Metal News for November 19, 2012
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35 news articles posted on this day.
Italian rock/metal band EchoTime announced that the band's debut LP will be entitled "Genuine." The album is scheduled for release in December through logic(il)logic Records, the exact date of which was not yet revealed.
The band is inspired and influenced by artists such as Dream Theater, Symphony X, Kamelot, Queen, Ronnie James Dio, Jorn Lande, Pain of Salvation, Circus Maximus and Winger. According to the press release, the band "tries to create a personal sound, different from progressive and metal cliché and contaminated by pop, rock, latin and funk styles, influenced by soundtracks from action and adventure movies, with a unique attention to arrangements and sounds. With its music, strength, energy, the costumes used to perform and the catchy atmospheres, the band involves the audience and drags it to Echotime's world!"
Alex "Kage" Cangini - Vocals
Federico "Face" Fazi - Drums
Andrea "Bana" Anastasi - Guitar
Stefano "Ego" Antonelli - Bass
Filippo " Phil" Martignano - Keyboards More...
Metal Blade Records is happy to announce the re-signing of Swedish doom act Memory Garden. The band just finished the recordings for an as-yet-untitled new album which is now in the hands of Dan Swanö for mixing purposes.
Comments the band: "We are back where we belong! Memory Garden and Metal Blade Records are finally back together and we are really excited to be a part of the family again and to have them release our new album. The album is almost finished and will be mixed by Dan Swanö for an early 2013 release so better be prepared for another massive dose of Swedish Heavy Doom Metal!"
Memory Garden was founded in 1992 in Sweden and has since then released four albums, two of them under the flag of Metal Blade Records (Verdict Of Posterity in 1998 and Mirage in 2000). The band is:
Stefan Berglund – Vocals
Simon Johansson – Lead Guitars
Andreas Mäkelä – Guitars
Johan Fredrikson – Bass Guitar
Tom Björn – Drums
The Swiss industrial wizards in Sybreed have unleashed a fourth full-length album titled "God is an Automaton" (reviewed here), which bridges the gaps between the previous three and still moves the band forward into new territory.
With the album out now, guitarist "Drop" was eager to chat about the new release and what went into writing and recording these tracks. Drop also discussed the album's artwork being handled by Seth of Greek act Septicflesh, and the title of the album referring "to the fact that there are people willing to use the excuse of a higher being as a justification to their deeds and misdeeds." See the full interview below. More...
Every week we dig deep into the metal scene and unearth three acts that are unsigned or simply less well known than many other bands. Today we look at a mecca for metal in general and black metal in particular: Norway.
The country has taken on a sort of mythical level of significance for underground enthusiasts, where one imagines a tribunal of grim metal masters passing judgment on what is and is not trve black metal, but despite that impression the country houses a variety of musicians that cover the musical spectrum and frequently cross genre lines. While anyone familiar with the scene will likely be well acquainted with the likes of Emperor or Mayhem, there are still plenty of unknown hard rock and metal bands hidden there to discover.
Beyond the Morninglight
Breaking ranks with the sound that has put Norway onto the extreme metal map, Beyond the Morninglight is a gloomy and atmospheric rock and roll act that drops the harsh vocals and many of the heavier elements. What it lacks in brutality it makes up for in an infectious version of metal-influenced rock that gets stuck in the head.
The band has two full-length releases now, a self-titled debut and the newly released “Liberation” album, which takes an even darker turn. You can stream both of the full Beyond the Morninglight releases through Misantrof ANTI-Records, or you can check out two songs, one from each album, in the clips below.
