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EP review – Seed of Sadness

I received a random email through my blog a few weeks ago from Mike G, who’s bassist with Greek metal band Seed of Sadness. He offered me a digital copy of their first professionally-recorded 5-track EP in exchange for a review. I’ve not had an offer like this in years, since the old “Mosher’s Music Page” which is mothballed somewhere. So, obviously I replied in the positive.

Then found myself working a 70-hour week, away for a fortnight for our wedding/honeymoon and buried in work once again upon my return. Whoops.

I spotted his email again earlier today and promised myself I’d get it done before I went out this evening – to see a handful of other unsigned bands, as it happens.

I’ve only had a chance to listen to the tracks three or four times each and overall I am very impressed. Not just at the quality (song-writing, musicianship and production), but as they’re also very much my kind of thing. The sound could be classed as “melodic rock”, but that seems to be a general term for any metal with a keyboard in it for some reason. The lead vocalist is female and has the awesome name Stellaria. As far as I can tell, this is actually her name and not some stage identity. I have decided that Greek people have cool names.

She also has a hell of a voice, easily as good as anyone involved with the bigger female-fronted bands such as Nightwish, Evanescense and Within Temptation. I know there are many other bands out there, such as Lacuna Coil and Arch Enemy, but Seed of Sadness are definitely more in tune with the first three.

The other three chaps in the band, along with Stellaria, are pretty well trained musicians and their bio lists the people who taught them and the music schools they went to. Nowhere I’ve heard of, but it does tell you that this quartet are serious about what they’re doing.

OK, the songs. There are five on the EP and the quality is high. There’s good variety in the songs, while the band still manage to keep a sound of their own in there. No pandering to genres in the hopes of covering their bases. Opener “Remnant of a Dying Smile” is probably the best insofar as being quite catchy. If I have an issue with it, it’s the keyboards. The melody is fine, but I find the actual sound of them quite distracting in places. I’m not sure how to describe this as a non-musician, but you know you can make a keyboard play different types of sounds when you press a key? The notes in this song are a sound which hits, goes down in volume and then comes up again. It really messes with my ears.

Anyway, this little issue aside it’s a great song. I genuinely heard myself saying “This… is pretty fucking good” to myself during the first listen.

The other tracks, especially number 2 (“King of Loss”), took a little longer to grow on me. But four/five listens down the line (I’m listening through the EP again as I write this) and I’m suitably impressed.

Their bio mentions that they have ten songs written, with these first five the only ones recorded so far. On the strength of what I’ve heard, I wish them all the luck they deserve and hope to see them popping up in support slots in coming months.

Thanks to Mike for spotting my blog and giving me the chance to find out about the band. More info can be found on their facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/SeedofSadness

And, even better than that, the EP is available for download at the cracking cost of nothing at all from:

http://seedofsadness.bandcamp.com

If you prefer to pay them for a copy (€4 or more), then you get pre-order advance notices for the forthcoming album, discounts on merchandise and so on.

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Who the hell is…?

Dimebag Darrell
Would kick Eminem’s ass any day

Well, after being out of the country for a couple of years and (happily) ignoring television, radio and the tabloids I find myself drowning in a sea of recently famous people. Now, whether they’ll be Beatles-famous or one-album-then-ditched famous, who knows.

One thing that’s getting me are the names they’re using. I know you have to make a name for yourself, and in some cases people take this literally. The stuff they’re coming up with these days is just pants, though.

I mean, who the hell is Lady Gaga? I don’t need to check out the radio stations to know I’d loathe her stuff. Assuming it’s a “she” and not a group?

Going through the charts we have Shakira – sounds like a dodgy bit of Manga; Dizzee Rascal – made that one up in the playground at school; Beyonce – I bet there are a million of those being born in council estates every day now; Mr Hudson – wasn’t that a character in Grange Hill?; Jeremih – inspired by Pearl Jam but unable to spell; Booty Luv – oh, come on

What happened to the good old days when people had really ace nicknames? All the best ones being from the world of metal, of course. Come on – you can’t beat any of these lot with your namby-pamby radio-friendly claptrap:

Care to argue? Well don’t bother – you’re wrong. Metal has the best nicknames and pseudonyms. End of. I’m not narrow-minded. I’m just right.

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A religious dude… who’s actually cool

Hans sent me this link to a story from the Canadian Globe & Mail. It’s about a monk who’s decided he rather like metal – he cites Megadeth and Dream Theatre as favourites – so he’s decided to form a band and play live. This year he played at Italy’s Gods of Metal festival for the third time and he’s racked up about 150 gigs so far.

His name’s Friar Cesare Bonizzi, he’s 62 and he’s a Capuchin Monk. Why do I like him so much? This quote from the article:

“I never did it to preach, I did it because music is beautiful … If I want to convert people, I simply want to convert them to life, to welcome life, to enjoy life,” he said.

“I am religious and I am a priest but I am not doing this to convert people to Christ, to faith or the Church, but for them to try to understand life, to be able to enjoy it. Nothing more.”

Good on him. He’s a prime example of a religious person I could not only tolerate, but really like. Good on him and I hope the new album does well. In the meantime, here’s a vid of him from the GOM festival.

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When will people learn?

Congrats Finland

Finland trounced the Eurovision Song Contest a couple of years back with Lordi‘s amazing Rock and Roll Hallelujah. They tried again this year, but fell for the “they’ve done this before” attitude and their vastly superior act was rejected in favour of some trash from Russia voted for by all the ex-colonies/ states/ gulags/ whatever.

Australia’s version of Pop Idol (or is it Fame Academy? Same shit, different channel)is routinely filled with people singing the likes of Nickelback and RHCP rather than Bros.

And now Pop Idol Bulgaria has been won by a self-confessed metaller singing renditions of songs by Whitesnake and Deep Purple. The video’s below – watch out for the judge who looks like an old Maiden roadie.

So when will people learn? Metal fucking rules over that boring pop shite.

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