday night. I then took out all the stuff I did not like, then all the stuff I did not like at the time, and then selected my favourite track by an artist if there was more than one release in that year.

At this point I had something in the region of 30 singles, to get that down to 20 took some work. To help this process I then tried to think about which tracks I was really sure I had recorded to tape at the time. I then got down to 25, so to remove 5 from the list I had to think about which were my least favourites and possible had unconsciously grown on me over the years. Here is my list of 20 I ended up with, in no particular order:

"Heart of Glass" – Blondie
"Cars" – Gary Numan
"Boys Keep Swinging" – David Bowie 
"Crazy Little Thing Called Love" – Queen    
"The Eton Rifles" – The Jam  
"Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)" – ABBA
"Girls Talk" – Dave Edmunds     
"Hold the Line" – Toto
"Into the Valley" – The Skids
"Just What I Needed" – The Cars  
"London Calling" – The Clash 
"Lucky Number" – Lene Lovich
"Milk and Alcohol" – Dr. Feelgood
"My Sharona" – The Knack
"Oliver’s Army" – Elvis Costello and the Attractions
"Parisienne Walkways" – Gary Moore
"Since You Been Gone" – Rainbow   
"Sultans of Swing" – Dire Straits  
"The Sound of the Suburbs" – The Members   
"Waiting for an Alibi" – Thin Lizzy 

“What, no Police”, you cry. Well, my brother liked them at the time. So, come on, you can’t like the same band a sibling likes. Where’s the confrontation in that! Speaking of confrontation, here is my wife’s list, based on some inscrutable selection criteria I suspect:

“Rock Lobster” – B-52s
“Video Killed the Radio Star” – Buggles
“Chuck E.’s in Love” – Rickie Lee Jones
“Cars” – Gary Numan
“Don’t Do Me Like That” – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
“Roxanne” (re-released 79) – Police
“Brass in Pocket” – Pretenders
“Message to You Rudy” – Specials
“Making Plans for Nigel” – XTC
“I Want You to Want Me” – Cheap Trick
“I Will Survive” – Gloria Gaynor
“Heart of Glass” – Blondie
“Cruel to Be Kind” – Nick Lowe
“Is She Really Going Out with Him” – Joe Jackson
“Sultans of Swing” (re-released 79) – Dire Straits
“Rock with You” – Michael Jackson
“We Are Family” – Sister Sledge
“Renegade” – Styx
“My Sharona” – The Knack
“Goodbye Stranger” – Supertramp

So, hopefully, this leads on to a, sort of, “New Music” aspect of the post. What singles would I select if I was taping chart music of the to 40 chart show in 2009? How could I draw up a top 20 favourites list, when I don’t really listen to that much chart music, well, not like I did in 1979.

The only way I can think of emulating the process is to go through the UK Top 40 single lists for 2009 http://www.everyhit.com/, remove all the stuff I don’t like, all the duplicates, and imagine that I was consigning it to tape. What would warrant me sitting in front of the tape deck and tuner and pressing record and pause at the appropriate points over the course of several weeks. So here goes…. A day later…. Ta-da!:

“Omen” – Prodigy
“I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris” – Morrissey
“Halo” – Beyonce
“Juggernaughts” – Enter Shikari
“Ignorance” – Paramore
“Kids” – MGMT
“Farewell To The Fairground” – White Lies
“Daniel” – Bat For Lashes
“Poker Face” – Lady Gaga
“I Kissed A Girl” – Katy Perry
“Sweet Disposition” – The Temper Trap
“Rock It” – Sub Focus
“Run” – Leona Lewis
“In For The Kill” – La Roux
“Beautiful” – Eminem
“Papillon” – Editors
“I Remember” – Deadmau5 + Kaskade
“That Golden Rule” – Biffy Clyro
“Kings And Queens” – 30 Seconds To Mars
“Take Me To The Hospital” – Prodigy

Mmmm. I think there may have been a massive FAIL with regards to new music.

OK. So I did go against my rule of removing duplicates, well, just in the case of The Prodigy. I think a major contributing factor to this was the lack of anything else that really made me go, WOW! Unfortunately, a large percentage of singles, regardless of musical genre, seemed to sound like winey adolescents who’s major life trauma was that their mum had forgot to wash their sports kit.

Also, “ENOUGH ALREADY WITH THE VOCODER!!!” I’m a big Battlestar Galactica fan, but, sounding like a Cylon all the time is not cool. Very few bands can actually make voice processing sound cool, the Prodigy being one.

Someone, take me to the hospital. Please!

Links:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/ilove/years/1979/

http://www.everyhit.com/

http://www.theofficialcharts.com/top40_singles.php

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RetroBlog: Decapitated

Posted in Retroblog, Technical Death Metal by newmusicexcess on January 22, 2010

l_c06afdd3c2ab452f895bbe95a4cac76c Owing to the fact that the most excellent Polish Technical Death Metal band Decapitated are due to tour the UK in February and certain extreme music posts on the blog are picking up a large number of vistors from Polish metal sites (Jak się masz?), I felt it timely to do a post about the band, celebrating their awesome musical prowess.

The band was formed in 1996 by Wacław "Vogg" Kiełtyka (guitar), his brother Witold "Vitek" Kiełtyka (drums) and Wojciech "Sauron" Wąsowicz (vocals). At that time the average age of the members was 14, with Viteck a mere 12-year-old. A year on 13-year-old bassist Marcin "Martin" Rygiel joined.