In January and February of 2013, Korpiklaani will embark on an extensive headliner tour in order to bring both classic tracks as well new tunes off latest album “Manala” (reviewed here) onto the European stages. Support will come from Estonian fellow folk metallers Metsatoll. Dates are as follows:
30.01. D Essen - Turock
31.01. UK Norwich - Waterfront
01.02. UK Glasgow - Classic Grand
02.02. UK Manchester - The Academy
03.02. IRL Dublin - Button Factory
04.02. UK London - Underworld
05.02. F Colmar - Grillen
06.02. F Paris - Divan Du Monde
07.02. F Rennes - Antipode
08.02. F Cognac - West Rock
09.02. E Madrid - Caracol
10.02. E Barcelona - Razz2/Salamandra1
11.02. F Toulouse - Bikini
12.02. F Lyon - CCO
14.02. CH Solothurn - Kofmehl
15.02. CH Chur - Palazzo
16.02. I Reggio Emilia - Tempo Rock
17.02. I Turin - Combo@Suoneria
18.02. I Rome - Orion
19.02. I Treviso - New Age
20.02. SLO Maribor - Stuk
21.02. SK Bratislava - Majestic Music Club
22.02. H Budapest - Club 202
23.02. D Ingolstadt - Westpark
Shai Hulud will be releasing the new album "Reach Beyond the Sun" on February 19th, 2013. New music and pre-orders will be available on December 10th, but for now, fans can sample a portion of a new track in a teaser video below.
The album was produced by current New Found Glory guitarist, Chad Gilbert, and notably, vocalist on Hulud's debut LP "Hearts Once Nourished With Hope And Compassion." In addition to producing, Gilbert also returned to sing on the album - his first offering of recorded vocals with the band in over a decade.
Longtime bass player Mad Matt Fletcher asserts, "Anyone who really knows the band will agree this album is our definitive sound, encompassing all of our different influences and styles." He conclusively reiterates, "Yep, this sounds like Shai Hulud."
"Reach Beyond the Sun" will be released on February 19th in North America, and February 15th/18th in Europe. More...
Since releasing their debut album, “Awaiting Evil,” via Metal Blade in 2008, and completing 3 full DIY U.S. tours, Hatchet went through some lineup changes, which stalled overall progress of the group. Throughout the changes, founding member Julz Ramos always had the passion to keep the band going, even moving to take on vocal duties. Now the band has settled down with a new lineup and readying its sophomore effort, “Dawn of the End,” which will be released on their new label, The End Records, in March of 2013.
Julz commented on the signing to The End Records:
Hatchet is beyond thrilled to announce our signing to The End Records. They have a vast array of genres and styles within the label and it will be very interesting and exciting to see how Hatchet can expand its sonic force within the label. We have been shopping our new full length album to various key labels, however The End's straight forward interest, excitement and approach to the band was a refreshing one for us to see. Further talks have only strengthened this feeling and we are happy to see the label already has some ideas and avenues they are thinking about to help push us in the right direction. Album details and release dates to shortly follow.
Greek symphonic metallers Nightfall have launched a landing page featuring the artwork and a new song off their upcoming new album "Cassiopeia." Surf over to this location to check out the pre-order possibilities and the lyric video for "Oberon & Titania."
Singer Efthimis Karadimas comments regarding the concept of the album: "Cassiopeia has a specific thesis and though its name is linked to both the constellation and the mythical character of Andromeda's mother, it refers to arrogance as leading characteristic of the human race; the outcome of this and the overweening state of affairs are so popular these harsh days everywhere. The entire world seems to be shifting from its previous position to a new one and all and each one of us that used to feel like masters of our destiny are now starting to wonder about when, where and how this transition will end. It may be a punishment like Cassiopeia and Andromeda who claimed themselves more beautiful even to nereids suffered, or it may be just another change. Time will certainly tell."
Efthimis also stated about the "Oberon & Titania" track: "The song is based on Shakespeare's A Midsummer's Night Dream couple; He is the king of fairies and She is the fairy queen. Despite their apparent close relationship, they end up forcefully using their powers and skills against each other; like maniacs blinded by light of passion and haughtiness they drag themselves to the lowest dungeons of nature. It is the ceaseless passion between two beings; passion that unites before it destroys anything around it once unleashed. It is true we are nothing when it comes to sustaining our gratefulness in front of desire. We are born broken in a dilute world poets' admiration cannot disguise. And none can break the broken."
"Cassiopeia" will be released the 18th of January, 2013 via Metal Blade Records in Europe. The recordings for "Cassiopeia" took place in four different places, something Nightfall is quite familiar with. Vocals and keys were recorded in Greece (Soundflakes studios & Cyberia) while the drums got hammered down in Germany in the Soundlodge studios. Guitars and bass were recorded in the U.S. in Nashville, Tennessee in the Boomcave studios. More...
