“Nightmares by Design” by Severed Fifth

Two years ago I posted about Jono Bacon‘s project Severed Fifth, a metal band that distributes its work freely, under a Creative Commons license.

Back then, he had released the first album “Denied by Reign” and while you could head-bang to it, there were a few things that could have sounded better, like the drums. “Nightmares by Design” has a much better production and also steps into more “thrashy” than “deathy” lands — the album’s opening song, “Foretold Revelation” leaves a “Master of Puppets” feeling with its acoustic guitar. While I am a big fan of Death metal, this change of style also makes everything sound better to me.

This time Jono got some help to keep the project going with 3 musicians joining the band. This enabled Severed Fifth to pass from the studio to the stages and they are giving some concerts in California.

So let’s all hope that Severed Fifth keeps succeeding.
If this sounds good, go listen to Severed Fifth and check out how you can help the band record their next album.

Vacations Finished

Today is my last day of vacations. Two weeks ago I went to Portugal, in the pleasant company of my girlfriend, to visit family and friends. I arrived at dinner time on Saturday, had a quite dinner and although I was really tired I still managed to be until 5 AM finishing a paint I wanted for so long give to my cousin. The following day we had a nice supa-lunch with my family, a good beginning for the busy week that would follow. On Monday and Tuesday we were in Évora to meet with some good friends and my crazy brother. The rest of the week was spent in Lagos, the home town of my girlfriend and a land with some of the best beaches in Portugal.

In the middle of this past week we returned to Coruña as we had stuff to take care of but yesterday we went with our friends Victor, Edu and his wife Silvia to the “Festival de Pardiñas”, a very Galician folk music that started 30 years ago. We were supposed to spend the night in the camp but it had been raining a lot and the humidity and mud convinced us it was better to take the invitation of Silvia’s friend Fernando and sleep at his home which was 10 minutes from there.
The music was nice, we were late for the first band and tired for the last one but we could watch the great performances of “La Belle Image Fanfare” (France) and “Hedningarna” (Sweden). Although I think everyone of my party liked the French folks much more, I really enjoyed “Hedningarna”! Some of its songs reminded me of some metal bands I like from Scandinavia and I think it makes sense…

Now, back at home, I upgraded my WordPress successfully and will watch a movie and relex a bit so I’m all set for tomorrow’s work.

Severed Fifth

I had the pleasure to meet Jono Bacon in the open source event aLANtejo last year! Quite a cool guy and a metal lover!

He’s created a solo project – Severed Fifth – a while ago to explore the new way of distributing music and I’ve been following his updates on it.

Today, he released his debut album Denied By Reign which I am gonna listen to right away.

Get your copy here and let your hears enjoy free metal!!