Stegzy's Music Project

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Dead Letters – The Rasmus [#349]

440px-DeadLettersCoverUKUSADeadLettersCoverMore Finnish Eurorock, this time with the fifth album by Finnish alt-rockers The Rasmus.
I first came across The Rasmus when they appeared on a compilation of Gothic music I acquired from dubious sources. The song that appeared on the compilation was their hit In the Shadows which, several years later seemed to feature on every television programme or film requiring a bit of music to wake the viewer up. But, of course, being a hipster,  I heard and liked the song some time before this happened.

Sadly, following the acquisition of this album, it appeared that their song In the Shadows was still the only song I liked. Even when, for the purpose of this music project, I listened to the album in its entirety, I was still unable to find any other song that stirred up those feelings one feels when listening to good music. Moreover, I found In the Shadows a teeny bit passé.

Just goes to show that our love of music truly is organic and constantly evolves. However it still amuses me when I see copies of this album for sale in bargain bins and car boot sales.

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The Best of Gothic Rock – Various Artists [#167]

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71aYVc-ahvL._SL500_SY355_ The Best of Gothic Rock- Various Artists
Only it’s not.

It’s not what I’d class as “Gothic” anyway. At least with my modern more refined ears. Instead I would call these two compilations “The Best of Big Boobed Operatic Singers Accompanying Euro Goth Metal Bands” . 

Both albums contain a nice introduction to bands such as Nightwish, Within Temptation and Lacuna Coil. Ideal music for a middle aged wanna be goth to indulge in, reinvent themselves and annoy the wife with.

As we will see, these albums had a profound influence on my own musical tastes and we will be seeing a few of the bands featured, multiple times over the course of this project.

Track listing as follows:

Volume 2 =
1. Within Temptation – Mother Earth
2. Nightwish – Bless The Child
3. Beseech – Illusionate
4. Trail of Tears – Liquid View
5. Lacuna Coil – Swamped
6. Therion – Ljusalfheim
7. Myriads – The Sanctum Of My Soul
8. Flowing Tears – Serpentine
9. Within Temptation – Deceiver of Fools
10. Moonspell – Nocturna
11. Sentenced – Guilt and Regret
12. Divercia – Everlasting
13. After Forever – Monolith of Doubt
14. Tristinia – Tender Trip on Earth
15. Sirenia – Sister Nightfall

Volume 3 =

1 The Rasmus – In the Shadows 4:16
2 Within Temptation – Running Up That Hill 3:57
Epica – The Phantom Agony 9:00
Nightwish  – End of All Hope 3:54
5 After Forever – Intrinsick 6:52
Tristania – A Sequel of Decay 6:31
7 Apocalyptica feat Nina Hagen – Seemann 4:00
8 Tarot – Pyre of Gods 4:34
9 Sonata Arctica – Victoria’s Secret 4:43
10 Sirenia – At Sixes and Sevens 6:44
11 Therion – Enter Vril-Ya 6:37
12 Penumbra – The Last Bewitchment 5:10
13 My Dying Bride – My Hope, My Destroyer 6:47
14 Autumn – Along Ethereal Levels 4:05

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