Sunday, June 14, 2015

Together in the merciful dark

I had thought that Emo had by now run its course as a style of rock music popular with a certain segment of teenage and early tween listeners. But here we have the band Fueled by Hate, from Stockholm, whose first album is storming up the charts all over Europe. Together in the merciful dark is surprisingly good quality emo punk with a dash of progressive rock sounds making a surprising and effective variation on the usual soundscape. Perhaps not so surprising after all, considering that the album was produced by Opeth's Mikael Akerfeldt. The title song, available on YouTube, is a good starting point to explore this band. Recommended.

The idea of this little game is to create an album cover for an imaginary artist/group, as well as an imaginary review, following these instructions:

[1] The artist/group: go to the wiki random page generator. The first random Wikipedia article obtained this way is the name of the band or performer. In this case, I ended up with Fueled by Hate.
[2] The title: go to the random quotations site. The last four words of the very last quote of the page is the title of the album (from 2014 onward: any part of a random quotation will do). The random quote that came up was by Mary Stewart: I reached for sleep and drew it round me like a blanket muffling pain and thought together in the merciful dark.
[3] The illustration: pick a suitable one from my Flickr collection. My picture, Ghosts, can be found here on Flickr. The on-line editing was done with the programme On-line image editor, the font settings selected were Horro Hotel 150 white and Chiller 80 red, respectively.

Note: this is a variation on the "Debut album game" that has been making its rounds around bulletin boards and blogs for some time now - the original version called for a random Flickr Explore photograph to be used as the cover. I have been trying to find out who had the original idea, but so far no success.