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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-TMA

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Ghost - Meliora (2015)

As 2015 draws to a close (close enough!), 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 unfamiliar with 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 annoy 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.