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  • Claymore, I Divine și Primordial (from the Republic of Ireland) în Wings Club

    16 May 2011, 22:17

    Sat 14 May – Primordial

    Am ajuns în club pe la mijlocul setului Claymore (iarăși, thumbs up pentru respectarea orei de începere) și am găsit o trupă ce practica un black metal zglobiu, aproape power, și care nu se lua prea tare în serios, lucru ce de obicei îmi place foarte tare. Mind you, înainte să intru propriu-zis în club am aruncat un ochi și la standul de merchandise, și n-am putut să nu remarc că pe lângă obișnuitele tricouri și CD-uri, cei de la Claymore aduseseră cu ei și o colecție de panties care purtau fermecătorul mesaj “Only Claymore shaves me!”. Așa că orice impresie mi-am făcut apoi despre trupă a fost trecută mai întâi prin filtrul ăsta :)
    Dar bulgarii n-au sunat rău deloc – puțin over-the-top, ca orice trupă de power, cu un “claymore” proptit în mijlocul scenei ca recuzită și un vocalist foarte convins și energic, chiar dacă nu atât de capabil. Sunt genul ăla de formație care încearcă să pară “rea” dar de fapt este simpatică – de aceea atunci când au anunțat foarte emfatic o piesă care se chema “The Antichrist” m-a trecut un zâmbet. Piesa foarte bună, în schimb, așa că am să-i caut și pentru o audiție acasă. Sâmbătă în Wings clapa și bass-ul s-au auzit un pic cam prea tare, lucru care probabil n-a avantajat impresia generală de la fața locului.

    Documentându-mă în după amiaza de dinaintea concertului, am aflat că necunoscuții, pentru mine, I Divine sunt de fapt un grup desprins din cunoscuții (și plăcuții) unguri Sear Bliss. Trebuie să menționez că The Arcane Odyssey îmi place la nebunie, fiind în opinia mea unul din cele mai reușite albume de “black metal + something else”. În cazul lor, acel “something else” este reprezentat de trombon – e fascinant cât de bine pot să sune alămurile în metal, și momentan Sear Bliss sunt cel mai aproape de conceptul meu de “metal cu fanfară” pe care aș vrea să-l văd/aud cât mai curând pus în practică. Mă rog, ei și, acum, I Divine, pentru că (din fericire) unul din lucrurile pe care le-au luat cu ei de la trupa din care-au plecat a fost chiar trombonul.

    Și totuși nu m-aș fi așteptat să-i aud cântând chiar [...]

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  • Doomed Souls Evening

    19 Nov 2010, 13:55

    Sun 7 Nov – Doomed Souls Evening

    Last Sunday, November 7th, the folks from DonisArt brought doom upon us all.

    First – literally, ‘cause their Doomed Souls Evening was taking place at Bucharest’s niche entertainment hotspot The Silver Church Club with a killer line-up of assorted doom metal acts consisting of Forgotten Tomb, October Tide and Saturnus.

    Second – figuratively, for they announced that December’s Dark Bombastic Evening II would be the last event under the “Special Evenings” banner. I can only hope they are moving towards a different concept and not abandoning the business altogether, ‘cause that would be a terrible loss for the Romanian underground music scene, malnourished as it already is.

    But let’s abandon for now that negative train of thought and focus on the really good stuff that last Sunday brought us.

    Read the full review at officialconcerts.com
  • Labyrinthic Metal Evening

    20 Oct 2010, 9:06

    Sat 16 Oct – Labyrinthic Metal Evening

    Saturday evening Bucharest was about as gloomy and depressing as it gets, with a thickly overcast sky and a light but monotonous and cold autumn rain. So there couldn’t really be a better time for a metal show in which the headliners were described as “suicidal black doom”. Add other descriptions to the mix, such as “depressive black” and “gothic horror”, and you get a pretty clear picture of what Labyrinthic Metal Evening, organized by DonisArt, had to offer.
    So hell yeah, I said, bring it on!

