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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A picture is worth a thousand words. Or more, I would say. How difficult is it to describe a painting? The brightness of the colors, the play of shades, or just the general feeling a picture inspires you. You can try, of course, but in order to really understand it, you need to see it, to experience it. So is Art. So is Music. So is Tanertill.
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.
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?