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Old 11-09-2010, 08:02 AM   #31 (permalink)
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42. Ef - Give Me Beauty... Or Give Me Death! (2006)



Genre: Post-rock


Ef was formed back in 2003 in Gothenburg, Sweden when the guys started to create beautifull melodious post-rock music in their rehearsal room. Ef creates their beautifull melodies with three guitars, bows, lots of effects, organs, glockenspiel, cello, laptops, melodica and trumpets. The result is emotional soundscapes filled with beautifull and warm melodies that make your heart melt away.
Ef has put out self recorded demos, a 7'' single and have released three full lenght albums and have done 10 full EU tours.
Give Me Beauty... Or Give Me Death! is the bands debute studio album released through their own And The Sound records which they run together with their fellow Gothenburg band Immanu El.

This is my favorite post-rock band so I decided it was fitting for them to be the first post-rock band on this list.
Im quite obsessed with this band and their music. The way they make post-rock feels perfect for me. Beautifull melodies full of emotion. I love all the cello and trumpet stuff they have. They use vocals very little in their music and the parts where the vocals come in are simply beautifull. Warm, soft vocals with quite emoish lyrics. You can hear the Minerals emo influence here and there in their music.
I have and autographed copy of Give Me Beauty... that I got when I went to see them earlier this year. It was one of the best gigs I've ever been to since the gig was great and we got to talk and hangout with the band after the gig. I now have a huge man crush on all of them


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1. Ett
2. Hello Scotland
3. Final Touch / Hidden Agenda
4. He Came, He Stayed, He Fell
5. Tomorrow My Friend...
6. ...We'll Meet in the End

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^Great album that. Nice review.
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Old 11-10-2010, 06:13 AM   #33 (permalink)
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Are you including any albums from before the 00s?

There's a few things on here I don't know which I need to check out, which is why these lists can be useful.
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Are you including any albums from before the 00s?

There's a few things on here I don't know which I need to check out, which is why these lists can be useful.
There is going to be some albums that are older but most of these are going to be from 00s since most of the music I usually listen to seems to be from that decade and the objective of this thread is to introduce some quite new bands that people might not know yet. There is going to be some older classics and a couple of older albums that are more unknown.
What the heck! Im going to make the next one out of a little older album
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Old 11-10-2010, 07:26 AM   #35 (permalink)
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41. Kingston Wall - II (1993)



Genre: Progressive rock, psychedelic rock

Kingston Wall was a psychedelic/progressive rock group from Helsinki, Finland, originally formed in 1987. The band consisted of Petri Walli (guitar, vocals), Jukka Jylli (bass, backing vocals) and Sami Kuoppamäki (drums, percussion). The band was hugely influenced by Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd. They took those influences and added eastern themes, mysticism and the psychedelia of acid-rock.
Petri Walli was the driving force of the band since he formed it and composed most of the songs. He also ran the bands own Trinity Records.
II was the bands second album released in 1993. For this record the band brought in some more acoustic and folk elements and added saxophones. They also did a cover version of the Donna Summer disco classic I Feel Love.

The band dispanded quite shortly after recording their third and last album Tri-Logy in 1994. After this the band member went on their seperate ways. Walli left for India and shortly after his return to Finland in 1995 he jumped to his death from the tower of Töölö church in central Helsinki.

Kingston Wall never became hugely popular during the time they played together. After the group had disbanded their popularity started growing through word-of-mouth. Now the band has a small cult following status all around the world.

Im not a huge prog fan myself but this is a band that I have enjoyed listening to for some years now. I first heard about this band from my class mate who was a huge fan. He recommended the band so I decided to give it a try and I started liking them alot. This is the best album they release in my opinnion. Kingston Wall is a legendary finnish band and I respect them alot. Go give this album a try!

