Archives pour la catégorie Albums

COLDPLAY : Le nouvel album !

L’avenir de Coldplay se dégarnit. 
Après la malheureuse nouvelle de leur imminente séparation, le quatuor britannique annonce la sortie de leur nouvel (et peut être dernier) album, pour très bientôt. 
Nous vous rapportons les derniers révélations/murmures .

Il s’agit du septième opus studio qui s’intitulera  « A Head Full of Dreams  » et serait disponible dans les bacs à partir du 4 Décembre comme l’avance cette mystérieuse affiche au métro londonien.

Même rosace sur le t-shirt de Chris Martin (lors du concert Global Citizen du 26 Septembre). Coincidence? I think not!

Par ailleurs, les membres de Coldplay on été spottés à Mumbai, en mi-Septembre, dans une ambiance « Holi » très traditionnelle, en raison du tournage de leur nouveau clip. Chose qui crédibilise « L’hypothèse du Rosace« . Ne reste plus qu’une confirmation officielle…

Est-il question du dernier disque de Coldplay ?

Rien, de l’aveu de Chris Martin, ne le confirme : « C’est notre septième album et on le voit un peu comme le dernier livre de la saga Harry Potter ! Je ne dis pas qu’on ne sortira plus rien ensuite, mais c’est la fin d’un chapitre… » .

En tous cas, « A Head Full of Dreams « ,  est certainement l’un des albums les plus attendus de 2015.

Thrillogy – Evilution ALBUM REVIEW

Thrillogy – Evilution

a3905538813_16 2

Solid Debut: 95%

Released: 2015

Genre: Thrash Metal

Number of Tracks: 8

Thrillogy stands as a thrash metal band that shaped the Moroccan metal scene. With their debut album “Evilution”, which was released on January 2015, all four members have delivered a full-length album loaded with the heaviest riffs and vocals that would instantly remind you of the early 80’s Thrash Metal bands.

The album kicks off with their longest track; A Goblet From Nile’s Legacy, which puts you in a position where you want more. The 9 minute extravaganza genuinely shows the potential of this band and what they are really capable of. Although the main riff does remind me of Slayer’s Angel of Death, Wassim’s extraordinary lyrics and killer vocals instantly prove that the album is 53 minutes full of heaviness and the kind of originality that we were long hoping for, especially from a Moroccan band. 8.5/10

The album continues with the second track; Red Landscape. The lyrics and vocals on this one left me in awe, and the latter emit this sort of angry and visceral vibe characteristic of a pure Thrash Metal album. Tarik’s drumming skills are also really evident in this track with his tasty double bass segment in the chorus as well as the polyrhythmic sections throughout the rest of the track. This is without a doubt one of those songs that you just cannot help but rate it a 10/10.

Beyond the Lies is definitely one of their heaviest. The track kicks off with yet again killer vocals, however this time, they are darker and properly reflect the purpose and concept behind the album. This one also includes my favorite solo on the album, which is followed by a beautiful harmony done by both Wassim and Achraf. 9/10

Halfway through this album and I am already hooked. The fourth track; Utopia is yet another great song which combines the pure essence of thrash metal with a melodic twist. 9/10

The structure and design of Iron Fist, Cold war and The Sound Of Revenge remind me again of the early breakthrough of the heavy/Thrash Metal scene with bands such as Metallica, Iron Maiden and Megadeth. The reason why I gathered all three together is because they share the same technicality and structure that are backed with fast drum sections and layered with heavy bass lines. The thrashy riffs and solos make up for a solid 10/10 that all three song deserve.

