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We Are The Fallen

Ex-Evanescence members teamed up with American Idol’s Carly Smithson make up We Are The Fallen. This video was released today as a teaser for their upcoming Cirque Des Damnes live DVD.

Magashegyi Underground – Ragyogás EP

Tavaly a Hegyalja Fesztiválon láttam őket élőben, tegnap pedig a Lángoló Gitárokon fedeztem fel az új, ingyen letölthető EP-t.

Igényes elektronikus alapon lüktető alternatív popdalok, méghozzá egészen kellemesek. Itt is meg lehet hallgatni, az OS X alatt tömörített teljes EP pedig a Lángoló Gitárokról szedhető le.

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Ha tetszik, koncert szombaton az A38 hajón.

Jung People

Ha már a hétvégén God is an Astronaut, az ő rádiójukban találkoztam a Jung People kanadai instrumentális formációval. Amolyan progressive – indie – post rock keverék.

A Galápagos című EP-jük ingyen hallgatható és letölthető a Bandcampről, a Too Late to Die Young albumról pedig a …Peer Gynt hozzáférhető bevizsgálásra. Ez utóbbi lemez amúgy mindössze 5 dollárba kerül.

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Fungi Girls

A Fungi Girls némileg félrevezetően három texasi fiú.

Ehhez jön, hogy szemtelenül fiatalok, az amerikai törvények szerint például még nem ihatnak alkoholt. Csinálnak viszont roppant jó garázsjellegű surf rock zenét.

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További számok hallgathatók teljes egészében a Last.fm oldalukon, vagy a Hype Machine-en, illetőleg a Myspacen. Az új Sun Blues című dalért pedig látogassatok el Zsófihoz, ha már szemérmetlenül átvettem a tartalmát.

One Of These Days

I’m going to cut you into little pieces. With an ice skate.

I was reading through the Wiki page for the Pink Floyd song when I stumbled upon this:

Hungarian figure skater Krisztina Czakó used “One of These Days” (along with “Shine On You Crazy Diamond“) as the music for her long program at the 1992 Winter Olympics, one of the few times that a classic rock song has ever been featured in an elite-level ice skating competition.

She was barely a few months older than 13 at the time. Now I don’t know much about figure skating (other than it is nice to watch) but awesomeness of this magnitude I couldn’t let go unposted.

Roadside Graves

A Roadside Graves ezzel a névvel lehetne valami hörgős death metal banda, de nem: alternatív country/folk-rockot játszanak. A hétfős felállásnak köszönhetően szuper instrumentális betétekkel.

Ha metal nem is, de meta, hogy az énekes állítólag az előző albumuk koncertjén a “dirt on my lip and blood in my eye” sorok közben headbangelt jól le egy cintányért, aztán úgy véresen folytatta. Hiába, a hozzáállás.

Tipikusan a legújabb EP-nek (You Won’t Be Happy With Me) nincs digitális változata, csak az előző albumnak (My Son’s Home). Szállítással együtt $4 mondjuk abszolút nem sok egy hatszámos CD-ért.

Paul Cary

Lehet, hogy zeneblog leszünk. A mai adagot Paul Cary szolgáltatja Chicagóból: ötven dolláros erősítővel felvett lo-fi folk rock. Olyan, mint egy zajos Led Zeppelin kazetta.

Cary amikor nem zenél, ácsként dolgozik. Mivel a stúdiómunkához nem ért, így a dalokat a hangmérnök / dobos barátja Jonathan Crawford segítségével vette fel, gyakorlatilag egy pár magnóval felszerelt pincében. A már említett gitárerősítőt egy zaciból menekítette, nem is élte túl sokkal a felvételt.

Na ebből lett egy olyan zene, mint ez a promókép:

A Ghost of a Man album számait Hype Machine-en lehet hallgatni, a Stankhouse Records kiadótól pedig megvenni digitálisan kemény 7 dollárért.

(képforrás: Shark Party Media)

Hegyalja

Last thursday I decided I wanted to go and see Epica, no matter the costs. Somewhat uncharacteristically, I followed through: saturday early morning found me on a train to Tokaj after only a few hours of sleep. Blame Matthew Vaughn and Kick-Ass for the latter.

Probably I was the only person going to the festival alone.

