Friday, December 28, 2007

A New Year present from The Juicy Fruits…

It's been nearly a year since The Juicy Fruits took its first steps in the world of blogging. With a little help from fellow bloggers from all over the globe many music lovers found their way to this blog.

With around average 500 visits a week, it all makes things worthwile. So thanks for your visits and comments. Stick around during the next year, keep visiting TJF and tell your friends…

Anyway, to celebrate one year of TJF I've put together a little compilation of some of the best songs from the past year, featuring rock bands like Marillion, Porcupine Tree and Vintersorg, alongside some indie stuff by The Good, the Bad And the Ugly, Radiohead and Arctic Monkeys and some electronica (Air, Menomena)…

Check it out! I hope you'll like it…
Link in comments…

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Best album of 2007 - Mayhem - Ordo Ad Chao

Okay, the next review may seem a bit 'out of character', considering the nature of previous album reviews and recommendations you've been presented with on TJF. But what the hell…

Mayhem is considered one of the most controversial bands in the history of rock, especially due to the vast number of urban legends surrounding their early years. Much controversy has followed the various murders, suicides and other forms of violence involving the band in the early years.

Over time Mayhem has evolved through a variety of black metal styles, delving at times into areas of dark avant-garde industrial and electronica.
In 2007 the legendary pioneers of black metal, the self-proclaimed best band in the world, have yet again amazed friend and foe with the chilling album Ordo Ad Chao.
I can't think of a lot of recent black metal albums that sound different from those released about ten years ago (apart from old-time favourites Mayhem and of course Satyricon, the most avant-garde BM band ever)… The rest of them have all become a bit too bombastic for my taste, a bit too mainstream as well.
That's just why Mayhem's most recent work is such a surprise. The minimalistic, low-fi production value takes the listener back to the olden days, when black metal was still very underground. Though technically a lot more improved, the band sounds a lot more basic than on their previous albums. The grim atmosphere, the complex song structures and phenomenal rhytm section is reminiscent of Mayhem's first full album called De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas.

So, if you're into some old-school BM, you might get used to the new (old) sound of Mayhem? If you're not, then there's plenty of other stuff on this blog.

Check the comments for a link to this album…

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Looking back on the musical year

The year has nearly ended. A good time to look back on what have been 12 exciting months musically (and otherwise)…

In 2007 I've been mostly (re)discovering some old (progressive) rock bands like Flairck and Trace, old and new jazz, funk and soul. Check out the many album reviews I've posted in the past 12 months and you'll know what I mean.
Some of my favourite new releases have been Justice - Cross (hailed as the next Daft Punk), Eric Truffaz - Archangelsk (Miles Davis meets indie rock) alongside great albums by Porcupine Tree (art rock), Chick Corea & Bela Fleck (jazz/fusion) and a surprising release by black metal gods Mayhem…

Best rock albums of 2007 (classic/post/indie/progressive rock and metal)
1. Mayhem - Ordo Ad Chao
2. Dream Theatre - Systematic Chaos
3. Van Der Graaf Generator - Real Time

Best electronic albums of 2007
1. Justice - †
2. Air - Pocket Symphony
3. Daft Punk - Alive 2007