The final track showcases the method in which the band structures an outro song. Filled with dark vocals, “Open the Gates of Hell” is a song that speaks for itself through its lyrics and properly wraps up the album. Insane guitar solo. 9.5/10

Sound & Production: I don’t really want to give benefit of the doubt, but one thing that this album is lacking is a good production in terms of guitar sections. The drums, vocals and bass are really well recorded and mastered. However there’s something about the guitar production, specifically the solo sections that completely blows it. Excellent skills, mediocre production. 7.5/10

Lyrics: Well written lyrics that perfectly embody and reflect the concept of the album. They properly fit with the fast-paced rhythm guitar and drums. 10/10

Overall Impressions/verdict: If i had to summarize this album in one word, it would be revolutionary. We never had the chance to listen to original musical content like this in a society that does not really support this genre in any way. This album has already made its way into my iTunes library and I am really glad that a bunch of guys gathered together and decided to provide us metalheads with 53 minutes packed with heavy sounding riffs, absolutely fantastic drums and bleak/aggressive vocals. Final verdict: 95%

Standout Tracks: Red landscape, A Goblet from Nile’s Legacy, Utopia.

Currents, the new Tame Impala album

 

A new album released two days ago from the psychedelic hypno-groove melodic rock music band Tame Impala came up to revive the psychedelic music scene with a hallucinating album cover.
Composed by magic and passion  in Kevin Parker‘s home studio and he tried for the first time to mix the music by himself.

He gave born to « Let It Happen »,He said and i quote « it’s about finding yourself always in this world of chaos and all this stuff going on around you and always shutting it out because you don’t want to be part of it. But at some point, you realize it takes more energy to shut it out than it does to let it happen and be a part of it. »
As for « Eventually », it concerns « knowing that you’re about to damage someone almost irreparably, and the only consolation you get is this distant hope that they’ll be alright eventually, because you know they aren’t going to be now or soon. »

Track List:

No. Title Length
1. « Let It Happen » 7:46
2. « Nangs » 1:47
3. « The Moment » 4:15
4. « Yes I’m Changing » 4:30
5. « Eventually » 5:19
6. « Gossip » 0:55
7. « The Less I Know the Better » 3:38
8. « Past Life » 3:47
9. « Disciples » 1:48
10. « ‘Cause I’m a Man » 4:01
11. « Reality in Motion » 4:12
12. « Love/Paranoia » 3:06
13. « New Person, Same Old Mistakes » 6:02

 

Here’s the first song of the album « Let it Happen ».

 

Tracker : Le retour de Mark Knopfler

Alors qu’il y a plusieurs fans qui espèrent impatiemment que Mark Knopfler réunisse à nouveau son groupe légendaire Dire Straits, le guitariste anglais semble préférer explorer de nouveaux territoires musicaux et produire de nouveaux albums solos.

Rassurez-vous ! Dans ce dernier album, l’ex leader des Dire Straits, n’a rien perdu de son talent, et surtout de son éclectisme et classe musicale qui lui valurent la reconnaissance des fans et des musiciens.

Avec « Tracker », Mark Knopfler délaisse un peu son jeu aérien de guitare pour se convertir en conteur. 12 histoires courtes convoyées de rythmes bien ficelés.
Knopfler nous invite à un voyage, vers une multitude de lieux et d’histoires : Pendant des ballades Rock et Blues, on peut sentir le tabac et le cotton du Mississipi, le Rhum des côtes Irlandaises sur du Folk Celte et l’ambiance d’un vieux Pub où le Jazz résonne.

Mark Knopfler entame son tout dernier apport, à l’esprit de la musique, avec une jolie ballade celtique qui nous rappelle un peu le style des Pogues avec une touche plus douce en donnant vie à un texte empli de nostalgie et d’amour de la musique celtique et le nomme : « Laughs and Jokes and Drinks and Smokes ».
Ensuite il rend hommage à Basil Bunting (un des poètes modernistes les plus réputés) avec le morceau « Basil », issu de l’union d’un poème  émouvant et des douces mélodies de la guitare.
Quant à « Rivers Town » elle relate l’histoire d’un marin errant qui a perdu ses racines.
Des rivières, le musicien anglais nous transporte au ciel, le tempo change aussi, avec « Skydiver », un joli morceau folk rock rythmé. 

