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Jambinai - A Heritage (2016) Released on June 17, 2016, “A Heritage” is the second album by the South Korean band Jambinai, the first on Bella Union. It’s a cliche already to state that Jambinai it’s not a band, but a force of nature.
Formed in Seoul in 2009, the core members are Kim Bo-mi playing haegeum, Lee Il-woo playing electric guitar, piri, vocals and Sim Eun-yong playing geomungo. On stage they are enforced by Choi Jae-hyuk – drums, Ok Ji-hoon – bass guitar and Yu Byeong-koo – bass guitar. Not really a traditional rock band, actually nothing is really traditional about their music, not even the reimagination of the traditional Korean music which they all studying at Korea’s National University of Arts. (more…)


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Meredith - Meredith III, EP (2015) Guitarist/singer Fred Lefranc and drummer Ben Delacroix are back with their third installment, a four track EP.
The previus EP, released last year “The Shape Of Things To Come” was an intense, modern mixture of alternative rock and metal with roots back to grunge and garage/noise rock. Now they sound more consolidated, mature if you prefer. The raw fury is there, but it got a polished make-up now which don’t mean they get any softer. The two guys managed to create a complex and intense music and surprisingly they filled up the spaces smartly, everything it’s nicely balanced. Rebels with cause – if you know what I mean.
I always liked about Meredith that they sound passionate and personal, they open up honestly and sometimes bring up unpleasant subjects like abuses or domestic violence with fair simplicity. Can’t fix issues if we refuse to step up and speak up. (more…)


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Faith No More - Sol Invictus (2015) “We will do something again only when all members are with the focus on that, and ready for the challenge” – said Billy Gould In July 2013. Two years later and 18 years since the previous FNM studio album we’ve got finally “Sol Invictus”. Meanwhile Mr. Patton was king not for one day, but on several occasions, last time on the Zorn’s Moonchild album “The Last Judgement” in 2014, but also on the “The Song Project Vinyl Singles Edition” by the same and restless downtown alchemist, Zorn.
Although it’s been a lifetime since “Album of the Year”, it’s the same line-up as last time. Guitarist Jon Hudson it’s part of the family now although there will be always fans expecting Jim Martin back. Just to sweeten things up a little bit, “Superhero” have some Martin-flavored solid and heavy guitar riffs.
I’m excited about this new album, but also scared of. I should sit back and enjoy the music, not to have any kind of expectation, but it’s difficult!
Seven is a Magick number and the title, “Sol Invictus” have some ceremonial vibe as well, so “Unconquered Sun” set the target high… as the Sun. (more…)


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L'Effondras - L'Effondras (2014) Post-rock it’s a vast and vague space and definition, fancy sometimes, abstract and elitist/exclusivist, but unfortunately mostly shallow, quite selfish and meaningless. Instrumental bands and albums scar me as David Bowie is afraid of Americans.
L’Effondras – actually ☉ – it’s a French instrumental trio and when I first watch a recording of one of their live performances posted on YouTube my first thought was early (Barrett era) Pink Floyd. So, it’s not really that “thing” called “djent” – or whatever – and – fortunately – it’s not that bored to death thing called quite elegantly shoegaze (or shoegazing). Although, there’s a little bit of both worlds in their music, but they manage to combine all those elements smartly and efficiently. (more…)


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Marilyn Manson - The Pale Emperor (2015) Scheduled to be released on January 20, 2015 in the US, but already leaked out to the internet, the much anticipated, ninth in line, studio album by one of the most feared, targeted and blamed artists, Marilyn Manson it’s here. Are you ready to meet your maker?
Age 45, born Brian Hugh Warner, but better known as Marilyn Manson are manage to reinvent himself and his music each and every time. “The Pale Emperor” pick up where “Born Villain” left off in 2012, and The Pale Emperor is a much calmer, grown up and cynical character then the outrageous and furious Anti-Christ Superstar was back in 1996. Probably some of you guys will miss those massive, bone-cutting riffs and unstoppable industrial metal hurricanes like “The Beautiful People” or “Irresponsible Hate Anthem”, but this post-rock/post-metal melange of bitterness and muted revolt reflects who is Marilyn Manson now. Looking back won’t bring back that energy and feeling or his former band mates.
The current line up it’s made of old and constant brother in arms bassist Twiggy Ramirez, music producer, film music composer and guitarist Tyler Bates and drummer Gil Sharone of Stolen Babies.
And “The Pale Emperor” it’s quite film-like, don’t judge the (ob)scenes – tracks – separately, but think about the bigger picture, the whole album instead. (more…)


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Trophy Scars – Holy Vacants (2014) Four years ago Trophy Scars and their fabulous “Darkness, Oh Hell” rocked my world. Literally. That hypnotic mixture of punk fueled post-hardcore, indie-psychedelic rock, jazz, blues and funk was fresh and powerful, totally addictive.
Meanwhile they lost a little bit their punk edge, but not their intensity and “Holy Vacants” it’s an excicting and charming, throughout enjoyable album. Actually they know how to get slowly under your skin and once you get “infected”, you can’t get rid of them anymore. Must mention this, they released an album entitled “Never Born, Never Dead” in 2011, but somehow I missed that.
“Holy Vacants” is Trophy Scars’ fourth album and was two years in the making. It was also intended as their last, not because of any cataclysmic upset in the band, but because the four – Jerry Jones (vocals), John Ferrara (guitarist), Andy Farrel (bass player), Brian Ferrara (drummer) and Gray Reinhard (keys, vocals) – felt that after eight years, it had run its course. (more…)