    I got to the Silver Church Club around 8 PM while Romanian depressive black-metallers Kistvaen were already playing. Luckily for me, I was just in time for the second song in their set, which turned out to be [...]
    Read the full review @ officialconcerts.com

    Featuring Kistvaen, Indian Fall, Vulture Industries, The Vision Bleak, Nightingale, Shining.
  • Great music fully streamable on last.fm - byron: A Kind of Alchemy

    15 Mar 2010, 6:03

    [Condensed version: band byron have recently released their second studio album, A Kind of Alchemy. For a more in-depth overview and introduction to the band, check out my review of their debut. Clocking in at a bit over an hour, the new release features a much more developed sound, as the band improved both their songwriting abilities and their studio skills. The fourteen tracks are more focused and to the point, they sport a much wider diversity of influences (especially , and ) and, last but not least, they're all freely available for full streaming here on last.fm :) As a matter of fact, two of them are even free downloads, so go check them out ASAP.
    Extended version follows.]


    I really, really, really really have to get myself to writing around here more often. I mean hell, I've started this whole review series back in 2008 with high hopes and big expectations and everything, and now I'm only writing my second review in two years? And not only that, but to an album by the same band as well?!
    Dammit man, talk about credibility goin' down the drain.
    In any case, just so you know, I've really listened to a whole lot of great music recently (as you can see in my charts as well), some new stuff, some old stuff, some freely available stuff, mostly metal recently but well. I'm just saying that so you won't hold the whole "same band, wtf" thing against me :D Two years is, after all, a pretty big length of time.

    So, we were talking about byron. Well, the Romanian prog-inspired rock outfit strikes again.
    Actually, to be honest, they stroke about five months ago, last October, when their second studio record was officially released. They held a pretty big release party in one of the coolest clubs in Bucharest, bringing on an estimate of 1500 fans to the show. Subsequently, to show just how badass they are, they released a promotional video for a song off their PREVIOUS record, Watercolor, all the while their current single Diggin' a Hole getting airplay on various national radio stations. This new song introduced the audience to a whole new side of byron - the experimental, eccentric, funky one. It's the most "rock out" song of the band so far, and it's FUN! The guys also made use of some rather unusual objects as musical instruments, including a mortar and pestle, a metal tape measure and a key ratchet. (...and a cat and some dogs, by the sound of it). Also, the traditional flute solo has been dumped and instead we get a trumpet blasting out midway through the song. And it sounds bloody terrific, fresh and funky like never before. But does this single define the band's sound? Does it "sum up" all that A Kind of Alchemy is?
    Hell no.



    First of all, A Kind of Alchemy has a real mood to it. While Forbidden Drama was structured more like a theater play, this one's more like a confession. The record starts quietly, with sparse noises of nocturnal car traffic. Then the first song, The Night, picks up - 6fingers' soft keyboards carrying a chilly guitar melody with strong blues overtones, all over some laid back percussion and a lazy bass. Totally delightful - the perfect soundtrack to a late-night car drive. You almost don't notice when Dan Byron's vocals kick in, just 'cause they don't actually "kick"; everything flows together softly and peacefully.
    Right until the chorus, that is, which really blasts out with some heavy riffing and proggy harmonies - this isn't just driving around anymore, this is flying above the city at the speed of a free fall. Just as the lyrics say: "Close your eyes, it's time to disappear!"

    ...and immerse yourself into the sonic universe this album encapsulates. I must confess, I hold A Kind of Alchemy as an absolute favorite over their debut (which I still appreciate a great deal). But it's like the band found its missing edge - they're more polished and more focused. Forbidden Drama sometimes had this "grainy", pretentious feel to it, like an old sepia photograph. Delightful, yes, but a bit tiresome in its whole. A Kind of Alchemy, on the other hand, sounds modern and driven, as the band happily leaves aside some of their songwriting antics in order to take a plunge into uncharted territory.
    The catchy gibberish sections are almost gone (save for the aforementioned Diggin' a Hole, which jokingly features the "Red Russia Movie Choir"), but vocal experiments go to a whole new level when we hear Dan performing a short rapping section in the funk-infused I Don't Want to Entertain You. In addition, electronic percussion pops up every here and there and the flute, which ennobled many songs off the debut, is almost nowhere to be heard. In fact, the only track to feature a flute solo is A Little Bit Deranged - yet another song with a highly nocturnal mood, in which Dan Byron's vocals are backed up by a mysterious female voice.

