Progressive metal videogame arrangement album 'Worlds That Never Were' by Fisherman's Horizon

Beyond the horizon. 

Stirring rearrangements of a dozen classic retro game themes from the four piece group Fisherman's Horizon. 

Fisherman’s Horizon are:

Álex Garcigregor: Keyboards, Piano, iPad, backing vocals
Diego Matas: Bass guitars, backing vocals
Iván Rivero: Guitars, ukelele, backing vocals
Pablo García de Gregorio: Drums, percussion, backing vocals

Recorded, mixed, mastered and produced at Basamento Studios by Álex Garcigregor (except Vocals in Last of the cetra and Quejío in La Rumba del Bosque Loco)

Sound design, additional guitars, additional bass guitar and additional percussion by Álex Garcigregor

Artwork and design by Pablo García de Gregorio

Album concept and all arrangements by Fisherman’s Horizon, except Merry-go-rain, arranged by Álex Garcigregor.
— Fisherman's Horizon

Xoc remasters and rereleases classic album '8 Bit 80s Flick'

What's old is new! XOC returns!

I have been a strong advocate of all things Xoc related ever since hearing the incomparable XOC plays SMW. Though other Xoc albums have replaced that one on my all time best Xoc albums list,. Unfortunately, xocmusic.com is no longer active, and the cornucopia of amazing, free to download albums of his vanished, save for what I had on an old hard drive. 

Xoc is renewed, and as such, has begun to transfer his many wonderful albums and soundtracks to the new Bandcamp netlabel TrashCanEagle Records.

Longtime readers and fans may assume, "I already love xoc, and I haven't lost a hard drive full of music in several years, so there is nothing new for me here." Wrong!

Xoc has not only begun rereleasing his music, he has also remastered the nearly decade old Cinema 80's into the new 8 Bit 80's Flick album.

Originally released in 2006 (as “Cinema 80s”), this reissue edition has been completely rebuilt and remixed from the original recordings. The entire album has been remastered for higher fidelity and better EQ balancing, and includes some additional material - not to mention new artwork!

Please replace the old version!
— XOC

Arranging a Legend: A review of Cory Johnson's "The Legend of Zelda" tribute album

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I actually wrote about this album once before, but that was a couple years ago. They were trying times, what with trying to keep my website from crashing, back when I had to spend much more time focusing on the basic functionality of the site more than the actual content.

It's a new era though, and I am here to give the Legend of Zelda album by Cory Johnson the love and affection it so richly deserves, even if I am a few years late.

Having no formal training in music, I often describe music based on the mood or images it conjures up in my mind. This album would best be described as immense. This album is more an epic to be traversed than an album to toss on in the background while doing homework. Something about Cory Johnson's music grabs me by the ear and forces me to really soak it all in. Well I think two years or so of this album is long enough to get properly soaked, so let's get started.

The album is off to a great start with "Fairy Fountain," my personal favorite song from the entire Legend of Zelda series. Johnson's rendition of the well known menu theme starts off meandering, but don't be impatient as the song closes with an upbeat, drum driven rush of music that will take you back to your own personal favorite Zelda game. This is a good state of mind to be in, since we've got nearly two dozen more songs to go. The next song, "Hyrule Field," is an arrangement that one could imagine a wandering minstrel performing quietly under a tree just outside of town. The song rises and falls and rises again with inspiring waves of sound that create the feeling of an ever building adventure. 

Don't unsheath that sword just yet, perhaps it's time to remember what this adventure is all about, and "Zelda's Lullaby" is just the track for that. The song is less royal, and a little more gritty thanks to the rock arrangement Johnson provides. The track quickly goes from somber to driven as the instruments build and twist around one another. The album moves seamlessly into another theme. This time for Link's noble steed in "Epona's Interlude" which takes on much of the same vibe as the previous arrangement. If I owned a horse, I'd play this song for her every day. At about the halfway mark, I thought I heard everything I needed to hear from this track, but Johnson changes things up just past the two minute mark with a crashing of drums that leads into a sort of aged reprise, finally culminating with a hint of piano. The song gives way to "Zelda's Reprise", which excellently sandwiches the previous track, creating the feeling of a nearly fifteen minute medley of beautifully arranged music.

 

And as if this lengthy review wasn't enough convincing, you can grab the album on a pay any amount you want scale through Cory Johnson's The Legend of Zelda album bandcamp page.

Naxat - The Killing Jape album release

Naxat attax! The Killing Jape is now available for those interested in deadly pranks and pleasant drapes. A great album to listen to while fighting aliens in various otherworldly locales until you fall in love with an alien 'woman' who eventually rescues you from dying in the desert of an uncharted planet.

Jay Tholen - Vainglory EP release

Jay Tholen, the man I have fawned over as a musical genius for the last couple years, has an EP out. Blending his styles from experimental albums along with his chiptune side to create a strange journey through a crackling, strangely soothing world. Haunting vocals, and effective use of, well, effects, create a soundscape that is easily recognizable as a brand of music it seems only Jay Tholen can make. I could write quite a few things about my view of music, as shaped by this one man's fusion of narrative and music. Look at me going on again, this was supposed to be just a few quick sentences.

Well, one day I will write the 6,000 word essay that Jay Tholen deserves. Until then, I'm just going to listen to this EP one more time. Then probably listen to all the other Jay Tholen albums too...