So I guess the title to this post is kind of self-explanatory. Post-Blog As ( the site formerly known as Post-Blog as F**K!) has moved.
All your support for this site over the last eighteen months or so has been wonderfully humbling. It means the world to all of us who have written here. I quite seriously cannot thank you enough. But stupid names and ambitions, not to mention real life, got in the way so things had to change.
So now we’ll be operating as The Windswept Edge and this will be over at www.windsweptedge.wordpress.com until we buy the domain name shortly. We’re already on Facebook and Twitter as well so please check us out there as well.
The first change is the name. The reasons for that are probably pretty self-explanatory. The second change will be our content. From now on it’ll be much, much, much wider to accommodate our staff’s wide range of interests, talents and inspirations and to stop us becoming burned out on any one thing because despite our best intentions it does happen. You’ve all seen it.
The third reason for the change is frequency. All of us who write here work outside of this, some of us even with pretty promising grown up jobs and careers now. The site pretty much pays for itself but that’s it. We all have our personal lives outside of this to lead and simply keeping up with the expected volume of content became too much. So from now on, at our new home, we’ll be focusing on high quality content instead of a high volume. Better stuff more often but less often than mediocre stuff. That’s no bad policy right? Our passion remains limitless but our time does not.
Reasoning aside please come and join us at our new home over at The Windswept Edge at www.windsweptedge.wordpress.com. Or on Facebook and Twitter. We’d all appreciate it no end. There might even be a drink or two in it for you.
Once again, our sincerest thanks for all your support and interest in our work. There won’t ever be enough words to do that justice. Thank you.
The Post-Blog As team
Monuments are proving themselves to be something of an anomaly of the modern progressive music genre that borrows aspects, whether you see those aspects as a guitar tone or genre specifics, in that they’re one band who translate much better in a live environment than on record. Much of the appeal of this kind of music is often found in the compositional and production elements so the live experience can…vary somewhat. For Monuments however the tight, percussive and coiled grooves and pummeling riffs that make up the majority of their debut album ‘Gnosis’ come to life in the confines of a club much more than they do through a set of headphones. We discovered that on the Glasgow date of their latest European tour and now everyone who’s been unlucky enough to miss those dates can get something akin to the experience thanks to this full live set of the band from a recent show in Paris making it online.
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The diversity of rock ‘n’ roll is a great thing. For those of us who are doing it right it allows us access to a whole wonderful world of differently textured music that all come from the same wounded beating heart. This gives not only the fan a wealth of great music to explore but the artists themselves some sort of permission to mish-mash everything they love together and create something that hopefully other people love too. It’s a trick easier said that done, lets be honest something like 75% of bands actually fucking suck, but for some it pays off. So far all evidence points towards Iris being one such a band.
Iris sound something like mainstream friendly alternative rock but there’s a rough punk rock edge to proceedings. There’s not enough gruff edge or aggression here to make them heavy, but there’s not enough focus on sugary melodies and the kind of dirt simple arrangements that radio demands to make them lime light chasing sell outs either. If you’re going to sound like this then chances are its because you really want to. There’s a kind of honesty and integrity to that which speaks volumes. They’re kinda catchy too. I guess you could say that goes in their favour as well. But only if you’re more into hooks and dancing than you are ideologies which I’m not because I’m ginger. No one wants to dance with me.
The band are due to drop their new single ‘Lights at Ten’ on April 29th ahead of a UK tour in May to preceed the launch of their debut full length later in the year.
That sweet slightly dirty production job comes coutesy of Feed the Rhino’s Oz Craggs. If you’re aware of the kind of genuine, down to earth, honest and straight up awesome a band they are then the fact they’re involved with Iris really should make you want to pay attention for a couple of minutes. The catchy tune should probably make you pay attention for a few more.
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Soilwork ‘The Living Infinite’ (Nuclear Blast 2013)
See in all seriousness who really thought a double album from Soilwork was a good idea? I didn’t. Since ‘Stabbing the Drama’ the band’s output has been somewhat patchy. Never terrible but nothing hitting the heights of ‘Natural Born Chaos’ or the aforementioned ‘Stabbing the Drama’. It was perhaps ok to think the band had peaked, they’d produced some of the most exciting melodic metal to have emerged from the Gothenberg scene in 4 great albums. Maintaining that level of quality would be a monumental task for any artist. So it is with a heart swelling with joy that I get to say that I was wrong. Soilwork doing a double album was a tremendous idea.