In the Act of Violence is currently working on a new EP titled "Godbreaker," and a teaser trailer for the upcoming release can now be found below.
Slovakian act Eternal Bleeding has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new vocalist:
"Hey guys, we are proud to announce a new member joined Eternal Bleeding. Ladies and gentlemen please welcome our new signer Mino 'Hentaichi' Benko.
"Actually we teamed up months ago and performed few live shows yet. Everything goes great and we are really glad this skilled young man joined us during writing process of the new album 'Angels Shall Never Speak Again' which will be released on Japanese label Amputated Vein Records. His vokills fit totally to our new direction and brought new blood to the bands chemistry.
"At this moment the band works on the last song of the upcoming album. Mino writes lyrics and vocal arrangements and the band works on final song arrangements as well. Still a lot to do ahead, but we should start drums recording session soon and we all believe it is worth to wait, yo bitcheez!"
Mino also commented: "I'm glad I joined the band. Actually I was a fan of Eternal Bleeding years ago and when guys asked me to join the band I did not hesitate. Playing live shows and cooperation on new album is going really smoothly and I enjoy that. I am pretty sure new album will be a blast!"
British death metal act Acrania (not to be confused with the Mexican act of the same name), has posted the full new song "A Trophy Of Corporate Disfigurement" online. Check out the track below, which features a guest solo by Kevin Schwartz (Pathology).
The single can also be purchased over at Bandcamp here. The song is taken off the band's new EP "The Beginning of the End."
The Faceless will be heading out on the "Deconsecrate the Nation" tour with Revocation and The HAARP Machine in just a few days, and now a teaser trailer for the trek can be found below. Dates are as follows:
11/23 - Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
11/24 - San Bernardino, CA @ California Metalfest VI
11/25 - Walnut Creek, CA @ Red House Studios
11/27 - Ogden, UT @ Mojoes
11/28 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
11/29 - Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont
11/30 - Iowa City, IA @ Blue Moose
12/01 - Plainfield, IL @ Live59
12/02 - Toledo, OH @ Frankies
12/03 - St. Catharines, ON @ Barracuda Pretty
12/04 - Windsor, ON @ KOC
12/05 - London, ON @ Rum Runners
12/06 - Syracuse, NY @ The Lost Horizon
12/07 - Springfield, VA @ Empire
12/08 - Allentown, PA @ Croc Rock
12/09 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Ironworks
12/10 - St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
12/11 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Chameleon
12/12 - Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog
12/13 - El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
12/14 - Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
12/15 - Tempe, AZ @ Rocky Point Cantina More...
Missouri act As Shadows Collapse has posted a new music video online for the track "Knowledge is Power," which can be found below. The band also posted the following biography online:
"As Shadows Collapse was formed by a friend, and three brothers finding interest in an instrument, along with the new found passion for metal music. Nathan Summerfield, along with Matt, Joe, and Dusty Sherman went through two vocalists and one guitarist as the years went by, trying to find dedicated members who could share the determination for success that they posses. Fortunately they found Brandon Fletcher and Travis Box to fill the void left by the dismissed (Nathan, Jesse, and Ira). Their new lineup consisted of Travis on vocals, Brandon on bass, Matt on drums, Dusty and Joe on guitar.
"Devotion complications aside, As Shadows Collapse made a name for themselves with such feats as performing with the Autumn Offering, Within The Ruins, Oceano, War Of Ages, Threat Signal and Whitechapel. They booked a Mini-tour that took them from Lawton, Oklahoma to Dallas, Texas.
"Competing in the Project Independent showcase of 2009 proved that they were starting to impress everyone since they placed 4th in the nation in fan votes out of 300 bands. With their high-voltage energy on stage and hard work off stage, their unwavering drive to make their name heard by everyone will never weaken."
Northern Irish symphonic metal band Gate XIII has released a new demo EP titled “Once Upon A Time." You can stream the 5 track release now via SoundCloud or in the player provided below, and more info on Gate XIII can be found over at Facebook here.
