Los Angeles has been getting a lot of rain recently. The upshot of this is that it’s helping California’s drought problem a little bit. The downside is that it has the tendency of knocking out my internet at times. Today, though, the sun is shining through. At least, for the moment.
With that, here is a track to put a little pulse into your day. It’s “Detroit” by The Great White Buffalo from their brand new album “Fangs”. We had one of their tracks on one of season one’s episodes and it’s been a while since they’ve put out anything new. This album is a good return to form for them.
“Tyrannical”, the titular track from the EP of the same name, is the result of five years of solo work from its creator, Sonorant. I love the layering in this song. It’s such a good example of how complex heavy metal can get, without getting into the insane multi-guitar shred-fests of other sub-genres.
Hot off the presses, this track was published just this past Monday and, I’ll be honest, I’m not sure what I think of it. I mean, I like it, but I don’t know why. It kinda reminds me of some of Yoko Kanno’s work on Ghost in the Shell, but I can’t quite place why. Sometimes the best gift you can give someone is a question, so I’ll leave this one to you folks.
Oh Pop-Metal, I thought I could forget about you, but I was a fool!
This track by Brazilian band MindFlow takes me back to when bands like Static-X and Disturbed were mainstays in my playlists. Their track “Breakthrough”, released 2009, takes on the age old theme of love lost and the ensuing recovery.
It’s Pop-Metal; did you think it was going to be a happy number?
If that name looks familiar to you, it should. We had another one of Mike’s tracks featured back in November. This is an older track of his, before he (apparently) went solo. It was released back in ’09 and it’s one of those songs that’ll get you rocking in your boots. It’s a story about, well, stories! It takes us through the life of the fairytale frog and his not-so-fairytale life.
Now that Christmas has passed, let’s get serious. Many folks, including myself, struggle to afford buying gifts for even our most cherished loved ones. This is the rock anthem for those in this situation.
As if you didn’t see this coming, we’ve got a theme week! Starting off this holiday extravaganza is a bad ass rock instrumental of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” by Copperhead. If you liked the Trans Siberia Orchestra’s version of “Carol of Bells”, you’ll like this.
The secondary theme for this week is that all of the music will be coming from CCMixter.org. Like this track.
I was starting to feel bad due to the underrepresentation of metal on SotC, but then I ran into this song and I KNEW WHAT I MUST DO. Enter Russian melodic metal group Alexandria and their track “Flock of Birds”. I’m totally digging this song. You can grab it on Jamendo.
Ahhh, Thursday at last. The week is nearly over. If you’re starting to get antsy for the weekend (like I do), that’s okay! Let’s get ramped up together with this high energy track from Japanese artist Shironeko (White Cat). You can download this and the rest of their tracks from their Jamendo page: https://www.jamendo.com/en/artist/425668/shironeko