Supporting, understanding and compromise. These are three of the most important elements to remember in life. Pausing for a moment from solo career material, Steven Wilson has banded together once again with Israeli singer Aviv Geffen to deliver a truly heartfelt record full of magical moments. In the fifth instalment of the pair’s Blackfield series.
As much as there has been some absolutely pedigree Metal released in 2016, it was perhaps not the best of years. Trump is soon to be president, we lost a truly insane amount of celebrities amongst some were David Bowie, not to mention all the disasters that occurred every day and to cap it all off the horrendous news of Team Rock’s potential demise.
It appears god is neither man nor woman but a combination of both with Steven Wilson and Ninet Tayeb.
The very nature of an EP is to be ever so slightly exciting. Like tying fans over before the next big release, a small snippet of things to come and a snapshot of where the band is at musically. Originally being somewhat reticent to EP’s don’t ask me why but I think it’s to do with the very short lived nature of it, this year I came to be a lot more acquainted with them causing me to make yet another list!
2016 certainly has thrown down the gauntlet in terms of Metal releases. Despite us only just coming into the month of June so far we have had some absolutely astounding releases. From comebacks to phenomenal debuts, expansive work to avant garde madness this is a list chronicling just some of the newest releases this year. Today we will be looking at some of the releases from the first third of the year and boy are there some truly top additions.
Attracting anything from the most seasoned of metaller to the most gloomy of Goth’s Steven Wilson is able to cross boundaries with seemingly every single release. Pushing the blueprint further with each conceptual coup, after the phenomenal success garnered from Hand Cannot Erase as Wilson insists tonight’s tour in part of celebration of new mini album 4 1/2. Nevertheless prior to our exploration into the mini album the night is divided into two sections. Happily keeping the avid Prog fans at bay tonight’s setlist has been meticulously chosen to suit every kind of audience member.
Tackling modern day conventions head on Steven Wilson has never been one to shy away from modernity. With his absolutely astounding work Hand Cannot Erase. Seeing the man tackle themes of classic Wilsonian agenda, isolation and sadness are on the menu. Living in a society that thrives on convenience slowly becoming greedy in the era of instant gratification patience has indeed become an afterthought. With that in mind we delve into the transient story that is neither foreword to The Raven That Refused To Sing or index of Hand Cannot Erase and is simply 4½.
Celebrating the fantastic year that was 2015 sadly it is time to usher in the new year. With a new year comes Metal head’s favourite treat, new albums. We invite you to come with us to see what we believe to be some of the most anticipated albums of the next coming year. Adding in some that we’re speculating could be up for release into the mix as well.
Once more we delve into the realms of greatness today, for those who haven’t been following each year we countdown the days until that most festive of times with our Album of the Year list. Chris will be choosing the odd days and I shall be doing the odd days, so far we have revealed.
Having stunned the world over with is concept album tour de force Hand Cannot Erase earlier this year Steven Wilson plans on trying to own a small part of 2016 with his new mini album 4½.