I have listened to the new album of Arcade Messiah. This is the latest project from Kingbathman frontman John Basset . This is not the first time I listened to his music as I did a previous review of his solo album. The album is 100 % instrumental so there is no distraction of lyrics I do like the way it is. I am not a lyrics guy but I find that great lyrics can be a source if distractions while you dissect a beautiful guitar rift or the clever arrangement of a song.
Arcade Messiah has seven tracks lasting a total of 42 minutes and 22 seconds. The y range from fast power metal to slow soundtrack types. Sun Exile sounds like a perfect track for computer war games. Your Best Line of Defence is Obscurity has is a good track to wake up to over coffee or tea while you start to gather your things as you go to work. I find myself not into fast tunes so much when I wake up as my brain needs to process things slowly.
The mood continues with Traumascope and Aftermath. But aftermath has this interesting ‘suspense’ feel that I associate with Sci Fi TV series. I imagine spaceships landing over deserts and forests. The pace picks up with Everybody Eating Everyone Else and slows down a bit with The Most Popular Form of Escape. The album ends with Roman Resolution which is haunting and beautiful. I am always fascinated by songs that make it to the last track of every album as they either show an artist next project or the total of what the album is all about.
For those who love electric guitar music or instrumental rock in general then this is something you will place on your top 5 albums of the year. It is well crafted, well conceived and meticulously produced. I don’t think there is anything in the genre that sounds quite like it!
Hunger is Stronger than Fear – D.B. Rouse
I urge you to this artist I recently discovered. His name is Ben Rouse. He has a new single out called Hunger is Stronger than Fear. Now, if you love Irish folk and Bluegrass music then this will appeal to you. It is the fifth track from the album Flophouse in the Sky. I have yet to listen to the full album so watch out for my review. In the meantime this is a great teaser. What a great song to wake up to on a Saturday morning. Yes no work today so I just want to listen to music all day!
MARY FAHL Exiles The Wolves of Midwinter 2014 ANNE RICE Ball New Orleans
My big appreciation to Enigma Arts for posting this video of Mary Fahl singing in Anne Rice’s Lestat Ball held in New Orleans.
Some of you might already be aware that I am expanding my blogging to other sites. I wrote a review of this amazing album by Mary Fah called Mary Fahl : LIVE AT THE MAUCH CHUNK OPERA HOUSE (Double CD). You can read the full details at Expats Post: http://expatspost.com/entertainment/music/mary-fahl-live-at-the-mauch-chunk-opera-house-double-cd/
As you will read further that I have been captivated by her unique artistry for years!
Portrait by LIsa Hancock. Taken in 2011 in Brooklyn, NY.
I will be getting my own copy of Love & Gravity by Mary Fahl when it gets released next month. I am also excited to know that she will celebrate that album release with a full band in New York City. I could not make it there but it is great that her musical career is blossoming. According to her facebook post:
BIG NEWS: I am thrilled to share that for the first time in 10 years, I will be performing in #NewYorkCity
… with a full band no less! Yes, on Feb. 10 I will be having my “Love & Gravity” CD release party at The Cutting Room
. I would ab…solutely love to see you there! Please share this on your Facebook pages for any friends you have in the #NYC
area who would like to join us.
For tickets, please call 212-691-1900 or visit the link below. I am so excited for this show! Get your tickets here:
She recently recorded a song for Wolves in Midwinter, an audiobook version of a novel by best-selling author Anne Rice.
I’ve been a big Anne Rice fan since I was in my teens. And through the years I’ve read whatever she put out there. There is no denying that in every book she makes, the characters are always the focal point. Yes the stories are wonderful but to add to that, there is this great humanity she always puts in her characters. You might say it’s ironic considering the stories always involve blood, violence and occasional taking of life. But such is life after all. The shadows always define the light and there is always sense of redemption in all her stories.
I remember that at the same time, I discovered this wonderful music from a band based in New York called October Project. At that period I was listening to many Irish musicians and you can say it became an exclusive experience for me. And this American band took me out of my little basket and made me pay attention. It’s the rich drama that is found in every track of their albums that I really took to heart. Yes it’s a transporting kind of music. And the center of it all is the rich heavenly contralto voice of Mary Fahl. It’s a voice like no other. Some call it ‘the kiss of a vampire’ because at that time Interview with the Vampire became a big hit. In fact, the band was inspired by the book that they wrote a song Take Me As I Am:
Take me as I am
Someone you don’t know
Even in the dark You may not be sure
Take me while you can
I can see you standing in
the smoky entrance
Giving up your good intentions
I can imagine the song to be an appropriate theme for Lestat and Louis. Anne Rice love it but the song never made it to the movie version of the book. Fast forward to the present. Anne wrote a sequel to The Wolf Gift, a story about were wolves and there’s this scene where the main character Reuben hears the October Project song “Take Me As I Am'” playing where there’s no presence of any music player, thus understanding that the song could be part of the ‘haunting’ itself. And what da surprise! Mary wrote and performed a song for the audio book version. That song is called Exiles: The Wolves of Midwinter.
Exiles: The Wolves of Midwinter has that trademark of Mary Fahl’s soaring full-bodied voice that is like no other. And she sums up all the reasons why I love blogging about music. She’s a priestess of music and for me music is a communion of souls. When something is powerful to touch the soul and takes you to the depths of your guts up the height of your spiritual ecstasy, then it has done its purpose. As what she sings in the chorus: We belong to eternity!
Mary Fahl(former lead singer of October Project)