Album Review: “Heart Of The Hurricane” by Beyond The Black

34729747_951670208326241_2834433232856940544_nWe’re back with another review! This time I am talking about symphonic metal with a band that I have discussed on here in the past, it was their album “Lost In Forever” that I actually listen to almost every other month now. The band recently released their third album “Heart Of The Hurricane” in late August, and you would be very proud of me, because I have not listened to a single song–even though I really wanted to every time I saw one pop up on my Spotify–so my thoughts on the songs themselves will fresh and I seem to like it better to go about it that way.

Here’s a little background on the band, they are originally from Germany, leading the bunch is Jennifer Haben while Chris Hermsdörfer and Tobias Lodes play guitar and do some backing vocals. Stefan Herkenhoff is on bass, Jonas Roßner plays the keys and finally Kai Tschierschky does the drums. The album consists of 15 songs, which is more than I usually review on here, but I thought what the hell! So, let’s get this party started!

We start off the album with a song called “Hysteria” and this has a nice heavy metal sound with the guitars being at the center of the beginning and I like the balance between the orchestra’s light tone against the harsh guitars together, and Jennifer along with the choir, keep that soft element there throughout despite the fact that the track is about chaos. I thought that was kind of interesting! It was pretty mild to what I kind of expected but I liked it nonetheless though. Second is the title track “Heart Of The Hurricane” and I definitely like how this one starts, it’s heavy but when Jennifer comes on, the guitars die down. I had a hard time keeping myself still while listening to it the first time, which is a really good sign! I was slightly jumping up and down on my bed and whenever it got quiet, I turned to swaying side-to-side and I can’t wait to learn the lyrics to it. Next is “Through The Mirror” and a piano begins the song off which surprised me because you hardly ever hear songs like this towards the start of the album. Of course, the sound explodes into this monstrous ballad. I really like it.

 “Million Lightyears” is the fourth song and I’m not going to lie, I kept picturing Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story when I first read the title of it. I’m sorry, I couldn’t help it! This has a different start, as it was a male singer, and it kind of threw me off because I couldn’t see a featured artist, so it could either be Chris, Stefan, or Tobias. However, I do like the deeper tone of his voice against Jen’s soaring vocals. It gives the song an extra edge so it’s good! We move on to “Song For The Godless” and once I saw this title, I was really intrigued; I just knew I was going to like the suspense of not exactly knowing what was going to happen with this song. The introduction in this one is so good! It has this exotic element but fierce drumming coming together, everything that I wanted was in this song! The only thing that would have made it better was if that drumming was as loud as it was throughout the choruses. I think that would have been interesting, but the song is really good otherwise!

Next there’s “Escape From The Earth” which is another song that grabbed my attention right away and it has a somber undertone that you hear immediately. I liked the fact that it was softer, but it had some interesting edges to it with the fast strumming in the mist of the second verse, so it sort of changed the tempo and direction of the “normal” ballad. I also enjoyed the very loud slap of the drums, unfortunately I don’t know anything but drums but I still liked that little surprise because it made that song even better. Now, we have “Beneath A Blackened Sky” and I’m happy to say that this is another heavy epic track. The haunted sounds of the orchestra, with the choir singing in the introduction really excited me, but those elements kind of took a back step whenever Jennifer would start singing. They would start up again towards the choruses so I wasn’t that disappointed with it! It’s actually a really good track.

The eighth song is “Fairytale Of Doom” which made me really curious, because the first thing that popped into my head was a darker turn of Alice In Wonderland, although I had clue to what I would actually hear when the song played. I think this has a bit of a thrash-y sound to it, as the symphonic part of it isn’t as powerful, but I thought it was okay to go that route. Honestly, I would have been mad if they had went a sweeter and angelic sound with this, so instead they went with a hardier vibe that still told a good story. This one sort of threw me off, it’s called “My God Is Dead” and I’m always worried with these types of songs, but knowing the genre itself, they’re not talking about their lives, rather than a character made for the album itself. The track is a nice ballad again, but I really enjoyed whoever does the harsh vocals in the choruses, it was different but not enough to  divert the sound as a whole a lot.