    It's nearly impossible to summarize the album in a few words, because every track stands out on its own as something different and attention-worthy. The band appears to have tapped into some new-found aggressiveness, with tracks such as Zeitgeist and The Alchemist really pumping up some adrenaline. While The Alchemist resolves into a major key, anthem-like chorus, Zeitgeist keeps its menacing atmosphere throughout. After all, it's a song about control, social standards and conspiracies - to the point you don't really know anymore where does the fucked up reality end and the paranoia begin.
    Did I mention before that all the lyrics are totally worth a closer look?



    Of course, the band also delivers its share of "quieter" songs. War is a quasi-ballad with a really tasteful approach, gaining and gaining momentum until finally erupting into a guitar solo at the hands of Costin before abruptly giving way to the next track. The song is also notable for its guest vocal, the British singer Lu Cozma, who offers it a special identity, a tiny spark of "something" that works wonders in the context. Sirens is another noteworthy track, even if only for hearing 6fingers ditch his keyboards in exchange for an accordion - you can almost hear the song waltzing its way in the rhythm of the waves, up until its intense bridge and optimistic resolve. On the other hand, King of Clowns and The Song That Never Was essentially deal with madness - the former from an outside perspective, focusing on its effects in an up-tempo, enjoyable rocker, the latter taking us into the madman's mind through a short progressive gem with some rhythm twists and bizarre chord progressions.

    A stand-out track is A Poem Without an End. Cleverly placed at the middle of the album, it's the longest track in the band's repertoire, clocking in at almost 8 minutes. It builds masterfully around a melancholic keyboard melody, and the chorus features I daresay the most ravaging vocal performance Dan Byron has to offer on the disc - save for maybe the uplifting anthem Vitruvian Man. The song is also home for a wonderfully executed Rhodes solo, reminding us yet again of the band's progressive influences.
    In the end, A Peaceful Mind announces the break of dawn. We've made it through the night, and now it's time to breathe deep with this upbeat, strings-heavy piece as all the sounds begin to curl up in our minds - a little music for a sleepy head.



    Loosely weaved around the concept of creation, from an artist's perspective, A Kind of Alchemy is one of the most masterfully created albums I've heard lately, capable of successfully withstanding comparisons with the latest from the likes of Porcupine Tree, Muse or Radiohead. Through it, byron manages to become an act of international relevance, and hopefully it's only a matter of time until it will become internationally recognized as such. I've got a soft spot for them, I admit, but the quality is there regardless. Not to mention the extraordinary graphic package - the album comes in a 7 inch-wide square book with meaningful illustrations, a labor of love and passion more than anything else.

    A Kind of Alchemy is fully streamable here on last.fm - Diggin' a Hole and Vitruvian Man are also available as downloads.
    The album can be bought in mp3 format from Amazon.

    byron should appeal to fans of (but not limited to) Porcupine Tree, Radiohead, Muse, Coldplay, Dream Theater, Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Noir Désir, Gorillaz, My Brightest Diamond, David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, Prince, Lamb, Gazpacho, Marillion, Jeff Buckley, dredg, Phideaux, The Dear Hunter, Lazuli, Pineapple Thief, Aereogramme, The Tea Party, Riverside.

    http://byronmusic.ro
    http://myspace.com/byronmusicspace
    http://facebook.com/byronmusic
  • The secret sons of Europe

    18 Dic 2009, 14:00

    Sat 12 Dec – Dark Bombastic Evening

    Review în româneşte la http://kozminovici.ro/2009/12/17/the-secret-sons-of-europe/
    Working on an English version as well, should appear here on last.fm in a matter of days.
    Bottom line: great event, we want more! :)
  • Great music fully streamable on last.fm - Byron: Forbidden Drama

    23 Abr 2008, 18:32

    Well, this is my first post here in a very, very long while, so would you please ignore the cobwebs and the thick layer of dust? Thank you. It's still a warm and welcoming place, mind you, and hopefully you'll realize that soon :)
    Now, on to today's album, shall we?

