Part II: The Revenge!!!

I’m back for revenge!!!


Now that summer is over it’s time to get working! “Hot Air Music Presents…” will now be taking place on Tuesdays at Bar 42 as myself and Mark Knowles have something that we’re gonna be working on for Wednesdays. The first gig back is coming soon on 18th October featuring Funkzilla, Etcetera and Christelle.

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Check out the event on Facebook

Opening artist Christelle has an EP you should check out from April, thanks to the support of fans, friends, family and through crowdfunding. You can purchase the EP from iTunes here.

Funkzilla have also been busy writing with some new songs being added to the library, you can here their stuff on their Soundcloud page.


I just had to get my baby niece as she started crying. Now i have here sitting listening to Funkzilla’s Pre Jam which is awesome. Seriously check these guys out.

Anyway…

I have a few recording projects lined up. First being with Phantom of Eden. I have a few original songs for Phantom which not only we will play at the next gig but also hope to record as an EP or album. Also i hope to record my solo stuff soon as well!

In other new i have plans to start doing YouTube videos. I have been planning to re try my music review series Sound Scope of which three original episodes were recorded and were very shit. Thus i am re inventing it and hopefully it will be of interest to anyone. i may also plan some other videos to offer a better range of content.


 

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[REVIEW] “Ummagumma” ~ Pink Floyd


I’m gonna start by saying this album (studio portion) is not good, however i feel i need to look at it critically and open mindedly. Dunno why i found myself listening to this but i did and i have 30 minutes till work so here is a brief review of the album. Please note that i won’t be looking at the live portion of the album.


There is nothing wrong with experimental music, i have listened to some pretty weird shit and own some weird music in my collection. A good example of experimental/avant-garde done right for me personally would be Gentle Giants eponymous debut LP with a good mix between the more conventional rock and also experimental music.

This area of music was not new though to the Floyd with works such as a Saucerful of Secrets, which i personally see as a masterpiece, and also Interstellar Overdrive. It can be done right by them but i feel that it must be done right together. The way i see it, Ummagumma is like if you took a Saucerful of secrets and separated it into all the creative inputs from each member and had them as separate tracks. This is album is the biggest piece of evidence to prove that Pink Floyd really were a sum of its parts.

I’m not saying the album is not worth owning though. A couple of standout tracks being “Grantchester Meadows” and “The Narrow Way Part 3” being decent enough tracks from Roger Waters and David Gilmour, which makes sense due to their successful solo careers, and also the live portion of the album. Ummagumma is definitely a quintessential album for the Floyd fan.

 

2/5

 


 

[REVIEW] “Fortress of my Dark Self” ~ Ocean of Grief

A few days ago i received an email from a guy in Greece. He was the guitarist for a melodic doom metal band based in Athens and asked me to do a review of their new EP Fortress of my dark self, here is that review…


Ocean of Grief are a melodic doom metal bands from Athens, Greece. They formed in late 2014 and brought together influences from bands such as Enshine, Slumber and Saturnus. Their debut EP began its production in late 2015 and was released in February this year through Russian label GS Productions.

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The EP opens ominously with a keyboard and guitar, this builds in the first track Spiritual Fortress. One thing that strikes me is the use of death metal type vocals from vocalist Charalabos Babis Oikonomopoulos, though they sound really awesome i personally feel that they don’t really fit with the genre of music too well, at least not as the main vocals. I think the addition of the keyboard is a nice touch and something i feel adds to doom metal music quite nicely when done correctly, which it is here.

The second track comes in with some nice clean-ish guitar and a beutiful distorted lead. House of Misery is the longest song on the EP at 6:22 and has again got some nice use of the keyboards from Aris Nikoleris using what sounds like a synth-strings patch of some sorts. I really like the melodies in this song as well, something about it just clicks together.

One thing i will say is that i feel that this first track and “House of Misery” maybe need some more dynamic variation to the mix to give more texture to the songs

Futile Regrets blasts in as the third song bringing a more uptempo feel to the mix yet still retaining that dark tone. The use of keyboards again draws me in further with a nice piano sound added in here and there.

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From here we move onto “Drowned in Nostalgia”, again returning to the slower ominous opening with guitar and keyboards bringing the track to life slowly before more guitars explode onto the playing field. Again another track that i feel has a good melody. Their is also a nice bit of dynamic and structural variation, probably why this is my favorite track on the EP.

The final track “The Birth of Chaos” has again got that uptempo yet still dark feel to it and also like “Drowned in Nostalgia” and “House of Misery” it has a good melody flowing throughout. This song probably has the nicest sounding solo out of the EP with an awesome melodic bass line from Giannis Koskinas holding up with again the keyboard and guitar.


Despite a couple of small things this is a good EP for people to check out if you are interested in exploring sub genres of doom metal or already like melodic doom metal!