I spent the morning climbing the local hill (512 m) called Kopasz-hegy. I must have lost about 3 kilograms in liquid but the view compensated for the effort.

Tokaj from uphill

The first band I saw was Magashegyi Underground, previously unknown to me.

Magashegyi Underground

Barabás Lőrinc Eklektric followed, also not something I usually listen to, nevertheless enjoyable.

Barabás Lőrinc Eklektric #2

Péterfy Bori struck me a bit older than I thought, and I still just can’t stand leggings stopping just below the knee.

Péterfy Bori & Love Band #2

I moved to the Jim Beam tent well before Epica. (One must secure a first row position in time.) Ossian was playing.

Ossian #3

Next came Depresszió. I like some of their songs but to be honest this time I couldn’t wait for them to leave and let Epica commence.

Depresszió #3

The devil never sleeps, so they say: it was obvious that something went wrong when roadies wearing a permanent frown scurried back and forth on the stage angrily. It was on the organisers, I could read the lips of the guards saying it’s our tech. Tension mounted, some got restless and started shouting, even throwing stuff on the stage. Only after about an hour could a relieved roar signal that microphones finally started working.

What happened next I can only describe as giving a lesson in artistry, attitude and musicianship.

I’m sure many so-called stars would have thrown a hissy fit. Instead, when Epica took the stage Simone apologised for the delay (of no fault of their own) and promised us many songs in compensation.

Epica #1

They practically figuratively destroyed the tent.

We got extra songs, Mark playing in the gap between the stage and the audience, water bottles thrown at us, a drum solo lit by the stroboscopes… every stunt possible considering the space and tech at hand.

Epica #6

I have no idea how Mark had any voice left afterwards and of course Simone is still absolutely stunningly gorgeous.

Cry for the Moon taken from the first row:

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Team Silje

In advance, I’d just like to show this. This is how high the bar was set:

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I stumbled upon The Gathering while I was in Japan only a few years ago and couldn’t stop listening to them. But then Anneke left the band and first there was a lot of silence and uncertainty then the announcement of Silje joining and some new songs posted to MySpace. Which, actually, failed to convince me.

My thoughts were mixed. Somehow the singing voice wasn’t distinct or powerful enough. The heavily guitar-driven sound a little mushy. I couldn’t pick a favourite song from The West Pole either. I was sticking to the old albums for a while.

Not that all this could stop me from going to their show yesterday.

The warm-up band, Autumn, was okay, but I haven’t done my research and didn’t know any of the songs. But then The Gathering took the stage and I was reduced to a fanboyish existence. I knew the rest of the band from all the live DVDs, but Silje was a surprise: she almost looked fragile, contrary to what I expected. She was much more likable at barely an arm’s length than on the band pictures. (Some people chose seats but I went right up to the stage, first line. Basically I was at Marjolein’s feet.)

About half of the songs played were not from The West Pole, rather from previous albums. I knew that they rehearsed old material with Silje but I wasn’t expecting this many. No complaints of course, it was beyond belief rocking out to Saturnine.

I’m also not really sure what transformed me… maybe listening to TWP tracks live or Silje’s non-studio voice… anyway for one I grew to like new material and I wholeheartedly accepted the lead singer swap. I’m Team Silje now.

Just listen to this:

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I disagree with @kelt that The Gathering only used to be cool five years ago. They are still going strong after twenty years and they are still very cool, thank you very much.

Surprisingly few attended though: the place was only a little more than half full. I wasn’t looking back too often, nevertheless I think we, the audience, managed to make up with enthusiasm what we lost with numbers. Time will tell, I hope the lower interest won’t prevent or delay a return. I can’t speak in anyone else’s name but I was left craving for more in the end, even though we got two encore songs (Leaves) not just Travel which was on the setlist.

Probably I was the only person wearing a turtleneck in the history of rock gigs.

Let there be rock!

The first few seconds I was like ‘they surely can’t make a game out of THAT’. And then it turns out it’s not a roadie simulator after all, but something epic. I don’t know how good it ends up to be but from this trailer I can conclude that this is the single best new gaming idea for a very long time now. The protagonist is a bull’s-eye hit as well. Brutal Legend makes me want to own a cönsöle. (No, seriously, this held back intro doesn’t really do justice to the ‘hell yeah’ screams I let out during the first view.)

Coming this Rocktober!