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: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. https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:7fBw2OmBmmyh9VL539QyIx Malefeasance A strange collection of blackend noise. Most tracks create noise from chaos with a simple soundscape to start with, but the twists and turns between them tend to be exciting. Especially 'Hitori Bon Odori' is a nice track where the production is off, but it made me wonder if that wasn't exactly the point of it. Noise that makes you wonder about the point of noise, is noise worth mentioning. https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:0XwTCFtmiwCwtjjyTd7xci Engravings I really love the sound and style of Forest Swords. Glitchy sampling of inaudible babble, lo-fi guitar noises and a healthy dose of dub-beats. The percussion is constant, and the music flutters in and out of context. It makes for very chill, but also a bit unsetteling music. Chill and unsettling, that's me. https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:2cGrJoPgxcv5u5hJDN8bUf Dionysus I understand this Dead Can Dance 'rivival' is a letdown for some due to the direction taken, but as a newcomer to this party I absolutely love it! The thick layer of atmosphere in the sound creates a warm mystical soundscape which intrigues the listener.It's tribal, folky, mysterious, colorful and energetic. https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:6y1hWuNQjq0x4qqVqfpp1Q Dead Magic Haunting indie/blues/rock/noise. Especially the vocal performance on 'The Mysterious Vanishing of Electra' is so eeriely good, it pierces my nerves and shivers my spine. Who is she? Who is she to say goodbye?! https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:532CXZ5NJFjhyQaRJkM86u Spirit The Earth Aflame Few albums have a more lasting impression then this one, it was my first real deep dive into blackmetal. I know every note and word by heart, even have a represation of the album cover tattooed on my arm. With this record, for me, "we have awoken, a new age has begun". https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:0yThf3FJxo4TBUWXVGjyNJ ATGCLVLSSCAP Another concept piece from Ulver. This time blending live recorded improvisational soundscapes and pieces of other albums, blended in the studio to make an interesting listen as well as a tapestry of ambient background sounds. https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:3G6GyqFWk4N2n3fMQ1dZuC De Oord , De Oord is a short but intense split demonstrating both bands finest work to date. Bleak but groovy riffs supported by menacing blastbeats and spine-chilling screams telling a tales of two rivers. The fact that two rivers can inspire such masterpieces is telling for the creative force in both bands.