Track listing:

1. We Cannot Move
2. Istwan
3. Could It Be So?
4. And It's All Happening
5. Love Tonight
6. Two Of a Kind
7. I Feel Love
8. Shine On Me
9. You
10. Palékastro

R.I.P Petri Walli

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The next one is going to be quite obvious in my opinnion.
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40. Arcade Fire - Funeral (2004)



Genre: Indie rock

Arcade Fire is an indie rock band from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The band is fronted by the husband and wife Win Butler and Régine Chassagne. Arcade Fires members are multi-instrumentalist and they use alot of instruments beyond the usual band instruments guitars, bass and drums. They use instruments like piano, violin, cello, glockenspie, French horn, accordion, mandolin and hurdy-gurdy. The band members also switch instruments throughout their live shows.
Funeral is the bands debut full-length album released on September 14, 2004. The album received a huge praise from fans and critics alike and made its way into many "Top albums of 00's" lists.

I remember seeing the music video for "Wake Up" somewhere and liked it really much so I downloaded it. A little later my brother bought it as a present for me.
This is a really lovely album and I love Arcade Fire. I think this album never gets old for me since it's a fun album to listen to. What else can I say? I think all of you have heard this album so I don't think I have much more to add.

Track listing:

1. Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
2. Neighborhood #2 (Laïka)
3. Une année sans lumière
4. Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
5. Neighborhood #4 (7 Kettles)
6. Crown of Love
7. Wake Up
8. Haiti
9. Rebellion (Lies)
10. In the Backseat

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39. Disco Ensemble - First Aid Kit (2005)



Genre: Post-Hardcore

Disco Ensemble is an Finnish post-hardcore band. The band was formed in 1996 in the small Finnish town of Ulvila. The band released two EPs before Fullsteam Records signed them in 2003. They also release their first full length Viper Ethics the same year. This allowed the band to tour in Finland and around Europe as well.

Disco Ensemble's second album, First Aid Kit was released in 2005. The album peaked at #9 on the official Finnish chart which made it the bands most commercially successful release.

Disco Ensemble is hugely influenced by Refused which can be heard in their music. I used to like this album quite alot couple of years ago. I still like it but I don't listen to it that often anymore. Still it's a really nice album.
I have seen Disco Ensemble live few times and they are really great. They have alot of energy when they perform which is always nice to see in a band, especially when it comes to bands like this. Really nice band with a "real" post-hardcore sound.

Track listing:

1. This Is My Head Exploding
2. We Might Fall Apart
3. Drop Dead, Casanova
4. Human Cannonball
5. Eyes of a Ghost
6. Black Euro
7. First Aid Kit
8. Fresh New Blood
9. See If I Care
10. So Long, Sisters
11. You Are the Dawn
12. Sleep on the Wheel

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I haven't updated this in a while. I have to catch up
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38. Mineral - EndSerenading (1998)



Genre: Emo, indie rock

Mineral was a mid 90's emo band from Austin, Texas. The band was active for only four years between 1994 and 1998. Their first album The Power of Failing came out in 1994 and their second and final album EndSerenading in 1998. EndSerenading was released post-humously since the band broke up during the recording of the album.
Mineral's music is characterized by its soft/loud structure, the singer/guitarist Chris Simpsons off-key vocals and ethereal, melodic instrumental guitar parts.
Minerals emo sound and their lyric style have influenced many bands of the late 1990s and 2000s.

I first heard about this band not that long ago to be honest (6-8 months ago). I first heard "If I Could" from The Power of Failing album and decided to download both of their albums. I like both of the albums but EndSerenading is definitely better than the debut. I really love their lyrics, like the ones on "Unfinished". "I wish you could put your ear up to my heart and hear how much I love you." Really great stuff. The off-key vocals may put off some people but I personally love them.
Although this album came out in 1998 and isn't so old I find this album to be one of the defining albums of the emo genre and also find it to be hugely influental for many other bands that I like. For example they have been an influence on my favorite band Ef that I wrote about earlier.
Overall I think this album is brilliant and it's sad that not that many people know about them. Do yourself a favor and listen to this album if you like beautiful, emotional music even a little.


Track listing:

1. Lovelettertypewriter
2. Palisade
3. Gjs
4. Unfinished
5. ForIvadell
6. Wakingtowinter
7. Aletter
8. Soundslikesunday
9. &serenading
10. Thelastwordisrejoice


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