    I'm aware many of you won't bear with me until the end of this review, so I'm gonna start with the conclusion :D
    Progressive/alternative rock band Byron have recently released their debut album Forbidden Drama, which is now available for full streaming here on last.fm. Do yourself a favor and check it out. You have my word, it is completely worth it - and it's only gonna take you some 15 minutes anyway. Or an hour, if you like it enough.
    Now, on to the said review.

    Great musicians have a way of making themselves heard. Especially in a smallish, sad country such as my own, which bears the strangest of curses: see, in the past few years I've come to discover that this country is nothing short of a twilight zone. There's absolutely GREAT music being made here, especially in the fields of alternative/rock, electro/chill-out and experimental jazz. So my biggest question is WHY in the name of all things sacred is so damn hard for these artists to hit the market and enjoy more than just an underground-ish success?
    Of course, it all boils down to labels that keep producing cheap, third-rate bubblegum-pop with an obstinacy worthy of a much better cause. All for the sake of a fast buck. Well, in this age when the WWW shakes hands with indie artists, this is gonna be the music labels' demise, I'm telling you.
    Anyway, what I'm trying to say is that despite the highly unfriendly industry, great artists have a way of shining through. You just have to look hard enough.

    Dan Byron has been around for quite a while. A former collaborator of then black-metal band Agathodaimon, he had a huge contribution to Romania's alternative rock scene. Bands such as Kumm and Urma, in which he was a member, are definite landmarks in this country's recent musical history. So even though his work in the said bands was nothing short of spectacular, it was time for him to move on to a project of his own. This is how, a couple of years ago, byron came to be.

    Their music is extremely difficult to classify, due to the very diverse influences it bears - from Thrak-era King Crimson, Dream Theater or late Pink Floyd to Noir Désir, Radiohead, Coldplay, Gorillaz, going through My Brightest Diamond, Lamb and Tori Amos up to Prince and David Bowie. This music has it all - feeling, insight, instrumental proficiency, smart lyrics.
    Dan's voice is a maelstrom of feeling, and that's just a lame scratch on the surface. Going from soft and warm (Watercolor, Toast Proposal) to almost tormented (the ending of Annoying Detail), to harsh and abrasive (Losing Control), all the way spiced with specific, wild-on-the-verge-of-insanity vocal harmonies (most notably on Blow Up My Tears). The keyboards work also shines, with brilliant, prog-inspired interventions every now and then (Losing Control, The Dawn of a Drunk Bum, Fake Life) and the guitar work is rock-solid (pun intended :D). The use of flute on several tracks also works miracles, bringing a certain distinctness to the whole. Did I say Jethro Tull? Well, you get the picture.
    And of course, everything would be in vain without a great drummer to keep it all in one place. Cristi is that kind of guy. Witnessing him play live really makes you reconsider the importance of drums in a band. Of course, it also shows in the studio work, but you can't really get to appreciate the drumming unless you see the band live.

    Which brings us to the newest chapter in Byron's history - a few weeks ago, an unplugged concert was held in the medieval city of Târgu Mureş during which a DVD was shot. Can't wait until October to get my hands on it - it'll be pure gold, I'm sure of that. A new album won't be out until spring 2009, but in the meantime at least one video will be released for a track out of Forbidden Drama - Blow Up My Tears.

    And it seems I've brought this lovely little post to an end. If you end up enjoying Byron - or any other unknown, breakthrough, indie band by that matter - please spread the word, it's the best helping hand you can give. Other than buying their records, of course. Hopefully Forbidden Drama will soon be available on Amazon or any other online store, for the full enjoyment of every other music lover in this big damn world.

