Archive. For the second time I saw them in a little
hall. the first part was a bit disturbing with the projection of the Axiom
Movie. the set list was not bad, focused on the last album. The line-up was
various and the result good.
Saint Motel. We had the places at the last
minute. Was not a bad concert. I didn't knew that band before and I have to
admit I already forgot how it was exactly. But was a nice couple evening.
Jay-Jay Johanson. For the second time as well. Sadly
the brand new venue was out of the city-centre so the audience was not really
here. but it was a good way to discover the new album. And to rediscover the older
songs. As always very professional even if, I prefer him behind his piano.
Being alone behind the mic doesn't seem to please him...
The Chemical Brothers. Totally change of style here. I'm
not a big fan of this band so I didn't really the songs. Especially of the new
album. but the show was incredibly beautiful and the sound amazing. A nice evening.
Public Service Broadcasting. The discovery of the year for me.
The concept of the band is really good. Put some music on TV archives. And the
music itself is really good. The band talks with this voice generator, but the
conversation was really friendly. Again: very good surprise, so thanks
Ghinzu. Ah, first time in 10 years! This band still
kicks ass. And we had my favourite ones. "Mirror Mirror" or "The
Dragster Wave" are always good. I had stars in the eyes. Again. Thanks
Apocalyptica. I'm not a big fan of this band
since the last years (since Worlds Collide). so it was a good way to just enjoy
the energy of the band. The set list was well balanced between instrumentals
and sung songs.
Archive. For the second time this year. A lot of
changes? Yes! Smaller line-up, stronger set list, more visual and bestial
interpretation. Was the best Archive concert I saw (even on DVD). Amazing
Ghost. Another discover. I just discover this band
with the new album. And I have to say that this pope is the best performer I
saw in a while. What a charismatic leader. And the band is playing like metronomes.
Impressive mastering of their songs. Amen.
No One Is Innocent. The concert begins with a letter
again the terrorists of the Paris'
attacks. And after that: a very political and energetic set list. With a lot of
energy again. The singer lives the lyrics. The guitarists are really good, well
once again, a nice evening.
Willis Earl Beal. The weirdest performance of the
year. He puts the music on his iPod. And sings on it. He doesn't want us to
clap or react. But he did the show. What a voice! What an enigmatic... performance...
that's the word.
Nightwish. Last but not least. Nightwish. For
the 3rd time. And the best! First surprise was Arch Enemy. What a leader! But
back on Nightwish. The show was amazing and we had 2 hours of Metal! 2 hours! Floor
Jansen is really comfortable. The compositions are ok live. I have to say, I
found the visuals a bit kitsch and too slow in the background. It almost took
me out of the concert. But after 30 mins, was finally in. I had to wait
"The Poet & the Pendulum" to really enjoy the set. And after
that, we had "Ghost Love Score" + "The Greatest Show On
Earth"! 3 longs songs. And my favourites. And "Stargazers"! Once
again. Thanks for all Finland!
here is my top
of albums I bought in 2015. Was not a bad year.
been lazy the previous years, but I still have to found time and inspiration
for this blog and I really think I don't have a lot of arguments in English.
here is my top 13 for 2015. Purely objective as always...
14) Wills Earl
Beal - Nocturnes
I bought the album after the concert. Not
really disappointed, you've got a lot atmospheric songs, but you don't really
have the strong side of the performance.
Cave & Warren ellis - Loin des hommes
I guess that for the first time, I've been disappointed
by a recent Nick Cave production. Better than a lot other soundtracks, I haven't
been surprised or touched by the music this time, even if you got really good
songs on that album, well, not the best.
"Setting Out" "Far From Men 2"
Manson - The Pale Empror.
I was so scared this time. because I've
been so disappointed by the previous albums. The First singles were good and
this album is not bad. But remove the singles, the rest is a bit light...
Best song: "The Mephistopheles Of Los
Turilli's Rhapsody - Promotheus - Symphonia Ignis Divinus
Same thing than for Nick Cave: I admit:
it's a big production, big compositions, but I really miss an older thing. The
middle age 'fluf' maybe... Anyway the single stays really good.
"Of Michael The Archangel And Lucifer's Fall Part Ii Codex
Apocalyptica - Shadowmaker
I'm not really a big fan of Apocalypica
sung song. I prefer the instrumentals. But I really enjoyed this album even if,
again, no big surprise here. The song 'Shadowmaker is really great, and I saw
them live so that helped me to enjoy some songs...
Lindemann - Skills In Pills
Things are getting a bit more serious here.
Or really parodic. This album is a collection of really well produced songs,
with a lot of second degree... I loved the single "Praise Abort" (and
its video!). "Skills in pills" is not bad, "That's my
heart" and eventually "Home Sweet Home". A bit more reserved for
Korpiklaani - Noita
A solid album, no real surprise, well
produced. Nothing to throw but no excellent songs. Fair work.
"Viinamäen Mies "
Prodigy - The Day Is My enemy
This album is not really liked by other
people I've seen the opinion. Maybe it's fit to be live loud sound instead of
original composition. But it's still a very good way to feel focus or stronger
when you run / cycle / play games.
