Madrugada - Industrial Silence

Madrugada – Quite Emotional

Dim the lights, light a candle, embrace, sway. True to its namesake, this atmospheric, moody and melancholy-inducing song features one of the warmest male vocal performances I’ve ever heard. Soothing guitars and gentle keyboards provide the ideal background while the sparingly-used percussion anchors the song to perfection.

There’s a saying that goes like this: while listening to this song for the first time, if you think of good memories, it will always bring you back to those beautiful moments when you listen to it again.

Night & Day by Underdog

CubeSounD – Silent Moon (feat. Lori)

Mysterious and epic, this tune is a transporter to other worlds. Transporter Songs aren’t easy to build. First of all, it takes a special kind of wind to move our soul’s sails. Mystic incantations can save us from the storm, but it’s Lori’s voice that fills the soul’s ethereal sails. Now, we’re prepared for the oceanic union underneath the guiding celestial bodies.

“Will my feet touch solid ground again?”

There’s no journey without waves, no life without vibration. The melody’s pulse is always with us – the patterned avatar of ocean waves. But just like getting lost at sea, a storm is in the making…

Garbage - Version 2.0

Garbage – Special

I loved this lovely love killer even before I could understand what she’s singing about. It’s interesting how a song can change in one’s mind over the course of 20 years. I was 15 when I heard this song the first time. 20 years later, I love it just as much, but not the same.

Even since back in 1998, Garbage showed that they’re not afraid to mix all sorts of spicy sounds into their rock orchestration. Paired with Shirley Manson, one of the most memorable female vocalist I can think of, it’s a recipe for success.

Sorrow - Arisen

Sorrow – Arisen

Dark but mellow, this old school drum’n’bass creation is a master class in the clever use and mixing of vocal samples, something I’ve noticed that this artist is particularly good at.

This song also introduced me to one of my all-time favorite album covers. I’ve tried to contact Sorrow to find out who’s behind the masterpiece but no luck. Hopefully one day I’ll find out who’s behind this magnificent drawing.

Recoil - Want

Recoil – Want

Here are a few twisted little verses that cut and gash like rusty razor blades:

“I want to strangle the stars for all they promised me.”
“I want matches in case I have to suddenly burn.”
“I want to write my secret across your sky.”

Besides its assault on imagination, this song features one hell of a composition. It’s diverse, ruthless and in perfect rhythm and mood with the lyrics. Take a walk on the dark side together with Recoil and the best possible singer for such verses.

Argaman - Living In A Bubble

Argaman – Walk On Your Way (Day)

Warning: this track may contain traces of other dimensions. It may cause (at least) the perception of temporal shifting in the auditory cortex. Can be used by professionals to test the temporal lobe of the brain.

Jokes aside, never underestimate the beauty of tampering with and distorting rhythms. When done right, it’s exactly what a song needs to shine. Let yourself soar with this playful, airy tune and its dreamy singer.

Darude - Sandstorm

Darude – Sandstorm

From beginning to end, this song is a sandstorm. It powers up mighty fast and, out of the blue, you’re catapulted straight into a dance frenzy. Or at least that’s probably the intention behind the unrelenting synth Gatling guns. The melody isn’t very complex, but all movements are well timed and interconnected to such a degree that this can become an addictive experience. This is the stuff that immortal songs are made of.

I can hardly believe this song is almost 20 years old. Its age, together with the sheer power carried by the sound waves definitely qualifies Sandstorm for the Blast from the Past category.

Amorphis - Tuonela

Amorphis – Summer’s End

I’m usually happy to hear what a few extra instruments can do to a metal song. It doesn’t matter if those instruments are physical or spawned from the digital innards of a synthesizer. What matters is how they are integrated with the rest of the orchestration. The solid riffing and drumming here is all laid upon a dreamy foundation, the perfect soundscape for the song’s eerie lyrics.

True to the roots of the group’s name, Amorphis has gone through quite a number of musical transformations. The band has become a successful example when it comes to incorporating other instruments into the traditional metal repertoire.