We have “Dear Death” next and here was another title that got me wondering, I really enjoy doing that, I rarely expect how it’s going to sound but I try to guess the story behind it. I think it’s the storyteller in me! Anyways, I’m glad that it has a hefty sound in the beginning but honestly that really dies down as it continues to the point where I kind of grew to not like it. I can’t really explain it. So, let’s move on to the other song, “Scream For Me” and I really like it! The introduction made me slightly worried because they have a lot of mellow songs and I thought this was just another one, but they gave us a big surprise as the choruses are explosive! Everything is heightened and for once, I liked the guitar solo! I hardly ever like the solos anymore.

The last four songs, and we start with “Freedom” and it definitely has more of a power metal vibe going on, if you like to headbang, you can really do it with this one. I like the creepy and slow notes of the piano in the background with all of the chaos being center stage. I’m happy that Jennifer was able to control her voice in that type of environment . My voice would have been all over the place and that’s the truth! Next there’s “Breeze” which sounds sweet when you first read it, and then when it starts to play and you Jen’s voice basically stripped down with only a piano, strings and a choir gave it a classy tone and it’s the perfect calm down after the previous song! It’s really pretty!

“Echo From The Past” is the fourteenth song of the album. It seems like we go back to the mild soundings, as the it has a mysterious introduction with what sounds like church bells ringing in the background leading to some of the rough guitars. It wasn’t what I was expecting but I like that about it. And finally, the last song is “Parade” and I was utterly surprised with this because if I didn’t know any better, I’d say this had some electronic elements in it! I don’t really know what to say about it, other than it’s interesting but it’s not my favorite off the album.

I am officially done! I have to say, I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into with this album mostly because I’ve only listened to one album all the way through and I kind of liked it, whereas this one was slightly boring. It didn’t keep me interested and they all just blended together in a bad way unfortunately. It’s a nice effort in my opinion.

What do you think about Beyond The Black’s new album “Heart Of The Hurricane”? Did you like it or were you not pleased with it at all?

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Album Review: “Sign Of The Dragonhead” by Leaves’ Eyes

23131766_10156007791623901_1988138923982422649_nYou guys know how much I love symphonic metal music, right? Leaves’ Eyes is one of the numerous bands cranking out amazing music to its fans! The five piece band consists of Joris Njenhuis on drums, Pete Streit plays guitar while Thorstein Bauer does bass and to round it out the band has two vocalists: Alexander Krull and the newest member Elina Sirala. “Sign Of The Dragonhead” is Elina’s first record with the band. The album was released on January 12th, and as you can see from the artwork on the side that it involves the Vikings and their mythology!

We start the album with the title track, and I will say I hadn’t heard of Elina’s voice before I decided to review the album, so everything is completely new to me. I actually like her voice, it’s deep and not overwhelming as some singers I’ve heard in the past. It has a soft and sweet undertone to it, which works out great with Alexander’s harsh vocals. As far as the song as a whole, I’m not really a fan of it. I feel like it was rushed, however I did like the introduction. It gave you the scene that you were about to be transported out of there. I also liked the pipes as well. It added a nice gentle Celtic tone to it. Second is “Across The Sea” and you instantly hear this playful sound, that always reminds me of voyagers on a boat, the heavy guitars give you that other added element to it, but it’s all good and keeps the listener upbeat to hear the story.

Next we have “Like A Mountain” and I really liked the soft beginning, just hearing only a piano with Elina’s voice was beautiful, but of course we can’t stay in that direction. It doesn’t change into a jam-packed harsh song. It actually stays pretty neutral in sound, so it has a good melody to follow, and shows the beauty in Elina’s voice too! Leaves’ Eyes has had a history of using all kinds of languages in their lyrics: English, Irish and of course a form of the Viking language too! So the song “Jomsborg” is no surprise to me. I looked up the title to see what kind of information it could give me and according to Google, it was a legendary Viking stronghold on the coast of the Baltic sea. You have the same vibe that you get while listening to the second track, but I always find it cooler to see bands be inspired by real things, if it’s people or structures, it doesn’t matter. I love it!