Three piece metal/rock/noise machine Hummune (immune to humans) began in November 2009 after three friends decided to leave their previous bands and start something new. Now the act is streaming the full "Crafted in Darkness" album online via YouTube. The track listing is as follows (times indicate when the songs begin in the player):
1. Moth - 00:00
2. Into Dust - 05:30
3. Claw - 10:27
4. Rise - 16:02
5. Driven to Husk - 20:41
6. Bullets - 24:35
7. Rust - 28:24
8. Puzzle - 33:54
9. Crush My Heart - 39:56
10. Inside - 44:23
11. Era - 49:51 More...
L Sol Tace is set to release a debut album in the early months of 2013 and the band released a teaser for the upcoming album, which can be viewed below.
The album was recorded with producer James Dunkley, who has previously worked with renowned acts such Paradise Lost and Vallenfyre. The first track from the new album, titled "Fall," can also be downloaded for free at Reverbnation here.
The first Abstrusa Unde album, "Introspection," sees its re-relsease today through Apathia Records. Abstrusa Unde is an avant-garde black metal project led by Thibault Schwartz, featuring Renaud Fauconnier (Wormfood) on guitars, and eight others musicians (including four vocalists).
Eagle Rock imprint Armoury Records, in conjunction with Hamburg, Germany-based earMUSIC, are pleased to announce the official signing of Swedish metal troupe The Resistance.
The Resistance includes In Flames founder (and main songwriter until his departure in 2010) Jesper Strömblad on guitar alongside second guitarist Glenn Ljungström (ex-In Flames, ex-Dimension Zero), vocalist Marco Aro (ex-The Haunted, Facedown), and drummer Chris Barkensjö (Carnal Forge, ex-Kaamos, ex-Repugnant etc.).
The Resistance will make its musical debut in the form of the four-track "Rise From Treason" EP, set for North American release on January 29th, 2013 with a full-length to follow later in the year. The EP will be released as a digital download and limited edition 7" vinyl. Check out the teaser track "Slugger" in the player below.
Comments Strömblad: "We're extremely happy that we have been given the opportunity to sign a worldwide recording deal with earMUSIC. Together we will spread our vision of Swedish old school death metal with a nice blend of hardcore energy. Watch out for our upcoming EP and album. This is gonna be some good violent fun!" More...
Pallbearer may have started around 1 pm, but kept its audience in mourning. The group moved with the deliberation and anguish of its namesake. Guitarists Brett Campbell and Devin Holt dropped emotional bombs with weight comparable to receiving bereaving news. Campbell used an effect to make his voice appear distant like a ghost whispering in the ear of its lost lover. This was the third time in the last year I caught these Arkansas melancholic musicians, which is special since they only have one album of material to display: Profound Lore released their debut full-length recording, “Sorrow and Extinction,” in February.
As was previously announced, Whitechapel will be joining Emmure for the "Brothers of Brutality" tour, and the routing for the trek has now been revealed. The co-headlining tour kicks off January 8th, 2013 in Knoxville, TN and support will come from Unearth, Obey the Brave, and The Plot In You. Details are as follows:
1/08 - Knoxville, TN @ The Valarium
1/09 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
1/11 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's
1/12 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
1/13 - Dallas, TX @ The Door
1/16 - Phoenix, AZ @ Nile
1/18 - San Diego, CA @ Soma
1/19 - Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
1/23 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
1/24 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
1/26 - SLC, UT @ In The Venue
1/27 - Denver, CO @ Summit
2/02 - Minneapolis, MN @ Brick
2/03 - Chicago, IL @ Mojoes
2/05 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
2/06 - Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
2/07 - Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
2/08 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium
2/10 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts
2/11 - NYC, NY @ Irving Plaza More...
Greek thrash act Raw In Sect will continue to support latest album "Red Flows" by hitting the road with Master and Norwegian act Manifest. Dates for the run can be found in the tour poster below or over at the Master Facebook profile here. More...
Mechanical God Creation has launched the first video for the band's upcoming new album “Artifact Of Annihilation." The clip for the song “Terror in the Air” was directed by Stefano Pasotti and can be viewed below.
"Artifact Of Annihilation" is due out this coming December, 2012. Mechanical God Creation also recruited a new guitarist back in May.
