Eden’s back! That’s good, because we have a lot of news to cover this week. David Bowie’s passing is obviously on our agenda, as is Stereogum’s analysis of Nielsen’s music report, Textures’s new single, Obscura’s new single, and the Behemoth/Myrkur U.S. tour. Then we go into the in depth discussions of the week, the first being my overall review of System of a Down’s career as a whole, since I discovered them last year, and the second being accents of singers who aren’t native English speakers and how that affects their music. Don’t forget the off topic section at the end as well!
Go listen to this album. It distills something about the spirit of what progressive metal/rock is that I can’t simply convey in words here. Sure, the drums are great and so is the bass. To be sure, the lyrics and the guitars are a big part of it. But when the parts are added up there’s some mysterious ingredient or element that resists parsing. It’s not exactly below the surface? Above the skyline? An aura of greatness or a shard of empathy? Whatever it is, it elevates The Art of Navigating By the Stars into one of the most personally important albums I have. Come share it with me.