Monday, 31 December 2012

Song of the Day: The Fall of Troy - F.C.P.R.E.M.I.X.

     While we're still on the subject of bands gone by that I wish I could raise from the dead with the click of a mouse, we might as well mine the subject for all the idea gold it's worth. And since it's been a bit since the last Loud Noises theme week, why not kill a couple of pigs will this well aimed bird* and do a Back from the Dead week about bands I like that have fallen apart before their time. To start things off there's one now-defunct band that always sticks out in my mind at times like this: The Fall of Troy.

Sunday, 30 December 2012

Song of the Day: Straight Reads the Line - The Jig is Up

     Since I did another Kingdoms song yesterday, I figure it's only right to attempt the same resurrection voodoo on another Canadian band I've mentioned before that expired before its time, in the admittedly vain hopes that exposing them to some new fans might somehow magically change the past. Sigh. At least we've got some great songs from bands like Straight Reads the Line.

Saturday, 29 December 2012

Song of the Day: Kingdoms - Pyramids

     One of the handy-dandy features of Blogger is that in addition to being able to view raw page view data, I can also see what kinds of views individual posts are getting. So it pleases me to see that over the last couple of weeks or so, there seem to have been at least a few of you showing some interest in now-defunct Canadian post-hardcore band Kingdoms. If 'twere within the realm of possibility for me to resurrect a band with the mere power of this blog, Kingdoms would be near the top of that list.

Friday, 28 December 2012

Song of the Day: Reflections - An Artifact

      Not surprisingly, none of you have given me any addition box ideas to keep the whole Boxing Day thing going. That's OK, I didn't think anybody would anyways, so I have a contingency plan. Just in case you were worried.

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Song of the Day: Cynic - Box Up My Bones

     Yeah, I'm lame and continuing the "box" theme started yesterday on Boxing Day. Fuck off. You'll like today's song, I promise.

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Song of the Day (26th): Alice in Chains - Man in the Box

     The Christmas season continues, but here in Canada it's Boxing Day today, so we leave Christmas music behind and themed music?

Song of the Day (25th): Bing Crosby - God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

     I know I said yesterday that I'd be back later and everything with another song, but yeah... that clearly didn't happen... Oh well. 'Tis the season, right? Anyways, I'm back today, and Loud Noises is back on track with its regular schedule of programming, starting with a Christmas ditty.

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Song of the Day (24th): Scale the Summit - Collosal

     Running a little behind, what with it being Christmas and all, but you still get some song recommendations for all your metal merrymaking. Tonight (for yesterday) I've got a song from a band I've mentioned before but never featured on their own day. Bit of a theme from yesterday, eh?

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Song of the Day: Blotted Science - Cretaceous Chasm

     I was going through my notes earlier, casting about for a song as I'm wont to do, and I came across a band I've written about before, back when I was writing longer non-daily posts, but one that's never gotten their own featured day. They're badass enough to warrant their own day, in my opinion, so here it is!

Song of the Day: Sublime - Smoke Two Joints

     So I know I'm a few hours late with today's (or yesterday's) song, but I'm blaming it on both today's recovery from last night's round 2 of our holiday merrymaking and this evening's round three of said merrymaking. But on the upside, as I sit here casting about for a song before I call it a night, all this merrymaking has given me an idea.

Friday, 21 December 2012

Song of the Day: Dave Brubeck - Take Five

     So it's Friday evening, on the 21st of December, and the world, having neglected to end, continues to spin. Crazy, huh? Maybe now people will get that, just like our own calendar, the Mayan one was cyclical, with the end of a cycle not representing the end of everything.

