Week 17: Alternative Metal 1, Japanese Popular Music 2, Slovenian Folk Music
Day 113 - alternative metal
Day 114 - nu metal
Day 115 - industrial metal
Day 116 - ryukoka
Day 117 - kayokyoku
Day 118 - picopop
Day 119 - slovenian folk
Day 113: Alternative Metal
Very different stem from alternative rock and one of my first "metal" genres. Haven't really preferred much of it anymore due to the vast simplicity in many of the artists.
OSI - Blood
OSI is an American progressive rock band, originally formed by Fates Warning guitarist Jim Matheos in 2002. Chroma Key keyboardist and vocalist Kevin Moore is the only other full-time member of the band. The collaboration may be considered a studio project, as its members and contributors write and track most of their material independently, sharing and developing tracks long-distance, only coming together at the end of the process for mixing and additional tracking. The band's name is a reference to the Office of Strategic Influence, a short-lived American government agency formed in 2001 to support the War on Terror through propaganda. The band has featured a number of guest musicians on its albums, including Steven Wilson, Mikael Åkerfeldt, Sean Malone, Joey Vera and Gavin Harrison.
Matheos recruited Moore and Dream Theater's then-drummer Mike Portnoy to perform on what was originally planned to be a Matheos solo album. Matheos and Portnoy originally planned to produce a progressive metal album similar in style to Matheos' work in Fates Warning. Moore changed the music's direction, incorporating electronica into the original progressive metal sound. The band's debut album was released by InsideOut Music in 2003.
OSI was originally intended to be a one-off project, but Matheos and Moore found they both had gaps in their schedules so produced a follow-up. Free was released in 2006, with Portnoy returning to play drums as a session musician rather than a full band member, due to personal and musical differences between him and Moore. Blood was released in 2009, with Porcupine Tree drummer Gavin Harrison replacing Portnoy. The fourth album Fire Make Thunder was released in 2012 by Metal Blade Records, with Harrison once again on drums.
It's a pretty steady album and there's a lot of atmosphere worked in. There's the occasional nu-metal riff that comes by and to its effect it works out pretty well in the end.
Day 114: Nu-Metal
Deftones - Adrenaline
Deftones are an American alternative metal band from Sacramento, California, founded in 1988. The band consists of Chino Moreno (lead vocals and guitar), Stephen Carpenter (guitar), Chi Cheng (bass), Frank Delgado (keyboards and turntables), and Abe Cunningham (drums and percussion). As of 2009, Sergio Vega is standing in on bass while Cheng recovers from a car accident. They have released six albums to date, with three Platinum (Adrenaline, White Pony, Around the Fur) and one Gold certification (for the self-titled album).
This stuff reminds me how I'm kind of over this music.
Day 115: Industrial Metal
Ministry - Psalm 69
Ministry is an American industrial metal band founded by lead singer Al Jourgensen in 1981. Originally a synthpop outfit, Ministry changed its style to industrial metal in the late 1980s. Ministry found mainstream success in the early 1990s with its most successful album Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs (1992) and touring as part of the Lollapalooza festival.
After 27 years of performing, Jourgensen decided to end the band in 2008, and since then stated that a reunion would never happen. However, on August 7, 2011, a reunion was announced, when Ministry confirmed that they will play one of their first shows in 4 years at the Wacken Open Air festival in August 2012. Ministry released a new album, titled Relapse, on March 23, 2012, which will be followed by a world tour.
Day 116: Ryūkōka
A very old form of widely-distributed music of Japan during its Empire era.
Ichiro Fujiyama, Kasagi Shizuko, Kouta Katsutaro, Sato Chiyako, Awaya Noriko, Shoji Taro, Hayashi Isao, Uehara Bin
A few of these tracks, especially one from Hayashi Isao were quite militaristic and pro-motive. Though then again they were a country where the people would show great honor. This translates over to Japan's imperialistic passion, and that translates over to World War II. These ties are especially interesting, because as an American, popular musicians from our country during this time from my understanding never actually showed such dedication to the wars this commonly. I like it.
Many other tracks show some grief as well. Some sadness. Very simple music however.
...Wow, how did a country go from this to J-Pop?
Day 117: Kayokyoku
荒井由実 - MISSLIM
Yumi Matsutoya (松任谷 由実 Matsutōya Yumi?, born January 19, 1954), nicknamed "Yuming" (ユーミン Yūmin?), is an influential Japanese singer, composer, lyricist and pianist. She is renowned for her idiosyncratic voice, and live performances, and is an important figure in Japanese popular music.
Her recording career has been commercially successful with more than 42 million records sold. In 1990, her album The Gates of Heaven became the first album to be certified "2x million" by the RIAJ, and she has had twenty-one #1 albums listed on the Oricon charts. She is the only artist to have at least one number-one album every year on the Oricon charts for 18 consecutive years.
After gaining several years of experience as a session musician, she debuted as a singer-songwriter in 1972. During her early career, she worked under her birth name Yumi Arai (荒井 由実 Arai Yumi?). In 1975, Arai became known as a composer for "Ichigo Hakusho wo Mou Ichido", a commercially successful song recorded by the folk duo BanBan. She also gained popularity as a vocalist in the same year, through the success of "Ano Hi ni Kaeritai" that became her first number-one spot on the Japan's Oricon Charts.
After marrying her musical collaborator Masataka Matsutoya in 1976 and changing her stage name, she has continued her recording career up until now. Throughout the 1980s, Matsutoya's music was prominently featured in advertisements for Mitsubishi Motors in her native Japan and her image was used to promote their vehicles. In addition to multiple hit singles, she has obtained enormous commercial success on the Japanese Albums Chart, particularly during the late 1980s and the first half of the 1990s.
Soft pop, somewhat eclectic. Not something I would call distinct from western formats.
Day 118: Picopop
Macdonald Duck Eclair - short short
They've found a way to make J-Pop a lot more annoying then usual. Who would've thought?
Recommend if you like.