• Fucking boredom

    Mar 24 2006, 12h54

    How I discovered my top 20

    Was only gonna do the top 10, but half of my top 10 is horribly outdated so you get 10 extra artists for free.

    Akira Yamaoka
    First song heard: Silent Hill
    Song that got me into them: Theme of Laura
    Three best songs: Theme of Laura, Silent Hill, True

    First song heard: Nemo
    Song that got me into them: Ghost Love Score
    Three best songs: Beauty of the Beast, Dead to the World, Deep Silent Complete

    A Perfect Circle
    First song heard: The Outsider (Apocalypse mix)
    Song that got me into them: The Outsider (Apocalypse mix)
    Three best songs: The Outsider (Apocalypse mix), The Noose, Passive

    Kyoko Fukada
    First song heard: Telepathy
    Song that got me into them: Kirameki no shunkan
    Three best songs: Kirameki no shunkan, Swimming, Telepathy

    Nobuo Uematsu
    First song heard: uh.. can't remember >_>
    Song that got me into them: At Zanarkand
    Three best songs: Celes, Rose of May, Ending Theme (FFX)

    Within Temptation
    First song heard: Ice Queen
    Song that got me into them: Ice Queen
    Three best songs: Ice Queen, Mother Earth, Bittersweet

    First song heard: Bring Me to Life
    Song that got me into them: Going Under
    Three best songs: Eternal, Lies, Tourniquet

    Iron Maiden
    First song heard: The Number of the Beast
    Song that got me into them: The Number of the Beast
    Three best songs: The Number of the Beast, Blood Brothers, Hallowed Be Thy Name

    First song heard: Sweat
    Song that got me into them: Parabol/a
    Three best songs: Pushit, Parabol/a, Third Eye

    Lacuna Coil
    First song heard: Circle
    Song that got me into them: To Myself I Turned
    Three best songs: To Myself I Turned, Falling Again, Aeon

    Sonata Arctica
    First song heard: Misplaced
    Song that got me into them: My Selene
    Three best songs: The End of This Chapter, White Pearl, Black Oceans..., Shamandalie

    First song heard: Taxicab Messiah
    Song that got me into them: Serene Dream
    Three best songs: Serene Dream, Before I'm Dead, Layers

    First song heard: Smells Like Teen Spirit
    Song that got me into them: Smells Like Teen Spirit
    Three best songs: Drain You, Heart-Shaped Box, Lounge Act

    First song heard: No Surprises
    Song that got me into them: Paranoid Android
    Three best songs: Karma Police, Paranoid Android, Fake Plastic Trees

    First song heard: Isis and Osiris: A) Let the Journey Begin - B) The Hall of Isis and Osiris - C) Strange Constellations - D) Reprise
    Song that got me into them: Day Eleven: Love
    Three best songs: Day Eleven: Love, Day Two: Isolation, Day Twenty: Confrontation

    Leaves' Eyes
    First song heard: Vinland Saga
    Song that got me into them: Elegy
    Three best songs: Elegy, Into Your Light, Norwegian Lovesong

    First song heard: Violet's Dance
    Song that got me into them: Beneath the Skin
    Three best songs: Razor Sharp, Beneath the Skin, Shimmer

    The Black Mages
    First song heard: Battle Scene (Final Fantasy I)
    Song that got me into them: Hunter's Chance (Final Fantasy IX)
    Three best songs: Hunter's Chance (Final Fantasy IX), Vamo' Alla Flamenco (Final Fantasy IX), Otherworld (Final Fantasy X)

    Nine Inch Nails
    First song heard: Head Like a Hole
    Song that got me into them: Head Like a Hole
    Three best songs: We're In This Together, A Warm Place, Hurt

    First song heard: New Born
    Song that got me into them: Hysteria
    Three best songs: Hysteria, Stockholm Syndrome, New Born

    I'm tempted to do 30.
  • Meh

    Mar 16 2006, 20h50

    I can't even begin to get my head around how many new bands I've been listening to the past few months. I'll just say it's a fucking lot. My stats are pretty useless now, it takes a long time for any artist to make a dent to them, and by no means does it show my current tastes. I'm thinking about resetting them, but I've grown too attached to them and I'd like to keep them for.. well.. nostalgia.


    I lose.

    Okay, to the point. I'll go through some of the most significant of my recent discoveries. Because you care.

    Alice in Chains
    Don't know how I didn't get into these sooner. I listened to their Dirt album the other day and recognised Them Bones straight away, but I don't know where I've heard it before.