And then we continue with the same inspiration, with the song “Völva” that tells you about a pagan Norse shaman. She would be considered a seer or prophet to the Vikings and their religion. If you want a better description: think of Gambit from the Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit books and films! I think it has a very playful sound, but it also has an exotic vibe going on too! It’s a very pretty song! This next one though, as soon as I heard it, I didn’t know what to exactly think of it. I mean, it’s not bad, kind of unique because it sounds like a jam session happened and they recorded it as it was. The song is called “Rides Of The Wind” and I do like the addition of the choir during the choruses but this one has me all confused! No wonder people who don’t normally listen to symphonic metal have a huge opinion or chip on their shoulders about the changes of their beloved genre, this is a weird one,

We’re heading to the end, the last five tracks of the standard edition. We have “Fairer Than The Sun” and after the previous one, my expectation was a little low because I was surprised once, it could certainly happen again! I’m happy to say that it definitely a little quieter compared to the others. I’d consider it a ballad in a way because it has a dreamy quality to it. Nice change! The eigth song is “Shadows Of The Night” and we’re out of our dreams now, back to the nightmares! I think the song is good, but I feel like there’s nothing giving it a special element to it, which sucks because it sounded like it had potential. And now have “Rulers Of The Wind And Waves” and you definitely get the true sailing viking tone in this song. I’m also happy to say that it’s an instrumental! There’s really nothing that makes me happy more than that honestly! It’s also a nice break too.

Now we have the last two songs, starting with “Fires In The North” and it has a bit of the vibe of the track before it. I like it. The more I listened to it, the more I started to really pay attention to the lyrics. That’s one thing that is difficult to do in this genre, because of the fact that there’s many elements, between Elina’s operatic vocals and Alexander’s darker growls along with the sound of the song together can be choatic at times! Lastly, there’s “Waves Of Euphoria” and it was nice to hear a true epic symphonic metal at the ending of the album. You recognize the horn in the beginning, keeping with the viking mythology there and after the long intro, the guitars come alive and it’s actually really good. It sounds like a normal Leaves’ Eyes.

The real question is whether or not I liked the album as a whole? Honestly, I don’t think any of their newer material will be able to top Symphonies Of The Night that was released in 2013. I did like it though, it just wasn’t at that level as this album.

Have you heard “Sign Of The Dragonhead” yet? Do you have a favorite on it yet? Let me know!

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Album Review: “Theater Of Dimensions” by Xandria

15578479_10154323610840889_4576199446702677479_nToday’s album review is from a band called Xandria. I’ve been a fan of theirs since the end of 2011 I believe, so I’ve seen a lot of people come and go and heard a lot of amazing music for the last six years!

Xandria is a German symphonic metal band and they are made up of five members: Marco Heubaum and Philip Resemeier on guitars, Steven Wussow is on bass, Gerit Lamm plays the drums and Dianne van Giersbergen is the main vocalist. They released their new album called “Theater Of Dimensions” on January 27th, that day was a just good day of releases. I had a total of four albums and this won the chance to be review!

I’m basing my review off what it is Spotify, and they have both the Deluxe and Standard editions, but I’m only discussing the standard issue. Now let’s finally get into this, shall we?

If you’ve never heard a symphonic metal album, most of the bands will create a story within the actual album, so each song will contain a different section of the plot. I don’t think this is a concept album, but there is some kind of story telling throughout the record that I am still searching to figure out. The language that seems to be used in this album is what I’d call Old English, almost Shakespearean, hence the title of the album in general perhaps?

The first track has a soft introduction, the song is actually very beautiful! It is called “Where The Heart Is Home” and when I hear it, I think it has a good balance of soft and dramatic  notes. I think Dianne’s voice just sounds angelic in this song! I can always get behind a song that is about seven minutes long! I think it’s a great, fairly tame start to the album.

Next is “Death To The Holy” and this was the song that reassured me that this album would be heavier than the last two albums. I’m not saying I didn’t like them, I do! I love them wholeheartedly, but I also love a heavier metal track too! I love the drum intro! I love the whimsical vibe you get throughout the song! It’s easy to stay on the beat as they arranged it, very catchy too! Dianne even sounds almost playful. I think that’s sort of unique to her because she has such a strong, powerful voice! The choirs sound amazing as always! I’m a sucker for choirs I really am! I am usually drawn to these types of songs for some odd reason! They just remind me of sailors, I know that probably sounds weird, but once you’ve heard multiple symphonic metal albums, you’ll understand why I say that!

I love the introduction of “Forsaken Love” it starts out with the villean pipes, which really bring out my interest in it. I love to hear anything with pipes, flutes, fiddles, and violins. Anyways, it’s a beautiful ballad. The next track is “Call Of Destiny” and when this was released at the beginning of January, I was secretly attached to it. I couldn’t get enough of it. Despite this, I find it a tad bit tame compared to their first single, “We Are Murders (We All)” when I heard this, I felt bummed, but now I like it and so much so that I included it into my Vikings Playlist on Spotify! I thought it fits in parts of the verses! There is a featured singer in that song, it is a Swedish singer Björn Strid of Soilwork.