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Song of the Day: Glass Cloud - Memorandum

     I know I've written about techy melo-djent act Glass Cloud before, but their debut album The Royal Thousand came up in my shuffle this morning on the way to work and convinced me that they deserve another day in the sun. Like I said before, they're certainly not reinventing the genre, but they are rocking it out well enough to warrant a second look at least. Given that I've featured a Glass Cloud song on Loud Noises before, consider today your second look.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Song of the Day: Mestis - Menta

     Today's song comes from an act that's kind of a friend-of-a-friend sort of thing. You see, there's this instrumental prog-tech-jazz metal type band you probably know called Animals as Leaders, and in this band there are two guitarists: Tosin Abasi and Javier Reyes. These two slingers of many-stringer guitars are so full of ideas that they're in another band together, the jazz-influenced T.R.A.M. Even more than that, Reyes is so super chock full of material that he's got his own solo side-project called Mestis. It's from this project's first EP that I've drawn today's song.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Song of the Day: Tesseract - Eden

     One of my current favourite bands changed the cover photo on their Facebook today. I don't know whether it means new single or new album or what, but Tesseract's cover photo now reads "Altered State". Regardless of what this might mean for us Tesseract fans, at the very least it means an excuse to show you a badass band.

Monday, 17 December 2012

Song of the Day: Haji's Kitchen - Nocturnus

     Today's band is one I've been very remiss in not sharing with you before now. I've known about them at least since the summer, having learned of them because I'm a bit of a Dan Tompkins fanboy (as you may already know) and prolific chap that his is, he does some vocal work on their latest album. But I've just never gotten around to picking a song for you to listen to... until now...

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Song of the Day: Slipknot - Left Behind

     Just a quick one tonight, as I've got to get to bed so I can get up for work tomorrow morning. I was trying to think of good songs or bands to feature while we're on our voyage in the Wayback Machine, and I think I've come up with a doozy.

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Song of the Day: System of a Down - Toxicity

     Due to the high cost of operting the Wayback Machine, we're spending at least another day in my high school past. Which band are we dealing with today? I'll give you a hint: I saw these guys live this year.

Friday, 14 December 2012

Song of the Day: Nothingface - Breath Out

     I ran into an old acquaintance/sibling of an old friend tonight, and it made me feel a little nostalgic, so for today's song we're going to take a ride in the ol' Wayback Machine and listen to a(nother) song by one of my favourite heavy bands back in high school. Let's go!

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Song of the Day: Pomagranate Tiger - New Breed

     Boy, do I have something for you today. If you've been following along at all, you know that among my favourite things when it comes to metal and heavy music are a) progressive, complicated stuff and b) cool instrumental bands. I like progressive, complicated stuff because I find it interesting (and sometimes challenging!) to listen to and because it represents the work of artists with incredible skill and command of their craft. I like finding good instrumental bands because I think it's an interesting exercise to take modern listeners of music on the same journey emotionally and intellectually without any words, as well to hold the listener's interest without the typical focal point of the vocalist. (I say modern listeners as music fans during the time of, say, Mozart, would likely be more used to musical performed without the accompaniment of vocals...but I digress)

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Song of the Day: Glassjaw - Radio Cambodia

     In the same way that yesterday's song came about because I felt that Opeth was underrepresented in theLoud Noises Song of the Day catalogue, today's song comes from another band you should know about if you don't already, and a band that's like the Guns and Roses of post-hardcore in the sense that their new album has been so long in coming that  one doubts it'll ever arrive. But in the meantime...

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Song of the Day: Opeth - The Devil's Orchard

     In coming up with a song this evening, I've been going through my records (yes, I keep records) to see if there might be somebody I felt was underrepresented and deserving of a day in the sun. Lo and behold, I've found something just right.

Monday, 10 December 2012

Song of the Day: Circles - Another Me

     If you've been following along, you know that a little less than a week ago, I featured a song by rising Australian djentlemen Circles in honour of the impending release of the first single from their forthcoming full-length debut. Of course then Circles would have to go and mess with my shit by putting out a video for this new single just a couple of days later.

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Song of the Day: Trioscapes - Separate Realities

     Happy Sunday night, everybody. Since it was Kelsey's birthday yesterday and we spent the weekend at her parent's house, and of course because she is so awesome, I figure she deserves another song. But as much as I love her, I'm not writing this blog just for her, right? So the challenge then becomes picking a good song that she really digs but that the rest of you should find equally bad ass. Challenge accepted.

