helloween, unarmedHelloween, Unarmed, ya benar, mereka tidak “bersenjata lengkap”. Tidak dengan gitar penuh distorsi, maupun twin pedal drum yang kencang dan lagu lagu yang “ngebut”.
Album Helloween yang menurut saya pribadi adalah cukup bikin “shock”. Ini adalah Re-imagining the power metal band.
Gimana enggak, kalau selama ini kita mendengarkan Helloween sebagai sebuah band Power Metal yang konsisten dengan tensi tinggi memainkan musiknya. Sekarang tiba tiba saja muncul dengan album yang berisi bunyi bunyian akustik, orkestrasi dan bahkan saxophone yang tiba tiba saja nongol.
Unarmed, sebuah album yang dirilis oleh Helloween untuk merayakan 25 tahun kebersamaan mereka sebagai sebuah band. Album ini pertama dilepas di Jepang pada 26 Desember 2009 dan lepas edar di Eropa pada bulan Februari 2010. Unarmed ini sendiri merupakan lagu lagu terbaik Helloween yang direkam ulang dengan konsep yang berbeda dari versi aslinya.
Terus terang saya sendiri sempat terharu ketika mendengarkan lagu Eagle Fly Free. Ini adalah lagu pertama yang saya dengar di album Unarmed. Lagu diaransemen ulang dengan gaya yang “akustik melankolis”. Bandingkan saja versi aslinya yang “ngebut” dengan versi Akustik dengan backing vokal Harriet Ohlsson yang sexy. dan Kehadiran Nippy Noya di seksi perkusi dan Johan Bringhed pada piano membuat lagu ini malah lebih terdengar lebih “dalam”.
Dr. Stein sebagai lagu pembuka sebenarnya malah bikin bengong dengan saxophone yang tiba tiba nyelonong muncul di intro. Lagu yang keren trade mark Helloween ini dire-arrange dengan suasana pop bahkan cenderung jazzy. Dominasi saxophone sangat terlihat sekali bahkan dibagian interlude.
Kehadiran Prague Symphonic Orchestra pada lagu Keepers Trilogy memang sepertinya pas sekali. Epic berdurasi 17 menit ini, berisi medley dari lagu “Halloween”, “Keeper of the Seven Keys”,dan “The King for 1000 Years”. Dilengkapi dengan backing vokal yang operatik, epic ini terdengar lebih “ngeri”. Ini mengingatkan pada album konser Within Temptation and Metropole Orchestra.
Lagu Forever In One ketika dibawakan dengan hanya menggunakan piano dan sedikit orkestrasi ternyata efeknya luar biasa.Melankolis !
Demonstrasi kemampuan vokal Andi Deris dibuktikan di lagu The Tale That Wasn’t Right. Dengan iringan orkestra, vokal Andi Deris terasa dominan dengan lengkingan tingginya yang khas sekali.
Helloween membuktikan bahwa dirinya merupakan band dengan musisi musisi cerdas didalamnya. Melepaskan batasan dari musik metal dengan musik lainnya. Future World, Where The Rain Grows, I Want Out, Perfect Gentleman, Fallen to Pieces adalah lagu lagu terbaik Helloween. Setelah mendengarkan album ini, rasanya ingin mendengar versi asli dari lagu tersebut. Jika kalian mengharapkan speed, distorsi, drum kick yang agresif. Semua itu tidak akan ada di album ini. Semuanya berubah total, dan menurut saya They are the Perfect Gentleman !

Tracklisting :

  1. Dr. Stein
  2. Future World
  3. If I Could Fly
  4. Where the Rain Grows
  5. The Keeper’s Trilogy
  6. Eagle Fly Free
  7. Perfect Gentleman
  8. Forever And One (Neverland)
  9. I Want Out
  10. Fallen to Pieces
  11. A Tale that Wasn’t Right
  12. Why

loathingrequiemTeknologi dan kreativitas. Sebuah kombinasi yang dahsyat. Sekarang musik pun mengalami perkembangan yang amat cepat. Kalau dulu membuat sebuah rekaman adalah sebuah mimpi. Sekarang dengan bantuan sebuah komputer personal, dengan perangkat software tertentu, seorang pemusik atau band bisa membuat rekaman musiknya sendiri.

A Loathing Requiem adalah sebuah “One Man Project” band. Dibuat oleh MALCOLM PUGH, yang berasal dari Nashville, Tennessee, Amerika. dan beraliran Death Metal. Terinspirasi oleh band-band seperti Necrophagist, Arsis, Nevermore, Racer X, Cacophony. Dengan permainan gitar yang demikian dahsyat, dan pengaruh Muhammad Suicmez, Paul Gilbert, Chuck Schuldiner yang  juga menjadi inspirasinya, musik yang dibuat dan dibawakan oleh A Loathing Requiem ini menjadi kelihatan berbobot. Malcom bermain juga untuk band Inferi dan Diskreet. Berikut ini adalah Interview dengan Malcolm Pugh, A Loathing Requiem.

Please tell us how you started the “one man band” project?
Um, lets see. When I first come up with A LOATHING REQUIEM, I was trying to do something that wasn’t Melodic Death metal.
At the time it was just a fun way for me to get drunk and write brutal riffs.