Serbian act Violent Chapter has posted a new music video online for the track "Bottom Feeder," which comes off the band's 2011 album "Inverse Midas." Watch the video below, or find more info on Violent Chapter via Facebook here.
Greek death metal band War Possession has posted the new song "Medieval Bloodlust" online, which can be heard at Metalrecusants.com here.
The song comes off the band's new EP "Through the Ages." The full track listing is as follows:
1. In the Shadow of the Ancient Gods
2. Medieval Bloodlust
3. World War Domination
4. A Taste of Things to Come (Chaos Awaits)
The previously posted song "World War Domination" is also available through the SoundCloud player below. More...
Opeth performed an unplugged show at the Union Chapel in London on November 16th, 2012 and fan-filmed footage from the show is now available online.
Below you can check out Opeth playing "Häxprocess" and an unplugged version of "Demon of the Fall" courtesy of YouTube users ryanjoe2003 and wilsonmikael. "Häxprocess" comes off the band's latest full-length album "Heritage" (reviewed here). More...
Century Media Records is proud to announce the signing of the Butcher Babies to their worldwide family of artists. The label comments:
"Hailing from Los Angeles, the Butcher Babies have emerged as one of the biggest draws on the Sunset Strip, their incendiary blend of heavy metal and horror-inspired theatrics inciting crowds worldwide.
"Fronted by Carla Harvey and Heidi Shepherd - named two of the year's 'Hottest Women In Rock' by Revolver Magazine - the blood-splattered band left their mark on the United Kingdom in June, appearing on the Download festival and supporting Anthrax in Cardiff. They returned to America as direct support for Otep in fall, and are wrapping up their first headlining tour tonight in front of a hometown crowd at the Roxy on the Sunset Strip. The band - vocalists Harvey and Shepherd, guitarist Henry Flury, bassist Jason Klein and drummer Chris Warner - will be performing with labelmates In This Moment tomorrow night in Las Vegas."
"Century Media has been a huge supporter of Butcher Babies for a long time, and it feels natural to join their tight knit family," said the band of the signing. "It's an honor for us to be on a roster amongst many other bands that have inspired us for so long. We couldn't be more excited about the future of this union."
The band is currently at work on a new full-length, which is slated for worldwide release in summer 2013 via Century Media Records. You can also catch the band live:
11/19/12 - Hollywood, CA @ The Roxy
11/20/12 - Las Vegas, NV @ Vinyl (with In This Moment) More...
Mexican act Alaghom has posted a promo clip online featuring snippets of new music, which can be found below. The band also commented:
"Formed at the end of 2003, Álaghom's proposal is to keep a creative pathway with self identity and a defined style that reflects the cultural wealth of Mexico and recall sounds and images of our historical multiethnic context.
"Álaghom intends to demonstrate that it is possible to transcend into progressive metal without the need to give up our language, rebuilding the meaning of our mythical and cultural heritage of our people with an original proposal."
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Joining the game of expanding merch beyond t-shirts and patches, Katatonia is now selling tall beer glasses, whiskey glasses, and shot glasses etched with the band's logo and the latest album title. Check out the full lineup right here (and now you can reenact the Opeth/Katatonia album listening/wine drinking sessions!)
Europe’s "Bag of Bones" U.K. tour kicks off this coming Wednesday, November 21st at Birmingham o2 Academy with special guests StoneRider. A full listing of tour dates is available below.
Europe will perform songs from the new "Bag of Bones" album including "Not Supposed To Sing The Blues" and "Demon Head," plus classics "Rock The Night" and "The Final Countdown." Tickets for the U.K. tour are available here. Dates are as follows:
Birmingham 02 Academy Wednesday 21 November
Glasgow 02 ABC Thursday 22 November
Manchester HMV Ritz Friday 23 November
Newcastle 02 Academy Sunday 25 November
Leeds 02 Academy Monday 26 November
Nottingham Rock City Tuesday 27 November
Bristol 02 Academy Thursday 29 November
Cardiff Coal Exchange Friday 30 November
London 02 Shepherd’s Bush Empire Saturday 1 December More...
