Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Swinging With The Devil

Ever thought wether time travel is possible?

I have.

It's a healthy thought I guess. We all wish at some point or another that we could simply hop back in time to, oh, I dunno... check things out. Shake things up. Make things better, worse, whatever.
Imagine if you will, that you are in a band. You're also Swedish. You have decided to travel back to 1650 in your time machine, taking with you your ancestral oppression by the church at the time and your instruments of rock.

Your voice speaks against the Lutheran practices of the time and you choose to appraise this opposition by means of rocking the f"&% out in your orchestra. You would eventually be in exile and forced to play among the peasants in squalor.

The bounty by the church on your head is high. Yes, by the CHURCH.
You know you're going to be captured soon and taken away, and possibly even killed by men wearing crosses. Well, there's only one way to go out... and that's with a BIG BANG OF A SHOW!
When you first insert 'Sing Along Songs For The Damned And Delirious' you are met with a track called 'A Tap Dancer's Dilemma':

Drumrolls as if the great show at the circus is about to start. But guitars soon erupt like bubbling flames on either side. The trumpet comes in to turn your attention to the main stage as the lights tumble across the tiny red tent, that has become a great dance hall where both demons and angels get together to boogie. Swinging young hipsters all over the place limboing and twirling the night away under flaming hula-hoops and a burning night sky.

This is the spirit of hip-shaking music that parents warned their kids about in the 30's and 40's. Only now, there are full blown metal riffs conquering the spaces between the trumpet and swinging drumbeats. This is what Bill Haley and His Comets would sound like if they had to live up to the heaviness of a new age metal band, and at the same time what a new age metal band would sound like if they had to keep up with the skill and pace of a big band orchestra.

With lyrics like: "I see them days are coming, we hear them roar, they'll bring the end upon us, And we will have no mercy no more, Then you'll search for your soul salvation, Our hands are bound, we cry out for direction, But only those truly lost can be found..." it's hard not to take note of these ancient-cum-metal-operatic-big-band-swing-orchestra prophets.

'Sing Along Songs For The Damned And Delirious' carries you into dark corners of cello-lit nuances and across epic scapes of orchestral pieces backed by challenging drums and powerfully enhancing riffs that ignite the ancient flame of each song. Annlouice Loegdlund, a friendly face that projects a powerfully vocal draping over the band's tumbling rock/jazz/opera, adding it to the avant-garde, is but one of many talented features of this band/orchestra.

If time travel were, infact possible, I'd certainly plan to go back and do what these guys want to do... ROCK THE $#!+ OUT! If you don't listen to this album, you might never be able to truly say that you have heard everything. This might only be something, but it surely does sound like everything coming together... taking turns from one level of epicness to the next.

I'd say if you appreciate thrashy riffs, orchestral nuances and build-ups in progressive rock, and clever time-stamps then you'll probably love this as much as I did.
Oh, and also, if I could travel back in time I'd DEFINITELY go and personally shake JH Kellogg's (Yes, the Special-K guy) hand and, oh I dunno, maybe WORSHIP him for inventing peanut butter! So I really like peanut butter okay. Ahem, moving on...
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Listen to these tracks:
'Lucy Fears The Morning Sky'
'A Tap Dancer's Dilemma'
'Bedlam Sticks'
'Memoirs Of A Roadkill'

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