About Rising Phoenix Music

Welcome to Rising Phoenix Music, a blog that's not so one-sided and biased, but has a variety of music that could suit the different tastes of others. I post and review heavy, brutal, loud, soft, relaxing, chill, and experimental music, so look through my archives, we might just have what you're looking for. I made this blog for the sake of these artists--new and old--to share my opinion on their music, and to tell you why I like it and why you might like it too! The artists and albums I post here all deserve to be known, praised, and remembered. I simply want to promote a vast variety of good music and to help out the bands and artists that deserve your attention, not piracy and stealing to deprive these bands of their income. I also believe that you cannot fully judge a band or musician until you have heard most of their material completely, which is why the albums are up for download. I urge you to buy the albums, buy their merchandise, go see them live (if they're still together) and support them!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Cynic - Traced In Air

Traced In Air
Progressive Metal
Year: 2008
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1. Nunc Fluens
2. The Space For This
3. Evolutionary Sleeper
4. Integral Birth
5. The Unknown Guest
6. Adam's Murmur
7. King Of Those Who Know
8. Nunc Stans

After so many years, Cynic have finally come out with a new full length album... and it is far from dissapointing. Although the harsh vocals have been dwindled down to almost nonexistence, Traced In Air is a very beautiful album. The skill of all the musicians in Cynic is just as amazing (if not even more so) than on Focus back in '93. Paul Masvidal's voice only gets better and better. Thank you for reuniting and for releasing new music, Cynic, it is greatly appreciated.

Cynic - Focus

Progressive Metal
Year: 1993
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1. Veil Of Maya
2. Celestial Voyage
3. The Eagle Nature
4. Sentiment
5. I'm But A Wave To...
6. Uroboric Forms
7. Textures
8. How Could I

Yes... I just had to post it. Those who are familiar with progressive music (especially progressive metal) are most likely familiar with Cynic's legendary album, Focus. These guys had a few demos and then got signed to Roadrunner Records and released this one full length album. Just when they were getting up there, they disbanded for a long time and continued their musical endevours in different projects over the years (most notable Æon Spoke, featuring vocalist Paul Masvidal and drummer Sean Reinert). In 2006 they reunited and actually toured in 2007 and wrote a new album. Focus was incredibly original for its time and stands as a milestone in progressive music. If you've never heard this album then... you suck... and you should download it right now, listen to it, and then go fucking buy the reissued version, which features some remixes and three kick-ass newer songs.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Human Abstract - Midheaven

Progressive Metal
Year: 2008
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1. A Violent Strike
2. Procession Of The Fates
3. Breathing Life Into Devices
4. This World Is A Tomb
5. Metanoia
6. The Path
7. Echoes Of The Spirit
8. Calm In The Chaos
9. Counting Down The Days
10. A Dead World At Sunrise

Yet another outstanding display of musicianship by The Human Abstract. Midheaven is their second album and they certainly made some slight changes in their sound, shedding most of the Metalcore influence and using a lot more clean singing than harsh vocals. I wasn't disappointed with this album though, it's a great listen (although I can't say if I like it better than Nocturne). I hear these guys are great live (I hope to see for myself) so go see them and support them!

The Human Abstract - Nocturne

Progressive Metal
Year: 2006
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1. Harbinger
2. Self Portraits Of The Instincts
3. Nocturne
4. Crossing The Rubicon
5. Sotto Voce
6. Mea Culpa
7. Movement From Discord
8. Channel Detritus
9. Polaris
10. Echelons To Molotovs
11. Desiderata
12. Vela, Together We Await The Storm

First of all... to anyone out there who has the impression that The Human Abstract is a Metalcore band, you should get your ears checked (or stop basing your opinions on what you hear from peoples' mouthes). Yes, there is a slight Metalcore influence... I guess in the style of the harsh vocals and there's probably about two or three breakdowns on this album, but they aren't long, played out, and generic. To me, this is a Progressive band, and anyone who knows anything about skillful musicianship would agree with me; their sound and playing style is very unique. The guitarists in this band are truly amazing at what they do and their drummer's style works very well with their playing. As for the vocalist, Nathan Ells, it's a love/hate situation... personally, I think he has a very powerful and soulful voice when it comes to clean singing, and his harsh vocals are quite strong as well. I love this band and this album and I can't wait until I have another chance to see them live (being I missed them about three times already).