    So say we all.
  • The ArtMania diary

    18 Jun 2007, 15:38

    Fri 15 Jun – ArtMania Festival 2007
    I finally got home after three days of metal, lots of metal and... even more metal. We got to Sibiu friday morning, we settled in, we did some exploring of the city and before we knew it the time came for the concerts. Let's say a few words about each one of them.
    Altar - ok for some jumping and headbanging, but that's all. Message-wise they don't tell me anything, and the whole "attitude" thing sounds a bit overplayed these days. Neah, definitely not my cup of tea. Plus, they've kinda overused the word 'fuck'. Not that it would be a bad thing, in general, but I found it rather inappropriate and childish. They didn't impress me, but well, they weren't even supposed to.
    Celelalte Cuvinte - I won't say much about them. They had their fans, mostly people their own age. That made me realise that back then, say 20 years ago, that band was big. They really meant something. Now, they were simply... anachronical. To me, at least. Perhaps I really should dig deeper into their music.
    Cargo - While they were singing I was out looking for some drinks. 'Ziua vrajitoarelor' being the only song in the concert that I liked, I don't believe I missed much. They're not really my cup of tea anyway. Stuff like 'strigati hei daca sunteti de-ai mei' I find to be excessively silly. I recovered my place in the crowd just in time for
    Anathema - Oh yeah! What music, what show! I was very very curious about how they were going to sound, honestly I was expecting somehting much much softer, but they surpassed even my highest hopes. The show debuted with Shroud of False and Fragile Dreams, and the whole crowd just went delirious. Those songs froze the blood in my veins and made me all shiver. The crowd feedback was fantastic, and I really enjoyed those little 'tricks' such as throwing bottles of water and beer cans into the audience (the following day, there was this story about a man whose cell-phone got hit by one of those beer cans :)) ) This must have been the best show I ever attended to since last year's Apocalyptica. The end was literally crushing, I never would have hoped they'd play A Dying Wish but hell, they did! And following it came Sleepless, with none other than original Anathema bassist mr. Duncan Patterson. That moment was sublime. The greatest thing, if something could have gotten greater than that, was the last song - the Pink Floyd cover Comfortably Numb. Speechless. The perfect ending for a great concert. It was probably prepared as an encore, but as time ran against them they decided to skip the break. Good decision, they avoided the thing that hit Within Temptation the day after.

    Saturday announced itself as the peek of the festival. The Gathering and My Dying Bride were the bands I actually went there for. The show began with
    Tarot - Good ol' heavy metal. Energetic, good feedback, good music. You can see these guys are professional. Hell, their gigs are sold out in their homeland of Finland. It was a pleasant surprise to see people that actually knew their lyrics and sang along Marco and the other vocal guy. I couldn't fully taste their show though, because something inside me kept telling me that next on stage were going to be
    The Gathering - the band I was eagerly waiting for, the moment I had imagined in a milion different ways.
    Disappointing. Painfully disappointing. I can't really tell why, the music was flawless, Anneke's voice was warm and clear... yet something was wrong. Maybe it was the news of her departure from the band. Maybe it was because the show was held in daylight. Maybe it was because I was a bit too far from the stage. Maybe it was because the setting was inappropriate for such intimate music... I don't know. I was shocked when I realised that what was going on on stage didn't move me at all. I wanted so badly to like it, but I didn't. And yet, they played Eleanor, Saturnine, In Motion... even Broken Glass if I remember.
    In the end, a simple "Thank you. Good bye". And that was it. The band that wrote history for the last 13 years will never, ever gonna be the same. Good bye. *sigh*
    My Dying Bride - Oh. My. God. What an atmosphere, what a painful music, what a nightmare! They started with To Remain Tombless, but I didn't recognise any other songs, save for She Is the Dark. The rest of them were intertwined in some sort of a dark trance, an absurd dreaming. What a show! Aaron's interpretation gave me the shivers, it was so natural and painful I couldn't believe my senses. The blood froze in my veins, once more.
    "Cheers!"
    I'm not sure if I was hipnotized or not, but towards the end I remember Aaron saying something like "See you very soon!". Oh boy, I can barely wait.
    Within Temptation - No, no, no, after My Dying Bride nothing could ever seem right. It just wasn't their place. I didn't taste their show, save for Stand My Ground and Mother Earth. I couldn't help thinking that were My Dying Bride the headliners, the night would have been absolutey stunning. Within Temptation's concert felt very long. A good thing for the fan, of course, but I didn't really enjoy it. Nice setting, nice light effects. A warm and friendly Sharon. An awkward moment took place towards the end when Sharon announced the audience they would have played more, but they were being rushed off the stage. Oh well. They didn't get to play Ice Queen. And so went the second day of the festival.

