I don’t know about anyone else, but I was shocked as hell yesterday when I woke up and realized it was already August. Where the hell did July go? Work really kicked my booty during the month of July, and clearly sucked up a lot of my time. As a result, writing was a little week for the month. Apologies. The image pretty much says everything. Hopefully, everyone can understand that paying the bills has to come as a priority. Clearly, a lot happened during the month of July in the music industry that I wasn’t able to blog about. Oh, well.
To vent my frustration, I decided to do something on payday that I hadn’t done all month long. I went and bought some new music. Why the hell not, right? I work hard, and I deserve to reward myself for working so much. Life at marketing agency.
So, what did I buy? After browsing Best Buy for a few minutes, I decided to invest in some bands I have learned more about recently, Opeth‘s Watershed and Kamelot‘s Ghost Opera. Opeth is one of those bands that has interested me before, but fundage and the uncertainty if I would really like them kept me from buying earlier CDs. Since I have been hearing great things about the album, I convinced myself that I had to just get Watershed. After listening to about half of Watershed, I am a little blown away by Opeth’s songwriting chops. I have heard other tracks from Opeth, like the Grand Conjuration. Honestly, what kept me from buying Opeth before was the “cookie monster” singing the band is known for. I have my ups and downs with that style of singing. However, the versatility of Michael Åkerfeldt, Opeth’s lead singer, is heard in Watershed. I am almost compelled to invest a little more in Opeth. My early take is Watershed has a mystical, dark, and haunting feel with moments that blend of intensity and hypnoticism. Here is the first track off of the album, Porcelain Heart.
Kamelot was a band I learned about while scouring Last.Fm. I love bands with awesome vocalists. After, watching the new video (below) and track also titled Ghost Opera, I was captivated by Khan, the lead singer’s voice. The band definitely has chops, but after listening to bits and pieces of the album, I was hoping to hear a little bit more songwriting variety. To be fair, I have only skimmed the album though, so it’s still early to say what I really think. Khan has a great voice though.
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