Did you have a band before finally becoming one man band?
A LOATHING REQUIEM never had other members. Although, i still play in INFERI (Tribunal Records) from Nashville and I also play with DISKREET (Siege of Amida Records), from Topeka, Kansas.

Inside the band (group) and work alone in this project. Which one is the best for you? And what’s the main reason?
I love the freedom of working by myself. I’m an only child, so I think its natural for me to feel that way. At the same time, there is nothing better than having a few beers and jamming out with a band. That’s where true musical awesomeness comes from.

One man band. What is your recipe to start the project. Creativity and technology or something else?
Both. I think technology has helped me evolve as a musician. A LOATHING REQUIEM gives me a musical freedom I’ve never had before. So, I’m really stoked with being able to come up with anything I’d like to and run with it. Its very liberating for me.

Your songs, your lyrics, what’s inside them. I mean, What makes you write the song and what’s your lyrics about? What’s your process for writing your music?
Well that is a great question. Lyrically I sway between topics and content. I’m currently working on completing an record entitled “PREMONITIONS OF THE SOURCE” and I plan on focusing on things such as war and religion. But, I do have a few songs that will have some fantasy based lyrics. Basically I want to express myself on many platforms. The music is a different beast. When I write music, no matter what it may be, I want it to have texture. Sometimes I write it on paper before it gets recorded and sometimes I come up with a riff on accident, then write a song based on that. The ultimate goal for me is to have people go on a mental roller coaster ride, but not vomit because its too crazy and technical. I want to make music for metal heads… not just musicians.

From your information, you’ll be held on tour with some metal band. Is that any problem making performance in the stage. I need to ask this because you are the death metal one man band, I’ve ever know.
No. I have no problems between tours and any other projects I have going on. The only problems I’ve ever ran into, where with personal relationships. That is and always will be a struggle for serious musicians. There is no gold without sacrifice!

Your guitar playing is great. What is your musical background. Is that autodidact or with formal music education?
Thanks a lot! I actually have NEVER had any form of formal training. Everything I know about guitar and music is self taught and self gained knowledge. I plan on taking on some professional training someday. I think it would help my playing a lot.

From your list of the band or musician who influenced your music. There’s Muhammad Suicmez, Chuck Schuldiner, and Paul Gilbert. Which are your favorite tracks/song from that musician that really influenced you much?
That’s a tough fucking question, but off of the top of my head we have…
Necrophagist – Ignominious and Pale.
Some of the most genius riffs I’ve ever heard. PERIOD!

Death – Spirit Crusher.
For 1998… absolutely ahead of the times. A lot of metal bands would kill to have a composer like Chuck.

Paul Gilbert – The Curse of Castle Dragon
Its just flat out incredible!

If there’s a time for you, which song from your influence you’d like to cover?
There are so many songs I’d love to cover, but I have a huge fear covering songs. I don’t think I could replicate my favorite songs with the same original conviction that the original artist had when it was recorded. At that point, I’d rather keep trying to create than re-create.

Now the internet social networking service like myspace, friendster or facebook is growing up faster and faster. What does it mean to your musical progress and career? Does every musician have to join that social networking service?
Well, for me personally. Myspace in particular has helped me network with bands and musicians from all over the globe. At the same time I think the internet is bitter sweet when it comes to music. On one hand it gets your music out there, but on the other hand its saturated with so many bands (good and bad) trying to get their music out there, its hard for people to take you seriously. I think these days the Internet is necessary in order to deal with other competing bands. Like I said, ” bitter sweet”.

What’s your message to them who become “one man band” too, and all of death metal lover?
Well for anyone wanting to do a “one man band” I suggest listening to Mirrorthrone, Unholy Matrimony and Weeping Birth. All three are created by Vladimir Cochet. He is my hero when it comes down to one person creating and composing music without other peoples influence. And to death metal lovers… All I can say is, drink beers!
FUCKING HAILS!

Thanx to : j-magz

Sebuah band yang berasal dari Brighton, West Sussex, Inggris. Mencoba menggabungkan antara brutal music dengan konsep dari anime dan budaya/sejarah bangas Jepang. Mereka tetap menganggap bahwa mereka memainkan musik ber genre technical/death metal.

Guttural breakdowns dan catchy death metal riffs. Konsep yang dianggap mereka lain daripada yang lain. Dengan band metal lain mungkin sama sama heavy. Akan tetapi tetap membawa nyawa yang lain. Musik yang brutal, lirik yang kuat mungkin sebuah perpaduan yang menarik. Beranggotakan 4 orang, Eddie – Vocals, Doug – Guitar, Bear – Bass, dan Hillbill – Drums. Plague of Ahitaka mencoba membawa konsep lain dalam musik yang mereka bawakan.

EP “Taking Lives on Ancient Tides”, adalah bukti eksistensi mereka. Menghabiskan lebih dari £1500, hanya untuk rekaman dan duplikasi. Sebuah EP yang amat layak dikoleksi untuk mereka yang suka akan musik berisik dan bergemuruh ini.

Tracklist:
1. The Birds Are Spies, They Report To The Trees
2. Myra Hindley Jack Off Tapes
3. And By Tonight (We Shall Mortify The Undead)
4. Herbert West
5. Alyssa