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Dyer's Eve
04-09-2009, 01:30 PM
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How-do boys and boys. Welcome to the April edition of the Monthly Metal feature.

Since the positive reception of the first one, i've decided that after this installment, we're going to release a new one on the 1st of every month. Give you something to look forward to amidst the dirge of economic downturn. Aswell as bringing you a new section to park your gnashers into. Get in.

So without further ado, thanks to our selfless contributors, here is your feature. Enjoy.


Oh, and for those who wish to look back or had missed it...

The First Monthly Feature (http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1073608)

Dyer's Eve
04-09-2009, 01:34 PM
Band of the Month - In Mourning

Brought to you by Broadsword


http://www.metal-archives.com/images/1/7/7/2/177264.jpg


What happens when you combine the aggression of Opeth, the melancholic rock-riffing of Katatonia, and the atmospheric qualities of Edge of Sanity? The result is up-and-coming Swedish Prog-Metallers, In Mourning, who, while still paying homage to their previously-mentioned forefathers, offer an immediately refreshing slab of melodic and progressive metal.

With only the debut, Shrouded Divine, and a handful of demos under their belt, In Mourning already prove they certainly know how to handle their instruments. Thus far, they’ve managed to write music that not only will instantly piques one’s interest – while not being readily gratifying – but has substantial staying power as well, due to a multitude of interesting subtleties and smart structuring.

In the debut, one will find aggressive and melodic riffing (note: not in the laughable Gothenburg sense), powerful growled vocals, and tasteful breakdowns, all cleverly used in conjunction with atmospheric clean/acoustic passages and sparse clean vocals. It must also be noted that, unlike the current scene of modern Progressive Metal bands, the album is devoid of any pretentious “wankery,” and in its place, substance.

It is the atmosphere of the album as a whole, however, which sets In Mourning above being just a ‘good’ band. This is brought about largely in part by a fantastic production job and, most importantly the leads. Indeed, it is the leads which carry the album and propel it to great heights, creating a space-y feeling reminiscent to that of Edge of Sanity’s Crimson albums and Katatonia’s later efforts.

They are not without their flaws, obviously; a few shaky transitions are scattered throughout, and some sections are overdrawn. Regardless, Shrouded Divine is an incredibly solid and mature album, especially for being a debut, and high hopes are held for their upcoming album.

In Mourning is highly recommended for fans of the afore-mentioned bands, or for anyone who is looking for melodic, memorable (Progressive) Metal that isn’t personally insulting.

Metal-Archives (http://metal-archives.com/band.php?id=38764)

MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/in_mourning) - Recommended Song: The Black Lodge

Official Website (http://www.inmourning.net/)

Dyer's Eve
04-09-2009, 01:47 PM
Lost Relic: Multiplex - World

Brought to you by VampireGoldfish

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And with that 39 second intro to this true hidden gem, I discovered one my many contenders for the throne of one hit wonders in the underground metal world so long ago.

Hailing from Tokyo Japan....
One full length under their belt...
A member of a superb compilation of grinding power back in the day...



Multiplex

http://img26.imageshack.us/img26/2057/44566photo.jpg


Combining a pin point deadly accurate dose of old school grind/death with some flavorful pinch's of electronica and other oddities, its a wonder these pioneers NEVER got any attention that their music deserved. The music evokes images of cold, dead, unforgiving steel machinery in a world devoid of life. The drums pound and drill away with memorable, that's right, MEMORABLE drumming, with a unique bombastic sound that has seemed too sadly lose its popularity in metal. The bass weaves and floats and flutters across the musical landscape in a playing style I've honestly only seen in this band. Wonky, bouncy, and determined... this bass will leave a mark in your ears you won't soon forget.

"So how about the geetar VG!?" Humble driving rhythms are key here. Never stale and never tiresome, they didn't really need leads to remain refreshing.

But decided to add them anyway! Out of this world robotic leads with such a pronounced alien sound. Not exactly Demilich status, but you get my point.

Harsh growls. Echoing. Cavernous. Vox from a steel labyrinth surely.

Multiplex released one album known as


WORLD
http://img25.imageshack.us/img25/9169/89263.jpg

Ten unforgettable tracks from 1992 ladies and gents. Far ahead of their time.
Far far ahead of their time. Four of the bands members have ONLY produced music in this band.

Why?
Why god dammit?!

We will all have to make due with whats available.
Whats available is damn fucking amazing though.

