Sunday, November 15, 2015

Vreid - Sólverv (2015)

Vreid is a band that needs no introduction on The Metal Advisor. Near the site's inception,  I remembered just how much Milorg blew me away--two years after its release date--with a layered, intimate portrayal of Norway's struggles with the Nazis during WWII. The record had me embark on a massive recommendation spree, passing off specific tracks to anyone who would listen, and I even went on to see the band in 2013, with two good friends in tow.

The record released that year, Welcome Farewell, was admittedly a step down, but that effected the concert little. The band was simply sublime in their execution of each track and had a well calculated approach in how they engaged a small, but eager, crowd. And while Welcome Farewell didn't exactly hit the spot like Milorg did, the record was still an interesting, intellectual entry in the band's discography. From the cover art to the standout tracks, which had a particular way of squirming into your brain, Welcome Farewell ran away with a spot on my best albums of 2013 list--which was no small feat, considering the fierce competition that year.

Friday, October 16, 2015

The Metal Advisor on Instagram

Yes, the deed is done: TMA is on Instagram. It's a platform that I think is great fun and can bring like-minded people together.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Ghost - Meliora (2015)

As 2015 draws to a close (close enough, bitches!), it's only natural that we take a look at one of the most anticipated releases of the year, Ghost's Meliora. Now, you may ask yourself if the record is truly deserving of all the grandeur and fame, given that Ghost consistently flirts with quality and mediocrity on each of their releases. Reactions are largely emotionally driven to the band's discography, and Meliora is no different--ridiculous as it may sound, thinking is often clouded by an irrational hatred of Ghost bringing outside listeners (re: fans distant from rock, or even hard rock and metal) into the fold for a look-see, as they become enamored with the six-piece's unabashed pop sensibilities. Then, too, are those who listen to Ghost just to smite naysayers and support the band's rapid ascent to the top as they represent metal in the mainstream.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Electric Red - Celestial Wizardry ~ Magical Astronomy (2015)

Touhou metal is far enough off the beaten path, but should you desire to venture outside of metal norms, Electric Red has you covered with its Celestial Wizardry ~ Magical Astronomy EP, a 25-minute epic built around eight arrangements. At first, the music can seem overwhelming, but there's no denying that it has an otherworldliness to it as it cycles between power/progressive metal and softer passages. The trick up the one-man project's sleeve is that, as songwriting breathes and flows freely, repetition is kept to a minimum. A winding adventure is a better way to put it.

More or less, the sheer volume of ideas is Electric Red's strength, as is, generally, how the music is arranged. It's nearly impossible to tell where the song would divide into eight arrangements, so the track plays seamlessly from start to finish. Just as Electric Red intended, the EP is a sprawling, complex arrangement in its entirety--and, at the very least, takes five listens to sink in. There's always a new piece to discover under the layers upon layers of sound, and only near the middle does the chunky progressiveness manifest itself when the guitars split into multi-note riffs and drums provide muscular backing. A real treat, too, is listening to the synths take over the leading melody from the rest of the music--they complete the progressive package with their liquid-like tone and add a dash of genre familiarity to the track.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Unlucky Morpheus - Vampir (2015)

With Light Bringer's dissolution, Fuki Tenge needed an outlet to channel her creative energy into full time. And what a choice she made: Unlucky Morpheus, a group that started by rearranging Touhou tunes, only to later compose completely original music. The act's 2015 release, Vampir, is the second installment in their renaissance writing original music, but like its predecessor, the record is a massive entry in the power metal field and an important one at that. What makes it important is simple: the music is well written while combining elements of metal and classical music. Power metal is indeed the dominating sound, but bits and pieces of death metal, melodic death metal, and classical music also surface in the mix.

Because of the mix of styles, Unlucky Morpheus has often been described as neoclassical power metal, most notably with their first original album, Affected. Affected came to fruition in 2014, while Vampir came a year later, bearing uncanny similarities and production aesthetics. Both are comparable and unmistakably Unlucky Morpheus, so it's not unreasonable to surmise that the music was conceived in the same writing sessions.