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Porcupine Tree - Fear Of A Blank Planet

Fear Of A Blank Planet
Progressive Rock
Year: 2007
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1. Fear Of A Blank Planet
2. My Ashes
3. Anesthetize
4. Sentimental
5. Way Out Of Here
6. Sleep Together

Let me start by saying that Fear Of A Blank Planet is most definitely one of my favourite albums of 2007... and of all time. You may see six tracks up there, but do not judge this piece of musicianship by just that. Every song is just amazing, from first to last track... especially the third track, Anesthetize, which has to be one of my favourite songs ever written (I mean seriously, it's almost eighteen fucking minutes long!). Porcupine Tree has done it again and written a masterful album that has a different sound and atmosphere than the previous one, but is still really fuckin' good. Here's to you Porcupine Tree! Cheers!

Porcupine Tree - Deadwing

Progressive Rock
Year: 2005
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1. Deadwing
2. Shallow
3. Lazarus
4. Halo
5. Arriving Somewhere but Not Here
6. Mellotron Scratch
7. Open Car
8. The Start of Something Beautiful
9. Glass Arm Shattering
10. She's Moved On

Deadwing, Porcupine Tree's eight studio album, is just another awesome album from this band. What I love about Porcupine Tree is that every album they put out just has its own unique atmosphere to it, but when you hear it you still know that it's them. If you listen to Porcupine Tree expecting every next album to be the same as the last, then you don't listen to them enough to know that they are quite changeable and experimental with the styles they incorporate into their song writing. Good album, good band... buy it and/or go see them live (I know I'd sure love to).

Porcupine Tree - In Absentia

In Absentia
Progressive Rock
Year: 2002
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1. Blackest Eyes
2. Trains
3. Lips Of Ashes
4. The Sound Of Muzak
5. Gravity Eyelids
6. Wedding Nails
7. Prodigal
8. .3
9. The Creator Has A Mastertape
10. Heartattack In A Layby
11. Strip The Soul
12. Collapse The Light Into The Earth

In Absentia is one of my all time favourite albums... ever. This was the first album I ever heard from Porcupine Tree and when I heard the introduction to Blackest Eyes and then Steve Wilson's voice for the first time I fell in love with this band instantly. There is just such a pleasurable flow to this album and I never get tired of hearing it. This is also the first album with the amazing Gavin Harrison on drums, who I strive to one day be as good as. My favourite songs are Trains, The Sound Of Muzak, and the instrumental song Wedding Nails. I highly recommend this album to Progressive music lovers.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Porcupine Tree - Lightbulb Sun

Lightbulb Sun
Progressive Rock
Year: 2000
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1. Lightbulb Sun
2. How Is Your Life Today?
3. Four Chords That Made a Million
4. Shesmovedon
5. Last Chance To Evacuate Planet Earth Before It Is Recycled
6. The Rest Will Flow
7. Hatesong
8. Where We Would Be
9. Russia On Ice
10. Feel So Low

I think Lightbulb Sun is a stunning album in its entirety. My favourite songs have to be Four Chords That Made A Million and Hatesong. Porcupine Tree is just that kind of band that will put out one kick-ass album after another, plain and simple. Whorship them!

Porcupine Tree - Stupid Dream

Stupid Dream
Progressive Rock
Year: 1999
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1. Even Less
2. Piano Lessons
3. Stupid Dream
4. Pure Narcotic
5. Slave Called Shiver
6. Don't Hate Me
7. This Is No Rehearsal
8. Baby Dream in Cellophane
9. Stranger by the Minute
10. A Smart Kid
11. Tinto Brass
12. Stop Swimming

Porcupine Tree is definitely one of my favourite bands of all time. Stupid Dream, although released in '99, is actually their fifth studio album (it goes to show you that there are bands who can just put out one good album after another). Steve Wilson is one of my musical idols and I never get tired of hearing his voice. Chris Maitland is also an excellent drummer and works well with bassist Colin Edwin on this album. Stupid Dream is just an all-around great album, it's very progressive, musical, and personal.