“It is said that the future is always born in pain. The history of war is the history of pain. If we are wise, what is born of that pain matures into the promise of a better world, because we learn that we can no longer afford the mistakes of the past.”—
I’ve been thinking minutes now how on earth am I going to start this blog entry. I’ve got tons of things circling in my mind so bear with me, the outcome could be messy and hard to understand.
First of all, the avant-garde genre(yeah I know it’s very broad and you can fit in so much totally different stuff from each other) seems to be from time to time very hard to listen to. For example the Virus’ new album The Agent That Shapes The Desert was totally overwhelming for me and I felt so exhausted after listening to the whole album. I’ve listened it only once and it was months ago. I’m planning to give it another go but not in the near future as I have lately been listening for ebm/dark electro. Another example would be my all time favorite band Arcturus. The masquerade Infernale. The album has totally unique atmosphere. I was something like 15? years at the time I heard the album for the first time and I since then I’ve loved Arcturus more than any other band(fuck yeah for the reunion and damn them if they don’t have a gig in Finland!).
So now looking at the two examples I gave. What’s the main difference? I’m no musician even if I have played few instruments years ago.. I was never good at music theory. For me Virus represents very complex music and it would require very good concentration to get into. Arcturus in the other hand has this whole masquerade from hell theme and is easy to approach, at least that it is for me. There is totally beautiful song Ad Astra(still one of my all time top3 songs) and then much more brutal songs.
How about lyrics then. I can confess that I don’t give a damn about lyrics usually, I don’t care if black metal band sings about unicorns and rainbows as long as the growling works and sounds good. For me good growling isn’t that high pitched screaming way too many bands tend to use. It’s just so total turnoff for me that no matter how awesome the music is I just can’t listen to it.
I tend to listen to melodies or keyboards/piano and drums in the music. I like those cheesy and catchy melodies maybe even more than I’d like to admit. But even if everything seems to be okay and the music sounds good sometimes I still don’t get any vibes from it and sometimes I do. This is the thing I’ve been trying to understand. So far I don’t know what actually gives me the vibes from the music and it’s damn annoying. My latest discovery was Russian ebm band Sleetgrout. I listened few songs from the youtube and it was totally awesome from the beginning. I was gotten totally unguard. The music itself isn’t even that different from other bands in the genre but it just worked for me.
Okay, that’s it, very confusing blog entry. I hope at least one of you understand what I’m trying to say.
Soo, the gig sucked hard time. I’m not sure if they have kicked out the keyboard player or not but the songs didn’t sound any good without her. Even their best song sounded unfinished without her. Damn I love their first record but it just doesn’t work live. Other people seemed to like it though. Time to sleep now.