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Would you look at the date

Posted by Cheshire Cat , Jan 01 2014 · 77 views

Happy new year. I hope 2014 goes well for everyone.
 
2013 was a pretty mixed bag for me. The first half of it was probably the best time of my life, and the second half... kinda went in the other direction.
And you know, I'd like to be optimistic about 2014, but I have two university assignments that are due on the 6th followed by exams on the 7th and 8th that I'm honestly not feeling very good about, so I'm starting this year pretty stressed out. Hopefully once that's done I can get back on track though. Hopefully being they key word there.
 
 
Anyhow, I'll probably do a top 10 albums of 2013 over the next couple of days if I get around to it.
In the meantime, here's one of two songs I love from a rather disappointing album that won't even make it to honourable mentions (I like the title track a lot more, but it has a certain word in it so you get this instead):
 



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Birthday

Posted by Cheshire Cat , Nov 11 2013 · 105 views

Well, I'm officially 20 years old as of about an hour ago.
 
20 is a nice number and all, but obviously it just goes downhill after 18 because this song doesn't fit anymore:
 



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I Talk About Music #02 - Dennis Lyxzén

Posted by Cheshire Cat , in Music Nov 10 2013 · 104 views

I talked about Refused in my last entry, so I thought I would next talk about other projects of their vocalist Dennis Lyxzén.
 
Dennis is probably one of my favourite people in music. He's a very talented vocalist with an impressive range, and he's a good guitarist and bassist too.
Beyond that, he is also a fantastic songwriter and lyricist, with a strong passion for his music and message.
 
After Refused broke up, Dennis went on to form The (International) Noise Conspiracy - a garage punk/dance punk band which was his main focus until he ended the project in 2009.
During that time he also formed the Lost Patrol Band, later renamed to Invasionen and currently known as INVSN, which has more of an indie-rock edge and, now that T(I)NC is done, is his main project.
In 2008 he also formed a hardcore punk band with Refused's drummer David Sandström after the two started talking again, under the name of AC4. After releasing the second album earlier this year, this project is also coming to an end, with Dennis having said that there's a compilation to be released after which the band will split up.
During Refused's time, he was also in Final Exit - a hardcore punk supergroup of sorts, formed by members of Refused and Abhinanda, which released two albums.
 
So, onto my collection of his stuff. Along with everything by Refused, I have this:
 
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The (International) Noise Conspiracy - The First Conspiracy; Survival Sickness; A New Morning, Changing Weather; Armed Love; Bigger Cages, Longer Chains EP and the Capitalism Stole My Virginity single
The Lost Patrol Band - The Lost Patrol Band
INVSN - INVSN
AC4 - AC4; Burn The World
 
I'm missing quite a lot, including the last T(I)NC album, two albums by The Lost Patrol Band, the two albums by Invasionen and the two albums by Final Exit.
Those albums get harder to find as the list goes on, with me waiting for the T(I)NC album to drop in price, and with the Final Exit albums being pretty much impossible to find at this stage.
 
Either way, that's quite a lot of bands for one person to have been in, and not only are they all at least pretty good, but they all sound very different from each other. It's almost hard to believe that INVSN are fronted by the same person as Refused.
 
I'm eagerly awaiting to see what Dennis comes out with next. Of course after the amazing tour last year, the hope is that Refused will return again, but I'm just as excited for anything else he might do.
Even if none of these bands were as influential or revolutionised punk like Refused did, Dennis always creates quality music.


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I Talk About Music #01 - Refused

Posted by Cheshire Cat , in Music Nov 06 2013 · 80 views

I'm barely using my blog at all, so I thought I'd start a little series where I basically just talk about music. Maybe talk about my favourite bands and why I like them, maybe show off interesting albums in my collection. Stuff like that.
 
Just over a week ago it was the 15th anniversary of what I currently hold to be the greatest album of all time - The Shape of Punk to Come - and so I thought I'd talk about the band responsible for that album: Refused.
 

Refused were one of the most important (and certainly the most well known) bands in the Swedish hardcore punk scene and during their career from 1991 to 1998 they became one of the most influential punk bands in history.
 
