I haven’t featured anything by The Crystal Method in a while, and then I discovered they (He – one of the guys retired) put out an album the end of 2018, which until just recently, I missed. So, let’s listen to a song from that album. It isn’t quite dance music. Big Beat is how The Crystal Method are usually categorized.
This is “Ghost In The City” by The Crystal Method, featuring Le Castle Vania & Amy Kirkpatrick. It is off their September, 2018 album, The Trip Home. (YouTube isn’t currently tripping over the embedded video, but if that changes, use the link above.)
“A Hazy Shade of Winter” was originally written and sung by Simon & Garfunkel in 1966. It was covered by The Bangles in their live performances, and a version was used in the 1987 film Less Than Zero. I ran across another version when I finally got around to seeing the Netflix show The Umbrella Academy.
This is “Hazy Shade of Winter” by Gerard Way. It was used on the Netflix show The Umbrella Academy.
The title of this post is taken from the opening line of the song. It is appropriate since one of the Characters, Number Five, is capable of time-traveling. The Umbrella Academy is a bit of cross between The Adjustment Bureau, Looper, and Teen Titans.
Also Gerard Way (one of the founding members of My Chemical Romance) wrote the original comic, The Umbrella Academy.
A German band that names itself in Latin has fascinated me since I first ran across them. I don’t like all of their music, but some of it I like a lot. Lacrimas Profundere, which means “to shed tears” in English, is a band from Bavaria. Their last album was in 2016, so I would say they are due to release something, but what do I know?
This song is “Ave End” from the 2004 album of the same name by the German Gothic Metal Band Lacrimas Profundere. (YouTube. Browser privacy extensions. “Unavailable.” Use link.)
Kamelot is Power Metal band out of the Tampa Bay Area, and I would usually feature one of their songs on Metal for Mondays, but this is an acoustic version of a song that I quite like. (I like the original, and I like this version.) I find there are a number of songs by Kamelot that disrupt the idea most people have of Heavy Metal bands. I will feature some more of them in the future, but let’s get on with it for now.
This is “The Veil of Elysium (acoustic version)” from deluxe edition of the 2015 album Haven. YouTube will trip over the privacy extensions in your browser and tell you the video is unavailable. When that happens use the link above.
You can find the lyrics at this link.
Omnia is a band that calls itself “Neoceltic.” I can’t remember how I ran across them, but my guess is that they were included in one of my Darkwave radio stations on one of the streaming services.
This is “Caveman” from Omnia’s 2018 album Reflexions. It was the first song from that album that I had heard. I like it a lot, but the verdict is still out on the album as a whole. Needs a little more listening to see if I will purchase a copy. (You need to support the artists you like, if you expect them to keep producing music.)
Delain is a Dutch (don’t worry – English lyrics), Symphonic Metal Band started in 2002 by keyboardist Martijn Westerholt, and soprano Charlotte Wessels. She has a beautiful, clear voice that is a pleasure to listen to, and yet they still manage to include enough screaming guitars and thundering drums for Heavy Metal.
This is “Invidia” by Delain from the 2009 album April Rain. When YouTube trips over the privacy extensions in your browser and says that the video is unavailable, use the link. (You do have privacy extensions in your browser, don’t you?)
I stumbled across El Radio Fantastique only because one of their songs was used in a video about Burning Man. They have a quirky sound that I cannot listen to for hours, but in short stretches is quite nice. And very different from most other musical fare.
This is “Isabella” by El Radio Fantastique from their 2012 album Waking the Dead.