||These Winds Are Not Hope
||"The Endless Disconnect"
||I have a thing that calculates the best metal albums from every country, based on Encyclopaedia Metallum ratings. I notice, when I update it, if it finds results for any country it didn't have before. Thus this, apparently the first great (melodic doom/post-metal) album ever made in Macedonia.|
||"Vi Slakter Den Foerste og Den Andre, Den Tredje Lar Vi Gaa Mot Nord"
||Norway already had a few. But if you've already listened to those, here's a new one in good manic shrieky Norwegian black metal supergroup style.|
||"Je suis d'ailleurs"
||The new album from French blackgaze standard-bearers Alcest isn't due out for another few weeks, but "out" has become a term of vagueness. Two of its roiling epics are streaming already.|
||"Blood On Me"
||If you have a drum machine and an ocean of guilt, you don't have to wait for anything.|
||Grace Hits / MYO
||You can just take your toy hammers and smash it all into quivering shards.|
||Supergroups are, of course, a dodgy proposition, but then power metal kind of exists to make dodgy propositions into eternal marriages.|
||For example, the Swiss power-metal group Crystal Ball started as a Warrant cover-band called "Cherry Pie", an absurd origin they have not so much transcended as rendered peripheral by becoming a non-cover band that kind of sounds like ABBA as pirate metal.|
||"Face the World"
||Or maybe you'd rather a Danish ex-Thin-Lizzy cover-band turned melodic hard rock?|
||Maybe everybody knows this by now, but fluxwork can be way more menacing than power-metal.|
||Ohohoh, somebody told Sophie Ellis-Bextor that I wanted her to make a few more rock songs.|
||R&Beemo is totally a thing.|
||Also, presumably, this shambly brit-rock band called Carousel, but good luck finding anything about them amidst the stuff about all the other bands already called Carousel.|
||Devin Townsend Project
||Devin Townsend is one of the few people who can make "Stormbending" just seem like an obvious descriptive title.|
||Memphis May Fire
||I will admit that I only started paying attention to Memphis May Fire when I heard them on a Punk Goes Pop compilation. So I guess that worked exactly like it was supposed to.|
||2007 - 2011
||If you missed anything by pre-Waxahatchee Alabama feminist-punk band P.S. Eliot, here's the whole discography neatly collated.|
||We Are the Catalyst
||"One More Day"
||We Are Dark Pixiecore.|
||The sound of sitting fairly quietly on an old wooden chair.|
||The sound of sitting fairly quietly on an old wooden chair as interpreted by a ghost quartet.|
||Zero Bedroom Apartment
||"Blurry Morning Glance"
||The Best of Zero Bedroom Apartment
||The sound of sitting fairly quietly on an old wooden chair as interpreted by a ghost quartet and then filtered through a prismatic dream.|
||And then blurred.|
||Good Weather For An Airstrike
||And then polished.|
||"Tillsäg mig huld"
||And then replayed as fitful ambient jazz.|
||And then abstracted again.|
||Post-rock = ambient + drums.|
||"Posturing Through Metaphysical Collapse"
||False Readings On
||But we're all post-rock now. Your decision is whether to fight that or embody it. What do you think? This has been your hour of theoretical peace.|
||"Meats and Milks"
||And now we return to wars and microbursts already in progress,|
||dressed in cartoon armor|
||Ultimate Epic Music
||that transforms us into demigods.|
||"Praxis Makes Perfect"
||Praxis Makes Perfect (Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Rap)
||But even demigods have social responsibilities. Especially demigods.|
||Hard Target 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
||The more of the world you see, the more of it your conscience embraces.|
||"Yo Me Enamoré"
||But the more pain, so too the more joy. The trick is to accumulate the lightnesses to balance the weights.|
||"No Tiene Sentido"
||The reward, as with any exploration, is a cabinet of equilibrial wonder|
||Jimmy Eat World
||"Sure and Certain"