    Arch Enemy
    OMFG Like WHOA, I still can't believe that's a woman singing. There needs to be more female death metal vocalists of her quality. Truly awesome band.

    Only heard their Dark Clouds in a Perfect Sky album a few weeks ago, but I really like it. Hope they support Leaves' Eyes at the gig I plan on going to.

    I only started listening to these very recently. I'm systematically going through their albums, and right now struggling to pick a favourite, which is a good thing.

    Lisa Germano
    I've always loved From a Shell from the Underworld soundtrack, but I only recently decided to check out more from her. I really love the whole Lullaby for Liquid Pig album, and also the Yann Tiersen songs she did vocals for.

    Massive Attack
    Just Wow. Mezzanine is a fucking masterpiece. Portishead may have introduced me to trip-hop, but Massive Attack have made me love it.

    The Project Hate MCMXCIX
    I first heard a song by these a few months ago on Bruce Dickinson's Rock Show and quite liked it, so I got their latest album, Armageddon March Eternal. Took a while to grow on me, but once it did, I was hooked. Last week I got Hate, Dominate, Congregate, Eliminate and was really impressed.

    I've sort of liked them for a while, but I haven't listened to them in ages. I listened to At Sixes and Sevens the other week and was just amazed at how great it is. On the strength of that album alone, particularly the song On the Wane, they've become one my favourite gothic metal bands. It's a shame their second album isn't anywhere near as good, but oh well. I think At Sixes and Sevens is better than anything Tristania have made.

    I just can't get enough of Elements, parts 1 & 2. European power metal at its finest.

    Symphony X
    One of the best progressive metal bands out there. The Odyssey is an absolute masterpiece. Divine Wings of Tragedy and The Damnation Game are great too.

    Semuria and Sirius B are just amazing. I *still* can't decide which I like more.

    In other news, I need a new adjective. Awesome is getting old.
  • ^__^

    Mar 15 2006, 13h25

    my nü fav bands:-)

    my all-time fav band ever. they're like nirvana, except more original. and sean morgan is really hot because he's so moody all the time.

    god i love her. i really hope she releases her next album soon because it might be at least 6 months before seether release any new material.

    i'm so glad that england has such excellent bands these days. and it's really cool that they're popular in america. gone are the dark days when iron maiden and the beatles were our so-called "best" exports to the rest of the world.

    Franz Ferdinand:-)
    i think these guys are from wales, or somewhere else up north, but i won't hold that against them because they make really cool music. maybe one day i'll check out one of their albums, but i'm in no rush. listening to the take me out ringtone on my mobile phone is good enough for me.

    i think these guys have been making music for at least 2 years, so i technically should hate them, but itunes says they're cool so who am i to argue? with each new single, they just keep getting better and b_e_t_t_e_r!!! edge (what a cool name) can really shred on that axe. he's an inspiration to all musicians everywhere. and if it wasn't for bono, africa would have imploded on itself a long time ago.

    Green Day:-)
    i think bj is just soooo cute. i love bj. especially now that he wears makeup, because the faux-gothic/emo look is really popular these days. and rightly so, because it's a great look and everyone should look like that.. oh wait. i love how political he is, which only adds to his hotness. i can't wait for their second album!

    i was heart-broken when they broke up. their last album was really cool. you could really see how they matured from being carefree, fun-loving teenagers to being really serious emo young adults. that is sooooooo hot!

    ps lol did you see how i spelled new? i used the heavy metal umlaut because i'm cool like that.

  • Chronicles of my ever-changing music taste, part 2

    Jan 12 2006, 1h18

    I have something to confess. I sort of made a new year's resolution. Well, it doesn't really have anything to do with the new year, but it's still a resolution... of sorts.

    Anyway, to the point.. I'm starting to expand my musical horizons (Jesus-fucking-Christ, how cheesy does that sound?) even more than usual. In addition to that, I'm listening to bands I've not listened to in a long time.

    I'll start with the new..

    I don't think I've ever heard music like this before. It's just so diverse and complex, yet it still manages to sound great. The Human Equation is nothing short of a masterpiece. I could go on all day about how good it is, but I won't.
    Recommended listen(s): The whole of The Human Equation. Seriously, all of it, from start to finish, I guarantee you'll fall in love with it.

