Sunday, June 17, 2012

TesseracT - Perspective EP (2012)

Perspective is the second EP by British progressive metal band TesseracT and will be released on May 21, 2012. The EP is not a metal record; instead renditions of four songs from One, a new edited version of "Eden" called "Eden 2.0" and acoustic versions of the songs Perfection, April, and Origin. It also includes a cover of Jeff Buckley's "Dream Brother". It is the band's first and only release with vocalist Elliot Coleman who left the band in June, 2012 weeks after the release of Perspective. The cover is very similar to the bands album "One" but the actual Tesseract is blue and "sparkly" as opposed to One where it is grey. - Wikipedia

Acle Kahney - Guitar 
Jay Postones - Drums 
James Monteith - Guitar 
Amos Williams - Bass, Backing Vocals
Elliot Coleman - Vocals

1. Concealing Fate Part Four - Perfection (3:46)
2. April (4:31)
3. Concealing Fate Part Six - Origin (4:55)
4. Dream Brother (5:17)
5. Eden 2.0 (4:28)

Madrugada - Madrugada (2008)

Madrugada is the sixth and presumably final studio album by the Norwegian rock band Madrugada. It was released by the band's own label, Malabar Recording Company, on 21 January 2008. The album was produced by Madrugada and John Agnello who also produced the band's 2001 release The Nightly Disease as well as My Midnight Creeps' second album Histamin. The album was largely recorded in May 2007 in Water Music Studios, Hoboken, New Jersey and the Magic Shop, New York. Finishing touches and mixing was done in Svenska Grammofon Studio in Gothenburg, Sweden. Even though guitarist Robert Buras died before the album was done, Hoyem and Jacobsen continued with the release of the album. Buras' part was already recorded when he died, and the rest of Madrugada stated that finishing the album was like therapy. - Wikipedia

Sivert Hoyem - Vocals
Robert Buras - Guitar
Frode Jacobsen - Bass
Jon Lauvland Pettersen - Drums
Mikael Lindqvist - Piano, Keyboards
Simen Vangen - Drums

1. Whatever Happened to You? (5:40)
2. The Hour of the Wolf (4:29)
3. Look Away Lucifer (5:13)
4. Honey Bee (5:35)
5. New Woman/New Man (4:22)
6. What's on Your Mind? (4:03)
7. Highway of Light (6:38)
8. Valley of Deception (5:09)
9. Our Time Won't Live That Long (5:55)

Sunday, June 3, 2012

The Mars Volta - Noctourniquet (2012)

Noctourniquet is the sixth studio album by American progressive rock band The Mars Volta, released on March 26, 2012 on Warner Bros.. Produced by guitarist and songwriter Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, it is the band's first studio album to feature drummer Deantoni Parks, and the first not to include contributions from long-time keyboardist Isaiah "Ikey" Owens and guitarist John Frusciante. Inspired by the children's nursery rhyme, Solomon Grundy, and the Greek myth of Hyacinthus, Noctourniquet is a concept album, with vocalist Cedric Bixler Zavala stating, "It's about embracing life for what it should be. There's a view of the elitist lifestyle - that being an artist is unattainable. I'm trying to write this story that reminds people that we're all artists. Vocalist and lyricist Cedric Bixler-Zavala stated that the album's title stems from a story he is writing, entitled The Boy With the Voice in His Knives. He also mentioned on his YouTube channel that he may release the story in a form of graphic novel, with the art contributed by visual artist Zeque Penya. Regarding Noctourniquet's aesthetic, Rodriguez-Lopez noted, "For myself, it was definitely keeping things concise. At first, I had a rule that I was only gonna play four notes per song, but that kind of went away after a while. But it was definitely about limiting the guitar, and just taking all those parts and arranging them for other instruments—mainly the keyboard." Rodriguez-Lopez described the album as "the end of an era," in terms of how he dictates his bandmates recording contributions. Upon the album's release, bassist Juan Alderete noted, "We recorded a lot of it three or four years ago, so it’s hard for me to remember everything. It’s not like I have a lot of time in the studio. Omar just sits me down and wants to get it over with. This one more than ever." - Wikipedia

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez – Guitar, Keyboards, Synths, Bass 
Cedric Bixler-Zavala – Vocals, Lyrics 
Juan Alderete – Bass Guitar 
Deantoni Parks – Drums 

1. The Whip Hand (4:49)
2. Aegis (5:11)
3. Dyslexicon (4:22)
4. Empty Vessels Make the Loudest Sound (6:43)
5. The Malkin Jewel (4:44)
6. Lapochka (4:16)
7. In Absentia (7:26)
8. Imago (3:58)
9. Molochwalker (3:33)
10. Trinkets Pale of Moon (4:25)
11. Vedamalady (3:54)
12. Noctourniquet (5:39)
13. Zed and Two Naughts (5:36)