April 27, 2010

The Wounded - Atlantic

Genre(s) - Gothic/doom metal/rock
- The Netherlands
Year of release
- 2004
192 kbps
Size - 65.33 MB

A majestic opus of downcast gloom rock is not an export product you might expect from the picturesque province of Drenthe, or maybe again, it's exactly what you can expect - I wouldn't know what to do with myself either except for masturbating, drinking pils and playing depressive music. Living in the inhabited world I don't need to play depressive music because I have internet so I can listen to others doing it for me. All this tells you nothing about the album and is discriminating to non-Randstadters, I'm sorry. Atlantic is as vast and deep and churning restless as the ocean mirroring steel-grey skies. Singer Marco van der Velde has an astounding emotional voice and gives a great performance on songs like 18. Carat Dust or the lethargic, extra-extra-tortured Nirvana cover. The long closer and title track is a great hypnotic trip though lands of guilt and dejection. It's been six long years without an album now, I hope The Wounded will soon be patched up enough to write some more material. Who else hurts you so well?
  1. Hollow world
  2. 18. carat dust
  3. Running on empty
  4. Day of joy
  5. Northern lights
  6. "Prelude"
  7. Smells like teen spirit (Nirvana cover)
  8. We are darker
  9. Atlantic
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April 24, 2010

Kreator - Endless Pain

Genre(s) - Thrash metal
Origin - Germany
Year of release - Early 1985
Bitrate - 128 kbps
Size -
49.47 MB

This is a repost; the inverse had happened as with the previous post: still a post, but no file.

I bought Endless Pain on a whim when I was 14 and at that time it was the most extreme cd that I had, but it was instant love. Thrash metal is not my type of music - too angular - and t
o this date, Kreator are perhaps the only band that I can really say I like. Endless Pain, their debut, is a darker, cruder, slower affair than the three or four 'classic' albums that followed, in fact there's a lot of early Bathory in here. Texts are mostly about satan and killing people, rather a pity but you must remember it was the spirit of the times and these guys were no more than teens when they wrote this. Most of the songs have excellent riffage and the dank dungeon smell of eighties' old school thrash and proto-black metal makes this one of Kreator's most interesting releases. Tormentor and Flag of Hate, two of the best songs, are still played live today and notice the cool, almost epic bridges in Dying Victims and Son of Evil.
  1. Endless pain
  2. Total death
  3. Storm of the beast
  4. Tormentor
  5. Son of evil
  6. Flag of hate
  7. Cry war
  8. Bonebreaker
  9. Living in fear
  10. Dying victims
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April 22, 2010

Skagos - Ást

Genre(s) - Black metal
Origin - British Columbia, Canada
Year of release - 2009
Bitrate - 160 kbps
Size - 59.60 MB

Though I am well aware that Skagos' opus Ást is featured on most every black metal blog around and I hate the feeling of being behind, here it is now also on mine. After all, Google tells me it's Earth Day (we have an Earth Day? Kinda gets overshadowed by Four-Twenty Day this way, don't it?), and what music better symbolises the insignificance of humankind compared to the very soil that we and everything derives from, than some nice and foresty atmospheric black metal? Skagos tell us of the triumph of Nature; the impending downfall of modern civilisation and a return to modes of life more harmonious with the world around us. After all, the carcass of monotheist capitalism will yield blossoms indeed: the conditions for new relations among ourselves and between us and the planet we inhabit. And until that time you can enjoy the enveloping, melancholic and strangely warm tones of Ást, one of the most astounding albums released in the genre last year. Fucking Calignosity.

The inanity of the last song's title aggravates me considerably.
  1. Colossal spell
  2. The drums pound every night in a glorious celebration of life
  3. Blossoms will sprout from the carcass
  4. ...with a warm recollection
  5. Calignosity
  6. A night that ends, as all nights end, when the sun rises
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April 21, 2010

Joe Cocker - Unchain my Heart

Genre(s) - Pop/rock
Origin - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
Year of release - 1987
Bitrate - 192 kbps
Size - 57.24 MB

Ah, the memories... together with Babooshka by Kate Bush, when I was a real young'un Joe Cocker's Unchain my Heart was my favourite song of all time. It's not purely nostalgia leading me to post this now, because Joe simply has an awesome bluesy voice and the track stands as strong as ever, not to mention my other favourite, I Stand in Wonder. Those who know Cocker from singing With a Little Help from My Friends at Woodstock should expect a major eighties-ification in sound on this album with its synthesisers and saxophones, though the women's background choir (which at Woodstock, of course, consisted of dudes) is still firmly in place.
  1. Unchain my heart
  2. Two words
  3. I stand in wonder
  4. Rivers rising
  5. Isolation
  6. All our tomorrows
  7. A woman loves a man
  8. Trust in me
  9. The one
  10. Satisfied
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April 20, 2010

