Metal Periscope – March 2018

The coming of spring offered us quite a few great new releases. Some of them are pretty innovative and/or experimental, while others are solid, high quality musical offerings from long-established bands. They also differ a lot stylistically. This month we have some progressive metal, some traditional heavy metal, some doom, some black and more... But…

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Metal Periscope – February 2018

After a real treat we were offered in January (I barely had time to listen to all the great records that were released) February seems a bit like a barren land. But, still, I managed to find some albums that made the process of watching the snow fall much more exciting. Long Distance Calling –…

How to Install SongEasy on Ubuntu with PlayOnLinux

In continuation of my posts on Performous and formatting UltraStar files I want to introduce you to a program that makes creating song files so much easier - SongEasy. SongEasy is a great tool that helps you avoid creating your song file manually from scratch. You'll probably still need to edit the file in a text…

UltraStar Text File Formatting

In my previous post I wrote about Performous, a great Linux software that lets you have an experience similar to playing SingStar games. I also promised to go more in-depth about the process of creating your own songs. Now the time has come. But first I want to explain some basics of the UltarStar text file…

A Couple of Literary Recommendations

Today I want to recommend you two books I've finished reading recently. I'm quite an ardent reader, and what I apprexiate the most in a book is the depth of its argument. Both of the books I am writing about now have this particular quality. The first one is Kazuo Ishiguro's The Remains of the…

Avatarium – Hurricanes and Halos Review

Avatarium started out more or less as a side project of Leif Edling, the leader of epic doom metal legends Candlemass back in 2013 and released two full-length albums and two EPs up until 2017. Though one could easily recognize the characteristic songwriting style of Mr. Edling, the band didn't sound like Candlemass at all. Yes,…