Went in with low enough expectations but came out really enjoying it. It was actually a plus that they didn’t shoehorn a narrative in there that made sense (really, what story could fit these characters?)
The narrative is really only there to set up the gags which in of themselves are just references to the first one with the ante upped quite a bit.
This may sound like bad things but when you have that cast and those characters I just couldn’t help but laugh. You need to know the first one to get anything out of this one but if you do it’s worth seeing.
I think any year could be construed as being a ”good year for music”, when I think back to nearly any year going back to my musical beginnings there’s always been great albums and even things I wouldn’t hesitate to call classics released almost as if on cue.
Maybe certain genres are underrepresented at times but with a broad enough taste there’s always cool new stuff coming out.
With that preamble out of the way I think these following cd’s have gotten the most rotation during 2013.
In no particular order. Of course.
- Dream Theater – Dream Theater
The closest thing to a return to the form I most liked about them. Less forced heavy parts and a focus on brevity and melody long absent.
- Carcass – Surgical steel
Completely out of left field for me, I never listened to much of their output before but these compositions combined with an absolutely stellar sound production by Andy Sneap/Colin Richardson this is something I foresee myself listening to for a long while. Impressions are definitely reinforced by last month seeing them twice in two weeks.
- Exivious – Liminal
This was a project I was very much looking forward to. I even participated in the crowdfunding for it, the first I’ve done and I couldn’t be happier with the result. It’s instrumentally everything that is great about Cynic but probably even better.
- Amon Amarth – Deciever of the Gods
Unsurprising release for me and that’s not a bad thing at all. Follows the stylistic tone of Surtur Rising and is again handled wonderfully by Andy Sneap behind the console. Messiah Marcolins guest spot is genius.
- Dark Tranquillity – Construct
Melancholy and yet has a few incredibly uplifting parts. In some ways heavy, in some ways calm and still the band that uses keyboards in the most interesting fashion in this genre.
- The Aristocrats – Culture Clash
I really like this album but it is the title track that warrants the albums inclusion here. This band is awesome and excluding the fellows from Canada there has never been a three-piece that sounded bigger.
- Steven Wilson – The raven that refused to sing
I generally find Wilsons music to be a bit over the place but everything is perfectly fine here. This is one of the few releases where I really have to sit and read the lyrics at the same time.
I only listen to it sparingly because it’s a pretty depressing listen.
- Alice In Chains – The devil put dinosaurs here
Duvall is the real deal and while perhaps not as great as the previous one this album has everything you’d want in an AiC release.
- Amaranthe – The nexus
This is just fun running / working out music and the production and performances are stellar. Earworms for days.
- Deep Purple – Now what?!
No Jon Lord but this is as inspired as Deep Purple have sounded in years. Gillan was never my favorite singer but he sounds fine here and the tunes take me back to their 80′s output.
- James Labrie – Impermanent Resonance
Dream Theater goes to Gothenburg! Sfogli is a great player and Wildoer hits those drums like he’s single.
This along with the latest Dream Theater album proves that when left to his own devices to write the vocal melodies, Labrie is as capable a singer as he ever was in the past.
since this page was updated but now I have moved all my webstuff to one dedicated host in Sweden and I’m really excited to get this stuff up and running.
I suspect I’ll be using this space for talking about music, both my own and others.
Game news will have to come through official channels