Link to the now unavailable album (http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=9b94c716f652ca1ce7c82ed4b8f0c380e04e75f6e8ebb871)


VG

Dyer's Eve
04-09-2009, 02:05 PM
The Essential Guide to... Blind Guardian

Brought to you by Phill-Rock

http://www.musicbabylon.com/files/Blind_Guardian.jpg

Blind Guardian are one of the pioneering power metal bands. Formed in 1984 in Krefeld, West Germany under the name "Lucifer's Heritage" by vocalist/bassist Hansi Kürsch and lead guitarist Andre Olbrich, who would go on to be the principle song writers for all Blind Guardian releases. They released two demos under this name, and underwent some lineup changes before settling on Hansi Kürsch, Andre Olbrich, Marcus Siepen (rhythm guitar) and Thomen Stauch (drums) as the concrete lineup. Between 1987 and 2005 (with Thomen leaving) this lineup remained solid, making BG one of the longest lasting metal bands without personel change. When the band signed to No Remorse Records, they changed their name to avoid being seen as satanic in content.

They debuted with Battalions of Fear in 1988, a speed metal album with some small hints of what was to come. The following year, they released Follow the Blind, which began to showcase a sound more reminiscent of what we would today consider power metal, with thrash influences. Kai Hansen's (of Helloween) appearance on this record cemented BG into the power metal greats with an endorsement of the man many claim invented the genre. In 1990, Tales from the Twilight World (their 3rd album) took a turn towards the more melodic and choral style that the band's brand of epic melodic power metal is known as today. In 1992, Somewhere Far Beyond continued in the same direction, and the live album Tokyo Tales displayed the band's presence, skill and power in live delivery. But it is with the next two releases (Imaginations from the Other Side, and Nightfall in Middle-Earth) that BG generally are agreed to be at the pinnacle of their success. Soaring vocals, fast and heavy rhythms, rapidly pulsing bass, pounding drums, majestic melodies and classically whimsical synths make up the two biggest competitors for their Magnum Opus. However, it is at this point that Hansi decided to give up bass duties to focus on his prmoninent Queen-styled vocals (letting Oliver Holzwarth take up live/session bass). Between these two releases, they brought out an album of cover songs and reworkings of their own songs with The Forgotten Tales. And then there was a four year silence before their return featuring a new directions with A Night at the Opera. This new effort brought a lighter, more progressive and orchestral sound to the bands repertoire, quite unlike their previous offerings. In the next two years, the double live album (simply entitled Live) and the live DVD Imaginations Through the Looking Glass, proved them to be amongst the best live performers in the entire metal scene. Due to musical differences, Thomen left the band over the departure from the heavier speed metal side. Frederik Ehmke took over drum duties on A Twist in the Myth, what many fans believe to be the bands weakest record to date. However, sometime after 2010, two new albums have been promised: One, an orchestral project. The other, what some believe will be a return to the hayday of the mid-late 90's.


First Purchase - Imaginations From the Other Side

http://blindguardian.fisek.com.tr/images/iftos_cover1.jpg

Featuring all original band members on their original intruments, and containing a balance of what BG has come to be known for, this is a perfect first outing for anyone. A bridge between the melodic new and heavy old, arcing higher, perhaps, than either.


Follow-Up Purchase - Nightfall in Middle Earth

http://www.goetiametal.com/classics/bindguardianportada.jpg

A truly cinematic experience. This is a concept album based on J. R. R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion. Hansi's vocals are given full attention as he chose to step aside from his bass duties. With the help of spoken-word narrative tracks, speedy solos and riffs, melodic interludes and orchestral elements, it weaves an amazing story.


Also Get - Follow the Blind

http://blindguardian.fisek.com.tr/images/ftb_cover1.jpg

With FTB, you'll experience a more polished version of their old speed metal style at its best. Full of headbanging glory and irresistible sing-along classics for the traditional metal fan. It's amazing to see how great they sound with only one previous album under their belts.


Hit or Miss - Battalions of Fear

http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w233/Isiladan/Blind%20Guardian/BatallionsOfFearCover.jpg

High on the list of great metal albums for me, but for some the not-so-fantastic production, raw and agressive style, and band members who aren't yet fully sure of how to excecute what they intend can be a put off. Thrashy, speedy, powerful, and featuring some amazing songs. But still one to be careful with.


Avoid - A Twist in the Myth

http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w233/Isiladan/Blind%20Guardian/ATITM.jpg

Well, don't avoid it, but certainly keep it until last. Some love it, some... well, they don't hate it, but would agree with my advice to stay away until you have accumulated the rest of the back catalog. Songs like Otherland and Skalds and Shadows still make the album enjoyable, though as a whole it's lacklustre compared to its predecessors.