    Coheed and Cambria
    I'm not usually into this kind of music, but this band is vastly superior to the other bands in that 'genre'. The singer has such a distinct voice, it's one of those marmite situations - you love it or you hate it. I love it.
    Recommended listen(s): Welcome Home, Neverender, Time Consumer

    Mostly Autumn
    I loved Heather Findlay's vocals on Ayreon's The Human Equation, so I decided to check out this band. It turns out they're a local band, w00tage. Anyway, they're pretty ecclectic in their style, but always excellent. I only started listening to them recently, so I haven't had a chance to familiarise myself with their music as much as I'd like, so my recommendations are nonexistent. I'll just say their last album, Storms Over Still Water, is excellent.

    Stream of Passion
    Pretty much the same as above. I was stunned by Marcela Bovio's vocals on The Human Equation, so I checked out this new band that Arjen Lucassen formed specifically around her. Excellent band comprised of excellent artists, and they make excellent songs. That's all I can say.
    Recommended listen(s): Embrace the Storm, Passion, Wherever You Are

    My first foray into the wonderful world of Viking Metal. I've only heard their latest album so far, but I loved that. Can't really recommend any songs seeing as I only started listening to them like 2 days ago. >_>

    And many others I don't have time to write about, so I'll just make a list. Avenged Sevenfold, Beseech, Blind Guardian, Dream Theater, Opeth, The Birthday Massacre (literally started listening to these yesterday), Pantera, among others..

    Now for the relatively old stuff I've not listened to in ages..

    Out of the blue, I'm suddenly in love with this band. I've always liked them, don't get me wrong, but the past few days I've just completely fallen for them. I used to think that Origin of Symmetry was their best album, but repeated listens of Absolution today has changed my mind.
    Want recommendations? Stockholm Syndrome, Hysteria, New Born, Plugin Baby, Hyper Music.. I could go on and on. >_>

    I used to have a mini-obsession with this band, but that obsession kind of died about two years ago. It's starting to come back these past few weeks though, for reasons unknown. For recommendations.. the whole of OK Computer and Kid A.. with a good helping of Fake Plastic Trees.

    Akira Yamaoka
    Believe it or not, it's been a while since I properly listened to Akira Yamaoka. The Silent Hill 2 soundtrack is still my favourite by far, but Silent Hill 1 and 3 are creeping up behind it.
    Recommended listen(s): Theme of Laura, Silent Hill.. I'd say more, but I know if I did, I'd go on and list a dozen or so.

    I've never really got into Deftones that much. Only a few songs I've liked. I've found I have to be in a particular mood to enjoy them, and unfortunately, I've not pinned down what mood that is exactly. Still, I'll mention them because they are an excellent band that are in the process of growing on me.
    Recommended: Passenger, The Chauffeur (most Deftones fans will probably hate me for this >_>)

    Green Day
    Hey, I even started listening to a (admittedly small) bit of Green Day! Not American Idiot, of course. You'd really have to torture me before I listen to that again. Still, Dookie is an okay album.
    Recommended: ... no chance.

    Sigur Rós
    I have to be in a certain mindset to fully enjoy this band, but thankfully, the music is too good to not enjoy no matter how I feel. I've still only heard Ágætis Byrjun, I really need to get more of their albums.
    Recommended: Svefn-G-Englar, Starálfur

    The Dandy Warhols
    Mixed feelings about this band. I first started listening to them years and years ago when Bohemian Like You came out. I was left pretty disappointed by Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia since it sounded pretty different to that song. Since then I've grown to like the other songs more, and like Bohemian Like You less. But even then, I can't like half of this album no matter how hard I try. Why can't they just choose a style and stick with it?
    Recommended: Sleep, Godless (especially the Massive Attack remix), Neitzsche, Mohammed

    Theatre of Tragedy
    I feel really guilty for liking Assembly as much as I do. Meh, it's great music, who cares what genre it is? Don't get me wrong, I love their pre-Musique stuff aswell, especially Aegis, but there's something about Assembly and Musique that just does it for me.
    Recommended: Play, Superdrive, Universal Race, Cassandra, Lorelei

    That's all I can be bothered to write now. I never intended to make this post so long, so I apologise to you, the over-bored victim/reader. If you read all that, I commend your bravery, and revere your insanity.

    Oh, before I forget. I'm always open to recommendations. Something I really crave is a good scream. Like Ticks & Leeches by Tool. Suggest something that awesome and I'll worship you! But don't let that put you off recommending other things, I'm open to anything.
  • I gave into the temptation

    Jan 10 2006, 12h55

    And made an A-Z list of artists. Albums and songs will follow soon.

