Video of the Day: BEYOND CREATION’s Dominic “Forest” Lapointe Playthrough

The world is always in need of great bassists, who are not only audible but have a great playing style.  BEYOND CREATION‘s Dominic “Forest” Lapointe is one of those special individuals.  Check out him playing of the track, “Coexistence.”  This progressive tech death epic can be found on the band’s The Aura album.

Here’s a bonus in the form of his playthrough of “Omnipresent Perception.”

Fretless lefthand bass + no pick = Dominic “Forest” Lapointe rules.

 

Video of the Day: IHSAHN’s Full Set at Wacken Open Air 2013

With the recent news that EMPEROR will reunite for Wacken Open Air next year (as well as Bloodstock 2014), it got me in the EMPEROR/EMPEROR-related mood.  Thus, let’s check out IHSAHN‘s performance at this year’s Wacken Open Air earlier this month.

It’s a pretty good set.  It helps tremendously that Ihsahn‘s backing band are Norwegian progsters, LEPROUS.  Good shit.

Underground Gems: SHINING’s Lots of Girls Gonna Get Hurt EP

Shining - Lots of Girls Gonna Get HurtIn the deluge of metal that come out each month, it’s easy to overlook or just miss good releases.  One band that should always be on your radar is Sweden’s SHINING.  Aside from mainman Niklas Kvarforth‘s extreme on stage performances, the band’s unique style of suicidal black metal is damn good.  In many ways, they are like a dark version of OPETH.

So last year they released an EP entitled, Lots of Girls Gonna Get Hurt, via Spinefarm Records.  This all covers releases showed a different side to the band, one that embraces sad, melancholic music that wasn’t in the “extreme metal” category.  With this release, Niklas Kvarforth shows the world his talent with clean vocals.

The band opens with a cover of KATATONIA‘s “For My Demons” from the classic, Tonight’s Decision.  It’s not that much from the original but sounds damn good.

Then the band go into more dark rock territory starting with “Utan dina andetag” by Sweden’s KENT.  You don’t have to know Swedish to feel the power and soul of this one.  Next up is a cover of another Swedish language song, “Kung av jidder,” by IMPERIET.  SHINING add some extra meatiness to this great new wave song.  Lots of Girls Gonna Get Hurt ends on a high note with “Carnival of Rust” by POETS OF THE FALL.  The original is great but SHINING slow it down just a hair to add more power, and give it a more desperate, darker feel.

In conclusion, there are two things you must do: 1) appreciate the fact that SHINING is one of the best metal bands on earth; 2) purchase this EP.

Straight Shooting: HYPOCRISY’s Best Song

Without a doubt Swedish death metal legends HYPOCRISY have written many excellent songs through out their career. However, one song stands alone as their absolute best. No, it’s not something from early days with Masse Broberg or the doomy period but from their more melodic era.

On their self-titled sixth album, released in 1999, HYPOCRISY dig from within with “Elastic Inverted Visions.” The song is simply epic in its feel and mainman Peter Tatgren puts out a great vocal performance. The melodic guitars and the balls out guitar solo in the middle are so damn good. Check out the song and let us know if you agree.