Tesseract – Altered State (Century Media)
Their debut was Alkahest’s number one album of 2011, and for good reason. Just go and read our review of it and you will see why. However, marred by singer issues, they released an acoustic EP with Elliot Coleman, only to have him depart from the band weeks later. Now they have a fantastic new singer in Ashe O’Hara, who finds the perfect balance between Tompkins and Coleman. Now the time has come for them to release something new, and they’ve already well begun the writing process and are gearing up to hit the studio soon and record. Hopefully it can surpass the epic One, which will be very hard to do.
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Diablo Swing Orchestra
1. Voodoo Mon Amour
2. Guerilla Laments
3. How to Organize a Lynch Mob
4. Kevlar Sweethearts
5. Black Box Messiah
6. Exit Strategy of a Wrecking Ball
8. Honey Trap Aftermath
9. Mass Rapture
10. Of Kali Mi Calibre
11. Justice for Saint Mary
[Candlelight Records/Sensory Records]
“The Diablo Swing Orchestra dates back to 1501 in Sweden, where history tells the tale of an orchestra that played like no other. With music so seductive and divine that the ensemble overwhelmed audiences all over the country, and people from all social classes took them to their hearts. Their performances rapidly earned a reputation of being feral and vigorous and gained the orchestra a devoted crowd that followed them around.”
This tale is the origin of Diablo Swing Orchestra‘s unique name. And for a band with such an eclectic, aggressive style, it befits them very well. For those unaccustomed to this Swedish group, they play a very unique mix of metal, classical, and jazz. They are an octet, which includes traditional metal instrumentation (with female vocals), as well as cello, trumpet, and trombone. Perhaps their closest contemporary is Canadian group UneXpect. After two successful albums, they have developed a very strong following in Europe and South America. Will their third album continue their success?
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2011 was an absolutely absurd year for not only metal, but music in general. Such marvelous records from the best names in music. But no doubt that you know this, so lets not waste time, eh?
We’re running a little late on things today, but bear with us folks!
So, Unexpect released an album this year that, whilst I caught it, I caught it at a fairly hectic time, and it received nowhere near the kind of attention it deserved – from me or from most people for that matter – so along with our bros The Number Of The Blog and Metalsucks, I thought it was time to rectify that posthaste.
Luckily, the French-Canadian six-piece have given us something to talk about in a bass playthrough video of the track ‘Words‘ from said album, Fables Of The Sleepless Empire, from bassist-type chap ‘ChaotH’ (I have no idea what the dude’s real name is, but whatevs). Yes; that is a nine-string bass, and he is awesome on it.
ChaotH’s bass work on Fables is exemplary, and I highly recommend you check it out here. They’re female-fronted, which is refreshingly different for such a technical band.
Sweet steaming eruption of satan’s nipples, what the shitting shit is this?
Unexpect. I almost have no words. My inclination is to just tell you to hit play and witness the sheer awesome power of these talented Canadian bastards, but then I wouldn’t be doing my job, would I?
…..sorry, couldn’t resist. This is technically Jimmy’s recommendation, so credit goes to him (or whoever told him about it), but Unexpect are all kinds of interesting. In their own words, they mix “elements of black, death, core, symphonic, progressive and melodic metal; classical, operatic, medieval, goth, electro, ambient, psychotic, noise and circus music with an occasional jazzy touch.” The septet includes a violin, keyboards/sampling, a singing contemporary dancer, a 9 stringed bass, 2 guitarists/singers and a drum. Holy fuck.