4.5/5


Check out Ocean of Grief with these links:


 

Nebulae music is shifting out from the shadows!!!

My fourth album is released! Nebulae Music Vol. 2: Background Radiation has crawled it’s way out of the shadowy depths of my computer and into your audio receptor holes.

I started recording the album last year when the first piece “The Impossible Mirror [Part 1]” was recorded at Northbrook college. all the other tracks were recorded over time and fell into place with each other as one dark, droning experimental mess. You can purchase the album via bandcamp or download it for free from soundcloud

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Comparing Critical Perspectives on Pink Floyd’s The Endless River (college)

Released in November last year, the final Pink Floyd album had been sitting around for about 20 years before David Gilmour and Nick Mason decided to released these old sketches to the public. Here are some different critical perspectives from various news papers and blogs on the album. First some positive reviews:

“A good way to call it a day”

This first article is a review in the Guardian newspaper by subeditor Molly Woodcraft. The article seems to have looked at a lot of the facts behind the album as members of the band and personnel for the album have said a lot of the stuff they mentioned in interviews. There is a chance that these fact might also have been included with a press release sent to the paper.

I feel that the review focuses too much though on the redeeming qualities of the album and doesn’t mention the cons at all such as the album being based on material that was essentially thrown away during the Division bells sessions and so if it wasn’t good enough then why is it good enough now. You could argue that they really released the album for the money alone. However to give them the benefit of the doubt they both seem like good people and released the album for the sake of former band member Richard Wright who died in 2008.

“Pink Floyd: The Endless River – Review”

The next article is a review from the Financial Times written by Ludovic Hunter. The article mainly mentions the feeling of loss that reoccurs throughout Floyd’s discography and history, making mention of original front man Syd Barret’s departure and ruined mental state and also Roger Waters bitter leave after falling out with the rest of the band. This review also mentions the fact that the album was intended mainly to be a tribute to the late Richard wright.

The article itself is quite short, although it may be a shortened version of the one published in the paper that day as some websites do that from time to time. Again it is also too positive focusing only on the angelic idea of there being a new Pink Floyd album making the reviewer blind to the cons.

Both these reviews seems quite credible being from well established news papers but do give to much of an angelic view to the album instead of being constructive and focused. To Balance out the positive, lets see some negative:

“Boring and desperately disappointing”

Oh boy, this one sounds fun. This review comes from The Independent and is written by Andy Gill, a clear hater of anything post waters for the Floyd. The whole article is barely an actual review in the sense that it is just one biased opinion and does not really look that much at facts with the exception of the backstory of the album. Honestly, did David Gilmour shit in this guys coffee or something?

After many dated terms and half baked insults about the music he even makes a reference to original front man Syd Barret with the line “It would take a Barret-load of drugs to make this sound remotely interesting”, a reference to Barret’s mental deterioration which has been blamed on drug use.

“Pink Floyd drifts towards nothingness with ‘The Endless River'”

We move across the Atlantic for our next stop, a review from the Los Angeles Times written by Mikael Wood. Again i think Gilmour dropped his guts in this guys mug or something as he comes off as one of the post-waters haters, even mention the lack of “bit-sized tunes” such as “Money”, “Wish You Were Here” and “Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)”. These songs while good were all just commercially successful where as something such as “Echoes” is disputably one of their best works in terms of composition, team work, production and lyrical work; all coming from a song approximately 23 minutes long.

Again like before this ‘review’ is hardly that as it is too biased to his own view rather than thinking critically about the album itself. One of the stupidest things he says is that the album should not be called a Pink Floyd album and refers to it as “bait and switch” claiming that the album is a rip off to all Floyd fans. Some people really are not worth the time.

Now one thing is clear, reading those last two reviews my fan boy nature came out to defend the Floyd as best as i could so my view to is going to be bias on the album, therefore i shall try to conclude in a constructive and balanced way. But first, one more review:

Prog Review 290 – The Endless River – Pink Floyd

This review comes from you-tuber Darren Lock from his series Prog Review. His review while giving it a lower rating looks at both the positive and negative in a balanced and constructive manor. To name a few things, he mentions about how to mixing and flow of the album is good. Looking at his personal feelings about the album i get the sense that he has listened to the album and that though i disagree with some of his points i can respect his view more by the way he delivers the review.

Conclusion

In my opinion i like the album, but it is by far a ‘good’ album. When they announced the album and slowly released interviews they mentioned it would be finished version of jam sessions from the archives and Division Bell sessions and so it would be stupid to expect a masterpiece. I feel that these reviews from the newspapers are too biased whether it be a post-waters Floyd hater or a Floydian fan boy but the review from You-tuber Darren Lock is more balanced and constructive.