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Virus

Posted: September 21, 2010 by Lee in Uncategorized
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So.  Its been a while since I’ve taken a wander in these parts….. basically its been a pretty crammed summer.  However I’m now back at university and have returned to the endless hours spent in front of the monitor  so I thought I’d put all this time to good use and chat about some music!

If I’m honest I haven’t spent a lot of the summer listening to brand spanking new music: mainly solidifying and expanding my love for old school norwegian black metal – bands like Darkthrone, Mayhem (in the picture to the left) and Enslaved are staples!  A mainly misunderstood genre which everyone, for some reason, presumes is all to do with goth and Satan worship etc etc.  Its far from.  All these blokes care about is stringing some epic riffs together, playing really fast and screaming like something out of the lord of the rings about topics such as death (obviously!), Viking sagas, apocalyptic wars and battles.  The music is all about setting an atmosphere which is much like that of the norwegian landscape itself: cold, dark, desolate and most importantly; uniquely spectacular.

However the band I wish to thrust upon thee today is called virus.  They are a 3 – piece outfit from Norway, with two albums “carheart” 2003 and “the black flux” 2008.  Inspired by black metal, they have managed to create a unique blend involving some of the black metal elements but with the addition of a new post metal/avant garde sound.  I can’t say I’ve heard anything like these guys before.  The music has the simplicity of black metal but loses the screaming and uber fast drumming.  The guitar work is right up my street and the riffs that they come up with sound as though they are being woven right in front of you.  Much Unlike many other metal genres.  Where their only worry is cramming in as many complexities and solos as possible without even thinking about anything else.  Which after 2 songs is repetitive and very, very boring.  All in all Virus are an epic listen and discovery on my part I must say as they are pretty underground.  I’ve added a couple of their songs onto spotify: Blue Air Songs of 2010 but here is a link to youtube just in case you don’t have it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQLHiXRRUSY

And most importantly theres plenty of atmosphere and cold sounding songs…..I see myslef listening to this band a lot in the coming months! Enjoy

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Sooooo the world cup has been taking over everyones lives for a good few weeks now and after last nights result, which I shall breeze over, I think the less we talk about football the better!  I just want to quickly give a shout out to (a homage to his epicness!) how amazing Sir Christopher Lee is!  It seems appearing as some of the most iconic characters during the the past 60 odd years of film simply isnt good enough for Lee who is now 88!!  Now in honor of his bloodline stretching back to the Frankish King slash first Holy Roman Emperor: Charlemagne, he has recorded “in the universal language of metal” – a Symphonic Metal concept album with the dark age overlord as the theme.  He has worked with American metal act Manowar on the project of whom he has previously worked with and confessed to being a fan of for some time.  Plus he is currently over the moon with this work as hes just won a Metalhammer award and for topping the british metal charts!

Although musically its not my favourite style of metal I can’t stress how epic it is seeing someone who was already 50 when the earliest metal records were being released embrace the genre but not only that, love it enough to inspire him to use his epic “Saruman vocals” to create a metal record….. truly amazing!  Please please please do a black metal album on Lindisfarne – 793 AD  that, I think chaps, would blow my balls clean off!

Website —— >    http://www.charlemagneproductions.org/

Happy listening!!

Paul Grey R.I.P

Posted: May 26, 2010 by Lee in Uncategorized
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Yesterday I was hit with the terrible news of the latest death in the music industry! Paul Grey; age 38, aka number 2 and long term bassist of slipknot – one of my favourite bands.

He died on the 24th May while staying at a hotel in slipknots home town of Des Moines, Iowa.  Police released  they were not treating the death as suspicious.  The earliest results from the autopsy have shown that his death seemed to be natural as no foul play was detected however time will tell.  Slipknot broadcast a live myspace message regarding the subject last night (May 25th).  It was clear to see despite being a band of 9 they all mean a lot to each other.  The message was tearful in parts as you would expect after 11 years together cruising through the world of metal.  If your a fellow fan and want to see what the band say on the matter then heres the link: http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=3646959&blogId=534898253.  He leaves his pregnant wife behind, carrying their first child.  All this shows an unfamiliar human side to the often inhuman look the band adopts for their masked stage persona’s.

His death follows Ronnie James Dio (As himself and with the post Ozzy Black Sabbath) and Peter Steele (Type O negative) all within a month of each other!…a trend my sister pointed out was initiated by Michael Jackson almost a year ago.

The question people will now ask: what is next for slipknot?  Will they call it a day now that the stable line up since 1999’s self titled debut album has been broken.  I remember Corey (vocals) before they released All hope is gone (2008) stating they didn’t want to become a bunch of 40 some things pretending they’ve still got it.   That is clearly not the case as the album demonstrated that they are still as intense as ever!

As a tribute to Paul I have added the song Gently off slipknots second album Iowa here —– Blue Air Songs of 2010. The songs driving force is his bass riff – Paul you will be missed!

I’m Getting Old

Posted: May 25, 2010 by Ferg in Uncategorized

I can’t believe this counts as music…

So.  I bring ye all the third instalment of our summertime music blueair playlist specials!  Again just like Adam and Ferg’s the songs I have chosen can be seen and listened to for free(!) on Spotify; just click the link below.

I’ve gone all out and random with this one but I think the selection works as summer is such a random, epic time of the year.  The overlying genres being rock, dance, metal and chillout but as you’ll find; its not quite as simple as those four words.  I could quite happily listen to this playlist all summer (surprisingly as I did make it) –  which in the UK is confined to one whole week of June.  I’ve followed the same layout as the others and not just restricted my choices to recent tracks.  In fact only about half of the songs were released within the last year.  And I apologise for not cutting it down to 10 songs!  Still it gives you one more song to listen to… a bonus track!

Listing is:

  1. Holiday – Weezer (from the blue album, 1994)
  2. We Want War – These New Puritans (from Hidden, 2010)
  3. The Battle of Hatin – Breed 77 (from Insects, 2009)
  4. Soft Temple – Grails (from Burning off Impurities, 2007)
  5. Heir Apparent – Opeth (from Watershed, 2008)
  6. To Binge – Gorillaz (from Plastic Beach, 2010)
  7. Risk – Deftones (from Diamond Eyes, 2010)
  8. The Negotiation Limerick File – Beastie Boys (from Hello Nasty, 1999)
  9. Sun Hits the Sky – Supergrass (from In It For the Money, 1997)
  10. Hope Is Gone – Moby (from Wait For Me, 2009)
  11. Slowdance – Soulwax (from Any Minute Now, 2004)

Lee’s Blueair Summer Playlist (<– the link to the playlist)

…I also thought I would add a nice summery pic to rival Adams but also follow on Ferg’s theme.  So yeah heres me jumping into the eastern Mediterranean sea.  So sit back in ze sun (or at your desk, on your computer will do fine) and enjoy some prime summertime listening!!

Lee