Here is some of the music I've been enjoying this winter, and especially during my time living in Europe.
This is probably my favorite metal album of the year. Totally incredible Belgian band. The riffs are reminiscent of some black metal, but with more hooks and alot of rhythmic complexity. This song reflects on terminal illness and the fragility of life, and manages to be simultaneously enraging and uplifting. The standout quality of this band comes from the vocalist: Caro Tanghe. Her diverse vocal abilities are on display here, mastering the full range and depth of sounds you could imagine a human voice making, and some you probably can't, such as on the track Second son of R.
Their name derives from a Neurosis lyric, from the song (of the album of the same name)
The Eye of Every Storm (2004)
I love Neurosis, so here's that whole album. It's one of their slower ones, but every track explores a different idea and does it to perfection. It's produced by Steve Albini of Big Black and Shellac. It has more clean (undistorted) vocals than most metal, and many more moments of reflective tranquility than earlier Neurosis albums. as such it is probably my favorite.
This is an interesting and hypnotic track. Really no few bars are the same here, and I love where it goes through the middle. This one is loud enough that I could follow it well even in some crowded mass-transit situations. Consistently experimental, but delivering enough hooks to stay fun. Every Krallice album I've listened to has been varied and interesting, with 2016's EP Hyperion being one of my favorites. The Lyrics are thrououghly scifi, no deathmetal cliche's here, just a wonderful, scientifically informed reflection on our place in the universe. I'm not sure if any of this is in reference to the Dan Simmons Novel, Hyperion, but if so that is one of my favorite reads lately. Like with most of my favorite metal, you're not going to learn much about the songwriting without looking up some lyrics.
Solar arch of vast expanse
Core of innumerable forces
Hyperion's voice travels--
1,000 years to find me
Let breath guide thought motion
Surreality forgone assemblage
Speed the passage to stellar debris
This soft tissue must serve
A greater immortality
Immolation grant me Helios' steed
Awaken to blood and frustration
Next lamb be the tyrant
Move slow, land moves fast beneath
Let the somatic cosmos
Sink over this wave of reasoning
And let the time pass with dignity
The guilt of time surrounds
Observations amidst the carriers
Wave back like the ocean of leaves
Rejoice in the change
Forever alter the course
Saviour Crusader Soul Saver
Kept out, prison chapel ways
Though functions through
Cheep chatter, hyenal assumption
Judgement not of henge
Greed of grazing
Twisted strokes of psychology
The ancient dead devour
All life eroded
Civilization transmuted to the substance of ether
How about something soft? This is just some typically relaxing electronic pop music, except that it's Milosh, so the production is subtle and perfect, the song evolves throughout, the textures are unparalleled. This is about as soft as it gets, with smooth jazz/R&b falsetto vocals over drum machines. And it's about a sexy as love-songs can get in good taste. I had to try and limit myself to once a day on this one, and I didn't entirely succeed. I've followed Milosh and Rhye for a while, but this song is the one that encouraged me to look back through his whole catalog. His first three albums are brilliant as well.