The boys from Brazil are back with album 3, a conceptual album called Ymmij. Now that title might sound a bit mysterious, but the artwork gives some clues away I guess. And I hear you think, concept album? Still Living are a melodic hard rock band or? Yes they still are! And apart from a few interludes with spoken word, meant to enhance the story, the songs on the album work very well on their own. So nobody needs to worry 🙂
Opening in a familiar style with Reign Of Pills, we are welcomed by the guitars of Eduardo Holanda, accompanied by the keyboards of Thiago Nascimento and the drumming of Cleber Melo. All soon met with the powerful voice of Renato Costa. Bass and additional keyboards are provided by co-producer Aldecy Souza. Next track On The Edge shows them operate in a more aggressive and harder style. Great riff too! People already familiar with the band probably know they always strive to deliver catchy tunes with melody and still enough power and surprises to avoid genre cliché’s. So while Call Of The Night continues this more powerful momentum with another killer riff and some almost metal vocals, the melodies are always there to guide us. A song like the Man I’ve Become fits seamlessly with older work, yet somehow manages to sound more mature. Haunted on the other hand manages to surprise with a deep emotional vocal delivery by Costa, who surely seems to be stretching boundaries with his voice. Nice power ballad!
As it turns out Still Living are raising the bar on every level and have delivered a strong album that every lover of melodic hard rock will enjoy. By the way, the European edition closes with the stunning bonus track Redemption, a contender for ballad of the year!
A lot happening at Rock Company HQ it seems. Here the rundown:
Rock Company are proud to announce their latest signings:
Koos J. Thönissen’s Cryptic Nature! We will release the album Pandor on October 27!
Expect a wonderful progressive rock / metal DOUBLE album in the style of Ayreon /Avantasia.
Including guests like Jeroen van de Biggelaar : Lead guitar on Certamen Ultimus, Ron van Rhee : Flutes on Consulting Serna and vocalists Sascha Burchardt as Pandor, Emmelie van Deurzen as Tayla, Jacqueline van Elsbergen as Serna, Cathy van der Valk as Ieeryah. Special appearance by Huw Lloyd Jones as Teelon on the track Glynyd.
With Koos handling several vocal parts as well as most of the instruments.
Check www.crypticnature.nl for a first taste…
Brazilian rock band Still Living have expanded their cooperation with us! After the great reception for their previous album Humanity, the band set out to make an even better album. And we think they nailed it with their concept album Ymmij!
The album will become available at the end of this year but to whet your appetite, here is the first single:
Our electronic project Earthshine (relax, it’s instrumental music) has delivered a stunning fifth album. Abstract Patterns will also be released on October 27 and contains 8 tracks. Blekkmark Design Studio has not only created some fitting artwork, but also updated the logo.
Peter had this to say about it: This time my starting point was certain terms and patterns that associate with numbers or ranges of numbers and terms from the world of programming. Like for instance the Fibonacci sequence, or Pi. And my next step would be to translate those numbers to chords and melodies and trying to make it sound right. Without letting it become crazy or incoherent.
I quite liked the challenge and the outcome, but you be the judge!
In this video you can hear a part of the first track: Fibonacci Fever.
And last but not least:
Enjoy the new video for Alienation from Forest Field’s latest and succesful album Lonely Desert:
Please be kind and help share the word. The music deserves it!
One of the greatest benefits of the internet is that it makes this a small world. We can now get in contact with people from say, Brazil, and enjoy the music they make over there. Point in case is the band Still Living, here present with their second full length album Humanity. And where some folks dare to say that rock is dead, these guys prove that this is not the case at all.
The regular album has 10 tracks, and as a bonus 2 previous singles are added. I think it is fair to say that the roots of this album lay in the rock of the eighties. So we have plenty of keyboards, courtesy of Thiago Nascimento and all songs thrive on the vocal melodies of the talent that is Renato Costa. But in contradiction to the general sound of that time frame, we have a lot more natural sounding drums, and with great playing from Cleber Melo I might add. And especially a more modern guitar sound from mister Eduardo Holanda, who lets it rip whenever he can. Love his sur name of course 😉 All is held together by the flawless bass playing of Leandro Andrade.
So, all lovers of melodic (hard) rock, I can recommend giving this a couple of spins, it will not disappoint!
P.S. Originally an independent release, the band is now picked up by Rock Company for European distribution.