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A vague mix of progressive metal, experimental and some nice jazz passages.

Grindstone is a sparse collection of what the norwergian guys like, but their power needs some direction.


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I’m listening right now to the biggest 2008 surprise, Elephant9.

A norwergian trio who dare to build a sound inspired by Miles Davis ( Bitches Brew), ELP (Tarkus) and Mahavishnu Orchestra.

Everything is just perfectly right. There’s no much to say, whoever knows one of the foresaid names will just get this album and enjoy.

10/10. Surely one of the greatest 2008 albums.

If you cannot find this on the web please leave a comment with your e-mail.

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Ane Brun - Changing Of The Seasons

A delightful and relaxing folk album. I like the way piano and acoustic guitar go along together. Specially in Lullaby for Grown-Up, which the chromatism reminds me of northern brazilian music.
The overall is amazing. Essential to any folk lover.

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Arcturus - Sideshow Symphonies

As a fan of Dimmu Borgir I’m used to see mentions to Arcturus as the project where Simen “Vortex” fully sings. And always heard that Arcturus is a more atmospheric / experimental / avant-garde project in norwergian black metal scene. So I just picked their latest album, Sideshow Symphonies. But it was a total delusion.
Simen‘s voice is unique. I totally love his vocals. But the band is so weak. The melodies, arrangements, everything is poor and obvious. I don’t know why people label them as experimental / avant-garde, since I haven’t heard ANY surprising stuff (not counting the surprising boring parts and the surprising horrible synthesizers).

I’ll probably try other Arcturus album, because I don’t believe so many people can love the music in Sideshow Symphonies.

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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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