Faccions

Soen is a supergroup of musicians from various metal bands. They are solidly Progressive Metal and have been compared to Tool. I really like some of their music. But then Progressive and Metal… What’s not to love? Some of their music doesn’t strike me as metal, being a bit low-key. We might get to some of that eventually.

And while they are singing in English, here’s a link to the lyrics, just in case…

This is “Fraccions” by Soen from the 2012 album Cognitive. The last minute or so, is an a cappella harmony coda, or outro, which is quite nice.

“Fraccions” translates to Fractions in English. It is in Catalan, a co-official language of three autonomous communities in eastern Spain, most notably Catalonia.

Return of the Pistolero

You’ve probably heard Juno Reactor (aside from this blog) in movies. Their music has been in The Matrix movies (2 & 3), Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and more. I like some, but not all, of their music.

This is “Return of the Pistolero” by Juno Reactor from the 2018 album The Mutant Theatre. I really love the guitar work in this song; it is more than you usually get in electronica.

Lunatic Soul

I haven’t featured a song by Lunatic soul in a few years. I’m not sure why. Lunatic Soul is the work of Polish progressive-rock vocalist and bassist Mariusz Duda. (English Lyrics.) He is principally known for his work in the group Riverside. Lunatic Soul is a side project. Though I have to say that most side-projects don’t produce 6 studio albums, which is what Lunatic Soul has done.

This song is “Lunatic Soul” by Lunatic Soul from the debut album Lunatic Soul. That in itself makes it unique. And although it is Progressive Rock, it is calm enough it won’t disturb you while you wait for the caffeine to kick in.

While Love Died

Shortly after Floor Jansen joined Nightwish, that band decided to take a break. Well, after an album and a tour they took a break. That gave her a chance to revisit a project she was forced to put on the shelf a few years back. They both have other commitments, and Nightwish is huge. Especially since they fired their previous soprano for daring to have a solo career. Well that and they were in danger of becoming Tarja and Nightwish, and they were not going to stand for that…

This is “While Love Died” by Northward. The hard rock project by soprano Floor Jansen (Nightwish) and guitarist Jørn Viggo Lofstad (Pagan’s Mind) from their 2018 album Northward. And while she is singing in English, it is hard rock/metal, so here’s a link to the lyrics.

Peter Green: 29 October 1946 – 25 July 2020

You know Peter Green from his work with Fleetwood Mac, of which he was a founding member. He is number 58 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of 100 greatest guitar players.

If you only listen to 1 song, listen to the 3rd one listed below. I saved the best for last.

Peter Green wrote some the songs you most know by that group, including this song. “Black Magic Woman.”

Then there is “Loser Two Times” from his 1980 solo album Little Dreamer.

Finally we have “The Super-Natural” which the magazine Guitar Player ranked as 50th greatest song ever.

Ordinary Love – Extraordinary Mix

I think that I have mentioned that U2 wasn’t ever my favorite group, and that when I stopped listening to the radio, I stopped hearing their music. Thanks to a social media discussion I’ve given some of their music another chance. This album came up has some decent songs on it…

This is “Ordinary Love – Extraordinary Mix” by U2 from the 2017 album Songs of Experience (Deluxe Edition).

6 M’s

Donald Byrd was a Be Bop trumpeter, who when he was leading his own band, tended to push the boundaries a bit. He also worked as a side man with a lot of other jazz musicians.

This song is “”6 M’s” by Donald Byrd (and company) from the 1962 album Royal Flush. Well from the 2006 remastered version of that album.

Donald Byrd on trumpet. Herbie Hancock on piano. Pepper Adams playing baritone saxophone. Butch Warren playing bass. Billy Higgins is the drummer.

Winternight

Visions of Atlantis is a group I only stumbled upon recently. Austrian. Symphonic Metal. (Don’t worry, they sing in English) Some would say that they have been around since 1995, though they changed the name of the band in 2000, but they have had a large number of personnel changes years. Well, I won’t fight about it.

The biggest personnel change came when Nicole Bogner left the band in 2005. She later passed away after a long battle with a severe disease. (Privacy is a thing in Europe.) Several places list this version of the song as being dedicated to Bogner, and there is a note on the subject in the video itself. Still, Clémentine Delauney, the new soprano, has a beautiful voice.

There are some screaming guitars, though maybe not enough for Monday, but since I make the rules… And it is a beautiful song.

This song is “Winternight” by Visions of Atlantis from their 2016 EP Old Routes – New Waters. It was originally on the 2004 album Castaway.

God Is God

Electronica that rocks, and samples Charlton Heston from the classic 1956 movie The Ten Commandments. Sometimes spending all that time on Social Media pays off. (Usually it just gives me indigestion.)

You’ve heard Juno Reactor, and not just on this blog. Their music has a tendency to show up in movies and the like. This song shows up in the 1999 film Beowulf.

This song is “God Is God” by Juno Reactor from the 1997 album Bible Of Dreams.

Do or Die

There aren’t too many women doing the Death Metal, Death Growl. Angel Gossow is one of the best. I can’t say she beat others to that, but she was lead singer for Arch Enemy until 2014. Since then she has managed a couple of groups including Arch Enemy and Amaranthe. This is the first musical outing since she left Arch Enemy.

Amaranthe is usually Nils Molin doing clear vocals, Elize Ryd singing soprano and Henrik Englund Wilhelmsson doing “harsh” vocals, though I don’t think he sings on this song. Morten Løwe Sørensen on drums and Johan Andreassen on bass and Olof Mörck playing guitars and keyboards round out the group.

