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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Shining - Blackjazz (2010)

Blackjazz is the fifth studio album by the Norwegian band Shining, released through Indie Recordings on 18 January 2010. As on Shining's two previous albums, the music draws elements from many different genres, particularly jazz and metal. The album's title, Blackjazz, is meant to describe the band's sound. The instrumentation is far simpler than on the two previous albums, with Jørgen Munkeby focusing on guitars and saxophone. This has made the album's sound closer to how they sound live, as songs from previous albums needed to be simplified for live performances. A big influence on Blackjazz is Shining's collaboration with Enslaved, with whom they composed and performed a 90-minute ″Armageddon Concerto″, Nine Nights in Nothingness – Glimpses of Downfall, at Moldejazz 2008. In fact, the concerto's seventh movement is an earlier version of the song Fisheye, and a studio version of the first movement, RMGDN, is a bonus track on the vinyl edition of Blackjazz. The concerto was commissioned by Moldejazz after the programme committee saw a video of the two bands performing a cover of King Crimson's 21st Century Schizoid Man on their 2007 tour. A new version of the same song forms the final track on Blackjazz, featuring guest vocals by Enslaved's Grutle Kjellson. - Wikipedia

Jørgen Munkeby – Vocals, Guitars, Saxophone 
Torstein Lofthus – Drums 
Tor Egil Kreken – Bass 
Bernt Moen – Synths and Keyboards 
Even Helte Hermansen – Guitars 
Grutle Kjellson – Guest Vocals on track 8, Omen, and track 9, 21st Century Schizoid Man 

1. The Madness and the Damage Done (5:20)
2. Fisheye (5:08)
3. Exit Sun (8:36)
4. Exit Sun (0:57)
5. HEALTER SKELTER (5:35)
6. The Madness and the Damage Done (3:24)
7. Blackjazz Deathtrance (10:52)
8. Omen (8:46)
9. 21st Century Schizoid Man (8:41)

Cynic - Traced in Air (2008)

Traced in Air is the second full-length album by the progressive metal band Cynic. It is the first album since their 1993 debut Focus. The first track and the last track of this album juxtapose each other by being exact opposites, both different philosophies of time. Nunc fluens, Latin for "flowing now," is the belief in time and the flow of it through an eternity, never beginning nor stopping. Nunc stans, Latin for "abiding now," is the belief that time itself doesn't exist, and that any distinctions between now, before and the future have either fallen away or don't exist. - Wikipedia 

Paul Masvidal – Vocals, Guitar
Sean Reinert – Drums, Percussion 
Sean Malone – Bass, Chapman Stick 
Tymon Kruidenier – Guitar, Death Growls 
Amy Correia – Additional Vocals

1. Nunc Fluens (2:56)
2. The Space for This (5:46)
3. Evolutionary Sleeper (3:35)
4. Integral Birth (3:53)
5. The Unknown Guest (4:13)
6. Adam's Murmur (3:29)
7. King of Those Who Know (6:00)
8. Nunc Stans (4:13)

Opeth - Damnation (2003)

Damnation is the seventh full-length studio album by the progressive death metal band Opeth. It was released five months after the Deliverance which was recorded at the same time. The album was a radical departure from their typical death metal sound and into the much softer, 1970s progressive rock genre and features no growled vocals. Damnation was entirely devoid of the musical elements of death metal and instead showcased a 1970s progressive rock vibe, with clean vocals and guitar sounds and prominent mellotron. The album was also produced by Steven Wilson, who contributed backing vocals and keyboards, and co-wrote one song, "Death Whispered a Lullaby." Mikael Åkerfeldt dedicated Deliverance and Damnation to his grandmother, who died in a car accident during the recording. - Wikipedia

Mikael Åkerfeldt – Vocals, Guitar
Peter Lindgren – Guitar
Martin Mendez – Bass Guitar
Martin Lopez – Drums, Percussion
Steven Wilson − Keyboards, Piano, Mellotron, Backing Vocals

1. Windowpane (7:45)
2. In My Time of Need (5:50)
3. Death Whispered a Lullaby (5:50)
4. Closure (5:16)
5. Hope Leaves (4:30)
6. To Rid the Disease (6:21)
7. Ending Credits (3:39)
8. Weakness (4:09)