Wednesday, February 17, 2016

South Park Music Tips: The Cure - Disintegration

There are many reasons we watch South Park. However next to unique humor, there are once in a while worth trying music tips. One of them was also The Cure's legendary album Disintegration.

There are bunch of music references in South Park. First of all, they are plenty of celebrities getting their portion of jokes, whether it is Lars Ulrich's "Napster friendship", Britney Spears (btw, my early teenage obsession, seriously!) paparazzi attacks, 9/11 "artists" and plenty more as Kanye West or Michael Jackson. On the other hand, over the years you might get an idea about the taste of the authors Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

They honor legends as Ronnie James Dio or ballad experts Toto, but at the same time, they make fun of them a bit. Well, still in the matter that the bands themselves will be ok with it. Toto got their few seconds of fame and mighty Dio serves his mighty duty, on a kid's school party. 

On the other hand, Radiohead, Korn or The Cure are rare cases – Authors look up to them, and would not get to any level of degradation. Radiohead are presented as an idol/unreachable band in a Scott Tenorman Must Die episode. Korn were a sensation for surprisingly long time in our hearts and they included them in a great Scooby Doo style episode. The Cure on the other hand, are shown with even more respect. Frontman Robert Smith, who provided his own voice btw, is portrayed as a superhero, who destroyed Barbra Streisand monster. In addition, in the moment singer is flying away, Kyle yells at him fading in a distance: "Disintegration is the best album ever!" 

I can only agree. We all love Friday I'm In Love and it’s not bad to hear some other stuff from them as well, but this album is a concentrated pile of heartbreaking atmosphere, heavenly melodies and moody beauty. I fully recommend for you to check the recording of their live show in Wembley, which is a part of 3CD limited edition. 

Btw, if you ever manage to get your hands on Guitar Hero, do it for yourself and try out to play Fascination Street. Well, I did and I can only say: “Well spent few days!” ;D 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Music Discoveries – Dark Ambient 1

If you feel the hunger for a new music, same as I do, you get to come across various unique pieces of music all the time. In this series, I will share time to time, some unique music discoveries. The amount of new music is so huge that it's even hard to diggest. On the other hand, I covered great number of dark ambient records from bands as Amenra, Hail Spirit Noir, Moanaa, My Sleeping Karma, Winterfylleth etc. Here are some of tho most interesting ones. Btw Sunn O))) and black metal yoga is slightly higher level, which I'm not afraid to describe as work-in-progress. ;D

Om - Advaitic Songs
It is amazing, how much can be created by just combining drums and full range of bass effects. Add a guest cello, violin and a spectrum of vocals, from manly sludgy to a womanly gentle and you will get Om. Specific topic on its own, is a work with oriental atmosphere, where in slow tempo pieces, compared to heavy doomish pieces, they work tastefully with Middle Eastern, Arabic or even Hindu folk/religious music. In order to make the mix even more broad, they placed a portrait of John the Baptist on the cover. Need more positive reviews? Check here.  

"Why do people consider it depressive music?"

Chelsea Wolfe - Abyss

Really great discovery! I am aware, there is a legion of Chelsea suppo’ers, but seriously about a month ago, I never heard a bit from her heavy, dark beauty. I listen my ass off every day, since I was a teenager, but there is so much I haven’t heard yet and sometimes, I even freak out from the amounts of new music. I'm saving full discography of Pink Floyd for one summer vacation, but Chelsea Wolfe is so good for autumn, winter nights. Why do people consider it depressive music? It’s a cure for depression. You might feel miserable, but it’s just you in your small fucked world. Music floods the whole world in a compact, tasty shade, where you might feel even more scarred, but in general - safer.

Woods of Desolation - Torn Beyond Reason
Atmospheric black metal has absolutely unique characteristic. It may combine the heavenly beauties of post rock or ambient, mixed with the most mental, animalistic black metal straight from the Satan’s ass. I can imagine a scene from Big Lebowski with a flying carpet. All around, we can see a beautiful sunset, while on the carpet is sitting a sphere of compiled madness and anger. Btw, don't worry. Hearing voices is fine...

Wolves In The Throne Room - Celestite
Atmospherical albums, such as this prove, you can incorporate any story, feeling and visuals into music and let your mind lead the way. Tip - try it on long train journey. Btw it was voted The Best Ambient / Drone Album Of 2014 by metal storm.