Flourishing - The Sum of All Fossils (The Path Less Traveled, 2011)

The new Flourishing album is astounding and addictive. My besotted review of The Sum of All Fossils is available here at Metal Injection.


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Cloud Connected - Fun With Google Music Beta

I'm currently nursing a love/hate relationship with Google music beta. Grueling days at the new job sting a bit less with my entire music collection at hand. Unfortunately, uploading 9000 files to Google's cloud service took several excruciating weeks (a story for another time). Although the web interface has decent features, it's still unpleasantly rough and exhibits all the frayed edges of a beta. About half the albums are missing their art, and some display hilariously wrong covers.

(The cover for With Fear I Kiss The Burning Darkness shows Smoky Mountain Christmas. "Raped By the Light of Christ" indeed.)

But it works, and it plays my music with the desired fidelity (I'm a stickler for audio quality). The playlist below was my accompaniment to a particularly gruesome work day. The songs were randomly culled from the metal/punk portion of the music collection.

And yes, I'm on Spotify (you can follow me under the name "atanamar"). And yes, Spotify rules. And no, you can't find all of this music on Spotify (32 of the 52 tracks are available in the U.S. version; you can see that abbreviated playlist here). But Spotify is also a story for another time.

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