Can't Help Falling in Love. Presley, Elvis. Linus and Lucy Peanuts Theme. Guaraldi, Vince. Piano Solo. You Raise Me Up. Groban, Josh. Feeling Good.
Joel, Billy. The Beatles. Sheeran, Ed. Your Song. John, Elton. Rise Up. Day, Andra. What a Wonderful World. Armstrong, Louis. Bridge Over Troubled Water. You've Got a Friend. King, Carole. Following the first song is " Ten Thousand Tentacles ", one of three short instrumental tracks on the album. Essentially soundscape extensions of the songs adjacent to them, the three tracks " Ten Thousand Tentacles ", " Triple Cross ", and " The Garden Of Heathen " don't stand on their own and are not designed to, yet they work well to enhance the emotional impact of their parent songs.
A song of love yet to be realized, it is one of the more upbeat tunes on Prey and feels akin to the songs on Tiamat's previous two albums. The simplistic riffs are catchy, as always, and the keyboards make a larger contribution to the song in the form of overall atmosphere and the occasional hook. The song also contains one of the rare guitar solos to be found on the album.
Moderately distorted, the solos are brief and integrate well into songs that normally don't tolerate such elements very well - yet another example of Edlund's masterful understanding of song craft.
Turning up the pace another notch is " Light In Extension ". The chugging riffs provide the momentum as the keys float just below the surface, tying together the rhythm with Johan's filtered vocals - giving everything a bit of The Cure feel.
Not just a standout track, but one of my favorites of the album is " Clovenhoof ". The keyboard melodies give it an X-Files ambiance similar to the show's theme song and the chorus is memorable and infectious. The guitar leads are crisp and haunting as they blend together with the other instrumentation, and Edlund's voice, to create one of the most magical songs of Prey.
Similar to the majority of the album in tempo and emotion, what sets this song apart is the lead vocals - not performed by Johan, but by an uncredited female friend of his.
Her thin, wispy voice is a perfect fit with the dark riffs and sorrowful piano and would be a significant enhancement to the core sound of Tiamat were she incorporated more often. She does appear with Edlund in a supporting role on " Divided ", but I would like to see her involved in a more substantial way. As Lotta Hoglin helps define the success of Beseech, so could this unknown woman contribute to Tiamat's somber style.
Prey proves yet again that Tiamat, and Johan in particular, are experts in the field of Gothic metal. Purchase Prey from these fine e-Tailers:. Labels: , Gothic metal , Sweden , Tiamat.
Soulkeep is a young band from Madison, WI that delivers a substantial punch in the form of traditionally inspired modern thrash. They also embrace many of the modern thrash elements perfected by bands such as Nevermore and Shadows Fall, keeping their sound fresh. The opening riffs of " Forevermore " are pure classic thrash, backed up by singer Dean Gehrmann sounding a bit like Dave Mustaine.
Rob Parkinson belts out fiery licks along with the driving riffs and delivers a mighty fine solo. Toby Hull thunders behind the kit while the bass of Matt Nagel is just right in the mix. Gehrmann again sounds a bit like Mustaine, but spews the choruses in a raw snarl that befits the title of the song. The leads from Parkinson are outstanding in their complexity. Being that this is Soulkeep's first recording, it's not surprising to find the band to be a bit loose. They experiment with melody and frequent time changes, and with a bit more work in the studio I'm sure they'll discover what fits best for them.
The musicians have the talent, Gehrmann has the vocal ability, and they all have the passion to succeed. Chant Of The Vipers is just the first step on what I'm sure will be an accomplished journey. Search eBay for Chant of the Vipers :. Labels: , Soulkeep , thrash , USA. Blending catchy melodies with thick, punchy riffs, Finns Entwine have risen to be counted among the leaders of Goth metal in their home country and are steadily moving up in the ranks worldwide.
DiEversity is the band's fourth studio album and essentially carries on where their previous album left off. If, like me, you're not familiar with any of Entwine's earlier work, their sound can be compared to that of fellow Finns Poisonblack, H. The songs on DiEversity offer up a bit more commercial appeal than the aforementioned bands, and at first I was dismayed by the clear aim at mainstream popularity.
After a very short intro, the first single from the album - " Bittersweet " - kicks in. There can be no doubt that this song was crafted specifically for the radio. The keys of Riita Heikkonen, however, serve to add a dark atmosphere and set Entwine apart from the many radio clones. Mika Tauriainen's voice is clear and powerful, always having just a hint of sorrow and regret. Tom belts out a quality solo on a couple of occasions, but for the most part the six-stringers are reserved.
Despite this, the wall of sound delivered by Entwine is guitar heavy and washes over you completely, enveloping you in the mood of the music. Grounding the heavy riffs is the rock-solid rhythm section of bass player Joni Miettinen and drummer Aksu Hanttu. Aksu's beats are never complex, but Joni's bass lines tend to be intricate when not adding punch to the riffs. Having to narrow the field for this review, my favorite of the bunch is " Still Remains ". The song begins with a somewhat Euro power metal keyboard intro giving way to the heaviest riffs on the album.
Uptempo and heavy on the bass, " Still Remains " has a catchy chorus and highly atmospheric keys - the two common ingredients found throughout the album. Turning up the pace a bit just makes this track more appealing to me than the others. With the recent success of Evanescence, it seems to me that modern rock radio is ready to embrace an album like DiEversity. Purchase DiEversity from these fine e-Tailers:.
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The Loser's Ball. Jigsaw Puzzle. The Silk Dilemma. Disappearing Sands. The Perpetual Knot. Another Haven. The song comes across in the form of a rant for their victims:. The souls that will haunt you Will give no reprieve. Fall on your knees Your turn to beg and plead For your wretched soul to be saved.
Hawk first solo and Dailey second carry the day with more dual lead guitar work. Old world souls have seen their time Plagues, misfortunes come and go Only come to take your soul. No holds boundaries creates amiss Save yourself from the abyss. Hawk delivers a nice stretch of fluid lead guitar work to bring out the best in one of the albums finer tracks. As I cry out to you Am I wasted? Gently and gracefully moving forward, the song smoothly drifts through its second verse until the rhythm guitar returns in time to fortify the forcefully driven but hook-laden chorus that follows.
A rollicking instrumental section finds Dailey first solo and Hawk second again trading off in an energetic manner. This one is dark and haunting but memorable at the same time. After dying he is sentenced to live with his selfishness throughout eternity:. A life of sins I now am paying for Do you feel these frozen airwaves? Storming through its verse portions to a galloping riff, the song steadily charges ahead until suddenly tapering off for a melodic based passage shored up by a quietly played guitar.
More fiery lead work helps put this one over the top. The song proves another raucous hard rocker, jumping out of the gate with an abundance of high octane momentum that quickly pushes it to a spirited chorus carried at an ardent upbeat tempo.
Blood spills, is this the end? Oh no!
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