Tracker est un album avec une touche très personnelle; à l’image de « Mighty Man » où Knopfler se rappelle les années où il a vécu en Ecosse avec des ornements celtiques. La nostalgie continue avec « Broken Bones » mais cette fois en changeant de registre, utilisant des sonorités Funk, une chanson qui nous fait sortir de la douceur des ballades du début de l’album mais sans perdre une once d’élégance et de finesse. On enchaîne avec une ballade Dylanesque. « Long Cool Girl » est écrite lors de la tournée qui a réunit les deux poètes/musiciens en 2011, elle illustre l’influence de Bob Dylan sur le style poétique de Knopfler consolidée avec son unique jeu de guitare.
« Lights of Tormina » et « Silvre Eagle » sont des chansons  mélancoliques. On ne s’ennuie pas en les écoutant. Par contre, on ressent une espèce de quiétude grâce à la voix « simple » de Knopfler.

Pour les nostalgiques des Dire Straits, Il leur offre un morceau à la Sultans of Swing. « Beryl » en hommage à l’écrivain Beryl Bainbridge, est une chanson mélodique où Knopfler nous assure que ses doigts peuvent toujours faire des merveilles et qu’il  peut toujours créer des morceaux rythmés qui nous font danser sur le son moelleux de sa Stratocaster. Un plaisir mélodieux qui ne dure que 3 minutes pour laisser place à un chef d’oeuvre. « Wherever I go » est certainement la meilleure chanson pour terminer cet album. La complicité des voix de Ruth Moody et Mark Knopfler donne un charme exceptionnel à cette chanson, et si on y ajoute la dualité des sons du saxophone et de la guitare on a droit à plus de 6 minutes de pur plaisir. 

A l’instar de plusieurs légendes du Rock, Mark Knopfler ne pense plus à vendre des albums en masse car il en a déjà vendu des millions, mais il préfère se redécouvrir, créer de nouveaux sons, avoir une approche plus personnelle et de faire ce qu’il veut sans rien attendre du public. Il faut avouer que le résultat est bon; un disque agréable à l’écoute qui peut être savouré à tout moment, car ce genre de création est intemporel.

Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From a Memory

If you’re a fan of mysterious stories and great progressive rock/metal music, Dream Theater‘s fifth studio album « Metropolis, Pt. 2: Scenes From a Memory » is a must-listen. Recorded and released in 1999, the album came as a sequel to their song « Metropolis, Pt. 1: The Miracle and The Sleeper » on the magnificent studio album « Images and Words ».

The album was voted #1 all-time progressive album in a poll done by Rolling Stone in July 2012. The main reason is that there is more to it than just the songs; This album tells a story… Get ready to go on a journey filled with excitement, love, deception, and treacherous murder.

Album Cover
Album Cover

Act 1 – A Regression Into the Past…

Scene 1:  Year 2000 – Nicholas, the main character, starts it off in a past-life regression therapy session. The hypnotherapist relaxes him as he enters another state of mind and travels back through time, to meet a stranger girl called Victoria.

Scene 2: Year 1928 – Nicholas is now in a state of trance, he’s lost in the comfort and exoticness of this place.
Some parts in the beginning of the song can be heard on « Metropolis Pt. 1« , the song where Victoria‘s name already figured.

That place and that girl were recurring Déjà Vus for Nicholas, as he says that everytime he closes his eyes he dreams of being in this ghostly, haunting house. He walks into the house and sees Victoria fronting a mirror and wonders why he’s there, and what he has to do with her.
She then expresses her lament in the next verse, saying that something’s tearing her heart into two, and she needs to tell Nicholas about it. « I’m not the one The Sleeper thought he knew » is a reference to Julian Baynes, her husband, whom she had cheated on with his brother, Edward.

Nicholas is out of the trance and back into real life, but he’s still dazzled by this mystery and won’t find peace until he finds some explanations.

Scene 3: Nicholas thinks so much about Victoria and comes up with the only possible explanation; He was Victoria in a past life. They share the same thoughts, the same visions, the same eternity.

Maybe he knows he was Victoria a long time ago, but what her story was, what she was involved into, he never knew. Nicholas sets to find out, and asks an old man who knew what happened long ago in that house; A murder took place, Victoria was its victim.
But that’s still a mystery to Nicholas, he realised that until he solved it, he can’t live his current life, « there can be no peace of mind ».
The song ends to the voice of the Hypnotherapist taking Nicholas to the night « his » murder took place.

