Mars Flame Sniper

official series art

I’ve been going through a bit of a dry spell when it comes to anime-related content lately, so please enjoy this picture of Sailor Mars!

[ Song of the Week ] Steven Wilson – “Remainder the Black Dog”

from the album Grace for Drowning (2011)

The “companion” to my Song of the Week last week. Steve Hackett provides guitar on this amazing track from Steven Wilson’s second solo album. Lasse Hoile gives the song a visual element in his traditional dark and surreal style.

Who am I kidding? The video is nightmare fuel. You have been warned. šŸ™‚

[ Song of the Week ] Steve Hackett – “Can-Utility and the Coastliners”

from the album Genesis Revisited II (2012)

One of my favorite Genesis songs, revisited by Steve Hackett forty years after its original release on the Genesis album Foxtrot, featuring vocals by Steven Wilson. In the early 2010s, the two Steves were in the same social circle for a while, and they appeared on each other’s albums. (Hackett provides guitar for Wilson’s “Remainder the Black Dog” on Grace for Drowning.)

New Albums in my collection: October 2019

>> BABYMETAL: METAL GALAXY
International version of the kawaii metal group’s third album, the first after Yui-Metal’s departure. Missing are two songs from the original Japanese edition, which was released as a 2CD set. A very strong album which covers many styles of metal, including European folk metal! The Indian-influenced “Shanti Shanti Shanti” is one of the highlights for me.

>> Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein: Stranger Things 3 Score
The synthwave instrumental BGM from the third season of the series.

>> Vince Guaraldi: It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Quite literally the soundtrack for the timeless special. It’s the literal audio from the show, minus dialogue, but with a few sound effects still embedded since the master tapes for the show have apparently been lost to the ages. It may be low fidelity mono, and a scant twenty minutes long, but more Vince Guaraldi music is always a good thing!

>> PassCode: CLARITY
UK release of the Japanese idol metal group’s latest album. They’re quite different from BABYMETAL, though, sounding more like trance metal musically, often featuring scream vocals. (Making effective use of the “gap”: idols singing in a way completely opposite to their outward appearance.) They do use autotune fairly regularly on the girls’ singing, which normally I would absolutely despise since autotune is an abomination, but being Japanese girls, it kind of makes them sound like Vocaloids (which I like), so… I’m more okay with it? In any case, when it comes to idols singing metal, PassCode is another of my favorite groups.