Dark Suns – “Grave Human Genuine”

Dark Suns - “Grave Human Genuine”You can find a Spanish version of this review in Friedhof Magazine, an extreme metal magazine. It’s thanks to them that I got it, and they are kind enough to let me republish this on my personal site.

Dark Suns – “Grave Human Genuine”
Prophecy Productions

Progressive Dark Metal
7/10
Release: 22/Feb/2008 Germany, 25/Feb/2008 Rest of the world.

The worst you could say about Dark Suns is this. The first and possibly wrong impression that hits on the first listening of “Grave Human Genuine” is that Dark Suns want to be the german Opeth. That could do as a review and I’d be done.
But I feel the neet to add that this album will be very enjoyable for those of the progressive metal crowd that like it deep and dark. Elaborate, beautiful melodies that don’t sound baroque. Bass and drums much more than correct, on their rightful place as support for an ample cast: from skillfully executed metal riffs to atmospheric piano segments. Maybe my ear is not educated enough to appreciate the complexity of the progressions, and rythm shifts of some of the tracks, but they are there, no doubt. Clear voices make a debut, their previous albums featuring quite rougher vocals.
“Grave Human Genuine” is, from the p.o.v. of someone who doesn’t particularly enjoy this genre, an interesting piece. Eight tracks (plus bonus!) that don’t sound tiring even for a second of their 58 minutes of excellent production. Well balanced, it starts pounding with “Stampede”, the track that makes you think someone’s serigraphed Dark Suns on a Opeth compact. Then it relaxes for a bit and works up again through the end of “The Chameleon Defect”, the most frenzied moment of the album. It lets some steam out then, so you can enjoy the vocal work on “Free of you” and “Papillon”, which closes the job.

6 consejos para ir al gimnasio

Dumbbell by yuan2003

You can find an English version of this post here.
Con la inminente llegada de la primavera, pronto empezaremos a ver referencias a la “operación bikini” y publicidad de gimnasios por todas partes. Como yo todo lo hago con retraso o con adelanto, aqui van unas ideas que trato de poner en práctica. Ojo, no soy ningún experto, solo hablo desde el punto de vista de alguien que lleva yendo al gimnasio regularmente durante los últimos 6 meses y ha descubierto ciertos patrones que pueden resultar útiles a quien se plantee empezar ahora.

No faltar el lunes. Si eres como yo y el domingo te levantas tarde, el lunes te pillará con el sueño cambiado y estarás jodido, somnoliento y cansado todo el día. Visitar el gimnasio a primera hora de la tarde –aunque sea sólo para estar media hora en la elíptica y hacer unas abdominales– me despeja. Con esto consigo pillar la cama aún con más ganas, y empiezo la semana satisfecho conmigo mismo :)

Comer algo nada más terminar. Un plátano, una galleta de chocolate, un par de pasas o unos frutos secos. Si no como algo nada más salir del gimnasio, cuando llega la hora de cenar tengo un hambre voraz y termino comiendo más de lo que debería.

Hacer lo que haya que hacer. Ni más ni menos. No pretendas hacer hoy los ejercicios que te saltaste ayer, o los de mañana, aunque te veas sobrado de energías: las agujetas no perdonan y mañana vas a estar jodido. Ah, y al gimnasio no se va a pasar la tarde charlando.

Descansar de vez en cuando. No esta de más tomarse una semanita de descanso cada par de meses. El cansancio se acumula y tarde o temprano verás que te cuesta mantener el ritmo. Después de unos días recargando las pilas todo saldrá mejor.

Pensar como te sentirás después. Si algún día la pereza te invade y empiezas a pensar “hoy estoy muy cansado, lo dejo para mañana” recuerda como te sientes después de terminar tus ejercicios y darte una ducha. Y ahora compara con como te sentirás después de pasarte toda la tarde en casa viendo la tele o delante del ordenador.

Salir a dar un paseo. A veces no puedes más y el cuerpo te pide llegar a casa y no hacer nada más que lo estrictamente necesario hasta que llegue la hora de irse a dormir. Eso está bien. Pero si te ves con fuerzas y aún tienes algo de tiempo libre, un corto paseo a última hora de la tarde viene de lujo para descongestionar un poco los músculos.

Fin de la lista. Son las 16.30. Me voy al gimnasio. Si tienes algún consejo propio sobre el tema, déjalo en los comentarios :)

Nucleus Torn – “Knell”

You can find a Spanish version of this review in Friedhof Magazine, an extreme metal magazine. It’s thanks to them that I got it, and they are kind enough to let me republish this on my personal site.

Nucleus Torn – “Knell”
Prophecy Productions
Progressive / Dark Ambient
8/10

The first time I listened to “Knell” with the prospect of reviewing it, a few weeks ago, I felt like the world was crumbling over me. “Knell” is a complex piece of work, an amalgam of classical bits, progressive segments and nearly silent intermissions that makes the task of telling something about it that doesn’t sound fragmented and a little incoherent just short of impossible.

It’s one of those records that you can’t grok the first time you hear it. In fact, first hearings are quite boring, like a school lesson from an uninterested teacher who keeps going on and on in a monotone voice. It’s a complex, enigmatic, evoking album, which can, and must be listened to on so many levels. Dark, minimalist, upsetting and many other adjectives could also define it. Depressing and inspiring, relaxing and stimulating at the same time. It’s an album which is as best suited to listen when you go to bed, as to listen when you’re trying to start your creativity for working.

Only as you go through repeated listenings, with all the attention it’s worth, you can appreciate the presence of each and every instrument, the very purpose of its intervention. Piano, bouzouki and female voice on the soothing, intimate and whispering calm-before-the-storm moments; male voice, guitar and percussion on the all-out storm ones, strident, interspersed with quasi-silent segments during which each and every echo of previous sounds is left to die -for minutes- while sinister conversations between violin and cello take place.

Too many words that can’t hope to describe an album which encompasses both the deepness of classical music and the energy of the most avant-garde progressive metal. If you can excuse the pun, you can’t judge such an experimental work just by reading a few paragraphs: you need to experiment it. Go through every layer, slowly digesting it until you extract your own conclusion. The only sure thing you can expect is that you won’t be indifferent.