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Song of the Day: The Pixies - Here Comes Your Man

     Today is a very special day here at Loud Noises, because today the best girlfriend in the world turns 24! So in honour of Kelsey's birthday, she gets her own Song of the Day today.

Friday, 7 December 2012

Song of the Day: The Black Dahlia Murder - I Will Return

     I was driving around today and The Black Dahlia Murder came up on shuffle, and it occurred to me that it's been a while since I've written about them, and that there might be a handful of metal fans among you who aren't converts yet. So bam! Song of the day it is!

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Song of the Day: Sam Roberts Band - Let It In

     Today's song might not be very metal, but it's a cool song and it's been stuck in my head all evening -- not for the first time either. Hopefully by sharing it with you I can exorcise it from my

     Your song today is "Let It In" from the 2011 album Collider by the Sam Roberts Band. For me, it's the perfect little slice of poppy rock: it's super catchy, it's got some cool melodies, it's got some interesting lyrical turns of phrase, and it's even just a shade weird. It is, in the words of those funkiest of monks the Red Hot Chili Peppers, a pretty little ditty.

     So now it's in your heard, which hopefully means it's out of mine. Good luck with it!

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Song of the Day: Ever Forthright - Latency and Tendencies

     Evening everybody. I've got something for you today you probably haven't heard, which is always something I'm looking for, and on top of that it's something I haven't written about yet, which is always a bonus.

     So New York City djenty-type band Ever Forthright have been on my musical radar for a while now: back in September they toured southern Ontario a little with Intervals and Mandroid Echostar, both Canadian bands I'm always trying to talk up, and last week I finally picked up a copy of their 2011 self-titled debut. I've only given the disc a couple of plays, but I'm already intrigued by Ever Forthright's jazzy, glitchy take on the increasingly over-saturated tech metal/djent subgenre. Let's see if you are too.

     Your song today is called "Latency and Tendencies". So far it's one of my favourites on the album, so it's the one I'm going to share with you. Enjoy!

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Song of the Day: Circles - Clouds Are Gathering

     Hey everybody, got another quick one before bed again, dealing today with up and coming Australian prog-metallers Circles. I've written about these guys before, but now they're hard at work on the first full-length, and have just debuted the first single. I haven't heard it yet, but that's no reason not to check out something from their 2011 EP The Compass.

     So your song today is "Clouds Are Gathering". Check it out and then go get stoked up for the new album.

Monday, 3 December 2012

Song of the Day: Intervals - Mata Hari

     Evening, friends. Just a quick one today since I gotta hit the hay so I can get up super early tomorrow for work. I've written about Canadian instrumetal band Intervals a couple of times before, but since my CD copy of their new EP is finally here (yay!) I figure it's a good time to promote this band again.

     So your song today is "Mata Hari" from October's EP In Time, and as an added bonus, you get a play-through video by guitarist/songwriter Aaron Marshall, so you can watch him play this song's badass leads as well as listen to them. If heavy, progressive, instrumental music is your thing, you need to know about these guys already, and if it's not, this band is one of example of why maybe it should be.

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Song of the Day: Jimi Hendrix - All Along the Watchtower

     Evening kids, it's your friendly neighbourhood Beardy here with the final day of Under of the Covers of Darkness Week. There's so many things I could have picked for today (and maybe some of those possibilities will show up as future songs, so stay tuned...) but I've decided to go with a hall of fame, honourable mention, lifetime achievement type pick. Since this week's theme was covers, today's song is arguably the cover to end all covers.

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Song of the Day: Biffy Clyro - Buddy Holly

     Happy Saturday Morning everybody! Under the Covers of Darkness Week is nearing its conclusion, but boy have I got a cover for you today. I'll come right out and confess that I've been saving this one, and that it might even be the whole reason this theme came to me in the first place.