||that you bring back to install exactly where you live.|
||Can you step onto the nearest sidewalk and feel like you're at the beginning of the road to everywhere?|
||To a beckoning hell in every language?|
||To rickety tree forts we say we built for our kids, but use to hide from our own adulthood.|
||"Only One You"
||To notional dirt roads paved flawlessly smooth.|
||"Pile of Human"
||Cleansed by Carnage
||To pulverization as a texture.|
||A Loathing Requiem
||"Annihilation Induced by the Luminous Firestorm"
||Psalms of Misanthropy (2016 Remix)
||To sacred mosaics made of shattered subverbal terror.|
||"Sang Til Sonja"
||If you can't figure out who you've offended, maybe you aren't ready to apologize yet.|
||How much of this is trying to breathe the elusive air of places you haven't quite been?|
||"In The End"
||How many of our movement are attempts to hold the hands of people we imagine?|
||"Far Away (Saudade)"
||We have the math to show that they must exist.|
||"I Believe It Now"
||So much math that you are forgiven for wondering whether it's people we love or the numbers that they produce.|
||"Don't Hold Anything Back"
||Don't Hold Anything Back / Eternity
||But of course these are two ways to say the same thing.|
||"Symphony of the Ego"
||Construction is the opposite of resignation.|
||Silence derives its power from noise.|
||"Treading on Thin Ice"
||Or, said another way, noise is an investment in future silence. Now you understand the tender heart under the adamantine exoskeleton of deathcore.|
||Which is why, too, folk/death metal was as inevitable a reaction to modernity as paganism.|
||"Bloodline of the Wolves"
||Heritage is our most foundational construct.|
||"Der dunkle See"
||Neuntöter (Deluxe Edition)
||Gothicism is the plaintive desire for life to be more complex than death.|
||The Beauty of Gemina
||A wish for something we say to echo.|
||For a tiny perfect music box to contain a better universe|
||Soundtrack For The Voices In My Head Vol. 03
||lined with glossier darkness|
||and less-predictable absolutely-straight lines.|
||A Tribe Called Red
||We want to hear our story told.|
||And oh, can't it be a shimmery love story?|
||"Afterthoughts - Remastered 2016"
||With castles rising out of dawn mists?|
||Parapets on which we dance.|
||"The Voyage of the Dawndreaders"
||What a Time to Be Barely Alive
||Which sounds dangerous, but we gloriously never fall.|
||"I Must Insist"
||It is an urban-planning challenge, of course, to combine vertiginous parapets with megacity density.|
||But you can do a lot with careful lighting.|
||"Not A Rocker"
||And virtual streets on the upper floors.|
||Sometimes we can't just sit.|
||Aly & Fila
||Sometimes we need spinning lights.|
||Sometimes we need to dance in somebody else's spaces.|
||"Balance & Scatter"
||Or, together, in the spaces nowhere between us.|
||Mechanic: Resurrection (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
||Followed by a chase scene,|
||and wild sentimental overreaching.|
||"You're Gonna Be Golden"
||At This Age
||These are our perfect inevitable incoherent plots, the only ones in which these impossible characters make sense.|
||Or not sense, exactly, but whatever it is when our secret earnestnesses are squeezed to the surface,|
||and our stomps find the sync with our heartbeats,|
||and orchestra flourishes fly off our fingertips like drops from the prize-vintage rainstorm we've saved in climate-controlled cellars for just this moment.|
||For the moment, still, we share this round world and thus all our horizons are the same, and so by implication all the comfortable places those horizons surround.|
||Different mechanisms, but the same physics.|
||"Sett Henne - Radio Edit"
||Different arguments in the same addictive cadences.|
||"I Can't Stop Thinking About You"
||Different stories always setting up for the next surprising postscript. Like, this week: Sting Cannot Possibly Be the Same Guy Who Could Not Possibly Be the Same Guy Who Was in the Police.|