Discovery, Talent, Passion. Best of 2014.

Here it is. The end of the year. Like every one, every year, I must say that the time flew by way too fast. 2014 was amazing for me, full of new friendships, experiences, and music. So much good music. So many concerts. I would like to share my personal favorites of 2014. Let’s swim a bit in nostalgia before welcoming 2015 with the horns up.

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Amplified Memory – Melodic Death Metal

The stars. These lights high up in the sky have been a master of fascination since millennia. Their universality around the globe since humanity’s cradle has given them a place of choice in our imagination. They have inspired scientists, philosophers, poets and artists, and have raised questions about beginning and end of times. Their power has transcended limits, and has found a place in the song writing process of a melodic death metal band from Munich, Amplified Memory.

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Straightline – SkatePunk

Do you remember your New Year’s resolutions? Did you even take one back in January? I took one. Since I was intensively starting the investigation of Munich’s Metal scene, my resolution was to be more open-minded as far as music is concerned. I wanted to leave my comfort zone. It is so easy to listen to the same bands, or the same genre, over and over again. I consider my resolution accomplished. I discovered bands that I really like, and some do not even carry the Metal label. An example? Straightline.

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Gilgamesh – Blackened Death Metal

Do you know the Epic of Gilgamesh? It is an epic poem from Mesopotamia. It is considered the first great work of literature in History, the oldest written version dates from the early second millennium before Christ. However, since the ancient societies had an oral collective memory, it is impossible to date the poem itself. The story is about two guys who, after fighting one against the other, become good buddies and travel the world to kill monsters and other divine creatures. One of them dies, and the survivor, the king Gilgamesh, starts a journey to find eternal life. According to some specialists, Gilgamesh and his epic life have influenced the most important books of our times, Homer’ Odysseus and The Bible for example. You know what else this King has inspired? A Blackened Death Metal band  from Munich, Gilgamesh.

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Hailstone – Death Metal

Ever wanted to visit Scandinavia? This region of the world is often seen as a Holy Land for Metalheads. The extreme scenes were and still are so dynamic, so rich. Unfortunately, a trip over there might no be possible for everyone at the moment. Don’t worry, if you cannot go to the North, the North will come to you. Some Swedish Death Metal will comfort your Metal Spirit until you can visit the Vikings. May I suggest something? Hailstone.

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Spitfire – Rock ‘N’ Roll

You go in without any expectations. You don’t know the band, you were there for the first one that performed. But hey, you are there, so why not listen to these guys? The room is almost empty, you are in a Youth Center somewhere outside Munich. Three guys are preparing the stage, plugging their guitars and checking the cymbals. You cross your arm on your chest, thinking “Show me what you can do”. And then, the magic happens.

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Obsolete Radio

I rarely listen to the radio. It makes me feel depressed. The lack of variety, the omni-presence of electronic music, singers who cannot sing properly, all these things bring a huge pessimistic feeling in my mind. As far as Music is concerned, listening to what is trendy now disperses all hope I can have in the current teenagers generation. Where are we going? Are we, as a society, loosing this passion for music, creativity, talent? Are we slowly going into this silent but painful process of forgetting what the Rock legends have done?

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Grand Massive – Heavy Rock

Servus!

With time and discoveries, a Metalhead usually goes heavier with his music. Always louder, faster. Many of us started with Metallica, Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Slayer, to end up listening to more extreme genres. I am among these people, and I really enjoy my lovely Death Metal. But sometimes, it is also nice, and necessary I think, to remember where we are from, and to go back to our origins. The roots of Metal. Rock and Heavy Metal. Some today’s bands belong to this stream, and bring back a similar sound, with their own style of course. This is how I consider Grand Massive. This is how I feel them. Lighter than what I usually listen to, but a band inspired by the foundations of Metal and by something very close to my Black Heart, Rock.

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