Music
Tasting
Notes

Is what these are.

Here I keep notes on 'all' the albums I listen, as a personal reference to remember me about all the awesome music out there. Most notes will be very positive, because I don't tend to listen to music I don't like.

This is also my online playground to play around with data-sets like these, tinckering with the design, database and code of the website, continually improving it. This means this site gets a facelift like every other day. And shit might not work, don't tell me, I probably already know.

The site is called 'De Maandagavond' (The Mondayevening) and is a remnant of old days of yore, when I would meet up with friends every monday evening to mostly discuss music. That hobby shortly evolved to a local and online radioshow on this domain, and after that crashed and burned, I kept it alive, still dedicated to the music.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:2vjoV2tKJMfhLCPjPa9dWt Death Atlas I never really was a big fan of death metal, but Cattle Decapitation is turning my head (ha!). Especially the alt-style of singing this vocalist does, combined with those relentless agressive but still groovy riffs and blasting drums, I love it. Especially the embedded track! https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:4u2qyRFTBYm3Se02t0Ki7d Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture A game soundtrack of a game I haven't played nor seen anything of, but damn does Jessica do her best to convince me this game is the most epic ever. As a former game dev and still classical composer, she creates haunting and mesmerizing neo-classical sounds with choir harmonies that make my hair stand up straight. https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:76Tb84wHrpORaD07msRUei Ascension This album does what you want from relentless though melodic-post-black. It's nothing new in terms of sound or songwriting, but not everything has to be different. It just has to be good. And this album is a great entry to a great genre! https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:24o99q3GGqLklIoVyjSfRv Hearts Of No Light Schammasch is a name I've known for a long time, but this record is the first time I really realize how good these guys are. Stylish blackmetal with a very occult sound to it, sometimes reminiscence of Rotting Christ https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:5lhmyKnfEJdgY57uk5FXRo Bloem It's no secret by now that I absolutely love everything these guys do, and their newest album Bloem is no different; taking another small stap towards the more melodic with even incorperating horn sections and choirs. The melodies on this record give me goosebumps without holding back on the blastbeats. This is what a man needs. https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:19noEjq7sE2LFKxg9zXjZH The Ape of Naples What Wikipedia calls "Experimental Post-industrial avant-garde electronic psychedelic avant-pop", I absolutely adore. At times Coil can be fun, lighthearted and dancing, at other times it's haunting like a Great Old One; utterly incomprehensible. Both are nice, but the Great Old Ones are always best https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:4Zg32wHgWeBMfuuxNEBJea Transit Gritty, slow, honest and raw blues with a few sprinkles of dissonant noises. I love music that crawls under your skin and settles there, and Bert found a sound that does exactly that. https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:5qdNDZddNyDqmNlG1oTTMT Horizon Ontheemt Some guys struck gold in the Netherlands together. They found fabled talent and from there sprung the renaissance of Dutch Black Metal. Bands like Laster, Turia en Fluisteraars are at the top of their game and at the top of my favorite bands. When they collide together again to form Nusquama, I'm at the front lines. You can hear all the different styles of respective bands blend together like you would great whiskeys to make a blend. It's a product for the connaisseur and I can't get enough. https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:2Qn5PC5M9SVx2fRMUY4ArP Stronghold I feel like I can write this for any Summoning record, but I think this is the one I come back to the most. The gritty production is a '99 result so it's more 'real' and the tracks are just all of them so damn impressive and catchy. Whether it's a hook, a lyric or a specific instrumentation, each track has it's way of pulling me in deep, and in the air I dance on high, the loud music of the sky. https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:4EsNQcdsHv2IzLmSHPku5Q Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair It's been a while since I was this hyped for a (to me) relatively new genre of spoken-word-jazz-infused-post-hardcore from La Dispute. Their new album is coming soon and I have had the singles on repeat. So to satisfy the needs, diving into the back catalogue. This one is a bit more hardcore and loosely based on a concept. It isn't as captivating as the new singles, but it showcases a very unique sound. https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:5mJepG0bPik0OUzsYRKofJ Black Wash If you were ever unsure what "Black'n'Roll" would entail, check this track out. A bunch of Aussies who are part groove, part kvlt and above all furious. This record often invokes imagery of Shiva for me. The transformer dancing and thus bringing about the end of the world. Dancing to the early grave. That is Pagan! https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:44ncaX0QJZMNoSWP8XX00d Split Personalities I know none of this artist, other then that it's a solid piece of music, only if it is only 12 minute long. It's a good 12 minutes filled with cinematic soundscapes. I wouldn't be suprised if this is something of a soundtrack or at least from a soundtrack composer. The songs tell stories without words, create atmospheres to look around in. https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:4NyQ0OXI7INpOw4xV0lkYU Frostpunk A pressing, heavy and sweeping soundtrack with uttermost tragic strings in front. The music chugs industrious as the generator would, but when that beat stops sorrow creeps up to the edges and foul cold wind blow it over, freezing it to death. Intense, tragic, melancholic. https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:5WantVU2anFpTbWHZSyPD6 Roots Rock Riot Skindred at it's finest. A great mix of reggae and metal where the songwriting is fresh and the sound is like Bob Marley was a angsty teenager and fan of Rage Against The Machine. Mixed together by light dub and electro this album is very British, very fun, very energetic and above all memorable.