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Listening… Tenpel

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Tenpel is an amazing band I’ve been following for some time now. Despite the time they’ve been around, 10 years, there success is still very relative. I presume this is basically due to a couple of facts; the originality of their musical proposal, which defies many established notions, as well as the poor habit of not listening to our own bands in Spain…

Since the music is composed by various styles, it’s pretty unexplainable. Luckily enough, you can download their latest EP for free (yes, they are just that generous :) Link below.

I guess you can say their music is some sort of really emotional rock music (NOT EMO), where you may find tinges of many styles, raging from metal to flamenco to…. Ok, find out for yourself, the music is interestingly weird, give it a chance. And if you ever have the chance to see them live, you can’t miss them, I was astonished when I saw them for the first time not so long ago by the power they unleash once they start playing.


Tenpel official website
Tenpel’s blog

Written by elric80

June 18, 2010 at 4:28 pm

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Listening… Ktulu

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Last night I got to see Ktulu at a concert. As I grew up with them, but never saw them live, this has been a back in time moment with a strong Peter Pan syndrome :)
Definitely among the best industrial thrash metal bands I’ve ever heard. Check up Confrontación if you want your ears to happily bleed in joy.

Website: Ktulu
Encyclopaedia Metallium: Ktulu at metal archives

Written by elric80

December 1, 2009 at 4:58 pm

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Listening… Jesu

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  • Country: England
  • Record Company: Hydra Head
  • Style: Ambient Music, Downtempo, Pop, Post-Metal
  • Favorite Album: Conqueror

Jesu was formed in 2003 after the breakup of Godflesh, Justin Broadrick‘s most well-known project.

Jesu isn’t that well-known, though, as the musical idea behind it can be sometimes harder to listen to, even more experimental. However, although Godflesh was a metal-industrial band, you can say that Justin took the sound and the dense, suffocating atmosphere to his next project.
Downtuned guitars, heavy, slow and repetitive rhythms are still here, although there is a bigger emphasis on the atmosphere created, and a switch to clean vocals. He may not be the best singer around, but he does hit a nerve. Definitely, the strangest marriage ever heard between dark crushing guitars and the emotional delicacy heard in the voice and the melodies.

Whatever you listen to, you must give Jesu a shot, you’ll love it. Just sit and relax.

Written by elric80

October 30, 2009 at 10:59 pm

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Gmpc 0.19 Review

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I’ve installed or built and tried almost every music player app (but for ncurses one :)
available in GNU/Linux systems. Dead projects, whatever fell into my hands. I like to have
a heavy full-featured application, particullary when I’m just listening to music and
searching for new stuff over the internet, I love to see reccommended last fm’s artists, wiki stuff, links, biography, etc….

Because of this I’ve always had Songbird or Banshee + a light app. Up to now.

After a long time, I grew tired of Songbird’s heaviness. I still keep an eye on it, and I love to see how new features are constantly added, it’s just too heavy on my laptop when I have several other apps running, and it’s database is pretty slow (compare with Rhythmbox or the interesting gmusicbrowser ). On the other hand, I’ve always used mpd and its various interfaces as my light alternative for music reproduction.

I had tried gmpc a couple of years ago, and while I wasn’t particullary fond of the
interface, I did like it as it contained several features that the other mpd players don’t offer. Anyway, I ditched it for X app.
However, I’ve been following it again since latest 0.18, and now 0.19, and I have to say I am impressed. The metadata browser is a much better alternative to the last fm’s information area in Songbird’s mashtape plugin, plus providing the reccommended artists list.


It also offers integration with Jamendo and Magnatune,  file browsing (much like Ario or Sonata), album view (for us who liked MpdBrowser), and the awesome wikipedia look.


I really like the last one, as I find the browser in Songbird too bloated. It’s a great
idea, but I need less, or more from a web browser. I would like to see it becoming something like this, a browser oriented to music related  websites. Leaves you with little choice but to browse your music related stuff. Plus, it loads pages fast!

You may have noticed that the capabilities present in Gmpc are also available in other apps. What I love about it is that they are ALL present in gmpc and well implemented. Plus, the app is still light, not showing up in top when not focused or in use, and eating an approximate 10% cpu usage (mpd included) at the almost unseen half-second peaks. You can also run “easy commands” in gmpc to control it and edit your songs metadata, and as a final note, it fits perfectly in the Gnome desktop, no need to skin it (neither the chance).

Nowadays, Gmpc is my full-featured app AND my light app of choice. Give it a try if you’ve
never used mpd or gmpc, or install it again if you didn’t like it the first time. Sure you’ll keep it.

Gnome Music Player Client Homepage

Written by elric80

October 18, 2009 at 12:10 am

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