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In order: This Just Might Be... The Truth; Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent; The Shape of Punk to Come; This Album Contains Old Songs and Old Pictures Vol. 1 (Also Known as the EP Comp CD); This Album Contains Old Songs and Old Pictures Vol. 2 (Also Known as the Demo Comp CD); The New Noise Theology EP.
 
With their first album and first few EPs Refused started out playing what was pretty much typical hardcore in the scene at the time (mind you, they did it incredibly well). Their second album saw them exploring more complex post-hardcore before revolutionising punk in 1998 with their third album, The Shape of Punk to Come.
 
I love everything Refused have done, but it is this third and final album (the band broke up shortly after its completion) that has earned them their spot in music history, and with good reason.
With 15 years since its release, I think it is still completely unparalleled.
 
A very ambitious and forward-thinking record, it experimented a lot with what hardcore was and could be, with complex songwriting and seamless incorporation of many jazz and electronic elements (indeed, the album's title is a tip of the hat to Ornette Coleman's album The Shape of Jazz to Come).
 
It's a fantastically written and very unique album. Everything from little things to the big things, from the electronic interludes, to the jazz bridge on The Deadly Rhythm, to the fantastic violin intro to Tannhäuser / Derivè (which happens to be pretty much my favourite song ever) serves a purpose in crafting this masterpiece.
It's an album that is brutal and aggressive, yet delicate and sophisticated.
 
There's not much I can say about this album that hasn't already been said my many fans and critics. Pretty much everything about this record is perfect and everyone in the band is so good at what they do that it's ridiculous.
It's an album that has influenced countless artists, but none of them have come close to matching its greatness.
Of course it's not an album that's for everyone, but it's definitely the album for me.
 
However, an album this incredible took its toll on Refused's creative energy and the band broke up soon after, vowing to never play together again.
Fortunately, that was not the case and they reunited in 2012 for one tour to do justice to their last album. Following the tour Refused broke up once again, but stated that the possibility of their return remains.
I certainly hope that they do indeed return, as they are by far my favourite band.
 
 
...And that will be the end of my babbling for this first entry. I kinda wanted to talk more about their early work, but I don't really want to make these entries long, so maybe another time ^_^


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Paradise Lost

Posted by Cheshire Cat , in Music Nov 03 2013 · 105 views

Well, I just got back from Paradise Lost's 25th anniversary show at The Roundhouse.
It was an absolutely fantastic night, and I'm happy that it was recorded for a live CD.
 
Katatonia were on first, playing Viva Emptiness in its entirety to celebrate 10 years of the album. Backwards for some reason, but hey, it's still Viva Emptiness and Ghost of the Sun makes for a fantastic closer.
I'm not sure if the album necessarily translated into a live setting fantastically, but they were still great.
Highlights of the set: Criminals, Ghost of the Sun
 
Lacuna Coil were up next and were great too.
They're one of those bands that I never really looked into despite liking quite a few songs that I've heard. Will that change after tonight? Possibly.
They were pretty energetic and got the crowd going.
Highlights of the set: Intoxicated, Spellbound
 
And then it was time for Paradise Lost.
They were absolutely brilliant.
The setlist was... interesting. They left out a lot of songs that seemed like the obvious ones to pick and that they usually play, like Erased, As I Die or The Last Time. Which I think was a great decision as it allowed for songs like So Much Is Lost off of Host, which is without question their most underrated record. Looking over it, they probably couldn't have come up with a better setlist for their 25th anniversary. Containing great songs from albums that often seem forgotten, like the aforementioned Host or Lost Paradise and Paradise Lost, it was a great reminder of the glorious 25 years of their music.
Highlights of the set: So Much Is Lost, Gothic, Tragic Idol, Never for the ******, Isolate, Say Just Words, One Second, True Belief
 
Here's to 25 years of Paradise Lost, and hopefully to many more.
 


