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Rush - Snakes & Arrows

Long waited Rush‘s studio album.

A 30 years old band that has various phases like Rush, has at the same time various kinds of fans. And fans of some specific phases.
So I must say I’m a huge fan of the 70’s Rush, and I like lots of things of their 80’s and 90’s stuff.
But unfortunately I can’t stand the 2000’s albums. Of course everyone is changing all the time. But I just don’t like the simple and even minimalistic shape of Rush.

Neverthless Snakes & Arrows seems more consistent than its predecessor. Mainly due to Lifeson‘s acoustic guitars and chorus effect on guitar.

This is a rock album. From soft to heavy. Recommended for Rush fans of course.

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Star of Ash - Ilter Viator

Star of Ash is a side project of Ihriel, the singer of Peccatum.

She got some valuable help here, by her husband Ihsahn from Emperor and Kristoffer “Garm” Rygg from Ulver.

Ilter Viator is a nice mixture of atmospheric music, orchestral epic soundscapes, electronic beats, goth concept and some heavy metal guitars which appears sometimes.

It’s a very nice album but very underrated.
My fav tracks are Death Salutes Atropos and Nudity of Light.

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Dimmu Borgir - In Sorte Diaboli

Very awaited album for the heavy metal scene.
This time Dimmu Borgir made a conceptual album.
I could babble about the concept, the lyrics and satanism as Thom Jurek did in allmusic.com. But I won’t. Even thought this is a conceptual album I consider far firstly the music.

And that’s the hot thing here. In Sorte Diaboli is a very short album, 42 minutes. And I always praise an artist for making a concise good short album in place of a +70 minutes record which almost half the songs are bullshit.

The album is very intense. Your ears will mostly rest during the Vortex-guided interludes, which I really enjoy.
All songs are good, but the opening The Serpentine Offering is one of the best Dimmu Borgir tracks ever.

And I don’t effing care about how true or commercial they are since they make music I like.

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Dimmu Borgir - Stormblåst MMV

2005’s re-recording of the 1996’s classic album by the norwegian kings of symphonic black metal.

I love some tracks from original album (specially the title one), and was quite apprehensive about what would they do.

But Dimmu Borgir is an ever maturing band, and the result, in my opinion is delightful.

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Smolik - Smolik 2

Do you like Air – the french duo? Have you listened to ALL Air stuff at least ten times already?
What about giving a try on a polish alter ego?
Well, I don’t want to be depreciative with Smolik, but if he wanted his music to sound like Air, well, he succeeded.

Smolik is a polish artist who makes a fine  electro chillout stuff. He really sounds like Air on his second album. But it’s not just a clone. Smolik put a heavier pinch of hip hop on his dish. So you may think he’s sounding more trip hop sometimes.

Overall, absolutely recommended to Air and chillout fans.

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Junior Senior - D-D-Don’t Stop the Beat

Firts studio album by the danish duo.
This is a controversial album. It has awesome disco rock hits and at the same time very boring songs.

The obvious hits are Move your Feet and Rythm Bandits.

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Fela Kuti - Expensive Shit/He Miss Road

If not the most essential, this split cd contains the most famous albums by Fela Kuti. The supreme king of jazz/african music.

You can clearly feel the energy and pleasure of people in trance with their music. It’s awesome, and Mr. Kuti is guiding the whole thing.

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