Sunday, 8 March 2015

Northlands - Steven Wilson - Born of Fire - Alkaloid

Inspired by DPRP's Something for the Weekend, this week 4 different CD's in all different styles. Unlike SFTW not by different authors, but more displaying the very open minded range of musical genres I appreciate. As my normal reviews are kind off short already, I now really stay with a minimum of information. Going from soft to loud, my recommendations are:

Tony Patterson & Brendan Eyre - Northlands
This is what I like to call Sunday morning prog. There is no rush to get up and the musical background is reassuring. Painting the North East of England with a very nice calm form of very British Prog Rock. Known from Re-Genesis (Tony) and Riversea (Brendan) this sets a benchmark they manage to live up to. You can't wake up more pleasant really.

Steven Wilson - Hand. Cannot. Erase.
The Internet is full of extensive reviews of this album. My favorite CD's where Steven Wilson appeared were: The Sky Moves Sideways, Stupid Dream and The Raven that Refused to Sing. This one might be even better than all three as only time shall tell. Superb album by extremely talented and still underrated Mr. Wilson. Simply Beautiful this is Steven Wilson's answer to Marillion's Brave.

Born of Fire - Dead Winter Sun
If Aardschok is very positive and mentions references like Savatage, Nevermore, Iced Earth and Queensryche I am interested. US Metal at its best and that never disapppoints. Dark lyrics, American Flag on the cover, moody intro's fast guitars and some screams. Great band all out and some good songs to match. Not Earthquakingly orignal, but very good.

Alkaloid - The Malkuth Grimoire
Crowdfunding at Indiegogo and I joined due to Obscura members participation. Well this album shall need a lot of listening sessions still, but what I heard so far it can reach very high on my 2015 end of year list. Extreme Prog Metal, so one must accept grunts, although some songs are mostly or fully clean vocals. Many different styles passing giving us great variety. I might fully appreciate this one only in six months (or understand the album title), but very promising to say the least.

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