Today Hells Headbangers announces the signing of Singapore's Impiety for a new single and full-length album, both to come in 2013. Impiety has worked with such labels as Osmose Productions, Agonia Records, and most recently had the crushing eighth album, "Ravage & Conquer," released through Pulverised Records.
Impiety just returned from an eight-date Asian tour and is now ready to ravage and conquer during yet another European run later this month with Enthroned and Forgotten Tomb. Details on that string of tour date are available here.
"I've long admired the works of Hells Headbangers," says founding frontman Shyaithan. "They have always put out killer albums from dedicated bands, and it came by much surprise recently that they have shown great enthusiasm and concern to work with Impiety. We definitely look forward to an infernal 2013 with Hells Headbangers."
After the November European tour, Impiety will seal the writing phase and record a new four-song MCD entitled "The Impious Crusade."
Australian black metal band Agaze Maize has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's bassist:
"Hi all, we would like to announce that Asmodeus is no longer a member of Agave Maize. Sometimes the tide turns however the split was amicable but the decision was right for both Agave and Asmodeus. We wish him all the best in his future ventures."
Agaze Maize released the new album "Thrones Of Isolation" during August of this year, and the album's track listing is: More...
U.K. based extreme metal act Kinasis has posted the following message online about completing the recording process for a new album:
"6 weeks of evening sessions later and all of the album has been recorded. Everything is now out of our hands. We've just got to sit and wait for Justin's mastered mixes to arrive. Can't wait to listen back!
"Instead of rehearsing, this weekend we're sorting out some ideas for the artwork and making some additional notes for Justin, to allow him to make sense of our pro-tools files and understand the setup we used to record the tracks. (mics used, mic placements, naming conventions used in files etc...You get the idea, basically studio geek-speak!)"
You can also check out the band's music and download tracks over at the Kinasis Facebook profile here.
It was announced yesterday that legendary Norwegian musician Ihsahn had joined the God of Atheists project, and now band mastermind Asgeir Mickelson has checked in with the following update about progress on a new album:
"I assume many of you liked the news about Ihsahn joining the project. In fact he agreed to play on it close to three years ago, but I've had a few speed bumps in my life along the way, so he didn't get the songs until maybe two months ago. And, well, I'm not the fastest on this planet either...
"The project is coming along fine right now. Ihsahn is working on the third song, Tideman is recording his neck breaking solos in January, bass player recording his parts around Christmas (you'll know who when we start recording. Rest assured - he's awesome! And, no, it's not Santa Claus), Vortex is eagerly waiting to record the vocals but I have to finish the damn lyrics first. I am a slow writer too (surprise), I am half way into it and quite happy with how vicious it's turning out (psychologically vicious, not blood gore vicious). It will be about 40% clean and 60% grim vocals. Some song titles are 'The Sapient's Error,' 'Fountain of Emptiness,' 'Cataclysm,' and (probably) 'I am God.' These titles might change along the way but it's where I'm at right now.
"Except for the two songs I wrote for the last Sarke album I am totally aware of the fact that you guys only know me as a drummer, so all I can say is that you'll just have to wait and judge for yourself if I'm capable as a song writer and guitarist too. Some of the songs were the most challenging stuff Trym has ever recorded on drums, so the only thing I can promise is that God Of Atheists is no commercial soft shit! If I get a decent deal I'll have the album out before summer." More...
The Pandemonium has released the new "Tyrannis" EP today, which is now available for streaming in the player below. "Tyrannis" was mixed and mastered by John Browne of Monuments and artwork comes courtesy of Igor Omodei from Uneven Structure. The track listing is as follows:
1. Thralldom 06:41
2. Bipolar Conscience 07:11
3. Behind Closed Door's Decision 01:52
4. Katharsis 05:37 More...
Voices recently signed with Candlelight Records, and the band has now posted a teaser online for the new album "Voices From the Human Forest Create a Fugue of Imaginary Rain," due out in February, 2013. Check out the new clip below.
According to a statement, the band's mission is to "create a deep brand of cold and confronting music, part hypnotic yet often disturbing, focusing from an avant-garde take upon black metal, whilst always striving to explore a wide musical spectrum."