This is “Do or Die” by the group Amaranthe featuring vocals by Angela Gossow. It from the 2020 album Manifest, which is due to be released in October. You can find the lyrics at this link, because Death Growl.

Then As Now For All Time

Since I know how much people hate foreign languages, today’s song is an instrumental. That is necessary because Kent was an unusual Swedish band in as much as they sang in Swedish. (Most European groups sing in English, as it gives them a larger – potential – audience.) So we avoid the whole, “I hate foreign languages” issue, and still have an interesting song/video. You’re welcome. Well a few of Kent’s songs were in English, but only a few.

This is “Då Som Nu För Alltid” by Kent from their 2016 album Då Som Nu För Alltid. Both the song and album title mean “Then As Now For All Time.” It was their final album.

Apparently there is an interview with the songwriter from Kent who said that Swedes writing in English tend to get caught up in cliches. I can’t find that reference.

Something About You

Most of the jazz I listen to is either guitar, like Craig Chacquico, or saxophone, like Stan Getz. So here is something different, a pianist. I think it was all those years of piano lessons that mostly make me skip piano, though I never had a teacher who could teach jazz.

This is “Something About You” by Brian Simpson from his 2018 album Something About You.

Charlie Daniels has passed away…

Charlie Daniels: October 28, 1936 – July 06, 2020

Country and Western was never my thing, but the guitar work done in the Charlie Daniel’s Band always verged on Rock & Roll. Plus he had a great sense of humor, at least in his music. If you only listen to one song, listen to “Still in Saigon,” the 3rd video. It has some great guitar playing.

First the cliche.

Then the comedy. This song always brings a smile to my face, and I’m not even sure I like it.

Now the guitar work.

The Rules

Another band I found via the generated playlists from either Spotify or Pandora… The band is Elysion, which is listed in a couple of places as Gothic Metal, but this song is neither dark, and while the lyrics are a little brooding, not enough for me to call them Goth.

Their F*c*book page lists them as Alternative Metal. Something in the music sounds like good old-fashion Rock and Roll to me. Anyway, as I write this, I have not listened to a lot of their music, but there are a number of songs I do like. Lyrics can be found at this link

This is “The Rules” by Elysion, from their 2009 album Silent Scr3am. (And no, that is no a typo. It is leet, sort of.)

They’re a Greek Band, with a name not quite stolen from Greek Mythology; it is just an unusual spelling in English. But don’t worry, they sing in English, because they know how much you hate foreign languages. The band consists of Christianna – Vocals, Johnny Zero – Guitars, FxF – Bass, Laitsman – Drums, Nid – Guitars. And no, I have no clue about the names…

A Fourth of July Musical Interlude

There is really only one song that must be present. “The Star Spangled Banner.” I’m not 100% sure, but I believe this performance is by the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Slovakia.

But there are other choices that can supplement that one. “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” It is performed by The United States Army Field Band.

Last year’s post is good too.

I hope you have a good weekend.

Smuggler’s Blues

Today’s video comes to us from not-so-long ago post from My Daily Kona – Monday Music “Smugglers Blues” by Glen Frey, who notes…

The video for “Smuggler’s Blues” won Frey an MTV Video Music Award in 1985, and inspired an episode of Miami Vice, in which Frey guest-starred.

The long-form video is available at My Daily Kona. Enjoy.

This is “Smuggler’s Blues” by Glenn Frey.

A “We Are The Mighty” Musical Interlude

8 songs that are essential to any successful military convoy.

Typically, the role of “Doc” in the convoy is as a passenger. While remaining alert and attentive, I also felt that I needed to keep my unit motivated and focused while they did their various jobs.

I took the task very seriously by acting as the Convoy DJ, playing the greatest hits for combat effectiveness!

The songs are…

  1. AC/DC — Highway to Hell
  2. Rage Against The Machine — Testify
  3. Outkast — B.O.B
  4. Jimi Hendrix — All Along the Watchtower
  5. The White Stripes — Seven Nation Army
  6. Cage the Elephant — Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked
  7. System of a Down — Chop Suey!
  8. Godsmack — Awake

Click thru for the notes and the videos.

Every convoy needs some musical motivation. Whether you’re taking the kiddos to school, enjoying a leisurely Sunday drive or simply heading into the office for another day of crushing it, cue up this playlist and have an epic journey.

Vengeance Is Mine

I think Alice Cooper’s long-standing career points out that the whole drugs/alcohol scene in Rock & Roll doesn’t work. He’s been sober since the 1980s. It seems to work for him. (It also worked for Ted Nugent, but that’s another story.)

In 1986, Megadeth opened for Cooper on their US Constrictor tour. After noticing the abuse of alcohol and other drugs in the band, Cooper personally approached the band members to try to help them control their abuse, and he has stayed close to front man Dave Mustaine, who considers Cooper to be his “godfather”.[146] Since overcoming his own addiction to alcohol in the mid-1980s, Cooper has continued to help and counsel other rock musicians with addiction problems. “I’ve made myself very available to friends of mine – they’re people who would call me late at night and say, ‘Between you and me, I’ve got a problem.'” In recognition of the work he has done in helping other addicts in the recovery process, Cooper received in 2008 the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award at the fourth annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert in Los Angeles.

Not the image a born-again Christian usually portrays, that’s what Cooper is….

This is “Vengeance Is Mine” featuring guitarist Slash (Saul Hudson) of Guns N’ Roses. The song is by Alice Cooper from the 2008 album Along Came a Spider.