‘The Living Infinite’ is wonderful. It’s a mish-mash of every sound element the band have toyed with over the years: their more classic rock influences, ferocious blast beats, trademark guitar harmonies, grooves and moments as catchy as the plague. Songs like…in fact fuck that. Nearly all the songs on here are excellent. I’m certain a few of the twenty tracks on here probably won’t stand the test of the time but they’re not bad songs by any means. It’s by far the band’s most cohesive album while also being surprisingly diverse. The two keys to this lie in drummer Dirk Verbeuren and vocalist Bjorn Stried. Verbeuren is possibly the quintessential metal drummer and the range of rhythmic dynamics he’s able to so effortlessly bring to the band allow them to explore such a wide range of sounds. As for the band’s vocalist…he’s probably the single strongest vocalist in contemporary metal. Certainly for the more straight ahead side of things like Soilwork anyway. As always Strid’s melodic voice is a powerful beast but it’s amazing to hear his aggressive vocals vary from their mid range bark to higher end screams and deep growls alongside some fantastically gritty melodic attacks.
To a certain extent you need to be invested in Soilwork’s sound to really get the most out of this. If you were a casual listener I imagine you’d find half of these songs great and perhaps some of the rest a bit samey. But by samey they are also really good. So if anything the only detraction I can make regarding ‘The Living Infinite’, apart from that awful title, is its length. If the worst a critic can say about your double album is that it may be a bit too long for some people you’re onto a winner.
Soilwork are fucking winners.
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Sectioned ‘Outlier’ (Self-release 2013)
So many heavy bands want to be intense They want to be chaotic, over the edge, ominous and scary to everyone who doesn’t get it. Most of them aren’t, which is fine because at the end of the day heavy music is a wee bit tongue in cheek, but occasionally artists emerge who do embody every single piece of the aggressive aesthetic of heavy music. ‘Outlier’ is the beginning of Sectioned becoming just such a band.
If the opening to ‘Parasite’ doesn’t frighten you then you’ve probably downloaded the wrong file by mistake. Consult Bandcamp to help you out there. As a build, and indeed a foil, to the rest of the EP it’s brilliant and displays just strong a grasp of dynamics Sectioned have as they’ve made a subtle, simple and awkward song sounds as menacing and ferocious as the rest of their near bonkers material. I love the production of this EP. Everything feels like it has depth and purpose. It’s genuinely sonically heavy as opposed to just being chock a block full of break downs, blast beats and screams to imply the idea of heaviness where’s there isn’t any. Apart from this monstrous sense of heaviness the other appeal to Sectioned is obviously their technical ability, the band can surely play, but thankfully they use those moments of technical flair as exciting accents to enhance some of the more direct dynamics focusing on the band’s speed, be it breakneck or crushing. It’s a definite leap in writing from the band’s last EP, each track feels much more of a song than a bunch of cool parts thrown together for a few minutes. Tracks like ‘Neverbeen’ for example move seamlessly from a more loose rock n roll influenced grove the more mechanical and tight attacks traditionally associated with this kind of approach and then there’s those haunting and menacing clean section in ‘Hell Away From Home’ which morphs into one of the single most satisfying musical moments I’ve heard from an unsigned band in an age.
Probably the only thing the EP perhaps has going against it is how intense it is. It’s not massively easy to listen to in one sitting, unless you are truely invested in this type of music. But perhaps that just goes to show how good Sectioned are what they do? They’re not exactly chasing mainstream success here or Kerrang! covers. Though I hear the deathcore kids dig them now so who knows?
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See if you don’t find the music that Super Snake make sexy as all fuck then you’re genitalia are malfunctioning. Please seek your Dr’s advice immediately. If you don’t find this video for the band’s new track ‘Yes I’m A Doctor’ hilarious then you’re humour gland is, and this is a technical term, fucked. Your Dr cannot help you here.
This is what I want my birthday party to be like this year. It’s May 15th folks. Mark your calendars.
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