More Info

Official Blind Guardian Website (http://www.blind-guardian.com/)

Another Stranger Me (Music Video) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uv-Nn-yNpAQ)

Mr. Sandman (Music Video) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDFmNgmaEe0)

Blind Guardian on MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/blindguardian)

Kepulix
04-09-2009, 02:18 PM
Maybe it's finally a time for me to check Blind Guardian out, they seem like an interesting band

matt85210
04-09-2009, 02:36 PM
This is one of the few brilliant ideas this forum has. Great thread, Dyers.

freddaahh
04-09-2009, 02:47 PM
Woah, In Mourning are brilliant. Thanks for this, a great thread idea.

dead-fish
04-09-2009, 03:08 PM
Powerslave, depending on if I can or can't get next month's Essential Guide spot, I will or won't be doing the BoTM, which means that you might be able to do it as planned originally.


Now, is the Essential Guide spot taken for next month? If not, then I'm calling it.

Dyer's Eve
04-09-2009, 03:15 PM
By the looks of it, Psychopathology wanted to do it.

But if you want to swap, arrange with him. From his post I think he'd be quite happy to.


And sorry Dunc, it looks like the 3 spots have been taken.

I guess you can have the June one if you so wish.

duncang
04-09-2009, 03:20 PM
I just deleted my post cause I realised that, but I'll take June.

VampireGoldfish
04-09-2009, 03:48 PM
Why did you take out the mediafire link of World from my post?

Reviewer Pete
04-09-2009, 03:54 PM
In Mourning are excellent. Well, the title track and The Black Lodge anyways.

As for Blind Guardian...no mention of ANATO? The most epic metal album evar!!1

VampireGoldfish
04-09-2009, 04:23 PM
Here's Multiplex - World

http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=9b94c716f652ca1ce7c82ed4b8f0c380e04e75f6e8ebb871

Dyer's Eve
04-09-2009, 04:37 PM
^Because if you know the rules, you'd know you can't link to illegal downloads.

Obviously I don't have a problem with it, but i'm sure UG's administrators do.

VampireGoldfish
04-09-2009, 04:55 PM
They can ban me if they want.

Best way to look at it
Its a hidden gem. No MySpace, no website, no blogs.

There was no other way for me to share the music, which was required by the rules.

Dyer's Eve
04-09-2009, 05:14 PM
Ah, I forget there was no MySpaz link in there.

Well you're right, I can't find the **** either.

I'll put it back in then.

VampireGoldfish
04-09-2009, 05:18 PM
Thanks.

Kusabi
04-09-2009, 05:37 PM
Awesome thread is awesome. I've been meaning to check out In Mourning and this is pretty good motivation to. Will check out Multiplex also.

severed-metal
04-09-2009, 05:57 PM
Still haven't checked out In Mourning yet, I think i've listened to them before...but, I just haven't gotten around to listening to them. Currently listening to Multiplex - Empty Happiness

I am finding it to be pretty good, has a real metal feel...like in a steel factory. Upbeat, brutal (yeah I said it), the vocals i'd like to be a bit stronger, just a nudge more...that was probably the worst thing I could find that was wrong with them..; They're very good.

imo, the album really progresses. The first instrumental kinda threw me off, but it's gotten oh so much better :cheers:

I'll check out In Mourning after World is done.

VampireGoldfish
04-09-2009, 06:12 PM
Let me know what you think of the rest.
It really is the definition of Hidden Gem. I don't know a single person that listens to them besides me.

duncang
04-09-2009, 06:38 PM
Unfortunately all three of these bands get varying degrees of 'meh' from me.

Cianyx
04-09-2009, 07:52 PM
I have always been wanting to check out In Mourning. I guess the time is now

eazy-c
04-09-2009, 09:26 PM
There seems to be a problem with track five in the Multiplex album. It's refusing to be added to my iTunes library for some reason.

Lappo
04-09-2009, 09:39 PM
loliTunes

that happens with a significant portion of my music

hence, among other reasons, I don't use iTunes

eazy-c
04-09-2009, 09:42 PM
I don't like iTunes but can't be arsed with changing over. I don't know how well other media players deal with iPods either.

Lappo
04-09-2009, 09:46 PM
convert to zee fooobarrrr

eazy-c
04-09-2009, 09:58 PM
Downloading WinAmp :p:

Lappo
04-09-2009, 10:02 PM
foobar > all

severed-metal
04-09-2009, 10:25 PM
Just got through with listening to In Mourning and the rest of World.

In Mourning was pretty decent, didn't listen to much...but, definitely worth another listen. I'll have to listen to them more in the future; I didn't get the full feel. I feel like I kind of ripped myself by ignoring them, so they'll be next on my list to listen to.