    In the third day, the only band worth seeing was After Forever. The bands that played were
    Luna Amara - Nice show, condimented by some jokes Mihnea shared with some of the audience. Some people were asking for Folclor, and Mihnea had to explain them why they don't play that songanymore. At the public's request they finally played Dizident. Well, it was nice. I really like them. Nick's voice was kinda lowin the mix, though.
    Vita de Vie - A lot of songs from their new album, then the classics Basul si cu toba mare, Vinolamine, Ozosep, Liber. Nice, danceable and jumpable.
    After Forever - Oh yeah! The greatest surprise ever. Brilliant atmosphere, in spite of the rain. I heard they are great in concert, but only after I saw them live I really understood what "great" meant. Personally, I enjoyed their show a hell lot more than Within Temptation's. Floor is a brilliant frontwoman, and the band was extremely energetic. Nice lighting also. In the end, everybody was screaming from the bottom of their lungs "We want more! We want more!" To no avail, of course.
    Iris - I won't comment upon them being brought to such a festival. Well, they were big once. Some would say they still are. I stood far from the crowd, with something to drink.

    Overall it was a great festival, a wonderful experience, unforgettable concerts. I consider Anathema, My Dying Bride and After Forever to be the greatest performances. The first two can easily shift places.

    More stories about the festival can be found here (Romanian only).
  • Saturday evening live

    27 May 2007, 12:23

    Sat 26 May – Kumm
    Oh my, this has been one of the most energy-consuming shows I've attended to lately. Mostly because of the very high temperatures recorded these days in Bucharest. I mean, yesterday up on Motoare must have been about... Well, can't say really, but it was very hot. Fortunately there were lots of shadowy places and cold drinks (although not that cheap - 3.5 Lei is not my regular price to pay on a bottle of cold water, but I guess it was worth it).
    I've arrived there just before the first band, Du-te Vino, started playing. I admit I hadn't had any high expectations concerning them, I mean I've never heard of them before and I didn't really know what to expect. I must say they were a very nice surprise, I found their music quite groovy and I found myself dancing and clapping my hands without even knowing it. The singer Anca has an interesting voice and the bassist also added some nice touches to the songs. One particular song persists in my head up to this moment, something about some tires. I'm surely gonna buy their album when it comes out.
    Next on stage were Kumm, the first of the three bands I actually went for. Their show was very energetic, even if they seemed to be a bit tired. They didn't play Butterflies, but they played 1000 de chipuri towards the end. And I noticed their keyboard player was wearing a very interesting t-shirt. All in all a very good performance from an awesome band, which lead the way to my most anticipated part of the show.
    Luna Amara's performance was breathtaking. I mean, almost literally, because there were so many people crowded in front of the stage. They played old songs as well as very new ones. One new track I remember, called Unghii de drac. I expected it to be dark and aggresive, judging from the title; it was actually quite groovy and relaxed. Other peaks were În cercuri and Oraş. I didn't even know how much I like the latter - I don't particularly dig the version on the CD, but that track is HUGE live. The climax of their performance was, of course, Gri dorian, although I found Happiness Provider just as great.
    The last band to play on the show, Blazzaj, was also the one to surprise me the most. I never went to one of their shows, so I didn't really know what to expect. I mean, I heard they were stunning live, but I still didn't really get the picture of it. The addition of guest singer Mara was extremely fortunate - her voice is soft and warm and offered a bit more of variety on Blazzaj's already diverse songs. Everybody was singing and dancing, and vocalist Tavi even left the stage a couple of times and went into the audience. Their performance ended with a brilliant version of Urma, for which Mara was once again called on stage. These guys came as a definite surprise for me - I already loved their music, but I never would have imagined they can be so great in concert.
    When I left Motoare, I could see fireworks coming from Revolution's Place, I think. Those were a nice touch.
  • Let It Flow - The Momentary Touches to the Depths