Following the release of a couple of demos, the band signed with Wicked World, a subsidiary of Earache Records.  In 2000 the band released their debut album, Winds of Creation. It is important to remember that at the time of the recording Winds of Creation the band were still relatively young. Vitek and Martin were around 15, while Vogg and Sauron were around 18, which is hard to believe when you hear the technicality of the playing. In 2002 they released Nihility and in 2004 The Negation. In 2005 "Sauron" was replaced by Adrian "Covan" Kowanek, with the band’s fourth album, Organic Hallucinosis, being released in 2006.

Sadly, Vitek died at the age of 23 on the 2nd November 2007 of injuries he sustained from a road accident on 28th October 28 2007. Vocalist Covan survived the accident, but subsequently slipped into a coma. These tragic events forced what remained of the band into hiatus. Vogg later decided to continue and subsequently reformed Decapitated during 2009, with Kerim "Krimh" Lechner (drums), Rafał Piotrowski (vocals) and Filip "Heinrich" Hałucha (bass).

The UK Tour dates co-headlining with Kataklysm are as follows:

  • 01 Feb – UK – Birmingham – 02 Academy 2
  • 02 Feb – UK – Glasgow – Ivory Blacks
  • 03 Feb – UK – Manchester – Moho Live
  • 04 Feb – UK – Bristol – Blerkeller
  • 05 Feb – UK – Reading – Sub89
  • 06 Feb – UK – Leeds – Rios
  • 07 Feb – UK – Wrexham – Central Station
  • 08 Feb – UK – London – 02 Academy Islington (without Kataklysm)

 

So, fingers crossed, here’s hoping for a new album this summer.

R.I.P. Vitek

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RetroBlog: Now That’s What I Call Memories ‘97

Posted in 1997, Retroblog by newmusicexcess on January 14, 2010

The year is 1997 and I was working on the CLASS Support helpline in the Accounts Office at Radio Rentals. It was my last year there and I foolishly left for a better paid job. Big mistake! However, in the grand scheme of things it ultimately led on to better things, much, much, better things. In the office we had the radio on all day and these songs that follow just remind me of those times and my friends there. It was such a cool office to work at.

  • “Halo” – Texas [White On Blonde]
  • “Fighting Fit” – Gene [Drawn To The Deep End]
  • “Song 2” – Blur [Blur]
  • “She’s A Star” – James [Whiplash]
  • “Ain’t Talking ‘Bout Dub” – Apollo 440 [Electro Glide In Blue]
  • “To The Moon And Back” – Savage Garden [Savage Garden]
  • “Mo Money Mo Problems” – The Notorious B.I.G. [Life After Death]
  • “Block Rockin’ Beats” – Chemical Brothers [Dig Your Own Hole]
  • “Barrel Of A Gun” – Depeche Mode – [Ultra]
  • “Everlong” – Foo Fighters [The Colour And The Shape]
  • “Breathe” – Prodigy [The Fat Of The Land]
  • “Only When I Sleep” – The Corrs [Talk On Corners]
  • “Angels” – Robbie Williams [Life Through A Lens]
  • “I’ll Be Missing You” – Puff Daddy and The Family [No Way Out]
  • “Karma Police” – Radiohead [OK Computer]
  • “Trust” – Megadeth [Cryptic Writings]
  • “Local Boy In The Photograph” – Stereophonics [Word Gets Around]
  • “The Drugs Don’t Work” – The Verve [Urban Hymns]
  • “James Bond Theme (Moby’s Re-Version)” – Moby [I Like To Score]
  • “Torn” – Natalie Imbruglia [Left Of Middle]

But we must not forget the new music in all of this nostalgia, so what bands have subsequently absorbed some influence from the above list:

  • Texas >>> The Clicks
  • Gene >>> The Boyfriends
  • Blur >>> Exit Clov
  • James >>> Stornoway
  • Apollo 440 >>> Digitalism
  • Savage Garden >>> Your Vegas
  • The Notorious B.I.G. >>> D.O.E
  • Chemical Brothers >>> Hybrasil
  • Depeche Mode >>> Uh Huh Her
  • Foo Fighters >>> Vamps
  • Prodigy >>> Japanese Popstars
  • The Corrs >>> Bluetree
  • Robbie Williams >>> Dima Bilan
  • Puff Daddy and the Family >>> Jim Jones
  • Radiohead >>> Broken Records
  • Megadeth >>> House Of Heavy
  • Stereophonics >>> Keane >>> Heathrow Yesterdays
  • The Verve >>> Delta Spirit
  • Natalie Imbruglia >>> Sandrine
  • Moby >>> The Angry Kids

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Retroblog: Carpathian Forest – A Forest

Posted in Alternative, Black Metal, Gothic Rock, Post-punk, Retroblog by newmusicexcess on January 10, 2010

Tucked away as track 11 on Carpathian Forest’s 1998 album Black Shining Leather is an excellent and chilling cover of The Cure’s, A Forest. It’s been posted on YouTube with a basic picture of the cover and a quick change to a photo of the band, with obligatory inverted cross.

This is not the only cover of the track and a search on YouTube or in Google will reveal that several artists, both famous and not so,  have covered it over the years. For example, it was covered by Bat For Lashes as part of the Perfect As Cats: A Tribute To The Cure album released in 2008 it was also released as the B-side to Daniel. Here is a mashup with Vampire Hunter that has been posted on YouTube.

The Cure also performed it ‘acoustically’ in 2001 for inclusion on a bonus disc in their 2001 Greatest Hits release and managed to make a great song ever better!

And, just for completeness, here is the original from way back in 1980.

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