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  • A journey into the past...

    Jun 19 2008, 13h32

    Sun 1 Jun – Blackmore's Night

    I still remember the day that a friend of mine tipped me about this band that he found to be really awesome, despite the fact that it wasn't metal. Well, it turned out to be Blackmore's Night, and I guess that somewhere deep down Ritchie will always be metal, no matter what. Anyway, I tried out what I later found to be their third release, Fires at midnight, and it became an almost instant companion, quickly joined by it's predecessors Under A Violet Moon and Shadows Of The Moon as well as the successor Ghost Of A Rose. I think what struck me the most about the band was first and foremost Candices amazingly charming voice, combined with Ritchies almost stunning sense of melodic structures. It is safe to say that the band was one of my favourites during my metal period, and I remember, when in the summer of 2004 I passed by the house of blues in Chicago and saw a poster announcing Blackmore's Night playing there later that summer, how much I wished I would one day get to see them live. However, as my musical preferences began to switch towards other fields, Blackmore's Night was somewhat phased out from my listening habits. They did a bit of a comeback with the latest release, The Village Lanterne, which I really did like, but the band was now more of a parenthesis than part of the main-game.

    So it was with a bit of mixed feelings that I regarded the event on Last.fm, announcing the band playing in Göteborg. I didn't instantly feel compelled to go , but thinking back at how much I had like them in the past, I realised that they really did deserve a place on the "bands-to-see-before-I-die" list. So I decided to go, and brought my parents with me, knowing they had listened to some of their stuff before and expressed liking. To be honest I didn't really expect much, except maybe a remembrance of old feelings, but I don't think I have been proven more wrong in my life. The very first song was a preview from their upcoming album, and it really embraced the more rock-attuned sound that they've developed, mainly as of the last record. I would lie if I didn't say I really liked it, and what would follow was not a recalling of old feelings, but a true immersion and reenactment of them. Several of my old favourites, such as Renaissance Faire, The Clock Ticks On, and Fires At Midnight was brought to life once again, and the last lines of the latter on really sums it up quite neatly "Stars are out, and magic is here". What was even better: the concert lasted literally forever. Quite a bit over two hours of pure musical joy was poured over us in a bath that was suddenly in no way nostalgic, but rather just as delightful with my current frame of reference as I had envisioned one of these shows back when they truly were one of my favourite bands. Right about now I'm suddenly looking forward to their next installment, and a past and future present.
  • The latest enlightenments...

    Fev 12 2008, 22h37

    I have two recent discoveries that seem to blow my mind at the moment. Well, sort of. The first is Von Hertzen Brothers, a finish trio producing what can possibly be described as glam-prog. Like The Ark on a 70’s trip it’s harmonics galore, energized melodies and a relentless pace towards an ever increasing excitement. My words might not give it justice, but I really suggest you give their latest production Approach a spin. If you do, take special note of Disciple Of The Sun or perhaps Let Thy Will Be Done.

    The other discovery is not so much a new artist as a new side of an artist I already thought I knew. It’s been almost a year since I first picked up Amplifiers latest release Insider, and I really liked it, to the degree that it quickly became on of my favourite albums. But when I, about a month ago, came around to check out their self-titled debut-album, mostly out of curiosity about how they had evolved their sound, I was literally blown away. It was simply amazing, a love at first sound, yet complex enough to warrant a lasting enjoyment.
    Insider was an intense, somewhat noicy and fast-paced ride, but this... This was spacy, relaxed and omni-present in a way I find it hard to describe. Miracle melodies, bombastic and engulfing progressions, and a commanding presence that takes you straight towards the heart of instant love-it-all. And that’s just the bonus disc. Panzer, Glory Electricity and Boomtime will be no-brainers in any playlist of mine for quite a while.