I don’t feel ready to review anything right now, so I thought I’d do a quick post with what I’m listening to and see if you all had any suggestions for future reviews (I know I still have that list from before, but it is mostly stuff that is pretty old).
Black Metal: Söngvar elds og óreiðu by Misþyrming. This is an Icelandic band, and I’m liking it. There are quiet atmospheric sections and old school Celtic Frost inspired sections.
Death Metal: The Heart of the Netherworld. This is the new album from the Finnish band Desolate Shrine. I’m having a difficult time getting into this one.
Mahler’s Sixth Symphony. The Fifth, Ninth, and maybe the First get all the attention in music schools. I had never listened to the Sixth until a few weeks ago. This is an under-appreciated masterpiece.
Ys by Joanna Newsom. For a while, I thought this was the greatest masterpiece my generation would see. I hadn’t listened to it in years and wondered how it stood up. It stays in my top 5 albums of all time for sure. If you can get past the few times the vocals squeak (which many can’t), you’ll find shocking depth. These are through composed, complicated, ancient bard-style harp and vocal stories told through metaphor.
Recent pick-ups: Sylosis’ Dormant Heart. I was hopeful based on the reviews. After the first listen, not so much. I won’t give up on it yet.
For some reason, I’m going through a black metal phase. Anyone know any bands producing great black metal?