Downfall of Nur – Umbras de Barbagia Jul07

Downfall of Nur – Umbras de Barbagia

Downfall of Nur is a one-man metal project of Antonio Sanna, a native born Sardinian currently living in Argentina. The “Nur” in the project’s name refers to the Nuragic Age, a unique time period within Sardinian history where the island’s society experienced great cultural and technological sophistication. Eventually though, the Nuragic Age came to an end at the hands of the Phoenicians who conquered the island and then subsequently handed it over to the Roman Empire after their defeat in the first Punic War. But remnants from this great age still exist in the form of the strange tower-like fortresses known as the...

Atheist – Unquestionable Presence

Classic Wax is a recurring series covering exceptionally great sounding metal releases on vinyl. As all of these albums are classics, our usual music and sound scores are superfluous. Unquestionable Presence, and Atheist themselves, are one of the great “what if?” questions in metal. A year after the release of Piece Of Time, the band embarked on a small European tour in support of Candlemass, and as 1990 came to a close, they returned to North America for several more dates. The tour finished in California at the beginning of 1991, and as they traveled back home to Florida to continue the recording work they had already begun on what would...

Aumeo: The Great Equalizer Jun24

Aumeo: The Great Equalizer

The Adobe Flash Player is required for video playback.Get the latest Flash Player or Watch this video on YouTube. There seems to be two prevailing camps among audiophiles when it comes to the topic of equalizers: Those who can’t live without them and those who couldn’t care less. Generally speaking, I’m in the latter camp. Yes, I am quite aware of what EQ can do to for my general head sway, but the sad fact is I am just too darn lazy to sit there and fool around with boosting this frequency and cutting that one to get it just right. What’s worse is that not all EQ implementations are created equally, so even if I do...

Mr. Jones And Me Jun19

Mr. Jones And Me

With all of the hype surrounding Andrew Jones’ ultra affordable designs for Pioneer, it would’ve been easy to believe that they were the second coming, the once and future speakers. As is often the case, in the real world they were perhaps not quite as good as they were cracked up to be, particularly the initial SP-BS21-LR. Most of that speaker’s foibles were corrected for the updated BS22 version, and if you’re on a very tight budget, the SP-BS22-LR is not a bad place to start at around $100/pr. With Pioneer now largely under the umbrella of Onkyo and most of their consumer electronics divisions getting the old heave-ho, that meant it was...

Going IPO: Silent Liquidity? Jun17

Going IPO: Silent Liquidity?

In the first part of this series, I attempted to show how bands that use crowdsourcing as a way to raise capital are somewhat analogous to how a private company goes public through an initial public offering (IPO). In this model, I defined bands that were label funded as private, since their financials are generally not known to outside investors (fans), and bands that rely on crowdsourcing as public, since their financials are generally well understood by campaign financiers. I then equated a site like Kickstarter or PledgeMusic as a form of security exchange, where artists who are currently private (label backed) go IPO by registering a...

Will Spotify Beat Apple? Jun10

Will Spotify Beat Apple?

The Adobe Flash Player is required for video playback.Get the latest Flash Player or Watch this video on YouTube.   You know it’s strange to see Apple as the underdog when it comes to digital music. But that’s exactly where Tim Cook and friends found themselves this week when they announced Apple Music during their annual World Wide Developer’s Conference. On the whole, Apple Music doesn’t really bring anything new to the streaming table when compared to their chief rivals but rather is more of a mishmosh of various already popular technologies, such as curated playlists and online radio, integrated in one...