Radioactive Sandwich - Mirrage

Radioactive Sandwich – An Echo Is The Shadow Of A Sound

Starting with the name, this is one special song. Warning: superlatives ahead.

The melody’s 11 minutes are bountiful, full of instruments and sounds perfectly picked for creating an atmosphere of mystery, even divine. And it’s all layered in a supremely masterful way. That oppressive bass line… that redeeming choir…

The dance of sound shadows is here to entertain and hypnotize, to amaze and to relax. Art like this makes me immensely thankful to live in a day and age when technology has exploded the instrumental repertoire to such a degree.

Finntroll - Ur Jordens Djup

Finntroll – Ur Djupet

Probably the most brutal song I’ve published here, but this sublime mix of folk and extreme metal cannot be overlooked for too long. Monstrous growling and hellish metal orchestration is easier to digest when served alongside a bunch of unconventional instruments. Oh, and there’s even a 10-second lull towards the end of the melody!

Don’t look up the lyrics unless you’re into gory stuff…

Children Of Bodom - Follow The Reaper

Children Of Bodom – Everytime I Die

Brutal it may be, but with these catchy guitar lines and tasty synths, this song is one for the history books. The way the melody flows makes it a truly epic piece.

Kick ass metal from Finland, Children of Bodom have been described as “power metal with harsh vocals” (in the period this song is from). But I think this song is “melodic death metal with keyboards”. Like a wise man said: trying to peg music to genres is like trying to dance architecture.

Ishq - Orchid

Ishq – Bhakti

You’ve just landed on planet chill. Welcome. Now close your eyes.

This is as much a song as it is an experience. Of course, everything we live is an experience. But there is a range of intensity to every experience, and a range of senses to be involved in it. This piece shows music at its best as an experience enhancer.

Let your eardrums be massaged by soft percussion as your consciousness floats on gentle winds of sound.

Scratch Massive ‎– Nuit De Reve

Scratch Massive – Waiting For A Sign (feat. Koudlam)

Floating down from some dark mist comes a strange creation, one of those sound creatures that is almost impossible to peg to a certain genre. Sure, there’s quite a bit of electronica here – some from the big beat subgenre and some from the dark ambient subgenre. But then there’s that tribal wraith voice too.

So what it is then? It’s a damn good and ominous serving of menacing atmospheric bass with a side-dish of evocative filter-twisted singing.