"Destroy" "Wild Frontier"
Maiden - The Book Of Souls
Very unequal album with maybe the best songs
even (see below) but with very Iron Maiden clichés. Maybe a double album was
too much. And I have to say that the 2 best songs are the opening and closing Bruce
"If Eternity Should
Fail" "The Empire Of The Clouds" "The Book Of souls"
Johanson - Opium
Auto production. Good like always with
Jay-Jay. Better than the previous one.
Love Him So" "Swarecrow" "Harakiri"
I really had difficulties to like this one.
Until I saw them live. Twice. After that I liked "Feel It", "Kid
Corner" "End Of Our Days" and "Half Built Houses". And
time after time, I like now the entire LP. With different favourites (see
"End Of Our Days"
"Ride In Squared" "Crushed"
Nightwish - Endless Forms Most Beautiful
It's always hard to judge a new Nightwish
album as I was a big fan of the Tarja Era (no... really?). This album is really
the best since "Once". Great production, good compositions. They did
the job. I guess I could sum up the album with the two songs below.
"The Greatest Show On
Earth" "Yours is an Empty Hope"
2) Muse -
This album is really controversial. Some
fans likes it, other ones will found it lazy. I'm between those two
impressions. Maybe I don't know all the riffs that are coming from previous
interludes and so on. Ok it's without remind me older compositions, but
everything sounds good to me and even, if you're far from "Origin Of Symmetry",
I guess that out of his context, this is a good collection of songs.
"The Handler" " The Globalist"
1) Ghost -
And the winner is easily: Ghost. That's a
band I discovered at the beginning of the year, so everything is pretty fresh.
A friend gave me the previous albums but for me, there was something missing.
And then came this album. those guys know how to play, for sure (and the live
performance confirms) and it might be too pop for some of metal fans, but for
me, this album is a real nugget.
Is" "Absolution" "Deus In Absentia"
Let's see if 2016 will be better. It starts well with the new (and sadly last) Bowie.
question can seem weird, but I was directly asked on this subject, so here are
my explanation and reasons. As this was my first favourite band, the reasons
are also personal and of course subjective.
unique duo dynamic. The silent modern + The old school writer. Well this
vision is a bit simple, but I think you see what I mean. This is really a band
based on friendship and one rare band to have always the same members. And they
seems to stay with feet on the ground. And they still have fun to make music
and try to surprise.
videos. I was a video clip fan and they helped me to found masterpieces.
"It's a sin" with his middle age decorum, the FX of "Can you forgive her?", the
epileptic choice in "Axis" and the old school "Heart". In 3
decades, they succeed to tell stories, to try artistic clips and to have a
really specific identity.
Artwork. The packaging is important. And the "Very" went very
far. The original Lego package or the single "I wouldn't normally do this kind
of thing" (with a soft transparent plastic sleeve with holes) are crazy
for today's CD industry.
B-sides: it is for me how to qualify good bands: the b-sides. And one of
the first album I had was Alternative. Without knowing it was b-sides (pre
Internet era) I was my favourite. What a quality! "Paninaro",
"In The night", "Your Funny Uncle", "We all feel
better in the dark", "Violence, "Shameless", Do I Have
to?": these are hits or just really good songs. Hidden on maxis. Or
compiled on "Alternative" or "Format"
of course you've got love songs. But not only. Death, communism, money,... it
cultural references: Debussy, Oscar Wilde, Satie: they quote such great
Surprises: After 3 electronic records: one more acoustic (Behaviour). Then
after: the most electronic possible (Very). The after: Latin Influence (Bilingual).
Then Euro pop Again (Nightlife). Then an 'acoustic' (Release). Then electro
again (Fundamental). Then one based on vocals (Elysium). And then modern
electro again... (Electric)
- A link
with classical music: "Do I have to", "Love is a Bourgeois
construct", "My October Symphony"
Gay aspect: I love them even if they are gay (I really don't care) and I
don't love them because they are. I just admire this band for the subtlety in
the lyrics and video for the double reading meaning.
concerts: I only saw them once, but their DVD can show how they can very different
show. From simplicity to exuberance. With projections, dancers, singers ...
- The song
writing: Behind a sometimes too 80's production, they wrote really
beautiful songs. The best example of this production bad choices can be
"Love comes quickly" The Blank and Jones mix, put the melody in light
and turn a song I really hate on the album to one of my favourite.
Europop and 80's dancing hits: Ok I
don't dance. But I have to admit that they can make me move on "Tonight is
lines: "Sometime the solution is worse than the problem". "Every
time I see you, something happens to me. Like a chain reaction between you and
me". "Driving through the night it's so exciting" "Turn off
the TV, look at a book. Pick up the phone, fix some food" Those sentences
can be a soundtrack for my own life.
British picture: In the videos, naming "West End" or "Kings
Cross": I had a postcard of Great Britain, and they are a reason why I do
love this country. the humour is really present in lyrics which cannot be
understood by anyone.
- I'm faithful
with the artist I used to love once. Once again: this my teenage favourite
band. So now, this band will always be like putting a warm pair of slippers.
This is a positive thought in my teenage year. And that's a great good feeling.