This budget-priced, four-disc set from the Real Gone Music label arrives stocked with eight complete, remastered albums (two on each disc) from the legendary guitarist and producer, including Chet Atkins' Gallopin' Guitar (1952), Stringin' Along With Chet Atkins (1953), Session With Chet Atkins (1954), In Three Dimensions (1955), The Finger Style Guitar (1956), Hi Fi In Focus (1957), At Home (1957), and In Hollywood (1957).
From the ashes of 2010 rises Saturnian, a new breed of Extreme Symphonic Metal. Saturnian are a 6 piece from the United Kingdom, proud of a country rich in metal history, and ready to usher in a new age charged with its pedigree. Saturnian was formed around one main principle – to create epic and majestic metal songs to enchant fans of all metal genres; delivered in a grand and dramatic style that could soundtrack a blockbuster movie or theatrical performance. Expect razor sharp riffing, fist pounding rhythms, and a symphonic backbone worthy of the armies of Hell, or the far reaches of the universe….
Scar Symmetry has blown me away yet again, Dark Matter Dimensions is quite simply a superb metal album, and could easily end up being my choice for album of the year.
The Italian guitarist and bandleader Nicola Conte has recorded his first album for the legendary, recently re-established MPS records. Conte has brought with him his cosmic-cosmopolitan ensemble of stars which includes trumpeter Theo Croker, saxophonists Logan Richardson and Magnus Lindgren, and singer Zara McFarlane. For the most part recorded in Bari, Italy and Johannesburg, South Africa, it is a sensitive work of art that crosses the border between soul and spiritual Afro-jazz.Nicola Conte has cast his vision of cosmic jazz into a seamless tonal design – without restricting his players' freedom, leaving them open to the influences of the diverse cultures. "Everyone should be able to express themselves freely," Conte says; "this album is much more open than my last one. Everything was recorded live and with a minimum of overdubs."
While Sven Helbig's Pocket Symphonies is presented by Deutsche Grammophon as a collection of lavishly produced songs in symphonic guise, the style has more in common with adult contemporary or easy listening categories than with classical music. Despite the appearance of Kristjan Järvi, the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony, and the Fauré Quartet, who bring ample talent and commitment to the proceedings, the album actually consists of lush and occasionally lively instrumentals that no one would mistake for western symphonic music, except for the use of an orchestra.