The sixth track is “Dark Night For The Soul” and I really love the piano of this one. I think with someone like Dianne, been classically trained, this is where she really shines. Sometimes going simple can be a glorious thing, especially as a metal band in general. We’re so used to our heavy bangers and normal ballads, that some of us can’t appreciate softer ballads such as this one. It does have a guitar solo in it, but thankfully it isn’t obnoxious! I don’t normally care for guitar solos myself, but I think this one was very good! Marco and Philip have created some very gorgeous solos in the past I will say, so I do make exceptions every once in a while!

And then we have “When The Walls Come Down (Heartache Was Born)” and this one is a heavy track, the introduction has this ominous feel and then you suddenly hear the choirs and it’s very good! The next is “Ship Of Doom” and it has another soft beginning, but it very good. It’s another fantasy-like song, would probably be good on my Vikings playlist too, but I have like four of their tracks about sailing, so I’m going to hold out including it for now! Ninth is an instrumental called “Ceilí” and I was a bit shocked to see this, because they are not known to put this kind of track on an album mostly because they do not have a touring keyboardist. If they ever play it live, it would mostly likely turn up during intermission. It is a whimsical tune, very playful but also heavy in the guitars, so it’s a good mix.

The last four of the standard edition are next. We have “Song For Sorrow and Woe” and it is another slow start, but once the tempo increases you can kind of hear the horns, which can be sort of hard to decipher, but not here. Unfortunately I don’t really care for it, and even I’m surprised! It has everything that I usually look for, but it is an interesting song! Next we have “Burn Me” and this also features another singer, it is Zaher Zorgati of Myrath and this is another very tame song. I do like the duet between Dianne and Zaher, I think it is interesting dynamic since she’s so high and he seems to be more of a baritone.

I have a thing for unique introductions, I have a weakness for an acoustic guitar I think every person does, they just don’t want to admit it out loud. “Queen Of Hearts Reborn” has a quiet, but epic beginning and then it just erupts of sounds between the drums and guitars, they cut into Dianne’s high notes and she almost sounds evil in parts. I swear, I mean that in a good way! It brings out a new character for her. I could see this one becoming a favorite of mine! Lastly, we have the title track “A Theater Of Dimensions” and they are known for their final songs to be the longest of all the rest; this one does not disappoint, it is 14 minutes and 22 seconds long! The only bad part about it is the fact that it is really slow! Thankfully, it does gradually get better and becomes more intense as it goes on. It’s pretty good!

I love Xandria, I really do! I always look forward to their albums but I have to say, I just sort of felt let down in a way. I think it might’ve been the ballads or the way of speaking, sometimes that can be an issue with me. I do think it’s interesting and different, so I definitely can’t say I hate it, but rating wise I would give it a eight out of 10. I think the album is great, but not as amazing as “Sacrificium” but you can’t like everything.

Have you listened to Xandria’s “Theater Of Dimensions” yet? What did you think?

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Album Review: “Lost In Forever” by Beyond The Black

16002969_689213027905295_3522525656928150128_nToday I have a new album review for you! I think I can say that is my first music review of 2017 since I technically I wrote my other in December, it just went up in January! Anyways, I will be discussing a German symphonic/power metal band called Beyond The Black.

The band is made of six members: Kai Tschierchky on drums, Jonas Roßner on keyboards, Tobias Lodes on guitar, Chris Hermsdörfer who is also on guitar, Stefan Herkenhoff plays the bass and Jennifer Haben is the main vocalist.

I’m really excited that I finally get to write and even listen to the new album! I’ve been hearing the title track for the past year or so, because for a while the album itself wasn’t on Spotify when it been released the first time back in early 2016, but now the entire album is out worldwide and hopefully it’ll stay up there!

So let’s start talking about it. If you guys and gals know me well enough, you know how much I love long, mysterious, but yet powerful intros and I’ll be honest, there’s nothing better than the first song you hear off a brand new has a slow, creepy beginning; especially if it’s in the metal genre! “Lost In Forever” is beautiful! It’s very melodic and epic. It seriously makes me very happy while playing it and I’m just now figuring the words to it so I love singing along to Jennifer’s voice! I just can’t do the harsh screaming yet – I can do low growls but that’s about it. The second track is “Beautiful Lies” and when I first heard it, I didn’t think I’d like it as much but as it kept going, I slowly changed my mind. I think it was because of the slowness of it. I love the fact that it has a power metal feel to it that Masterplan’s Rick Altzi voice brings as he sings with Jennifer. It’s definitely one of my favorites so far!

