The legendary South Korean pop singer who knocked us all up with Gangnam Style has hit us up with something else entirely. You’d think that after something like Gangnam Style, everyone would tell Psy to shift aside. Quite frankly, that’s not the case, because while Gangnam Style did hit a billion views plus on YouTube (that’s a record, ladies and gents), his new song has gone past 100 million views. And this song and its video has only been out for less than a month (hell, the 12th of April to be exact). The song has already finished dishing out more record breaking feats, despite the offhanded tongue-in-cheek character it portrays. But no one’s concerned about the seriousness of the issues surrounding us, no. If Gangnam Style is any proof, what we’re concerned about is the next thing that can make us forget just how bad things have become in the days past (our hearts go to those in the Boston marathon bombings).
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Number 6 on the list of albums by Boom Boom Satellites is none other than Exposed. We’ve come this far following the musical progress of the Two-Man band from their inception in 1998 into the music industry to the moment Exposed was released as a full length album. As is with the custom of our series of album reviews, check out Out Loud (1998), Umbra (2001), Photon (2002), Full of Elevating Pleasures (2005) and On (2006) just because you can (and because it took us quite a bit of time to get the latest reviews up and running). Note the trend in BBS’s genre mixing and their affinity for trying out stunts that could demolish songs, while making said stunts work for them immensely. Be glad to know that they haven’t faltered in their dedication to brilliance just yet.
Boom Boom Satellites
Release Date: 2007
Album Length: 41:40
Number of Tracks: 12
Longest Track: Intergalactic (4:48)
Shortest Track: Cluster (0:59)
And we are back yet again, covering Boom Boom Satellites entire discography. We already reviewed previous albums Out Loud, Umbra, Photon and Full of Elevating Pleasures. This time, we turn our attention to their fifth studio album “ON”, a curious and intriguing album full of wondrous highs.
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We reach you, dear readers, with Number Four on our list. The fourth full length album from Boom Boom Satellites is Full of Elevating Pleasures, and in case you’re just joining us on this ride, let’s bring up a bit to speed. Detanfy and I will be reviewing the albums of BBS in celebration of the release of their latest album Embrace as well as 15 years in the music game catering to fans worldwide. So far we’ve done so well and done 3, Out Loud (1998), Umbra (2001) and Photon (2002). Well now, now you grasp a bit of their growth, let’s get moving.
Boom Boom Satellites
Full of Elevating Pleasures
Release Date: 2005
Album Length: 55:03
Number of Tracks: 12
Longest Track: Route for Exile (6:04)
Shortest Track: Propeller (2:04)
Let’s take a quick minute to talk about Boom Boom Satellites; the Japanese Electronica (but really, a little bit of every genre) outfit has, at this point, amassed a pretty decent following. A few EPs and 2 quality full length albums will do that for a band. Their debut album Out Loud, was a striking introduction to the methodology and musical stylings of Michiyuki Kawashima and Masayuki Nakano, while their follow up Umbra, is even more amplified, serving to show the duos growth over the course of their career. Now we are facing their lucky Number #3 album, the aptly titled Photon, a joyous yet dark (no doubt thanks to Umbra’s more shadowy construction), slightly perfected template for just what Boom Boom Satellites is musically capable of.
In continuing the celebration of the release of Boom Boom Satellites’ new album Embrace, we present to you dear readers the review of their second full length album Umbra. If you missed the first, Out Loud by Detanfy, then you can go ahead and do a recap on what’s up.
Boom Boom Satellites
Release Date: 2001
Album Length: 50:37
Longest Track: Ingrained (6:42)
Shortest Track: Looking Glass (0:57)
To celebrate the release of their new album “Embrace”, and to simply show appreciation to the group we love so much, we will be reviewing Boom Boom Satellites full length LP’s starting from Out Loud all the way through To The Loveless and everything in between.
Lets get things under way!
Yesterday, and a few days before that, the US Presidential Debate was viewed live by millions (pretty much accurate) of people both in and outside the US of A. Channels like CNN, BBC, Sky News and Al Jazeera all gave live feeds to the events, which surprisingly were all synchronized together (at least the ones I kept flipping through were exactly at the same point without any lapse). Like the gracious and ever evolving minds that scour through the Internet creating, distributing and uploading things for the mass multitude to see, it came as no surprise when a game about Mitt Romney came out in which you could catch women with binders. If you watched the debate, you’ll know why that is not only hilarious, but also rather fascinating. Agreed, the aim of the game was taken completely out of context of something Romney said, so feel free to get a little offended at this point.
