What should I be doing instead of this?
 
WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING INSTEAD OF THIS?
 
 

Sound Advice: The Motet

Saturday • Madison Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Nearly two decades ago, drummer Dave Watts assembled a group of like-minded Jazz, Funk and AfroBeat players in Denver to create The Dave Watts Motet.  

Sound Advice: Rayland Baxter

Friday • Madison Live

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 24, 2016
When the children of greatness embrace their roots and use them as a starting point to chart their own unique path, the results can be breathtaking.   

Music: Rayland Baxter

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 24, 2016
When the children of greatness embrace their roots and use them as a starting point to chart their own unique path, the results can be breathtaking.  

A.M. Nice Celebrates Debut EP Release

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Plus, a musical tribute to Kevin Donahue, late singer for Garage Rock favorites The Pariahs, is now set for this Saturday at The Comet. Also on Saturday, more than 40 musicians who support Bernie Sanders will perform for Southgate House Revival's "Bernin Down the House" concert.   

Sound Advice: TEEN

Monday • The Comet

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Following two EPs and a pair of full-length albums (2012’s In Limbo and 2014’s The Way and Color), the band’s latest LP, Love Yes, is set to drop this Friday.  

Songwriters Team Up for Ancient News

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Local singer/songwriters Andrea Cefalo and David Kisor have teamed up for an interesting new project dubbed Ancient News. Plus, The Almighty Get Down will be recording a performance Saturday night at Woodward Theater.   
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REVIEW: Siegelord’s ‘Ascent of the Fallen’

Cincinnati's symphonic Death Metal band Siegelord finally unleashes its powerful, anticipated debut album

Since its formation in Feb. 2013, Siegelord has been biding its time and waiting for the right moment to strike. After several sound, image and name shifts, the Cincinnati-based Metal band finally found its footing and began building a legion of fans. The quartet (vocalist Ulfr, guitarist Therod, drummer Sieven and bassist Warg) may have taken its sweet time releasing its first full-length, Ascent of the Fallen, but spinning the 12-track debut is enough to get any listener prepped to strap on some armor and go to war, even if it is just in the mosh pit.Fans of Ulfr, Sieven and Warg’s previous band, local Folk Metal crew Winterhymn, can definitely hear some stylistic similarities. But where Winterhymn focuses its efforts on the Folk aspects of its formula, Siegelord leans more heavily upon Black and Death Metal to craft its battle anthems. Both bands weave orchestration into their songs, but Siegelord trade in the violins and keys for powerful blasts of horn and sprawling synths to give their tracks a more tribal and feral edge. These are not odes to honorable warriors but to conquerors and bloodthirsty warlords. and the musicianship reinforces that distinction.Each members’ individual inspirations permeate every track. Ulfr’s love of Behemoth and Gwar fills every growled and shrieked line, Sieven’s Hardcore background can be heard in his bombastic cymbal crashes and heavy-handed pounding. Therod’s thrashy riffs, reminiscent of Amon Amarth and similar acts, along with Warg’s classically constructed bass rumbles fill the rest of the bloody picture. Throughout, the synth and horns add a flourish to each song and enhance each track’s intended mood. The driving, violent call to arms of “Gatebreaker” just wouldn’t be the same without a bellow from the horn, calling the fighters to one singular purpose — in this case, a massive, track-ending breakdown.<a href="http://siegelord.bandcamp.com/album/ascent-of-the-fallen">Ascent of the Fallen by Siegelord</a>While the music itself is suitably brutal, Ulfr’s lyrics are what sets Ascent apart. The album is autobiographical in many ways, as Ulfr weaves a tale of the four characters banished from their realm and exiled to an inhospitable desert, ultimately finding a way to make their new homeland truly theirs. Sprinkled throughout are several interludes where Ulfr expands on the story he weaves. These tracks avoid feeling like filler due to Ulfr’s savage, spoken delivery, which elicits a shiver or two from the listener. Furthermore, “Siegelord” and “Warchief of Fallen Spirits” take time to develop Ulfr, Sieven, Warg and Therod’s individual backstories.Buried within the fantastical saga that Ulfr shares are some true-to-life revelations regarding deception, lies, love lost and overcoming exceptional odds at all costs. In many ways, Ascent of the Fallen is a literal title and the band’s material benefits from not relying simply on classical fantasy tropes or focusing too heavily on creating a concept album to construct its tale.Siegelord’s inception was a tumultuous one, coming out of very real, personal schisms. While most of these divisions have healed with time, their memory helped fuel the creation of an album that ties together many familiar influences and mechanics, but ultimately is able to rise above them. The intelligent use of Ulfr’s commanding vocals, riffs that cut like a broadsword, drumming and bass that crashes across your chest and driving orchestration has led to an album that may have taken several years to finally complete, but was worth the wait. Local Metal fans need only to listen to the album before exclaiming, “Praise the fuckin’ Lord.”Siegelord's new album can be purchased (digitally or on CD) here. 
 
 

Music: Whitey Morgan and the 78's

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Well, looky here. The CMA Awards derned got turnt around this past November when the corporate Bro-Country boys and girls got to sit in their chairs and watch a true Honky Tonk hero, Chris Stapleton, win three top honors.   

Music: Bill Frisell

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Guitarist Bill Frisell, to dredge up an all-too-often used description, is a “musician’s musician.”   

Music: Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown seem well on their way to following fellow Nashville-area crew Kings of Leon into the mainstream spotlight.   

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