Thursday, May 31, 2012
Oracle is a 35 minute EP. Sonically, it is quite interesting. Its dark ambient noise and distant gasping whispers provide a sinister feel that is really compelling. The first track contains sounds almost reminiscent to the clacks of a roller coaster ascending a lift hill. The second track is much more subdued and contains really hard-edged bass drones.
I could see this being nice hiking music, or maybe just walking in the forest. Honestly, even in the setting I workout in, it was not nearly as unfit as I thought it would be. Considering it is drone metal though, I cannot recommend it for intense workouts.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
As far as a workout is concerned, this album is fantastic. The unrelentingly fast tempo gave me a lot of time to sprint to my heart's content. To anyone with a passing interest in metal, I would highly suggest this album. I would go as far as to say it's a perfect metal album for working out.
Monday, May 28, 2012
ARE YOU READY FOR METAL WEEK?!
Yes, I've decided to take the plunge into metal for the first time pretty much ever. The first metal album I decided to listen to is Converge's You Fail Me. Since I knew absolutely nothing about how Converge sounded like before going in, I chose You Fail Me based off the fact it was under 40 minutes. So what did I think of it?
I enjoyed it for the most part. When the bass gets heavy it makes me pretty pumped for whats to come. Occasionally, the riffs would loop and provide for a nice groove for me to fall into. That's actually what I feared most about working out to metal; not being able to find a good groove. I especially enjoyed how at one point in the middle of the album it turns into almost a dark, gradually building folk tune. This album overall treated me well.
My only gripe is the vocals for the most part tend to be shrieking. While I understand that seems to be what a lot of metal is (as far as I've ascertained), I just liked the occasional moments where the vocals would be about an octave lower and were more traditional. Maybe the screams are just something I'll have to get used to.
Monday, May 21, 2012
Thursday, May 10, 2012
I don't have much else to say about this album. In short, it's fun garage rock that stays under thirty minutes and doesn't overstay its welcome.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
I went all out on this album. I started strong and never slowed. This album is so far the album to beat.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Athletically, though, is a bit different. I find that the downtempo songs really slow down my pace and don't motivate me in the way I want it to. There are three songs that definitely work though, and for that I can give this album a pass.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
I think this album is a perfect workout album. Its perfection comes down to the fact that it gives me exactly what I wanted. When I wanted a fast song, it delivered. When I wanted a cool down song, it delivered. It left me yearning for more even at its fairly long length.