Scene 4: « Murder: Young girl killed. Desperate shooting at Echoe’s hill » this is what Nicholas read on the headline of a newspaper from 1928. An unknown witness heard gunshots and tried to help, but he found a woman shot and a dead man next to her holding a gun and a suicide note.

Victoria had a switchblade on her, meaning she expected something to happen, and the murderer’s suicide letter never mentionned his intention to kill or harm Victoria.

Scene 5: Nicholas goes back to real life again, so sad after learning that Victoria was brutally murdered, and grieves her death in her grave. He’s learning about his life through her memories, and the unfairness of her sort was too much for him to take.
He had to regain his composure and accept her death, to move on and try to understand how Victoria really died and why their lives are connected this much.

Act 2 – A Sad Close to a Broken Love Affair

Scene 6: Now it’s Julian‘s (The Sleeper) turn to tell us his side of the story. We learn about his addiction to gambling and drugs; « Lines, take me higher ». He’s begging for help, he wants to stop these bad habits and get Victoria’s love again.
His brother Edward (The Miracle) too narrates that Victoria is crying over his shoulders because of her breakup. « I remember I was told there’s a new love that’s born, for each one that has died » is a line heard on the first part of Metropolis. The Miracle is tempted by Victoria, and wants to make love to her, even if it takes deceiving his brother.
Midway through the song a woman moaning can be heard, along with the sound of a slot machine and a man encouraging a player to keep wagering. This depicts the affair between Victoria and Edward, while Julian is satistfying his gambling addiction.

Scene 7: The Dance of Eternity
This instrumental song is what made this album complete, technically and melodically. The song goes over 128 time signature changes, making it the most complex prog metal/rock song ever.
The last phrase in « Metropolis Pt. 1 » was « Love is the dance of eternity », this could represent when Victoria and Edward make love, a dance that they will remember forever… Or so they thought.

The next song begins with Nicholas going over the whole story in his head, it doesn’t make sense to him. From what he saw so far, the newspaper account can’t be the truth. Did Victoria wound Edward‘s soul and bid him farewell?
We then hear Victoria saying « One last time, we’ll lay down today », this will be her last time seeing Edward, and she wants to make it memorable.

Scene 8: Nicholas is now out of the trance, for the last time, reiterating that he shouldn’t fear death anymore, because no matter what, his spirit will carry on. Victoria shows up and tells Nicholas to move on with his life, she had revealed the truth to him, and now her story won’t plague him anymore.
 Nicholas now feels that the reason all of this happened, is that death is not the end, but only a transition, as the Hypnotherapist has already pointed out.

Scene 9: Finally Free
This last song holds information that Nicholas isn’t aware of, because the hypnotherapist brings him out of the trance and he leaves in his car. As we hear thunder rolling in the background, things are about to take a dark turn.
Victoria and Julian run into each other and decide to meet up later in secret so they can talk. She is excited because Julian is the one she has always loved, she’s « no longer torn in two », and is going to break it off with Edward. But she knows Edward would « kill his brother if he only knew » of their affair.
They meet without anyone knowing, or so they thought. Edward shows up, and fights with Julian who brings out a switchblade. Edward shoots his brother. Victoria screams. Edward tells her « Open your eyes, Victoria » and shoots her dead. Julian crawls over to her and murmurs his last words « One last time, we’ll lay down today.. ».
Edwards writes the suicide note and leaves it in Julian’s pocket, and then runs for help to play his part as the « witness ».

As Nicholas arrives home and is comfortably listening to the news, another car pulls up. The Hypnotherapist enters the room and startes Nicholas with a « Open your eyes, Nicholas ». The phonograph gets bumped then we hear static noise, which fades to black. What happened remains unclear.
But on the live DVD of the album, it was revealed that, just like Nicholas is Victoria‘s reincarnation, The Hypnotherapist is Edward’s too.  And he has killed Nicholas to complete the cycle yet again…

Overall, it’s only natural if this album would be voted #1 prog rock/metal album of all time. It combines perfect melodies, with an ideal storyline. I hope you’ve enjoyed it, because I personally did. I find its ultimate message of « Death is not the end, but only a transition » something really beautiful to believe in.