KT is THE best site for any heavy metal lovers. Period. The members are very active and there are always a boatload of new releases. I don’t want to talk about how torrents are killing the music industry and etc. (that’s just noise to me - yeah, big fat CEOs of huge labels are getting the big cut from the CD sales, so the money don’t go directly to the artists anyway. The RIAA is just a gang of highly greedy labels who are trying to go after small unorganized regular web users. Have you ever heard any CEO of any recording labels going broke? Exactly!)
Thanks to torrents, I am able to expose myself to amazing bands all over the world. And true fans are willing to shell out $15, $20 bucks for a CD, or even spend $30, $40 to buy the t-shirt of the bands. That money will actually go and support the band.
So many good band and musicians are putting out albums this time of the year. I was able to get the newest Angra’s album, Aurora Consurgens, the new Tarot’s album, Crows Fly Black, Dragonland’s Astronomy, and tons of other amazing bands. Angra’s newest album is a solid work power metal. The songs are vey well written and produced. Of the 10 songs on the CD, 5 of them get my 5 stars rating in iTunes, and the rest are also as good. The guitar work of Kiko Loureiro is fast, efficient, smooth, and crystal-clear. Actually I didn’t know that Kiko is from Angra. I already knew him from his excellent solo album No Gravity (#8, Moment of Truth, is an amzing song, btw), but I didn’t read his bio. When I listened to the song #9, Scream Your Heart Out, on Aurora Consurgens, I noticed the familiar playing style and the clear distortion settings of Kiko’s guitar, I looked up the Angra’s band and voila, Kiko is the lead guitarist of the band. Here is the song list and my ratings
I highly recommend this new Angra’s album to power metal fans. I haven’t listened much to previous Angra’s albums so I can’t compare too much the the new album against the older ones. Anyway, this album is so worth your listening.
I’ve been listening to the Pirates of the Caribbean soundtracks for the past 2 weeks. when I saw the first POTC and listened to the final ending score, I knew that I had to get the soundtrack. I did, thanks to TorrentsSpy. I wish I have some money to shell out for the CD, but it’s a different stories. I’ll pay for the actual CD when I start working
I have to admit that both albums are really excellent. But if I have pick, I would pick the first one. Eventhough the second one was written by Hans Zimmer, the man himself, the first one, written by Klaus Badelt, has better melody. I absolutely love the epic melody of the “He’s a pirate”. The 2nd one doesn’t have any melody or lines that can compared with “He’s a pirate”. Don’t get me wrong, the 2nd album is at the high position in my listening list too - I just love the melodies of the first album more.
Listening to the albums, I can close my eyes and drift along with every songs, every movements and imagine myself amongst the pirates, sailing on the Black Pearl with Jack Sparrow…
Amazing albums. Highly recommended. I wonder what the 3rd movie will be like. And for sure I’ll get the Soundtrack too to complete the trilogy.
So it seems that my Last.FM account got upgraded to Subscriber sometime ago and I didn’t even know about it. Great! Thanks to Last.FM staff for such an awesome service and even more thanks for upgrading my account for free
I was on KT and found this one post for Coldseed. The band is the side project of Bjorn “Speed” Strid, the main singer of Soilwork, one of my *most* favorite bands. I gave this album a few spins and this is my initial comments.
If you expect to hear some Soilwork influence, you will be surprised! Amazingly enough, this album is nothing like Soilwork’s other albums. Songs have slower tempos (track 1, 2, and 3 for example) and they have more punchy beats. The style and the sound-quality are very different from Soilwork. Coldseed is more heavy-metal than metalcore. The familiar sounds of Soilwork are gone in Coldseed’s "coldseed" - Makes This Tragedy and replaced with a more 80s, heavier metal sound quality. Just listen to the distortion guitar: the riffs are differnt and even the distortion sound. Everything in this album gives a fresh perspective of the great vocal performance of Bjorn Strid and his ability to perfrom various metal styles. Compared this to Stabbing the Drama (this is my first Soilwork album and I love every song of it), Makes This Tragedy will probably bring more to the table for heavy metal fans as it is a fresh change from metal core to heavy metal. Track 8, "Coldseed" - Reflection, is another great surprise as it is a great slow song featuring the real Bjorn’s wornderful clearvoice.
In brief, Coldseed - Makes This Tragedy is solid and totally enjoyable. If you are fans of Soilwork, you cannot afford to miss this to experience the great vocal of Strid.
Coldseed’s website is at http://coldseed.com.
(This is also posted on my Last.FM profile)