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“Swedish” is a good word when talking about music. Zeigeist is a new electro pop group with a good visual performance and catchy retro pop sound.
They remind me a lot of The Knife, but with probably more pop hits.

I can’t get enough of Tar Heart. The perfect fusion of The Knife and Kate Bush.

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A beautiful and refreshing music. The Fierce and the Longing is a carefully delicate album which never raises the sound to saturation or noise.
Everything is good and there’s not a let down. I’d love to hear more jazz influence, like the second track Searching and Craving.

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Superb record! Jazz in a lounge manner. Totally delightful.

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Tape is a nice surprise hailing from Sweden. They make chillout music with psychedelic elements and lo-fi / retro sounding synthesizers. But Luminarium goes beyond that, it has acoustic instruments as well. That means an enjoyable album which asks for several replays.

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Opeth is a different kind of death metal outfit that mixes progressive and folk elements to craft a particular sound.
Since the whole metal scene is going through a creativity crisis, I was curious about how the next step of one of the most successful metal bands would be.

Unfortunately Watershed stayed on Opeth‘s defined formula. A little more emphatic on the softer parts.
Opeth recycles what they have done the last decade. It’s not necessarily a bad thing. Orthodox fans should be satisfied, but there’s a risk of getting repetitive.
My opinion is, mimicing yourself is a definitive let down. Therefore, in block minded times for heavy metal, maybe it’s wiser to stay where you are than going ahead and fail.

I’d point out Hex Omega as my fav track.

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In Flames - A Sense Of Purpose

In Flames is one of the most successfull metal acts today. It’s easily explained with just a few minutes of listening to their new album.
Essentially death metal, A Sense of Purpose gathers elements from classic heavy metal e hard rock. These elements make of In Flames an universal metal band not restricted to extreme metal or old school fans.
The healthy variety heavy rock styles in A Sense Of Purpose justifies one more time In Flames‘s popularity.

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Meshuggah - obZen

A few years ago I tried some songs by Meshuggah but it didn’t call my attention. But obZen is for sure a hard punch on ears.
It’s complex, fast and heavy. There aren’t let downs, obZen is a cohesive explosion yet the songs have its own personalities.

It was such an instant shot that I couldn’t help but listening to it four times without a pause.
Bleed is a fantastic hit, my fav track so far.
It has a good choice as the best metal album this year.

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