Monday Playlist

I haven’t done this in a while – so let’s see what’s changed!

1. Rush – Snakes and Arrows – This CD over the past six months shows up in my cd player every once and a while. Full of great songs, philosophy, incredible musicianship, and an agnostic overtone that makes me glad to know the Creator, but gives me a glimpse of what my thoughts might’ve been if I didn’t.

2. Punch Brothers – Who’s Feeling Young Now – I heard some critiques over this album; people complained that it was overproduced and didn’t have the same organic sound that previous Punch Brothers albums have had. Pfff, forget that – this is progressive bluegrass at its finest and it reminds me of how much I miss Joy Kills Sorrow being together.

3. Within Temptation – The Silent Force – I literally hadn’t listened to this album in years. I came upon it today while I was cleaning. For a pop album (according to Finnish/Swedish standards), the orchestration and development is out of this world. Within the verse, chorus, bridge, etc., form – the composers and orchestrators build their orchestrations and motifs well enough to make a classically trained composer smile. Reminds me why I got into writing metal to begin with.


… I’ll just leave this right here.

Upcoming EP/Monday Playlist

On Nov. 8th –  the electronic EP – ‘The Very Machines Will Cry Out’ – Hymns for Analog Synthesizer will be released via along with a couple of bonus goodies!  So, for you electronic music, synthesizer, and hymn enthusiasts – this is definitely for you!

As for what I’m listening to this week; Here’s the rundown…

  • BlindsideThe Great Depression –  Definitely solid Christian hardcore out of Stockholm
  • Chris ThileDeceiver – Thile totally takes a dive into pop music. While it’s still bluegrass – there’s a touch of rock and experimental pop involved for sure
  • UnderoathLost in the Sound of Separation – My wife bought this album for me on a whim sometime ago..and while I wasn’t an Underoath fan… this album won me over. It seriously rocks and has some great progressive elements to it. Definitely check it out.






Monday Playlist

Tom Chaplin singing during the concert
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Thank you all for the support on the album! For those of you haven’t heard it; do Check it out! You’re in for a real treat of aggressive metal that has some really great musicianship and symphonic orchestrations!

As for this post! I’ve started back up the ‘Monday Playlist’   Here’s what I’m listening to

  1.  Keane (Pandora station)  – This station has just enough progressiveness to it along with catchy & pop choruses to keep it fresh and inspiring.
  2. Neal Morse – Lifeline  – This album from progressive rock keyboardist/guitarist Neal Morse (Spock’s Beard) is a bit softer than his previous ‘Sola Scriptura’ but still incorporates great worshipful music that is unique to the Christian rock genre.
  3. Head – Save Me From Myself – The debut album from ex-Korn member Brian Welch is unapologetic as very much ‘tells it like it is.’ Away with the fluffy stuff; this is the core of it all.

Monday Playlist

Official logo of Becoming The Archetype
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  • Becoming the Archetype – Celestial Completition
  • Evergrey – Recreation Day
  • Meshuggah – Catch 33

I just picked up Becoming the Archetype’s ‘Celestial Completion,’ and … it is freakin epic.  Definitely among the best in Christian metal.  Definitely keepin’ on the heavy end of things on my listening list ^_^

Monday Playlist

Cover of "Catch Thirty Three"
Cover of Catch Thirty Three
  1. MeshuggahCatch 33
  2. War of Ages – Eternal
  3. Tool – 10,000 Days

After coming off from Lent where I had given up listening to music in my car, I threw in Meshuggah’s Catch 33 album when I drove out the WaveTransform Studios for a meeting with Yanic.  The album is totally an relentless onslaught of multi-metric metal…and just when you think the album has no dynamic change, it goes totally the opposite way…then the onslaught returns..and when you think it can’t get heavier… it does. Awesome album to listen to in its entirety ^_^

Happy listening!

Monday Playlist

Cover of "10,000 Days"
Cover of 10,000 Days

There are some albums you can’t help but come back to after a while and listen to again; and then months later you find yourself doing it again with the same albums..  Tool and Meshuggah (which is Yiddish for ‘crazy’) produce some of the most analyzed and academically acclaimed metal.  It sure makes me want to put on my ‘polyrhythmic gloves’ and get to writing!

Monday Playlist

Cover of "Conceived in Fire"
Cover of Conceived in Fire

Considering I’ve given up listening to music in the car for Lent, it makes my playlist limited; but nonetheless.. Here we go!

1) Living Sacrifice – Conceived in Fire

2) Flyleaf – Memento Mori

3) Leeland – Opposite Way


The Living Sacrifice album, aside from being a great Christian album; it is some really awesome metal…and from their instrumentation.. It makes me want to include more percussion (a la brake drums, metallic stuffs, etc..) in my future orchestrations