As for Multiplex, the riffs were completely annihlating. Like a full on charge into my skull. Blunt, heavy riffing, the vocals grow on you if you find them weak. There were a few songs that were kind of iffy for me, like the instrumental at the beginning...but, other songs like Human Zoo, and Self-Destructive Flattery made it all worth while. Those riffs though...god..

As for BG. Well, I love them. One of the first bands I started getting into with metal. Well, that genre anyways...they'll always have some of the best cover art, EVER. Those riffs are catchy and just fun to listen to, I think you should put up that performance of Valhalla from Imaginations Through the Looking Glass, that video is awesome. My favorite live performance on youtube.

Thanks for doing a great job on the bands this month guys, nothing short of spectacular :cheers:

Amuro Jay
04-09-2009, 10:34 PM
Can't wait to check out In Mourning :cheers:

eazy-c
04-09-2009, 10:37 PM
I'm loving Multiplex. Ridiculous amounts of headbangery are required.

The Virtuoso
04-09-2009, 10:59 PM
There seems to be a problem with track five in the Multiplex album. It's refusing to be added to my iTunes library for some reason.


Having the same problem, VG, save us!!!! :p:

eazy-c
04-09-2009, 11:03 PM
Get WinAmp. It automatically imports your iTunes library and it let me listen to track 5.

The Virtuoso
04-09-2009, 11:04 PM
^Can I still upload music onto my ipod from there?

eazy-c
04-09-2009, 11:08 PM
Yeah. AFAIK it works exactly like the iTunes iPod manager. Just be sure to uncheck the "Open iTunes when iPod is connected" box in iTunes if you plan on making the switch. I'm finding it a lot better than iTunes in a number of ways.

The Virtuoso
04-09-2009, 11:10 PM
All right, suppose I'll try it.

Amuro Jay
04-09-2009, 11:33 PM
So what genre exactly is Multiplex? Grind or death?

Yes, I'm one of those guys who gets anal with the details on iTunes.

\Powerslave/
04-09-2009, 11:37 PM
List them as Deathgrind...

I will be listening to Multiplex shortly, currently checking out something else...

Contraband
04-10-2009, 12:09 AM
Much :heart: goes out once again to all the contributers. I was anxiously awaiting the Blind Guardian guide, as they're a band that I've only heard an early speed metal album from and arbitrarily chosen songs from a variety of albums.

In Mourning is excellent, and I have to thank Broadsword once again. I'd already heard Shrouded Divine and enjoyed it a lot, thanks to him.

As for Multiplex, of course the thanks goes out to VG. You are the man with the links and the knack for interesting metal.

Amuro Jay
04-10-2009, 02:03 AM
List them as Deathgrind...

I will be listening to Multiplex shortly, currently checking out something else...
Good enough for me

Phill-Rock
04-10-2009, 03:26 PM
In Mourning are excellent. Well, the title track and The Black Lodge anyways.

As for Blind Guardian...no mention of ANATO? The most epic metal album evar!!1
It was mentioned somewhere in my original draft for sure.

As for my reasons for not focusing on it: I didn't want to.


As for BG. Well, I love them. One of the first bands I started getting into with metal. Well, that genre anyways...they'll always have some of the best cover art, EVER. Those riffs are catchy and just fun to listen to, I think you should put up that performance of Valhalla from Imaginations Through the Looking Glass, that video is awesome. My favorite live performance on youtube.
I was going to, dunno why I didn't.

But I'll be the first to admit my article was a bit half-assed. I normally put more flair into my writing.

\Powerslave/
04-10-2009, 03:30 PM
Your BG guide is great. I would've made the same exact picks as you, maybe with ANATO as miss or hit instead.

VampireGoldfish
04-10-2009, 03:33 PM
So how'd you like/dislike Multiplex Power?

Phill-Rock
04-10-2009, 03:34 PM
Powerslave: Stop, you'll make me blush.

VGF: I'll check it now, I'm only just home.

\Powerslave/
04-10-2009, 03:48 PM
So how'd you like/dislike Multiplex Power?
I was absorbed in a few other bands yesterday so I only got around to listening to the first two songs. Finishing my listen as I'm typing.

I'm no big fan of grind, nor do I claim to be, but this is pretty good. I find it a bit bass heavy at times and quite weird. I like it.

@Phil: *Giggle*

webbtje
04-10-2009, 03:55 PM
Loving In Mourning so far. I'll happily snap any spot at any point in the future, for any of them really. 'xept Hidden Gem perhaps, since I'm a bit of a n00b as far as the old school's concerned.

