Tidal WAV Hits US Shores Oct30

Tidal WAV Hits US Shores

We first talked about WiMP’s new lossless streaming service last year, which at the time was limited to the UK and parts of Western Europe. Rival Qobuz has similar geographical limitations, and recent money problems have put a considerable damper on their expansion plans. Lossless streaming in the US is now a reality though, thanks to a rebrand of the WiMP service under the new name Tidal. The service costs $20/mo, with an available seven day trial, and promises access to 25 million tracks in lossless quality – provided you use the the Chrome web client. As with WiMP, the desktop client is currently limited to lossy formats only, and...

Horrendous – Ecdysis Oct20

Horrendous – Ecdysis

I’ve come to the conclusion that when reviewers label a band “retro,” there is a certain stigma that comes along with it. Partly because the label intrinsically implies derivation, and partly because I think there is a tendency for bands to use the “retro” classification as a way to lend credence to the music whether or not it’s actually been earned. I suspect this may be the main reason why Horrendous’ terrific 2012 debut, The Chills, fell on relatively deaf ears, despite garnering widespread critical acclaim and even earning a spot on a few notable year end lists. Enter Ecdysis, Horrendous’...

Schiit On Vinyl Oct10

Schiit On Vinyl

The guys at Schiit Audio have been trying to reach a new generation of audiophiles with their products, which has meant eschewing the kind of massive, megabuck products that make the covers of Stereophile and The Absolute Sound in favor of compact, low cost components focused around the way the majority of people listen to music these days – on headphones. While it’s still a niche, more and more people are also choosing to listen to vinyl, in fact it’s the only physical music format showing any growth at all. Schiit has taken notice, and with the Mani, they aim to shake up the market for Phono preamps in much the same way that the...

Pale Communion High-Res Smackdown Oct07

Pale Communion High-Res Smackdown

Let’s all be honest with each other, Opeth’s latest release, Pale Communion, is not even remotely a metal record. Sure, there are a few metal bits sprinkled here and there, but at the end of the day, Mikael Akerfeldt and Co. are still squarely stuck in the mid-70s, where bands like Jethro Tull, King Crimson, and Pink Floyd reigned supreme. Yet despite its lack of death growls, there is also no denying that Pale Communion is indelibly Opeth though, incorporating all of the band’s signature elements ranging from lush Damnation style lullabies to those sinister sounding Blackwater Park grooves. It’s all right there on...

On Subjectivity (DR Edition)

Angry Metal-Fi is a series of articles that are cross posted on Angry Metal Guy and Metal-Fi as a collaborative effort to evangelize dynamics in metal. One would think that after around the late 17th century, with the dawn of the Age of Enlightenment, we would eschew all our subjective tendencies and rely on Cartesian logic as our primary cognitive guide, basing our decisions solely on a discrete set of self-evident axioms and irrefutable lemmas. Our lives would be without statistical error or fanciful delusion, and all of our personal subjective social realities would combine into one common objective utopia. If this doesn’t sound...

The Theory Of Everything Vinyl Follow Up Sep30

The Theory Of Everything Vinyl Follow Up

I’ve enjoyed many of Arjen Anthony Lucassen’s Ayreon albums over the years, particularly The Universal Migrator series and The Human Equation, but it was 2008’s 01011001 that really knocked me out. In fact, that album brought together such a fantastic vocal cast that it still remains, at least to my ears, Ayreon’s best release to date. I was therefore very excited after the long five year wait for its follow up, The Theory Of Everything. Unfortunately, Theory to my ears pales in comparison to its predecessor. The vocal contributions of Kamelot’s Tommy Karevik and Grand Magus’ Janne Christoffersson are certainly welcome, but much of...