    10 May 2007, 23:09

    Hmmm... I'm in the mood for a last.fm journal entry, and several ideas popped in my head. One of them is to periodically review an album that has really, and I mean really impressed me. Sounds neat? Well, I'll give it a try, and see just how things work. So here we are for tonight, together with the first album I am going to introduce.

    Let It Flow is a Turkish band I've come to discover thanks to last.fm. Actually, I have to be grateful to this website for introducing me to most of the awesome music I've been listening to recently. Let It Flow was an instant crush. While one may not mistakenly say their music is doom metal, it's so much more than just that. The doom actually resides more in the general feeling of the music, instead of slow riffing or the like. I avoid using the term "gothic metal", although it comes quite handy and would probably give a good description of what this album sounds like. The Momentary Touches To The Depths is full of acoustic guitarwork, which gives it a feeling of serenity, a distinct eeriness that comes hand in hand with the overall sadness. Because oh, this album is so sad. I would best describe its sound as "rainy". This is the perfect soundtrack to a cold, dark, windy, rainy autumn evening. Bleak and meaningful. Almost painful at times, but in a soothing way. The silence that came when the album ended was just like the sun breaking through the clouds after an autumn rain. It left me calm, purified, healed.
    This is most definitely worth giving a listen, at least for the frontwoman Sinem Deger whose voice I find to be chillingly beautiful. She left the band after this album, but oh my, what an album this is! Great atmosphere, good instrumentation, intriguing lyrics sung by an amazing female voice.

    Notable tracks: Deadly Silence, Mourning, Choke.

    Suitable for fans of Tenhi, October Falls, Shape of Despair, The Mist And The Morning Dew, Anathema, The Gathering, Catafalque, Within Temptation, Tiamat, Lacuna Coil, Theatre of Tragedy, Agalloch, Opeth, Leaves Eyes, After Forever, Enya, Loreena McKennitt, Nightwish, Novembers Doom, Katatonia and so on and so forth.
  • My Top50 by country

    22 Ene 2007, 17:13

    Hell yeah, that's some very original stuff I have for a first journal entry, right? Oh well, it's just something I've wanted to do for quite a while now. Out of boredom and curiosity, as well as the desire of inaugurating this place for once. Well, mhmmm... okay, so there it goes.

    Finland - 10
    Ajattara
    Tenhi
    Amorphis
    Shape of Despair
    Nightwish
    Finntroll
    Sonata Arctica
    Apocalyptica
    Korpiklaani
    Children of Bodom

    Romania - 7
    Negură Bunget
    Phoenix
    Luna Amara
    Nicu Alifantis
    Pasarea Colibri
    Omul cu Sobolani
    Vita de Vie

    UK - 7
    King Crimson
    Anathema
    My Dying Bride
    Muse
    The Cure
    Starless
    Iron Maiden

    Sweden - 6
    Tiamat
    Candlemass
    Amon Amarth
    Katatonia
    Arch Enemy
    Opeth

    Germany - 4
    Guano Apes
    Rammstein
    Amon Düül II
    Can

    USA - 4
    Tool
    Jeremy Soule
    Metallica
    A Perfect Circle

    The Netherlands - 2
    The Gathering
    After Forever

    Norway - 2
    Dimmu Borgir
    Dismal Euphony

    Ireland - U2
    Italy - Lacuna Coil
    Singapore - Rudra
    Switzerland - Samael
    Denmark - Manticora
    Portugal - Aenima
    Slovenia - Siddharta
    Canada - Howard Shore