Friday, March 31, 2017

SikTh - The Future in Whose Eyes? (2016-2017)

New album coming on June 2nd The Future in Whose Eyes? 

and 2nd song/single along with the usual preorder links, etc.

Stoked of course. Will have to check out the new track "Vivid" later tonight. A reposting of "No Wishbones" is also at the bottom, from like a month ago.

Still can't find a Track List yet though.

Also am curious to hear their new 2nd singer for a full album, etc.

Preorder Link 1
2nd Preorder Link

The kings have returned!
SikTh reveal The Future In Whose Eyes? new studio album details and pre-orders -

Sikth are back! The Watford mathcore sextet that stumbled upon a sound unexplored, who devised their own Morse code of metal – one that mushroomed into labyrinthine detours and tangents, that ultimately lead to the birth of the djent metal, the band’s whose legacy gave the inspiration for bands like Protest The Hero, TesseracT, Animals As Leaders and Periphery after their hiatus in 2007, are back, with what will be, one of the finest albums of 2017 - The Future In Whose Eyes?

Due to be released on 2nd June on Millennium Night, the newly created label imprint from Snapper Music, home of Peaceville Records & Kscope.

Dan Weller, SikTh’s guitarist and producer proudly states "Ever since SikTh was formed way back at the turn of the century we've tried to self improve as musicians and as song writers. We take our music very seriously. This record feels like the one we've always wanted to make. We spent over a year writing it and pushed ourselves extremely hard - sometimes too hard. Opacities was the rebirth of SikTh but 'The Future...' is our statement - I want this album to define us. I don't care how over ambitious it sounds - we want this record to be heard by every metal fan on the planet."

Pre-order for 2nd June release on Millenium Night -

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Anathema - The Optimist (2016-2017)

3/30/17 9:40AM
1st single "Springfield."I haven't heard it yet, but from some of the comments, it doesn't stray all that much from their past few records (which is still a good thing). 
 The rest of the record may though.

3/24/17 6:40AM
Facebook Announcement

June 9th, 2017 release date.

Certainly looking forward to this as espeically their last 3 records ( Distant Satellites, Weather Systems, We're Here Because We're Here) are somewhat Modern Classics (progressive college rock I suppose, as opposed to their older/earlier gothic doom/death metal).

Hopefully the 1st single will arrive relatively soon as that snippet below I don't know if it *teases* me enough as it's so brief.

I do recall reading that there is a Jazz and chamber element coming as some of the content on Social Media mentioned them using in the recording. Upright Bass among other instrumentation. Quite curious about that.

1. 32.63N 117.14W 1:18
2 Leaving It Behind 4:27
3 Endless Ways 5:49
4 The Optimist 5:37
5 San Francisco 4:59
6 Springfield 5:49
7 Ghosts 4:17
8 Can't Let Go 5:00
9 Close Your Eyes 3:39
10 Wildfires 5:40
11 Back to the Start 11:41


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Year 1987 Albums Calendar and Rankings

1987, a year I chose out of curiousity per Marillion, Rush and Giraffe had albums. Plus 1 of the 3 best U2 records in The Joshua Tree came out that year.

But in looking at the depth of the year, it's a pretty barren, thin year. Some of the 80's pop and Metal was okay (Helloween, Savatage). Prince, George Michael, Michael Jackson. Sting, REM, INXS. Some iconic names with some of their better records of course.

However on the grand scale of my taste, 1987 was also Top Heavy and I suppose somewhat nostalgia laden. Although I am wondering and suspicious the 1980's were a lot like this year. The most memorable and go-to's end up being a few at the top. Which supports my feeling about the 1980's strength largely being in Singles rather than Albums. Other decades though seem to have a larger chunk of albums, often underground albeit, but for many good reasons.

I do find it interesting though to have to choose between a Marillion album and a Kevin Gilbert album, which happens in other years as well. And Clutching takes this one, as it's my favorite Fish-period Marillion record, and 1 of 5 5-star albums from the band.

