Back to Metal for Mondays, and back to Symphonic Metal.
Symphonic Metal always strikes me as the inheritor of Progressive Rock. At least in some ways. Epica often uses full orchestra backing, for example. Epica was started in 2002 by Mark Jansen after he left After Forever.
“Universal Death Squad” is a song by Epica from their album The Holographic Priciple, which came out in 2016. This song is in the style known as Beauty and the Beast, which includes soaring soprano, and a Death Metal Death growl. And it has enough drums and guitars for a Monday afternoon. (Youtube WILL trip over any privacy extension in your browser and tell you the video is “unavailable.” Alphabet Corp HATES privacy. Use the link provided above.)
Electronica isn’t for everyone. But The Glitch Mob has found an audience that most Big Beat groups don’t find. The members edIT (Edward Ma), Boreta (Justin Boreta) and Ooah (Josh Mayer) are often producing music that could be playing in an action movie during a montage of the bad-guy building his lair, or the hero working in his version of the Fortress of Solitude.
This song is “Our Demons” featuring Aja Volkman by the Glitch Mob. It’s off their 2014 album Love Death Immortality. (If YouTube freaks out and tells you the video is unavailable – it doesn’t like the privacy extensions in your browser – use the link above.)
Bronski Beat is a synthpop trio from Britain. The entire band was openly gay, which was a big thing in 1984, especially since their music reflected that. (CDC published the first article – about what would later be known as AIDS – in 1981.)
This song is “Smalltown Boy” from their 1984 debut album The Age of Consent. It was fairly high in the European charts, and it broke the top 100 in the US. It deals with family rejection, that was pretty common for gays in the 1980s. (If YouTube freaks out – it doesn’t like the privacy extensions in your browser – use the link above.)
This doesn’t fit in with “Metal for Monday,” but can I really schedule this song on Wednesday? I don’t think so.
Yello is a collaboration between Dieter Meier and Boris Blank. They’re from Switzerland. Their first album, Solid Pleasure was released in 1980, and their most recent, Toy, was released in 2016. They have some dance music, and some more abstract electronica. Actually I think that mostly depends on the mix you stumble across, as there is a dance mix of most of their music.
You know their 1985 single “Oh Yeah‡” which was featured in the film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and in numerous other places since then. (Including a reference in the after-credits Easter egg in the 1st Deadpool movie.)
This song is “Mean Monday” by Yello. It was released as a single in 2011.
‡ “Oh Yeah” video is at this link.
Lindsey Stirling is turning into one of my favorite artists, when I crave something more melodic than house music, electronica or Heavy Metal. Her songs almost always have an energy flowing through them that I like.
This song is “Mirage” (Featuring Raja Kumari) from the 2016 album Brave Enough. (YouTube. Browser privacy extensions. “Not available.” Use the link above.)
I suppose I need to actually make an effort to see one of her concerts. And remember that whichever artist or group you like, buy an album or a song once in awhile. (People have to make a living.)
Surf Rock is a thing. While it’s heyday was in the 1960s, it lives on. The Aqua Velvets are a surf band from San Francisco. They got started in the 1980s, and they are still around. Clean, unfiltered guitar. I like it.
This song is “Nomad” by The Aqua Velvets from their 1996 album, Nomad. (If YouTube freaks out and says the video is unavailable – it doesn’t like the privacy extensions in your browser – use the link above.)
I can’t seem to get enough Heavy Metal. At least at certain times during the day. So let’s take a listen to Lacuna Coil. They are another one of metal bands that you’ve never heard of – mostly because they aren’t from the US. Well, if you listen to my Musical Interludes, you’ve heard them. They are an Italian Gothic Metal band. (Don’t worry, the song is in English.)
The song is “Our Truth” by Lacuna Coil from their 2006 album Karmacode. (YouTube. Video “unavailable” Use the link above. Alphabet Corp. HATES the privacy extensions in your browser.)