Boston Typewriter Orchestra

Boston Typewriter Orchestra - click to go to BTO's website

If you like listening to weird sounds, the Boston Typewriter Orchestra is surely up your road.

They are a group of people who use old typewritters to make really interesting rhythmic beats. You can check out their website here and get some audio samples here.

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Tarja Turunen – My Winter Storm

"Tarja Turunen - My Winter Storm" Album cover
Just in case you hadn’t noticed, Tarja Turunen’s new album "My Winter Storm" was out last week.
 
Unfortunately, all the initial releases out there were in crappy MP3s… (seriously people, stop releasing stuff in MP3! – Use FLAC / Vorbis q7+!).
 
Anyway, after some searching, I finally found a lossless copy here:
 
Go get it and enjoy – this one is rather good (well… most of it is anyway).
 
(Oh, btw., if you are gonna transcode it to a lossy format like Vorbis, use something above q7 – most of the album will do fine in q7 but when it gets to the loud bits, Vorbis will struggle to encode everything – it was rather annoying that I only found out after encoded most of the album…)
 

Nightwish – Dark Passion Play

"Nightwish - Dark Passion Play" album cover
 
Nightwish’s new album is out – you can get it here:
 
However, I’m only liking the following tracks so far…
Amaranth
Last of the Wilds
 
The Poet and the Pendulum would have been on the list but it’s just too long and changes too much throughout the track… – but I guess you really should listen to it to make you mind up…
 
 
—- Update —-
2007-10-01 @ 15:40:
Ok, after listening to it a few more times, the album had grown on me (songs like The Poet and the Pendulum sounds better now) – but I still wouldn’t say I’m loving it.
(p.s. it sounds better if you listen to it loud…)
 
—- Update —-
2007-10-12 @ 14:36:
It’s official, I now also like The Poet and the Pendulum!
 

Such a beautiful song: Tarja Turunen – The Eyes of a Child

This is such a beautiful song:
 
Tarja Turunen – The Eyes of a Child
 
It’s from her album Henkäys Ikuisuudesta.
 
Get it here:
 

Within Temptation – The Heart of Everything

Within Temptation - The Heart of Everything (Front cover)
 
Sweet, you can get Within Temptation’s new album here:
 
I’m not going to say anymore in this post, except go get it and listen to it yourself – it’s a rather good album.
 

New Evanescence music video – Lithium

'Lithium' single cover 
 
A couple days ago, the new Evanescence video was leaked onto the net – and so here it is  :
 
 
 
—- Update —-
09/12/2006 @ 21:53
There is a better quality version out there, you can get it via the link below:
 

Evanescence – The Open Door (review)

Alright, forget about what I said previously – yes the album sounds awful when you first listen to it, but once you’ve gotten used to the weird way in which the wonderful choruses are joint together (and the crappy endings of the songs…), what you are left with are one of the usual Evanescence goodness – excellent choruses.
 
However, that’s not the say the album is good – it’s still way below expectation (considering I liked almost every single song on "Fallen"…) but I’m just saying there are a few songs on there that are good.  So here they are:
• 03 – Weight of the World <– Only the chorus though… the rest of the song is crap…
• 04 – Lithium
• 05 – Cloud Nine
• 06 – Snow White Queen
• 07 – Lacrymosa
 
 

—- Update —-
05/09/2006 @ 23:03
If you are going to get some songs off the album, below are the ones I find OK as a whole:
• 04 – Lithium
• 07 – Lacrymosa
 
I mean, there are other songs with good choruses but the rest of the song… well, it just isn’t up to scratch:
• 05 – Cloud Nine <– Almost made it into my "OK" category… if it wasn’t for the horrible start of the song…
• 06 – Snow White Queen
• 13 – Good Enough <– Only the first minute of the song though…  It is a really beautiful start but the rest is un-inspiring…
 
Actually, for those of you who are interested, apparently, the first minute of "Good Enough" was originally written for the movie "The Chronicles of Narnia" (link), however, according to Wikipedia, the director rejected it as it was "too dark and epic".
 
 
—- Original post —-
Ok, please, someone tell me the one leaked onto the net wasn’t the real deal (please read my previous post here)…
 
I mean…  I dunno, I’m sorry, but the new album (assuming the leaked version is indeed the real deal) is… well… awful!
 
I have to say, the album’s style was so urm… "unexpected" (and not in a good way…) that I kept asking myself "what the hell are they doing!?" – yes, it was that bad…
 
They should have stuck to what worked and not try to fix what’s not broken  …