Fokofpolisiekar - Swanesang

Genre(s) - Rock
Origin - Suid-Afrika, poes
Year of release - 2006
Bitrate - 128 kbps
Size - 44.62 MB

With South-African rave-rap group Die Antwoord a major hype in the Netherlands, and through their collaboration with Fokofpolisiekar in one of their songs, I found this awesome and controversial band back again after many a year of very specific amnesia. Its most remarkable feature seem to be the Afrikaans lyrics at first, which mean more to me than they probably do to you, but it hides a lot that only comes out after repeated listens. Though generally considered a punk rock band, this is full-bodied, driving modern rock geared remarkably towards atmosphere, and as such it reminds me just a little of latter-day Katatonia or Klimt 1918. The use of Afrikaans remains an interesting novelty however, especially from the melancholic raw throat of Francois "Van Coke" who translates a punklike disrespect for the whole of society. Let this grow on you, I think you won't be disappointed.
  1. Morning star, Durbanville
  2. Heiden heiland
  3. Swanesang
  4. Bel vir middelvinger
  5. Vastbeslote korporasie (deel 1)
  6. Prioritiseer
  7. Vir altijd 7 november
  8. Ek skyn (heilig)
  9. Brand Suid-Afrika
  10. Backstage (als daar een is)
  11. Déjà vu
  12. Vastbeslote korporasie (deel 2)
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April 14, 2010

My Dying Bride - Turn Loose the Swans

Genre(s) - Doom metal
Origin - Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Year of release - 1993
Bitrate - 128 kbps
Size - 52.17 MB

Turn Loose the Swans is a doom metal mammoth of frightening dimensions and an immense influence on the then-youthful death-doom subgenre in metal. Its makers, the institution that is My Dying Bride, are rightfully revered as pioneers and contemporary masters in bringing an edge of tragic elegance and emotional indulgence into the usually so stone-faced world of metal. This beast here is slow, really quite slow, as it should be. It does not stalk; it shakes the earth in its weight, yet still in graceful stride. This is not impossible if you have a
violinist like Martin Powell, or a singer like Aaron Stainthorpe. Aaron who, in addition to his dejected, gracefallen clean voice, can lay down the deathgrunts damn well. This is an album to be experienced, song by solemn song.

More by this band: here and here.
  1. Sear me MCMXCIII
  2. Your river
  3. The songless bird
  4. The snow in my hand
  5. The crown of sympathy
  6. Turn loose the swans
  7. Black god
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April 13, 2010

Fleetwood Mac - The Dance

Genre(s) - Classic rock
Origin - United Kingdom
Year of release - 1997
Bitrate - 160 kbps
Size - 89.38 MB

As I understand it, there are many people who really can't stand Fleetwood Mac, and I personally can't say they're my favourite band either. But this is an alright disc to have lying around, mostly for Go Your Own Way and The Chain, which were childhood favourites of mine. So you ask, couldn't you just take Rumours? Well I would, sir, madam, but there is one song here that you should really have heard at least once in your life. I don't think you'll be able to keep it at just once, unless you have a thing against melody and energy and brilliance in your music. Big Love. It's fantastic, check it out. And okay, there are plenty of other tracks that are really quite a treat to the ears.
  1. The chain
  2. Dreams
  3. Everywhere
  4. Rhiannon
  5. I'm so afraid
  6. Temporary one
  7. Bleed to love her
  8. Big love
  9. Landslide
  10. Say you love me
  11. My little demon
  12. Silver springs
  13. You make loving fun
  14. Sweet girl
  15. Go your own way
  16. Tusk
  17. Don't stop
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April 12, 2010

Spite Extreme Wing - Kosmokrator (Magnificat II)

Genre(s) - Black metal
Origin - Italy
Year of release - 2005
Bitrate - 192 kbps
Size - 53.72 MB

In the excitement of spring we would almost forget the poor black metal fans. Always in for some rigorous hacking and gouging, with Kosmokrator,
Spite Extreme Wing deliver a declaration of utmost hostility towards all human life.This Italian band is part of the Black Metal Invitta Armata collective, alongside such excellent compatriots as Janvs, Frangar and Tronus Abyss. The album consists of older songs that had not been released before, but you will hardly notice this. It is a leaden slab of fast and dense black metal, sometimes ever so slightly thrashy, with excellent riffs and versatility where needed with elegant acoustic (Vvltvs) and neoclassical segments (the long Il Volo). They do not forego good taste in the midst of ravaging will to destroy. And I really like to hear that. By the way, that is some real fetching cover artwork.
  1. L'inizio
  2. Il tempio ad est
  3. Kosmokrator
  4. Deo soli invicto
  5. Vvltvs
  6. Monvmentvm
  7. Clermont
  8. Il volo del bicorne (remake of Viaggio di Ritorno by Morgan Bellini)
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April 11, 2010

