Band: Amadeus Awad
Album: Time Of The Equinox
Genre: Progressive rock/neoclassical shred
It has been often been said that music is a universal language, and the original country of any band or project should be no boundary to the experience of a finished product. However, I cannot avoid raising an eyebrow to the diversity of countries that engage in one or more of the many subgenres of rock. As a case in point, I present a prog-rock/shred influenced guitarist hailing from the Lebanon, by name of Amadeus Awad. Last year, he released his début solo album Time Of The Equinox, combining a myriad of influences and styles and resulting in an album that encapsulates his beliefs about harmony and balance in the universe.
Band: Quicksand SwimClub
Album: What We Go Through EP
Caught in between the catchy melody of summer-time pop-punk and the heavier tinge of post-hardcore, Quicksand SwimClub, a relatively new band coming out of the Midwest US, are soon to release their sophomore What We Go Through EP. Evoking some nostalgia for childhood in both the music and lyrics, the 17 minutes provided are a snippet of the band’s accessible style. Each of the four tracks stands alone and yet flow together with few bumps, showcasing the various influences that pop up along the way.
Thanks to Team All About The Music for setting me up with this EP!
Band: Despite Exile
Album: Re-Evolve EP
Genre: Djenty deathcore
Back for more after their début EP last year (review here), it appears that Italian upstarts Despite Exile have had a change of heart after providing Americanized melodic deathcore last time round. Although not a complete U-turn, the band have now morphed into something more machine-like…They’ve now added djent into the formula, along with a couple of other improvements and adaptations in Re-Evolve EP, a digestible portion of three songs at 11 minutes total, all of which have been premiered on various sites.
I’d like to make a quick shout-out to Sofya for providing me with the opportunity for this cool experience, thanks very much!
Band: Billy’s Band
Venue: Avrora, RU
Date: 21st April 2012
Genre: “Romantic alcojazz”
Sometimes I surprise myself with the concerts which I end up attending. Amidst all the usual metal and punk gigs, there are occasions like this where a bit of diversity helps to spice things up, and keep the concert experience fresh. The combination of a new venue and a new style of music was at first a little alien, but I soon got into the swing of things. The venue, Avrora, was a spacious area with a psychedelic ceiling lights display and a very large stage set up with a whole bunch of equipment. The band, Billy’s Band, play a self-styled “romantic alcojazz”, heavily inspired by Tom Waits, and have released an extensive discography, all while eschewing a record deal. It seems to have done well for them, as the concert was very well-attended, and I found out later the band have also played internationally, in London and New York. Their songs are a mixture of Russian-language and English, both covers and originals, blending in jazz, swing, blues and rock, with a surprise or two on the way.
Many thanks to Rhys Bufford of Xenosis (Facebook here) for introducing this kickass band to me.
Band: Nuclear Summer
Album: Nuclear Summer
It seems that music always has a way of holding surprises for listeners in the formation or reinvention of genres over the past couple of decades. Post-hardcore has been given a fairly bad rap in recent years, with bands like Funeral For A Friend and Hawthorne Heights being slated on a regular basis by those who look down their nose at the developments of the genre. Well, to those who snub, I offer you a reinvented form of it, taking the name as an amalgamation of post-rock and hardcore punk. The combination sounds fairly jarring on paper, but Nuclear Summer, hailing from Brisbane, execute it almost flawlessly on their début eponymous album.