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Random Being World Without Memory 2014 In a world of predictability, of products and fakes, art became a sub-product and a merchandise. It’s more important to lock-up on a large target and sell your stuff, then do something special. Tits are more important then talent and well, ass-kissing it’s more productive then any original idea. I only and always can quote Jello Biafra and his bitter-prophetic “Chickenshit Conformist” (“Ideas don’t matter it’s who you know. If the music’s gotten boring it’s because of the people who want everyone to sound the same…)
Pop music – a term that originally derives from an abbreviation of “popular” – it’s a generic genre which originated in its modern form in the 1950s, deriving from rock and roll. Rock and roll lost its sense, meaning and consistence, became a cliche while popularity last less then 15 minutes and with proper media support anybody can be a star nowadays where few people are still playing rock and roll (generically speaking) because they feel the need to play, very few people are doing music for the love of music or because they feel the need to express themselves, to communicate, to have fun doing it or – eventually -to find another path, to reveal a previously unexplored universe.
Random Being it’s an on-line creative collective and their collaboration bring to the surface a magical-mystery world of sounds and emotions, grooves and emulations. Self label it “avant-pop”, their universe it’s a melting pot of different genres and flavors, it’s a place of psychedelia, space and progressive rock, fever-burned rhythmics, contorted samplers and sound manipulations, jazz grooves and tango fueled passions. It might be post-pop as well – while post became the new (fashionable) porn. Think of David Bowie, P.I.L., Peter Gabriel and Pink Floyd jamming in the same room. (more…)


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ToM_IFTS Odată cu Soarele și cu vântul de primăvară, vine la București și o formație din Cluj-Napoca să ne mai dezmorțească. Theory of Mind îi are la bază pe frații Bosînceanu, Vladimir – voce și chitară, respectiv Andrei bas, lor li s-au alăturat chitaristul Alex Cos și bateristul Tudor Bilt.
Trupa cântă un amestec revigorant de post-rock psihedelic cu inflexiuni indie și dream pop. Este o muzică cu sunet modern, dar cu rădăcini solide în rock-ul clasic.
La un an de la debutul lor pe scena alternativă autohtonă, Theory of Mind au pregatit un nou material discografic. Este vorba de EP-ul intitulat “I Felt The Sun” ce va conține două compoziții originale plus o serie de remixuri la piesa ce da titlul materialului. Piesele originale semnate Vladimir Bosînceanu sunt: “I Felt The Sun”, ce se regasește și pe albumul de debut, și melodia “Summer Waves” – cea mai noua creație a formației. (more…)


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EtHERSENS Your wandering ghost 2014 Progressive metal became pretty much synonymous with Dream Theater. It’s probably not fair, but it’s a fact. EtHERSENS it’s a French progressive metal project and “Your wandering ghost” it’s their second album after considerable a six year gap.
While the opening, almost 10 minutes long “Two For One Mind” evoke the mentioned Dream Theater spirit and it’s an intense and powerful progressive metal hurricane, the following “Same Goodbye” merge some dark, shoegaze flavored atmosphere and ambiances with the classy Porcupine Tree flavor. Another name which came up in my mind was Pain Of Salvation.
So, this is not a one track-mind type of band and not a one track type of album. And the album it’s intense and colorful throughout, make the listener to listen, keep the interest alive from riff to riff, from break to break. They not only created a positive tension and expectation, but delivered exciting, quality music. Give it a shot! Songs like “Livin’ Memory” will definitively ringing in your ears and will make you wanna listen more! (more…)


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Xiu Xiu – Angel Guts Red Classroom (2014) “Angel Guts: Red Classroom” is the ninth studio album by Xiu Xiu, it’s scheduled for release on February 4, 2014, only two month away from the Nina Simone tribute album and entitled simply “Nina”. I still try to figure out if I like or I don’t like the music of singer-songwriter Jamie Stewart. There is a strong, charming, 70’s and 80’s rooted David Bowie flavor which is awesome. On the other hand, sometimes the sonic trips are going over the edge of bizarre and I’m not sure I’m always capable to follow them anywhere unconditionally. But at least I’m honest to admit it. Then again, I hate the snobs who pretend they understand everything and praise anything which it’s “out of the box”, just because it’s… odd. I’m a weirdo, but I have the decency to admit my limitations! 😆
So, Xiu Xiu it’s a music of moods. If you play it in the right circumstances, have the proper state of mind, the appropriate mood, you’re on the same trip, you will enjoy it. But if you’re on a different track, their twisted off adventures might feel like torture. This time we were on the same frequency. I like that fever burned, warm and wicked analog sound. The instruments used to record the album were limited to analog drum machines, analog synthesizers, and a drum set. The result it’s pretty dark and dense. Turn off the light, turn up the volume! (more…)


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