1. Marillion - Clutching at Straws
2. Giraffe - The Power of Suggestion
3. Rush - Hold Your Fire
4. U2 - The Joshua Tree
5. Pink Floyd - A Momentary Lapse of Reason 6. George Michael - Faith
7. Pat Metheny - Still Life (Talking)
8. Jane's Addiction - Jane's Addiction
9. Michael Jackson - Bad
10. INXS - Kick
11. Prince - Sign "☮" the Times
12. Sting - ...Nothing Like the Sun
13  Helloween - Keeper of the Seven Keys Part. 1
14. Savatage - Hall of the Mountain King
15. The Dukes of Stratosphear - Psonic Psunspot
16. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Live at Winterland
17. Def Leppard - Hysteria
18. Guns N Roses - Appetite for Destruction
19. Jethro Tull - Krest of a Knave
20. Joe Satriani - Surfing with the Alien
21. Faith No More - Introduce Yourself
22. Bruce Spingsteen - Tunnel of Love
23. R.E.M. - Document
24. Roger Waters - Radio K.A.O.S.
25. Yes - Big Generator
26. TNT - Tell No Tales

A landscape monochrome photograph of U2 in the desert sits in the center of a black background. U2 are standing on the left half of the photograph, with a mountain range on the right half. Tiny gold text reading "THE JOSHUA TREE U2" is stretched across the top of the black background.
U2 - The Joshua Tree
rel March 9, 1987

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Prince - Sign "☮" the Times
rel March 31, 1987

TNT - Tell No Tales
rel April 13, 1987

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Faith No More - Introduce Yourself
rel April 23, 1987

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Voivod - Killing Technology
rel April 23, 1987

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Jane's Addiction - Jane's Addiction
rel May 15, 1987

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Helloween - Keeper of the Seven Keys Part 1
May 23, 1987

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Marillion - Clutching at Straws
rel June 12, 1987

Roger Waters - Radio K.A.O.S.
rel June 15, 1987

Pat Metheny - Still Life Talking
rel July 7, 1987

Dio - Dream Evil
rel July 21, 1987

Guns N Roses - Appetite for Destruction
rel July 21, 1987

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Alexander O'Neal - Hearsay
rel July 29, 1987

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Live at Winterland
rel July 1987

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Def Leppard - Hysteria
rel August 3, 1987

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The Dukes of Stratosphear - Psonic Psunspot
rel August 3, 1987

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R.E.M. - Document
rel August 23, 1987

Wendy and Lisa - Wendy and Lisa
rel August 24, 1987

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Michael Jackson - Bad
rel August 25, 1987

A line of hospital beds stretch into the distance, on an overcast beach. A man sits on one bed, holding a mirror. The sky is slightly purple.
Pink Floyd - A Momentary Lapse of Reason
rel September 7, 1987

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Rush - Hold Your Fire
rel September 8, 1987

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Jethro Tull - Krest of a Knave
rel September 11, 1987

Yes - Big Generator
rel September 17, 1987

Savatage - Hall of the Mountain King
rel September 28, 1987

Bruce Spingsteen - Tunnel of Love
rel October 6, 1987

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Sting - ...Nothing Like the Sun
rel October 13, 1987

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Joe Satriani - Surfing with the Alien
rel October 15, 1987

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INXS - Kick
rel October 19, 1987

George Michael - Faith
rel October 30, 1987

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Bill Bruford's Earthworks - Earthworks
rel 1987

Giraffe - The Power of Suggestion
rel 1987

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Jane Siberry - The Walking
rel 1987

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Year 1978 Albums Calendar and Rankings

1978, a year that saw many big names release albums, including many solo albums, but given it was in the late 70's, a lot of those artists either were just starting out, or following up a few years before, some of their best work.

Rush and Styx oddly, put out 2 of the best albums that year. Hemispheres, becoming my favorite Rush record among a catalog of 19 proper studio albums. Why that is? to me, it's their peak into doing progressive rock, and when they did it well, there's not many who did it better.

It came out in around Halloween, so it might have hit me like a ton of bricks after the rest of the year.

