Music review entries
April 19, 2008
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This is a music review, but it’s for a radio station, not a CD. somafm.com aka soma.fm aka soma fm has 13 separate channels, but the ones I listen to to block out the noise of co-workers in the office (not their fault – it’s a consequence of the sheer lunacy of putting people in open plan offices) are Space Station Soma, Sonic Universe, Drone Zone and Doomed. Doomed particularly is a revelation: “Dark and scary industrial-inspired music for tortured souls”. Back-to-back commercial-free tracks from artists of whom 90% are ones I’ve never heard of and yet nearly all are awesome. This is the soundtrack of your nightmares (uh that’s a good thing).
I’m not a big music reviewer, I buy CDs occasionally, some are OK some aren’t. It’s been a while since I played one over and over as soon as I bought it. Only two in the last year or so – Leftism (Leftfield) and Otherworld (Sonic Attack). Alaska is Metal – bits sound straight Death Metal – but this one has prog overtones which gives it a unique twist. There’s haunting bits, tuneful bits, and all interspersing the usual Death Metal type vocals that sound great. There’s bits that echo Fripp, Pink Floyd and Latin music. Altogether indefinable (unless you want to start creating your own labels, like Pomo Prog Metal or something). I’ve had this a week and already couldn’t be without it.