Third we have “Written In Blood” and again, we have another ominous introduction. A slow beginning that just grows into a faster tempo. It’s not as much of a banger as I’d hope but that doesn’t mean I think it sucks. It’s still pretty good, but I’m just not really feeling it right now. Next is “Against The World” and you get a nice acoustic start that is actually gorgeous! I think you would consider this a ballad, because it doesn’t build necessarily build into a heavy song. It’s a nice and slow. These types of songs are certainly growing one me! I also love the crap out of the guitar solo too! I’m not much of a solo lover (I like drum solos more!) but I still like it a lot! And then we have “Beyond The Mirror” which has one of the best instruments taking command, the fiddle, I didn’t have to hear the rest of the song, that pretty much sold me, but in all fairness, it is a really good song beyond those parts you can clearly hear it.

What do we have next? There’s “Halo Of The Dark” and this has another slow beginning, but then it grows to an epic, symphonic metal track. What surprises me is that this is the third favorite of the album! I just based it off of the introduction though, that’s what did me in! Next we have “Dies Irae” and this is a full symphonic metal song. I want to say it almost rivals the first track, but I think this may be a little better! I’ve learned in the last six years that it’s really hard to pick favorites in the symphonic rock/metal world! Eighth track is another favorite of mine, but like with the second song it is called “Forget My Name” as much as it has a good symphonic edge, it has more of a power metal feel to it, but it’s still really good though! I really like the duel voices between the clean and harsh vocals in the choruses, it didn’t need it but it’s a good addition!

The next track is called “Burning In Flames” I’m actually glad that this one sounds more like a rock-y. If you’re new to the genre symphonic metal, this could be a good song to use to get a feel of it as it’s not obnoxious by any means. It’s fairly tame, despite having the harsh growls and singing in it, but again, I love it! I mostly the choruses and I cannot even begin to tell you why that is, I just do! It sounds interesting. I always love it when bands have a song like “forevermore” or in this case “Nevermore” because it sounds almost fantasy-like, which was my main attraction to this genre as a whole, because it has the power to get you out of your head and into a new world. It’s not a favorite yet, but it’ll get there soon!

I’ve decided to only review the standard edition of the album. So if you start to wonder why Spotify has 17 songs and I’ve stopped at track 13, this is why! To start out the last three songs of the album, we have “Shine and Shade” that definitely has a power metal side to it, but has a choir included in the beginning. Unfortunately, I don’t really like it and it sort has me stumped because it has everything I go for, but I still can’t connect with it. The next song is “Heaven In Hell” that has a male choir starting it out. This is just a badass track! It’s heavy and full of pure metal; what more could you want? And lastly we have “Love’s A Burden” and this is another beautiful song. It is a ballad and I love how an album can start on a big note and then have a somber end. This is my last favorite of the album.

So overall, the album was fantastic! It is so nice to talk and hear new symphonic metal music again. Especially bands that have a mature sound too! I see a lot of bands that consider themselves “symphonic” but yet they clearly sound more electronic or alternative instead. I would give this a nice nine out of ten, which seems really fair considering the couple of songs I didn’t necessarily care for, but if you know me at all, I never “hate” anything. I’ll usually cave after a while!

Have you listened to Beyond The Black’s album “Lost In Forever” yet? What are your favorite tracks? 

Tune Tuesday | Germany 2016

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Hey guys,

So we’re onto Germany for the week!

I think I’m going to start out with Dark Fortress. They were a band I found on my Facebook first, I could be wrong of course but I’m pretty sure that’s how I found them. I seriously don’t know how I would find them because I rarely listen to black metal bands but every once in a while I do get in the mood for them. Nobody would think that, but I really do have my days where I want something really heavy and dark. Anyways, these guys sort of remind me of Motionless In White and another surprising band that I know Cradle Of Filth. They’re pretty great I think! I just wouldn’t watch any of their music videos!

