Another year, another day?

Today should be a special day of sorts – after all, it’s August 25th, Rob Halford’s birthday. The man whose legacy as one of the Best Voices of Metal, due mainly to his role in one of the Best Bands Ever, has turned 60 years old today. From what I saw and heard back in July, as well as what I know about his other projects which include a Dio tribute album; he has no plans to slow down just yet.

At the same time, it’s forcing me to look again at that little bugbear of mine, mortality. Not just my own, as I turned 25 last week (hence my motives for praising 1986 as a pretty good year), but also that of music – namely metal. Continue reading

Pretty Good Year

Here’s one for the historians – what do the following songs have in common?

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Rob Voland – ‘The Secret Code’ [Paris E.P.], Assorted Records; 2011

Listening to musician Rob Voland‘s ‘The Secret Code‘ is an interesting experience, if only for the EP’s contrasts between light and dark through meaty funk bass and wispy indie rock rhythms. Yet aside from the obvious comparisons to night and day, the actual similarities between the two gives a musically in-depth picture of the record’s chilled out atmosphere. Continue reading

ChthoniC – ‘Takasago Army’, Spinefarm Records; 2011

It’s taken six albums, but ChthoniC have finally latched onto a sound that fits them like a glove. Moving away from the European synth-driven black metal template put up by the likes of Dimmu Borgir and Cradle of Filth, the group have focused more on their Taiwanese background for new offering ‘Takasago Army’ – a path which, contrary to negative outcries of pandering to Western stereotyping from music industry critics, the band have always followed through the years before the rest of the metal world even knew about them. Continue reading

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