I Still Remember You – Blackmore’s Night #music #folk #medieval

One of the few folk rock/medieval bands I listen to come from the husband and wife duo, Richard Blackmore and Candice Night. I actually just think she has a cool voice. Credit goes to Pandora for introducing me to them while it struggled to find something new akin to my normal play list. It was a lot better than its haphazard guess: Nickelback. We almost broke up. Here’s one of my favorites. Want to feature your music? Click...

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Lacuna Coil – End of Time

Lacuna Coil – End of Time

Music is a huge inspiration to both the real world, and the countless fictional ones. To me, Lacuna Coil is one such band. They are from Italy and formed in 1994. I was a big fan of theirs since around the In a Reverie album, released in ’98, and was simply ecstatic when they started to gain popularity in the US with the release of Comalies (2002). With it came US tours! They’re fantastic live, which I’ve said before I think is one hallmark of a great band. This song is from their newest album Dark Adrenaline, which also features the song Trip the Darkness from the latest Underworld...

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My Other Addiction

My Other Addiction

When I’m not writing for the blog, or tweaking the blog, or thinking about the blog, I like to hunt for bands I group collectively under “doom metal”. It’s a bit like thrifting: you have to sort through a lot of failed projects to find something useful. In the end, I have new music to listen to while I work on the blog. Now all the music critics out there are going to pick apart the genre label, but they rarely can agree with each other. I like to keep things simple. So doom metal it is. You can call it symphonic metal. Gothic rock. Whatever you like. I like the word doom. It makes me happy. It’s also what it was called when I was introduced to it, so I’m keeping it. The closest “mainstream” band in the US to compare it to would be Evanescence. I prefer it a little heavier. The basic concept is contrast. Usually it’s a standard rock band with either classical instruments, or a computer subbing for classical instruments. If they’re really great, they work with a full on orchestra and choir. That’s what Within Temptation did for their Black Symphony tour. Go through my mp3 collection and it takes about thirty seconds (if you’re slow) to know I’m extremely partial to them. Everything else is just an intermission. Examining their discography gives a fairly accurate impression to the history of doom metal. Their earlier works, like The Dance is the way doom used to be. Pure, clean female vocals backed by a guy growling something that requires an accustomed ear to gather what he’s ranting about. It was slower, deeper, and usually recorded in a low-budget studio. That doesn’t break charts, though. I’m okay with that, but I suppose their landlords don’t agree. So sometimes it gets mixed up with pagan-y, Celtic-y sounds and ditch most of the grumbling, and you get something like this. But what I personally like is when they do this. I think one of the hallmarks of a great band is one that can play live music and still be enjoyable. Within Temptation can definitely rock the stage. And now I’ll go back to writing useful content for the blog. If you want a list of similar bands, check out my profile on Facebook. What are your top three favorite...

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