Tedje en de Flikkers - Tedje en de Flikkers

Genre(s) - Gaylectropunk
Origin - Nijmegen, the Netherlands
Year of release - 1979
Bitrate - 128 kbps
Size - 30.46 MB

We've got a real oddity here. I am proud to present to you Tedje en de Flikkers, translateable as "Teddy and the Faggots", a proud flikkerpunk band from the east of the country. They were associated with the Rooie Flikkers or Red Faggot movement, a very explicitly gay left-wing squatters' collective, and the lyrics are rather political but mostly very, very naughty. Musically, this is rickety, formless sounding 70s punk with mismatched keyboard melodies and
excruciatingly vieze vocals. It is also ridiculously dated, and it should be seen as an interesting relic of cultural heritage more than a musical project of any sort. It will most likely not please your ears to be subjected to this, unless you are Dutch and hunting for fat cocks in the night. Well anyway, enjoy it or not, I'll be going for a wank in the park.
  1. Op de baan
  2. Pierangelo
  3. Sjit
  4. Nijmegen
  5. Noodkreet
  6. Lijflijk
  7. Stukje lul
  8. Liefde
  9. Nieuwjaar '77
  10. Paranoia
  11. Fantasie des volkes
  12. Kinderen de straat op
  13. Van Agt
  14. Zwart leer
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April 10, 2010

V.A. - Twee as Fuck (the Joy of Kittenhood)

Genre(s) - Twee, o'course
Origin - Mostly UK and USA
Year of release - Never officially; compiled in 2005
Bitrate - 192 kbps

Twee as Fuck is a rather infamous compilation of a great many twee songs by a great many twee bands, that circulates the internet but was never officially released. Apparently it is based off a list of "essential listening" indie pop songs in a 2005 article with the same title in Pitchfork magazine. Some gentle soul has made an mp3 comp out of it and that's what I can share with you now. Many of the bands I got to like when I first discovered the genre came from this compilation and I urge anyone with a fondness of the sweet, the simple and the shamelessly underproduced to check this out. Revolt into childhood? Yes please!

Cut in half due to size. Get both!
  1. Television Personalities - This angry silence
  2. Talulah Gosh - Beatnik boy
  3. Tiger Trap - My broken heart
  4. Rocketship - I love you like the way that I used to do
  5. Magnetic Fields - 100,000 fireflies
  6. Honeybunch - Mind your own business
  7. Cub - Tell me now
  8. Beat Happening - Our secret
  9. The Softies - Hello rain
  10. Glo-worm - Tilt-a-whirl
  11. Heavenly - Three star compartiment
  12. Tullycraft - Pop songs your new boyfriend's too stupid to know about
  13. The Pastels - Mandarin
  14. [oops, missing file!]
  15. Blueboy - Boys don't matter
  16. Wolfie - Hey, it's finally yay
  17. Tiger Trap - Puzzle pieces
  18. The Hit Parade - Hitomi
  19. Rocketship - Your New Boyfriend
  20. Barcelona - I've got the password to your Shell account
  21. Black Tambourine - Throw Aggi off the bridge
  22. Beat Happening - Bewitched
  23. The Pastels - Yoga
  24. Honeybunch - My contribution to the greenhouse effect
  25. Small Factory - If you hurt me
  26. Velocity Girl - Pop loser
  27. Heavenly - Hearts and crosses
  28. The Pastels - Different drum
  29. The Vaselines - Molly's lips
  30. Beat Happening - Indian summer
  31. Talulah Gosh - My boy says
  32. The Sea Urchins - Pristine Christine
  33. Heavenly - C is the heavenly option
  34. Boyracer - In love
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April 8, 2010

The Changelings - The Changelings

Genre(s) - Neoclassical, ethereal
Origin - Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America
Year of release - 1996
Bitrate - 192 kbps
Size - 70.53 MB

Supremely independent and haunting music that sounds like it could have been made anywhere and anytime except for the American nineties - here's another Changelings album. Making use of a great repertoire of classical and pre-modern instruments, vividly coloured, swirling melodies are layered like paint in a landscape by Caspar David Friedrich. It gives a similar panoramic width, set in tones of falling dusk on overgrown ruins, etcetera. It runs the gamut from pastoral serenity to percussion-driven bombast in smooth, gradual crescendo, never breaking the constant natural flow. Earthquake at Versailles and Into this Divide stand out in that respect. Wonderfully dreamy chamber music for romantics only.

The band's third album, Amphibian, had already been posted here.
  1. Pomegranate
  2. Season of mist
  3. Earthquake at Versailles
  4. Song of the Sephardim
  5. Pranam
  6. Into this divide
  7. Incantation
  8. Solitude
  9. Awakening
  10. Seraphim
  11. 11:59 PM October 30
  12. Sunday morning
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