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Halloween Playlist

Posted by Cheshire Cat , in Music Oct 31 2013 · 110 views

This is what I'll leave playing in the background today.
It's always fun making these ^_^


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Settling into the new house

Posted by Cheshire Cat , in Daily Life Aug 22 2013 · 75 views

Well, after a couple of days of unpacking we're starting to settle into the new house. My room is pretty much done now, although not that it matters much anyway, since in just over a month I'll be packing my things up again for university.
Still, just need to unpack a few more things and hang up some posters and it'll be set. It's a fair bit smaller than my room in the old house, but again it doesn't really matter as I won't be spending much time here once I'm back at university.
 
Took some pictures (which are of poor quality because it's 11:30 pm and thus there's no natural light... and maybe I'm no longer as good with a camera as I like to think): [1] [2] [3] [4]
 
My desk and bookshelf are a lot smaller than the old ones so a lot of my stuff will have to stay in boxes and be stored under my bed or on top of my wardrobe. Only have enough room for half of my CDs on the shelf :P Also not enough room for a chair, so I have to awkwardly sit on the edge of my bed when I want to use the computer.


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Moving

Posted by Cheshire Cat , in Daily Life Aug 19 2013 · 81 views

Well, it seems like I just got back home with all my stuff from university, and now it's all packed up again as my parents are moving house tomorrow.
I quite enjoy moving. It's a lot of work, and we definitely have a ton more stuff to pack up and transport to the new house than we did when we moved here, but something about packing your things up is really fun. Especially when you find some belonging that you have completely forgotten about, like when I found my Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon Yu-Gi-Oh! card earlier today. Sure was a nostalgic moment.
 
I also tend to take forever to pack my stuff because I like to sit there and go through each individual thing before putting it in a box.
 
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CDs are definitely my favourite thing to pack. So many things to look through and so many "oh, forgot I had that. Should listen to it again some time" moments.
 
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Then there are books, which are also awesome. At first I was going to put them all into one bag but quickly came to the conclusion that it would be far too heavy to move, even without my university books.
 
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And you know, as much as I prefer buying games physically rather than digitally, I am pretty grateful that I don't have an extra 100+ copies of games to carry from my Steam library.
Also found some of my PS2 games, which again, brought nostalgia. Will get the console and the rest of the games down from the loft tomorrow and probably spend a good chunk of time playing them once we move.
 
Unfortunately, it's apparently going to take Sky up to two weeks to set up the internet in our new house, so might be stuck with having to use my phone for that for a while.


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Tragic Illusion

Posted by Cheshire Cat , in Music Aug 17 2013 · 122 views

So, Paradise Lost just announced this thing:
 
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Tragic Illusion 25 (The Rarities), which will be released on the 25th of October to celebrate the band's 25th anniversary and will be a compilation of rarities and B-sides from over the years. It will also contain a brand new song - Loneliness Remains - as well as re-recorded versions of Gothic and Our Saviour.
I'll definitely be picking this up. I already have five of the songs from limited edition copies of albums, but I am interested in the rest.


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Velcra

Posted by Cheshire Cat , in Music Aug 01 2013 · 57 views

Well, I thought I'd share an album I recently discovered and am loving: Hadal by Velcra.
Velcra made some great industrial metal with their first two albums, but the fantastic third album Hadal is more of a combination of industrial rock, electronic and trip hop. I almost want to say that it's like a heavier, industrial version of Portishead.
 


 
Unfortunately, I am completely unable to find a copy of the album for sale anywhere. The best I could find was the MP3 download on Amazon, but no sign of a CD copy.






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-Mini-Bio-

Age:
20
Gender:
Male
Location:
London, UK
Currently Studying:
Law

Beliefs:

Atheist

Main Music Tastes:
Metal, Rock, Industrial, Dark Cabaret, Jazz
Favourite Bands:
Refused, Alice Cooper, Paradise Lost, Skold, Devin Townsend, Ihsahn
Favourite Books:
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Phillip K. Dick; Gun, With Occasional Music - Jonathan Lethem; A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
Favourite Movies:
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind; The Matrix; Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead; 2046
Favourite Video Games:
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Trilogy; American McGee's Alice; Hitman: Blood Money; Deus Ex; Deus Ex: Human Revolution; Thief II: The Metal Age
Other Interests:
Poker, Sociology, Photography

Where Else To Find Me:

Twitter: @_Malchior_

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