I have the greatest desire to do a podcast about music, but it so incredibly frustrating to not treat the podcast like my own radio show and play the music. I would need to purchase licenses from some of the big name companies in order to do this without risk, and that is too costly for what I want to do.
So here I am, making a written podcast. You an expect some of these posts to feature music from one genre, and sometimes focusing on one artist, while other posts may feature a wide variety of genres. My goal is to give you insight to what I listen to and some information about the artist! I hope you enjoy this!
The theme of this post is going to be bands I will be seeing live for the rest of this year!
Carach Angren – Symphonic Black Metal
I first was exposed to this band in a live setting. They were opening for Fleshgod Apocalypse, which was actually a fantastic choice in retrospect, but I didn’t love them when I saw them. My first impression was that their music had too much stop and go. Just as I would get into their groove, they would change the pattern/feel to the beat, and lose me. But they had a different sound that kept me interested. It almost sounded like fairy-tale black metal. Well, it was. After the show, I gave them a listen at home. I instantly loved it! Perhaps the venue didn’t push through their music in the best way possible, I’m not sure, I’ll have another opportunity to see them live, but their albums are fantastic, and I encourage you to give them a listen.
If you are a new listener, I encourage you to listen to this hit, “When Crows Tick On Windows”, from their last album This Is No Fairytale (2015).
If you are not a new listener or are curious about how they sound on their newest album Dance and Laugh Amongst The Rotten (2017), they made a video for the most curious song on the album, “Charles Francis Coghlan”.
I had no idea who Charles Francis Coghlan was or why a black metal band from the Netherlands would want to sing about him. Turns out a hurricane took his casket from Texas and was later discovered in Canada, seven years later. Or so the story goes. You learn something every day!
Carach Angren will be going on tour with Children of Bodom in North America in the next month! If you are like me and wrote Children of Bodom off after Hate Crew Deathroll, have no fear, because this is an anniversary tour and Children of Bodom are not playing anything newer than that album! That means we are getting CLASSIC BODOM!
Children of Bodom – Melodic Death Metal
Children of Bodom was one of the early melodic death metal bands I was exposed to in High School. Power metal hadn’t quite gotten popular yet, and there still weren’t a lot of good melodic death metal bands, so Children of Bodom really popped in the genre.
I came in right when Hate Crew Deathroll was released, and simply loved them. They were heavily touring North America (they hail from Finland), so I had a chance to see them a few times in small venues. They had such a classic 80s/90s power metal feel to them, mostly due to their melodic qualities, but you get hair-flipping Alexi at the helm with bobcat screams and some sweet flying-v solos.
“Sixpounder” off Hate Crew Deathroll (2003) was a favorite of mine. A short but sweet song.
“Kissing the Shadows” from Follow the Reaper (2000) is a classic representation of what Children of Bodom is. If you don’t like this song, then you probably won’t like the rest of their stuff.
Arch Enemy – Melodic Death Metal
Arch Enemy was one of those bands that I immediately had hearts in my eyes for. I happened to be at the Jagermeister Tour (2003) in Seattle to see Slayer, and Arch Enemy happened to be opening up the show (along with Hatebreed…but they aren’t for me). I remember hearing the “Tear Down the Walls” intro from Anthems of Rebellion (2003), the stage and hall was dark, and the intensity was building. Then all the musicians, aside from the vocalist, came out and hit “Silent Wars”. I immediately was hooked into the high intensity, melodic-ness of the music, and was further blown away when a 5’3″, blond, fierce Swedish woman came storming on stage, belting low death metal growls. I was like, WHAT!
Of course, that night I went home and looked up everything I could about that band. Turns out, there was a link to my favorite band, Cradle of Filth. At the time, Adrian Erlandsson was the drummer for Cradle of Filth, and well, his brother, Daniel Erlandsson, also happens to play drums, and plays drums for Arch Enemy.
Arch Enemy lost me when Angela changed her vocal screaming style after Doomsday Machine, but I have to say, Doomsday was a FANTASTIC album. Give it a listen. And maybe watch this music video and try not to draw comparisons to Britney Spears’s outfit for “Oops…I Did It Again”.
In 2014, Angela announced her retirement from singing. She would remain as Arch Enemy’s band manager, but someone else was going to take her place. This seemed like an impossible task, because she has such a fierce energy and brutal scream…who could replace that? Well, it turns out they found the only person that could!
Alissa White-Gluz left The Agonist for Arch Enemy. I was curious as to what this would mean for my precious female-fronted death metal band. I was aware that Alissa used half clean vocals and half screaming in The Agonist, and I didn’t want that to come over to Arch Enemy. Call me old fashioned, but I like my death metal, well, deathy. I was wrong though. Alissa BROUGHT IT. Arch Enemy released War Eternal (2014) and I couldn’t be more happy with it. I have so many favorites off that album, it is a real HIT and restarted my Arch Enemy love. I think “Time Is Black” has to be my favorite song from the album, so give it a listen!
Arch Enemy is also going on a North American tour with Trivium and I can’t wait to see them live for the first time with their new vocalist. She’s been around since 2014, but I missed the last Arch Enemy show that passed through Seattle.
Hope you enjoyed the music podcast!