    A - Ayreon
    B - The Beatles
    C - Coheed and Cambria
    D - Duran Duran
    E - Epica
    F - The Flaming Lips
    G - The Gathering
    H - Hans Zimmer
    I - Iron Maiden
    J - Jack Off Jill
    K - Kidneythieves
    L - Lacuna Coil
    M - Muse
    N - Nightwish
    O - Opeth
    P - A Perfect Circle (>_>)
    Q - ... Queen I guess. Meh. VOID.
    R - Radiohead
    S - Sonata Arctica
    T - Tool
    U - U2 I guess. Another VOID.
    V - Vision of Disorder
    W - Within Temptation
    X - Xandria
    Y - Akira Yamaoka (shut it >_>)
    Z - Zlad!
  • Stream of Passion, 28/01/06

    Dez 24 2005, 3h00

    Going to see Stream of Passion in just over a month, and I can't freakin' wait. I only got into Ayreon and SoP like a few days ago, but they've already made a huge impression on me. The Human Equation has changed my perspective on life, it's that fucking good.

    Marcela has the most beautiful voice I have ever heard, in both The Human Equation and Embrace the Storm. And Arjen is simply a genius, despite what he says. >_>

    Really hope they play some Ayreon songs too. Squeee. w00t.

    Now I just need train tickets.
  • Chronicles of my ever-changing music taste

    Dez 14 2005, 12h48

    Thought I'd start using this journal thing to write about pointless things that no-one cares about.

    Lately, I've been mostly listening to a handful of bands:
    Jack Off Jill
    I only got into them recently, but I just can't get enough of them. It's such a shame they broke up, and Scarling. are no substitute. Check out the Clear Hearts Grey Flowers album, especially my favourites: "Love Song", "Nazi Halo", "Strawberry Gashes", and "Vivica."

    Iron Maiden
    I have a new favourite Maiden album each week. I love Brave New World and Dance of Death as much as I love their best 80's albums. The past few days I've started listening to their discography in chronological order, but I'm currently stalled at No Prayer for the Dying. After Seventh Son of a Seventh Son (which is one of my all-time favourite Maiden albums), their next few albums are just such disappointments. I also got the Rock in Rio DVD the other week and loved it to bits. It's so great to see they're still a force to be reckoned with.

    After watching the End of Innocence DVD, I love this band more than ever. Century Child is by far my favourite album, with Wishmaster second. Really wish From Wishes to Eternity was released a year or two later, so it had Century Child stuff on there. Oh well, End of Innocence has some live footage at least, which is excellent, I'll add.

    Again, such a shame this band broke up. Zerospace is one of my favourite albums, and Free's voice is just sublime. I've yet to check out her solo stuff, because it's damn hard to get hold of. I also heard a Shocknina song on their website and was pretty disappointed.

    Sonata Arctica
    I just can't get enough of Reckoning Night. The more I listen to it, the more I discover, and the more I like it.

    Also, I am desperately in need of a guitar. In hindsight, selling mine was the dumbest thing I ever did. I'm not buying anything until I get a guitar.

    Okay that's it... for now.

  • A Melancholic Masterpiece

    Ago 9 2005, 21h43

    It's hard to describe my love affair with Silent Hill 2 Original Soundtracks, but I'll try. The care and dedication that Akira Yamaoka put into the music, just as the rest of the team did in the rest of the game, really shows. The powerful emotions you feel are unprecedented in comparison to the previous Silent Hill soundtrack, again just as in the game.

    To say this is the best video game soundtrack ever made is a bit of an understatement. Granted, there have been a handful pieces of truly great video game music, but for the most part, video game music isn't reaching the potential that one would hope. Thankfully, this does.

    I'll start with the main theme song, Theme of Laura. As soon as I heard it, I was in love. There's something about it that immediately struck a chord with me, and to this day, it remains my all-time favourite song ever produced. On the surface it seems like a standard alternative rock song, with the standard guitar, bass and drum arrangement. However, dig a little deeper and you'll discover the beauty of this masterwork. The song on its own paints a vivid picture, a melancholic but beautiful story, that races along with a suspense that slowly builds up to the climactic finish. I really could go on all day about this song, but there's another 29 that require my attention ;)

    White Noiz is a minimalistic song that really evokes a sense of serenity and isolation, fitting for a game called 'Silent Hill'.

    Moving on to Forest. On the surface, a beautiful and calm piano tune, but there's something building up beneath the surface that threatens to erupt any second, but never does.

