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:12Jtf7h291mPyoTOAHjda7 Monolith ()

Impressive catchy songwriting with a lot of progressive hooks and breaks, and a special shout out to the sublime vocal(mix), massive amounts of care went in to each song and you hear the dedication. A melodic death/black band as there are few. In my opinion, they make Opeth look like pussies.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:1oZFJGI7gZMqNvuejrKv7t IV: The Eerie Cold ()

After an confronting heart-to-heart opening, Shining does what 'we' want; spilling out pure hatred shaped by all stylish midtempo black flanked by all kinds of atmosphere. Whether it's by sampling actual pain and anguish, or just an eerie piano giving off an unsettling vibe creeping down your spine.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:0uI9FHBF2YEuZagLxq12BQ Dying Surfer Meets His Maker ()

Damn fine example of desert blues. Expect ebbing guitars, wailing wah-wahs and the occasional sadboy ballad, all drenched in a thick layer of fuzzy atmosphere.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:0BInKTLLdeZRHbiq2kXnS3 Codex VI ()

With the 6th installment of the original trilogy Shpongle shows they still got the mojo. Less generic samples and sounds, a more solid bass foundation and overal crazy fun production and some daring takes in genre mixes while staying true to the Shpongolese spirit. Darn fun!

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:6noO9CZ5n12LwPFKHPAttL Gumboot Soup ()

With a few hours to spare they did it; release 5 albums in 2017. I was afraid the quantity might devalue the quality, but instead the band seems to get better and better while pushing themselves more and more. Gumboot Soup in short sounds like a comprehensive summary of the whole year of releases.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:7BRmj766fZpBj6IvGzezaG Bumblin’ Creed ()

Championing spirits of locus and wonder. Banjo plucks and dobro jitters, finger-pickin' and avian charms, with unions of harmonium and harmonica waltzing endless time with Faulkner's southern ghosts.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:1bIKWCtkPqMtkt3i2Gi6kK With Doom We Come ()

Summoning does as Summoning is. No need to expect groundbreaking material, but no fan wants that. We want Summoning to be the sure footing in a rapid changing blackmetal scene. More of the same epic Tolkien metal. Some most memorable songs of their discography and some more than welcome filler.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:73wUDH27fFghbzO7gsQe4o Galgenfrist ()

Ghoulish-blackend-dungeon-funeral-doom that sounds like it's oozing from dark and desolate depths from inside a mirky and haunted forest. Not so much songs but more shaped soundscapes made to infer sorrow and a very creepy haunting atmosphere.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:3b1RjfPP5U79gZtkI9lXfc The Animal Spirits ()

I adore artist who actively pursue development and experiments. James Holden is one such artist. With his latest work he leaves the dancefloor behind for the mystical forests of electronic infused tribal trance with some jazzy tones. Sounds interesting? It's because it is. A damn good experiment!

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:3Q8f483u8qWPzK0niR2Yu7 Lost Tales ()

Summoning made me fall in love with the whole dungeonsynth/blackmetal universe and this 'non-metal' EP serves as one of my favorite cheesy dungeonsynths ever. I wish it was longer than just these two tracks

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:6IxPhy8aOFmABuTQDmNXuh Todbringer ()

Ellende sets forth what once bands as Empyrium set out to do; the feel of classical romanticism draped in anguish, woe and despair. Given a voice by tear jerking melodies, melancholic folk and mid-tempo screeching black metal. Just my cup of tea.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:7nxtZrbhyjI8R0VLq0XEO1 Mirror Reaper ()

(Funeral) Doom isn't easy, and taking on a 80+ min track isn't always a good idea. Bell Witch however, were able to stretch the slow looming doom and made it so goddamn enjoyable to listen that I almost want it to be longer. Fleeting melodies, crushing guitars, contemplation and the real feels. Damn

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:4iTUrKGcxTojfTnldpAl3q Mass IV ()

Amenra tears us a new one, comforts us afterwards, before pouring salt in the wounds. Its though love, but by god is it intense love. Intense, true, real raging pain, anguish and spite. A mighty impressive record.