T’is that beautiful time of year again. A season of good will, understanding and compassion towards your fellow man — a time for giving, loving and appreciating. The cold may have rolled in and the trees may have shed their once vibrant foliage, but the world finds solace in the love and company of others. It’s a time to reflect on the memories of the year and plan ahead for the next.
But most of all it’s a time to listen brutal fucking metal and drink a fuck tonne of Advocaat, because 2012 was full of great releases and now’s your chance to catch on releases you may have missed or may have never even heard of. My first draft of this list was composed of 30 albums, which then shot up to 37 when I realised that I had forgotten to include EPs. Everything from new bands that came out of nowhere to blow my mind (We Are Knuckle Dragger, Bloodshot Dawn, Oddland, Exotic Animal Petting Zoo etc) to the old guard continuing their brilliant legacy (Gojira, Aborted, Napalm Death, Deftones etc) all unfortunately fell by the wayside in the ruthless culling exercise that produced this list. And I regret cutting every single one of them, but alas, if I was talk about every album this year that was great, I’d probably lose your attention pretty quickly. Who am I kidding? You’ve most likely already skipped on to the list and you’re not even reading this bit. I could write anything I want here and no one would notice. Anythingatall.
Man, I just love Arjen Lucassen’s latest offering, Lost in the New Real. It’s a near perfect album with some of the strongest personality you will ever hear on a disc. One of the strongest tracks on the record is ‘Pink Beatles in a Purple Zeppelin,’ a richly layered and poppy rock song that draws influences from, well, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, and Led Zeppelin. It’s right there in the title.
As anyone who has already heard the song could expect, the video is a psychedelic trip through lots of cheesy and seemingly drug influenced landscapes. It’s a cheesy video no doubt, more of an throw back to videos of old than anything else, really. You can check out the video below. Cheers!
01. The New Real
02. Pink Beatles In A Purple Zeppelin
03. Parental Procreation Permit
04. When I’m A Hundred Sixty-Four
06. Don’t Switch Me Off
07. Dr Slumber’s Eternity Home
08. Yellowstone Memorial Day
09. Where Pigs Fly
10. Lost In The New Real
Lost in the New Real is the new musical project from Arjen Anthony Lucassen, the Dutch musician behind such hefty projects as Star One and the mother-ship of modern prog, Ayreon. Arjen is a busy-bee sort of musician, and Lost in the New Real comes out to be his fourth album in the same amount of years, but it’s a project that has been hinted at for almost a decade. After his less than successful run as a solo musician under the Anthony moniker, Lucassen decided to pursue different avenues with his music, and with that came Ayreon and his various side projects. However, with the Ayreon story having come to an end it was time for a change, and for the past few years Lucassen has been experimenting with new projects once again. With Lost in the New Real, Arjen delivers a torrent of progressive music that ventures into fresh territory, but at the same time harkens back to the sound and style fans have been familiar with for years.
01. Sirenum Scopuli
04. High Times
06. On With The Sun
07. The Ghost You Gave To Me
10. It’s Alive
11. Only Child
12. The Barrier
This is a band that I was just recently exposed to. Like most metal fans I’m constantly seeking out new musical endeavors and possibilities, and I was more than pleased when I first heard the title track from 3’s The Ghost You Gave To Me a few weeks ago over at Metalsucks, and whilst I was excited to hear this record, it’s not exactly what I was hoping for.