    A World of Madness sounds a little disjointed, representing the beginning of the downward descent of the world into something worse.

    Ordinary Vanity continues with that idea, taking it a little further as industrial sounds begin to make their entrance, but subdue, albeit temporarily, for the next song..

    Promise (Reprise). One word: beautiful. I know I use this word a lot when referring to this soundtrack, but it is. There's an almost child-like innocence to it that calms you deep down, and lulls you into a false sense of security, until the next song..

    A return of the type of music that was prevalent in the first Silent Hill soundtrack, Ashes and Ghost has the industrial sound taking a more more key role than in Ordinary Vanity. First, racing with intensity, before boiling down to a more ominous sound.

    Null Moon is a mixture of styles, each complimenting the other. For the most part, it's pretty calm. However, for the last thirty seconds or so, the relatively normal keyboard sounds gradually transform into a more brooding sound, reminiscent of church bells.

    Heaven's Night, like Null Moon, is a mixture of styles. Largely trip hop in style, the piano gives it a certain warmth.

    Alone in the Town also has a warm charm to it, sounding a bit like some of Angelo Badalamenti's excellent Twin Peaks music, especially with the guitar parts.

    The Darkness that Lurks in Our Mind starts relatively calmly, but it's not long before the song gradually builds up into something unnerving. It works well as a song on its own, but it also acts as a great intro to the following song..

    Angel's Thanatos sounds nothing like any Silent Hill music that has preceded it. The heavy distortion guitars work well in building up the anxeity for the listener.

    The Day of Night serves as nice breathing space from the overbearing industrial ambience, but it's short-lived before Block Mind comes on with its industrial sound.

    Magdalene offers more respite in the form of a slow, sad, minimalistic piano piece.

    Fermata in Mistic Air combines an innocent percussion sound with a slightly unsettling undertone to it.

    Prisonic Fairytale is a bit of a return to the isolated sound of White Noiz. There isn't much else to say about it.

    Love Psalm, at least in terms of instrument arrangement, is very reminiscent of Theme of Laura. Although it isn't quite as complex and melancholic as Theme of Laura, it serves a different purpose. As the title suggests, it's a love song, although (rather fittingly) not without a hint of sadness.

    Silent Heaven's misleading title hides a foreboding feeling that never quite materialises into something more sinister.

    Noone Love You is another minimalistic song, that doesn't seem to serve any other purpose than as an lead-in to the next song..

    The Reverse Will is completely unlike any of the music on this, or the previous, album. It's a nice enough song, and it shows the variation that Yamaoka is capable of. Playing the song backwards reveals a nice surprise.

    Laura Plays the Piano is a charming little piano piece that calms things down a bit.

    Terror in the Depths of the Fog brings a faux-industrial sound that could pass as backing music to a Nine Inch Nails song. Another song that shows Yamaoka's variation.

    True is next. This is one of the most beautiful and emotive songs on the whole soundtrack, bringing feelings of sadness and despair - feelings which continue into the next song..

    The apocalyptic Betrayal, while on paper you would expect this to be one of the scarier songs on the album, in fact amplifies the feelings brought by the previous song, True. The feelings of sadness and despair are, amazingly, even more powerful in this song.

    Black Fairy follows it, and is relatively dull.

    Theme of Laura (Reprise) is next. I'm not going to beat about the bush here - when I first heard this song I shed a few tears. It's the most beautiful song I have ever heard. There's a sadness to it that is unprecedented in an instrumental track. The piano, the violin, the glockenspiel(?) all combine brilliantly.

    Overdose Delusion, again like Theme of Laura, has a slightly melancholic feel to it. There's a subtle tension below the surface that builds up through the course of the song.

    Pianissimo Epilogue is a very soothing piano piece that signals the end of the nightmare.

    Promise is a calming finish to the album. It's beautiful, but not quite in the same way as True or Theme of Laura (reprise). Instead of being sad, I think it's the opposite. It's a very uplifting song, perhaps the closest thing to a true love song on the album. That's not to say it's not without its Silent Hill-style suspense. On one or two occasions in the song, it feels like it could possibly boil over into something, but thankfully it never does. It finishes the album in a similar fashion to the way it started.

    To conclude, this album is a masterpiece. There are some tracks that aren't quite up to the exceptionally high standard set by the whole album, but that's to be expected on a 30 track record. It's not perfect, but I guess, as Sato Takayoshi says, we love something because it isn't perfect. There's something about it that I could never explain, I feel the music itself does a much better job of it than I could ever do.