Kepulix
04-10-2009, 04:08 PM
I've heard of Multiplex, but never heard 'em

I think I bumped into them while searching for Blood Freak - Multiplex Massacre or something, can't quite remember




and now that Phill already wrote the BG guide, I might be interested in doing a "Lost Relic"

\Powerslave/
04-10-2009, 04:19 PM
Would a link to a blog constitute as a link to an "illegal" download? Does that even matter if the release is totally unavailable at all?

nebiru
04-10-2009, 04:21 PM
Just message it.

webbtje
04-10-2009, 04:27 PM
Would a link to a blog constitute as a link to an "illegal" download? Does that even matter if the release is totally unavailable at all?


If it's completely unavailable, so no myspazz and so on, then I think it would be OK. A lot more lawful than linking off to Evisceration Plague or such.

Check wit 't moddles.

diminishedtobme
04-12-2009, 11:21 PM
I really like this months features (aswell as last months). I just got into Blind Guardian after knowing about them for so long, great stuff.

Phill-Rock
04-12-2009, 11:38 PM
I really like this months features (aswell as last months). I just got into Blind Guardian after knowing about them for so long, great stuff.
You obviously never heard me talk about them until now then.

diminishedtobme
04-12-2009, 11:48 PM
You obviously never heard me talk about them until now then.

Nah, I knew you were a fan. I just never knew where to start with them.

Phill-Rock
04-12-2009, 11:55 PM
Good thing I made a guide then. At least a few people used it to actually get into BG.

It's worth it then.

Blizk
04-18-2009, 07:21 AM
I'm in for the next free spot of the Essential guide. Some Finnish stuff coming your way :)

duncang
04-18-2009, 07:39 AM
EDIT: Note to self: read threads.

destöroyah
04-26-2009, 08:42 AM
could i get my hands on writing an article at some point please?
i'm happy to do any of them.

Dyer's Eve
04-26-2009, 03:39 PM
Right-o this month's contributors. If you haven't already submitted your stuff to me, i'm going to need it by the 31st.

Cheers.

dead-fish
04-26-2009, 03:46 PM
You mean 30th, will be ready and submitted by then.

Dyer's Eve
04-26-2009, 03:58 PM
Yeah, 30th.

Just testin yaz.

LucasGtrGod
04-27-2009, 06:09 AM
So how'd you like/dislike Multiplex?

multiplex are the ****.

They are insanely awesome, thanks a million for presenting them.

Great, great band.

I think a reunion is needed...

isabiggles
04-27-2009, 12:22 PM
Well tit me this seems like a marvelous idea.

destöroyah
04-27-2009, 07:00 PM
submitted my article. hope it makes the cut.

Dyer's Eve
04-30-2009, 12:24 PM
Right, i've recieved the BotM and the Essential Guide. Still waiting on the Lost Relic.

Since one hasn't been submitted yet, i'll happily leave the slot to anyone who can think up something good. Otherwise t'will be from myself.

VampireGoldfish
04-30-2009, 03:50 PM
If no one takes by the end of today or some time early tomorrow, I'll gladly wright one up again.

Psychopathology
04-30-2009, 03:56 PM
Wait, who gave you the BotM? I was suppose to do it, but I wanted to do the Lost Relic anyway. I'll submit it in a bit.

\Powerslave/
04-30-2009, 04:04 PM
I did the BoTM. I was going to do it from the start, but then dead-fish wanted it, so I gave the spot to him. He decided he didn't want to write it, so I took BoTM again instead of Lost Relic.

^^Write

dead-fish
04-30-2009, 04:05 PM
^You told me you're still doing the Lost Relic, though.

webbtje
04-30-2009, 04:06 PM
So, so glad my submission's for June, this is all mighty confusing.

VampireGoldfish
04-30-2009, 04:14 PM
^^Write

Wake up every day at 5AM then get home at an average of 9PM to midnight, then try too give a fuck about spelling.

\Powerslave/
04-30-2009, 04:36 PM
^You told me you're still doing the Lost Relic, though.
Ah well, there must have been a misunderstanding. It worked out though, I wanted BoTM and Psychopathology wanted Lost Relic.

^I'm sorry honey buns.

Penisaur
04-30-2009, 06:07 PM
Wake up every day at 5AM then get home at an average of 9PM to midnight, then try too give a fuck about spelling.

to*

VampireGoldfish
04-30-2009, 06:11 PM
http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/9936/33377240795453560748453.jpg (http://img13.imageshack.us/my.php?image=33377240795453560748453.jpg)

Penisaur
04-30-2009, 06:13 PM
Lol, sorry I had to do it. Powerslave forced me.