Kittie: Origins/Evolutions

This CD/DVD combo was finally released a few weeks ago. It is a live CD of the bands performances over the years with various line-up changes and a documentary about the band on DVD. I didn’t know the history of the band so it was very interesting to watch current and past members of the band talk about their experiences. Not all past members wanted to be filmed. Sadly, Trish Doan died this year – she was only 31. The heart of the band are the sisters Morgan Lander (vocals/guitar) and Mercedes Lander (drums). The documentary takes us from their beginnings in the family basement to making all of their albums. I had the first two Kittie albums, Spit and Oracle. I often listen to tracks from these as they are on my ipod playlist. I bought the album Until The End as a result of liking the songs I heard from the documentary. The one album I don’t think I want is Funeral For Yesterday. The producer really took over and delivered a project that wasn’t what the band wanted at all. I think the album In The Black will be the next one I buy. From the documentary, that album sounded great.



My Indigo

This album is Sharon den Adel’s solo project. It is a lot more pop than the songs/music she writes for Within Temptation. I think it is perfect for a summer project. It is light and catchy and is emotional at times. I don’t know what drove her to create the project but I think it is a good album.


Rolo Tomassi: Time will die and love will bury it

This one was bought purely on belief that I think I had read about them somewhere and they were supposed to be very good. I haven’t heard enough of this album to be able to confirm how great this band is. I can hear a real mix of styles in the tracks I have heard though, including some good guitars and good screaming. This is going to be a record I will have to listen to several times to get to grips with it, I usually like music a lot more when it grows on me the more I listen.

Eluveitie: Evocation II – Pantheon

I’ve wanted to buy some music from Eluveitie for a while. I like their particular blend of folk and what? Metal? I don’t really know how I would classify the band’s music. There are some talented musicians in the band, not least the 3 female members: Fabienne Erni (vocals, harp), Michalina Malisz (hurdy gurdy) and Nicole Ansperger (fiddles). I have seen some concert footage on YouTube but I think it was from earlier in the band’s history – pre 2017, so I think it was around the time when Anna Murphy was in the band (another hurday gurdy player and vocalist). I like how they are making the hurdy gurdy a rock instrument.


Nightwish: Decades

I bought this CD back in February and it is a great thing believe me. I didn’t expect anything less but the song choice is inspired. I love a lot of the Nightwish albums but I don’t have a complete set. This CD helps complete some of the gaps. The music is massive and orchestral and also epic. The three vocalists the band has included all combine in a perfect way in this package, though people will have their favourites. I am glad that the songs have not been re-recorded with Floor, even though that would be awesome – the reason I say this is that it makes seeing the band live with Floor singing the songs now even more special.


Auri, Myrkur and After Forever

I recently purchased the album by Auri, an offshoot of the Nightwish lead Tuomas Holopainen, Troy Donockley and Johanna Kurkela. It grows and grows on the listener but defies pigeonholes. I really like Johanna’s voice, its very soft and lush.

Myrkur’s album Mareridt similarly defies pigeonholes. There isn’t anybody like Myrkur out there and she is playing live this month in the UK. Worth checking out if you can get a ticket. The vocals are so dynamic, soft and choral through to sometimes quite scary!

I bought an After Forever remastered CD called Remagine, it’s a 2 disk set and is excellent. Floor’s voice sounds amazing as always and you can easily see her progression from After Forever through to Nightwish.