1978 was the age of Disco and Punk and even New Wave of British Heavy Metal I suppose was coming, so progressive rock and classic rock was fading a bit. A lot of good Jazz-Fusion as well, although not classics really, but still some decent stuff.

1. Rush - Hemispheres
2. Styx - Pieces of Eight
3. Alec R. Costandinos and The Syncophonic Orchestra - Romeo and Juliet
4. Jethro Tull - Heavy Horses
5. Kansas - Two for the Show
6. Renaissance - A Song for All Seasons
7. U.K. - U.K.
8. Bruce Springsteen - Darkness on the Edge of Town
9. Bruford - Feels Good to Me
10. Al Di Meola - Casino
11. Van Halen - Van Halen
12. The Who - Who Are You
13. Yes - Tormato
14. Happy the Man - Crafty Hands
15. The Police - Outlandos d'Amour
16. Genesis - ...And Then There Were Three...
17. Pat Metheny Group - Pat Metheny Group
18. Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel (Scratch)
19. Chic - C'est Chic
20. Queen - Jazz
21. Boston - Don't Look Back
22. Talking Heads - More Songs About Buildings and Food
23. Elvis Costello - This Year's Model
24. Alan Parsons Project - Pyramid
25. Steve Hackett - Please Don't Touch
26. Journey - Infinity
27. Dire Straits - Dire Straits
28. XTC - White Music
29. The Rutles - The Rutles

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Bruford - Feels Good to Me
rel January 6, 1978

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Alec R. Costandinos and The Syncophonic Orchestra - Romeo and Juliet
rel January 16, 1978

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Journey - Infinity
rel January 20, 1978

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XTC - White Music
rel January 20, 1978

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Van Halen - Van Halen
rel February 10, 1978

The Rutles - The Rutles
rel February 24, 1978

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Al Di Meola - Casino
rel February 25, 1978

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Genesis - ...And Then There Were Three...
rel March 1, 1978

Elvis Costello - This Year's Model
rel March 17, 1978

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Pat Metheny Group - Pat Metheny Group
rel March 1978

Renaissance - A Song for All Seasons
rel March 1978

U.K. - U.K.
rel March 1978

Jethro Tull - Heavy Horses
rel April 10, 1978

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Max Webster - Mutiny Up My Sleeve
rel April 15, 1978

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Steve Hackett - Please Don't Touch
rel May 1978

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Kaipa - Solo
rel May 1978

Anthony Phillips - Wise After the Event
rel May 1978

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Alan Parsons Project - Pyramid
rel June 1, 1978

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Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel (Scratch)
rel June 2, 1978

Bruce Springsteen - Darkness on the Edge of Town
rel June 2, 1978

Talking Heads - More Songs About Buildings and Food
rel July 7, 1978

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Boston - Don't Look Back
rel August 2, 1978

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Chic - C'est Chic
rel August 11, 1978

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The Who - Who Are You
rel August 18, 1978

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Styx - Pieces of Eight
rel September 1, 1978

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Brand X - Masques
rel September 8, 1978

Happy the Man - Crafty Hands
rel September 21, 1978

Yes - Tormato
rel September 22, 1978

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XTC - Go 2
rel October 6, 1978

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Dire Straits - Dire Straits
rel October 7, 1978

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Billy Joel - 52nd Street
rel October 13, 1978

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Rush - Hemispheres
rel October 29, 1978

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Kansas - Two for the Show
rel October 1978

The Police - Outlandos d'Amour
rel November 2, 1978

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Queen - Jazz
rel November 10, 1978

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Anthony Phillips - Private Parts and Pieces
rel November 30, 1978

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The Doobie Brothers - Minute by Minute
rel December 1, 1978

Chick Corea - Friends
rel 1978

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Paco de Lucía - Paco de Lucía interpreta a Manuel de Falla
rel 1978

Eric Johnson - Seven Worlds
rel 1978

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John McLaughlin - Electric Guitarist
rel 1978

Annette Peacock - X-Dreams
rel 1978