Posts Tagged ‘Music’

For the final shot of Irishness during this most Irish of months I bring you a band that is a little closer to home. Formed in 1997 by Irishman Dave King, Flogging Molly eventually got all the right characters in place: Dave King on guitars, vocals and bodhran; Dennis Casey on guitars and vocals; Matthew Hensley on accordion, concertina, piano and vocals; Nathan Maxwell on bass and vocals; Bridget Regan on violin, tin whistle, classical guitar, uilleann pipes and vocals; and Robert Schmidt on drums. The group also had a growing following at Molly Malones, the Los Angeles bar that gave them their start. Though they didn’t start out with a specific ‘signature’ sound in mind, how could they not pay homage to the homeland of founding members Dave King and Bridget Regan? I would put their sound somewhere between punk rock and Celtic rock. It’s just fun, rowdy, usually feel-good music. Though they have some more serious, even melancholy themes, I prefer the good timey songs such as the Devil’s Dance Floor, from their 2000 album Swagger:

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Hey people of the midpoint,

Today I bring your attention to a great metal band that kind of blew me away. Dark Tranquility is a melodic death metal band hailing from a country that has served as a reliable bastion of great metal music: Sweden. Starting out under the name Septic Broiler, this band has been around for more than 20 years, so I feel kind of ashamed not having heard of them before now. I guess I wasn’t worldly enough when I first got into the metal music not too long ago. While their song Misery’s Crown is quite good, it does sound strangely similar to Only Happy When It Rains by Garbage. You be the judge:

I realize this type of music may not be for everyone. If the growling/screaming throws you, just listen for the musical talent these guys clearly display. When the singer is not growling in some of their other songs, it sounds a little like David Gahan from Depeche Mode. While these other bands may have been influences on them, Dark Tranquility is certainly on the Metal World radar!