||"Do I Ever"
||Do you have a favorite moody Dutch guitar-rock band? You should. If you don't, feel free to borrow mine until you find some other one you like better.|
||V for Volume
||What about Chilean pop-punk? I don't presume to make your choices for you, but I offer you the opportunity to voluntarily adopt my choices as your own.|
||There are new shimmery-whooshy LA electro-pop bands|
||The Naked And Famous
||that sound like New Zealand indie-pop that sounds like an invented New Wave nostalgia that has become ever more heroic in our memory.|
||"See You Go"
||There are British guitar-bands with the sense to wrap their Oasisisms more generously in power-pop guitar warmth.|
||"Edge of the Blade"
||The Holographic Principle
||There are German gothic symphonic metal bands that can render your Tarja/Nightwish ambivalence moot.|
||There are elves in full-panic flight,|
||and gleeful trolls in pursuit,|
||and banshees stalking them both from above,|
||"Road To Victory"
||and yet still enough obliviously bookish power-metal bands for the History Channel to start a music show.|
||"The Dark Hereafter"
||The Dark Hereafter
||Nihilism is fundamentally a force for evil, but one of the most important things to realize about nominal evil is that there are many paths through the abyss that lead you back into unexpected places in the living world,|
||"Pillars of the Sky"
||Pillars of the Sky +1
||many forms of beauty that come from untwisting the contorted,|
||or twisting it so much further that it ruptures and you can suddenly see how it works.|
||"Husks Of Kursk"
||Or, sometimes, the art is in the task of piling up the wreckage and setting it grimly alight.|
||"A Jhator Ascension"
||The reverse of church-burning: shaping a temple out of flames.|
||"No War - Original Mix"
||And not everything that returns from the underworld is scarred or seared the same way.|
||Do you have a favorite Belgian black-post-doom-metal band? Yet?|
||The richest mythologies resist the temptation to oversimplify their moral opposition,|
||and allow Virtue to be as flawed and specific as Venom.|
||"In the Dead of the Night"
||Glam metal is now long enough ago that we can separate melodic diligence from time spent evaluating hair products.|
||Memphis May Fire
||"This Light I Hold (feat. Jacoby Shaddix)"
||And even fight-club-raw aggression can be clock-synched,|
||and re-rendered in desaturated slow motion.|
||Maybe your next personal anthem is actually Italian arena-pop hip-hop.|
||Souvenir / Patrick
||Maybe you're actually emo after all.|
||Maybe inside you're Norwegian.|
||"It Came From the Skies"
||You have until the apocalypse to resolve your identity. Or maybe until a few seconds after that.|
||"The Andromedan, Pt. IV: The Darkness Within"
||Set Course for Andromeda
||When we launch our generation ships, will you board the ones heading away from the event horizon, or towards it?|
||Possibly it doesn't actually matter, and the fleets will meet each other again in the folds, having each explored half the universe and concluded that it's more interesting to keep flying.|
||"Hei mä soitan sulle ihan kohta"
||Do you have a favorite moody Finnish art-rock band named after a French social uprising? I know, it's a lot of categories to fill.|
||Poets of the Fall
||"Drama for Life"
||Finland is so small and so far away. Can we really ignore nothing?|
||AS IT IS
||"Drowning Deep In Doubt"
||Never Happy, Ever After
||Can the new kids really not make do with the things we loved when we were already young?|
||Does everything have to be so brightly lit?|
||Do we have to be heroic even when we're alone?|
||"Through Portals Shed"
||Is it strictly necessary to grind every last sparkle into a fine, sands-of-time glitterdust?|
||"Throw Me Away - Six Bonus Track"
||Can't we just label our fears and revulsions and simply be done with them?|
||"En la boca no!"
||Do you have a favorite Spanish folk-groove-rock-metal band? Here, take this one, I don't need it back until the morning.|
||Did your complaint about Finnish pop-punk-metal bands used to be that none of them sounded quite neon-Japanese enough?|
||Did you object to Kvelertak because they were slightly too fast and slightly not Danish enough?|
||"You Know What"
||Can you dance to energy when it's still spinning through coils?|
||While it is lost in its own thoughts?|
||"Vos y Yo"
||While it is chewing holes in your favorite old T-shirts?|
||"Through the Envious Eyes (feat. Ilya Kuzubov)"
||Irrita (Extended Edition)
||While it is building skyscrapers out of labyrinths?|
||While it is falling in love with your sister?|
||Just (We Are Not Just Human Beings)
||While it is falling in love with the precise vertigo of the moment the fall discovers its own distinctive inertia?|
||"FRI. SAT. SUN"
||FRI. SAT. SUN
||With the lights of a new city?|
||With how ravishing it will be by some tomorrow's sunset?|
||With how perfect it was, somewhere, always, right now?|