This next band is pretty interesting I think, they’re called Van Canto and they are a symphonic metal band but they don’t necessarily use the same insturments that you would think they’d have to create such music. They are the metal version of Pentanox, they use only their voices and sounds they can make with their mouths. They’re one of the most unique metal bands I’ve found in the last six years! They make you rethink what heavy metal should sound!

Now time to share a section of the electronic dance music, Zedd is one DJ that has had a lot of good hits but I haven’t agreed with some of his opinions about music. I’ve only started to pay more attention to his music. I like the remake of his track “True Colors” with singer Kesha. I think despite the fact things didn’t end ideally for her, I think the song is a perfect song for new beginnings for her!

So what do you think of these artists? Do you know any more German music I should put on next year’s rota?

Song Review: “Don’t Say a Word” by Xandria

I was literally thinking about this band the other day. I kept thinking “I wonder when their new EP was supposed to be out?” And then like two days later my Spotify restarted for me and my notifications lit up with the number 15. Some of it was just the usually “songs added” onto the playlists I followed from either Spotify and other users. The rest are from artists and bands updating their music profiles. That’s when I noticed that the band Xandria was on there as I was scrolling down!

I love Xandria, like a LOT! I had fallen in love with the band while Manuela Kraller was the lead vocalist. Now that she has left and they have Dutch singer Dianne van Giersbergen (who also a vocalist for the band Ex Libris’) taking over the vibe has changed. I think with each singer they have, it gives a different, but good sound. Everybody is unique in their own ways! Dianne has more of a softer voice, but can hold her notes longer and she’s definitely more powerful from the rest. As for this song, it’s actually not one theirs. It’s a cover of the band Sonata Arctica that will be featured along with another cover song on their EP called “Fire & Ashes” that it’ll be out at the end of this month. I may or may not do a review of it, just depends on how I feel that week!

I don’t usually like to hear the original version of songs that are turned into covers and remixes. I have read the original lyrics though and it is a long song but it is beautiful! I love the powerful dymatics  of Dianne’s voice. I love the sound of the gritty guitars and I don’t usually like solos very much because I feel like in rock/metal song I heard there was one in every song I listened to and after a while, it got a little annoying! This time I didn’t have that cringey feeling that I’m used to feeling in the middle of the track. I actually can’t until I hear the rest of the EP because I need to learn more songs!

If you’re a fan of Sonata Arctica, do you think this a good remake of their song? What is that you liked or disliked about it?

Tune Tuesday | Germany

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If you heard last year’s post about Germany, I think I had my friend Stephanie, who lives over there, help me out a bit. She used to suggest some groups to me and I kind of grew to like maybe three of them. This time around, I’m doing this one all on my own because I actually discovered a band a while back that I probably should have listened to YEARS ago, but with symphonic metal I am very picky on the singer’s vocals, whether or not they use full orchestra sounds in their set, like I said I’m picky! And then back in late April, I found a Spotify playlist that I just kind of fell in love with and I’ll explain more about it later on in this post.

When I was just getting started listening to bands like Within Temptation, Nightwish and Delain. You would think that I’d like cave into every band that has a small similarity to them. Instead I became a very picky person and only sought out to find bands that had clean cut music, which meant no “new” bands. It still doesn’t explain why the band Kypteria wasn’t one of my favorites after I found Delain. I had quite a few different symphonic metal fans tell me how much they liked the band and their sound, but it never meshed well for me. When I go to write up my album reviews I’ll listen to a song and everything can sound perfect or something that I would love but I wouldn’t be able to connect to it at that time and this is what happened to this band. I still haven’t been able to hear a lot of their music because I can’t get myself to enjoy it.

Back in April, I went looking through the different Spotify playlists and I found one called Electro Swing. Now I’ve been in a HUGE electronica music phase and I just thought it was a bunch of music by DJs like the others, but it didn’t exactly sound like that. I recently found out why my dad likes to watch Dancing With The Stars with my mom sometimes. He actually has a weakness for swing music or basically anything from the 1940’s, he enjoys the Lindy Pop, Charleston, and Swing dances on the show! I never knew that until a few weeks ago, but it does explain a bit of why I also love it too! I love the whole bandstand groups and swing dances, they seem like such a workout but so much fun too! So this playlist has nothing but modern day swing music if that makes sense. I found an artist by the name of Parov Stelar, he’s actually the one that started this trend if you want to call it that! It’s really amazing!

 The Promise – Kypteria

Booty Swing – Parov Stelar