I have recently listened to new albums from known and unknown bands. I’ve revisited In Cauda Venenum by Opeth, such a solid album. I have a new favorite part on the album. It’s not a whole song. It’s the outro of Allting tar slut / All Thing Will Pass. It’s one of the best outros from the whole Opeth‘s catalogue, only rivaled by the outro of Deliverance. I prefer the Swedish version of the song, Allting tar slut, which I never thought I would.
I have also listened to the German band The Ocean, especially Permian: The Great Dying, the final track on Phanerozoic I: Plaeozoic. It’s a complete banger. I adore the beginning, it’s been stuck in my head for days. Also, the Tool-esque melodies in the clean vocals are really good and also surprising. I love the huge-sounding guitars which seems to be The Ocean‘s signature sound.
Another new song that has been stuck in my head is the song Bråtebrann by the very popular Norwegian band Kvelertak. It’s one of my favorite songs I’ve heard this year. Sadly I can’t say the same of the rest of the album Splid. Bråtebrann is a very classic hardrock-sounding song with harsh vocals where I also can hear some Rush and Porcupine Tree influences, which is always a huge plus in my book.
Alcest is a new name for me, it’s dark, atmospheric and kind of gloomy, but it has a quality that I really like. It’s a band I really want to look into more. I get inspired listening to Alcest, which is always great. The song Sapphire is my favorite, along with Protection and Kodama.
I’m also looking into the band Soen, which is very interesting, but for me somewhat inconsistent and feels like they haven’t sound their sound. It’s pretty unique, awesome musicians, but like I said, it’s very up and down, even within songs.
To end this post, I have also revisited an old favorite. It’s not new in any regard. It’s the mid 90’s classic by At The Gates, Slaughter of the Soul. One of the best metal albums ever recorded in my eyes. I’ve been playing along with Blinded by Fear and when I’ve got that down, I’m moving on to the title track.