However, this is not the main scope of this meeting. Continue Reading →
From July 2012, to October 2012, if you look at that title and you still don’t get what’s about to go down.. you probably have a problem, hardly ever look for anything entertaining besides paint drying and dry wall museums, don’t pay that much attention to online activity, a combination of two of these things or all of them combined. But we’re not here to
commend your asses to oblivion treat you like internet scum judge you and make you feel bad… No no no
Rather than condemn, you’ll be enlightened on that particular catchphrase in minutes so you can feel funky and in-the-know.
The year 2012 has had it’s fair share of album releases occuring in the early stages of it’s inception, and among those releases comes an album from the well-known Finnish symphonic power metal band Amberian Dawn, which was formed in 2006 by Tuomas Seppälä and Tommi Kuri. The group is composed of Heidi Parviainen the lead vocalist; Tuomas Seppälä the keyboardist, guitarist, producer and engineer; Kasperi Heikkinen and Kimmo Korhonen, fellow guitarists, Jukka Koskinen the bassist and Heikki Saari, drummer and percussion handler.
Circus Black is the fourth studio album of Amberian Dawn released in February 2012 under Spinefarm Records. Consisting of 10 tracks spanning from 3 minutes to over 5 minutes, giving a total music time of 40 minutes 47 seconds from the very first track to the last one. The album is solely symphonic rock, with elements of fast paced drumbeats and slow guitar solos dotting the tracks at one point or the other.
With Circus Black, Amberian Dawn outdid themselves in immersive ways. One particular thing to note is the symmetry in which they flow with their songs. The name Circus Black does not just go as far as being the album’s name, but also depicts its meaning on the album art. Besides that, the songs in the album maintain that circus theme; dark clowns and sinister rides that may lead to your imminent demise. Amberian Dawn stay true to the theme, and never once falter from the circus theme flow. The first song, which is also called Circus Black, introduces listeners with high pitched circus guitar strings, which is supported seconds later by incredible fast paced drumbeats. The symphony and the rock blend properly to immerse you in it’s addictive rhythm. It’s a welcome introduction into Circus Black, like the man you see in front of a tent who cleverly works words to pique your interest into entering. Other songs do not fail to captivate you, whether it is the lyrics that bind you or the awe you’re struck with at how beautifully the instruments are strung together.
Each song on the album is based on a story, meaning listeners will be able to pick up references here and there while listening and enjoying their fill. Heidi Parviainen, the lead singer does not fail in the use of the supremacy that is her soprano voice, as she clearly goes over the top and delivers breath-taking vocals that would have you speechless. Circus Black is a healthy mix of fast and slow, with tracks like Circus Black, Cold Kiss, Fight and Letter giving you quick steps and resonating sounds to follow while tracks like Crimson Flower (which has references to Beauty And The Beast), Charnel’s Ball and Guardian give you more slow, melancholic rhythms that have you silenced in awe as you search for the undying meanings to Heidi’s lyrics. Notable tracks that stay very true to the circus theme are Circus Black, Charnel’s Ball and Letter. The 8th track, The Rivalry Between Good And Evil, is a 3 minutes 58 seconds track consisting of nothing but instrumentals, displaying the prowess of band’s mechanical skills. Guardian, the 9th track, as well as the longest offers a more melancholic and orchestra rendered sound; with hooks containing nothing but the chorus of several voices singing in harmony to nothing but a tune, residing to allow Heidi tell the story of a lost child who is saved by her Guardian. Thie story is almost reminiscent to River Of Tuoni, except here the child lives to see her mother. The album ends with the explosive, invigorating song Lily Of The Moon, delivering lasting effects to make you want to get back to the top of the playlist and relish each track again.
Amberian Dawn had the sole purpose of doing something rather different with Circus Black, and while their other albums (River Of Tuoni, The Clouds Of Northland Thunder and End of Eden) are pieces that have graced airwaves, Circus Black has managed to carve out a new niche in symphonic rock. The vocal content is inspiring, the drums and percussions are outstanding and the overall output rock that makes you appreciate it for its sincerity and acknowledgement of its roots.
Stand out tracks: Circus Black, Charnel’s Ball, Letter, Guardian.