Month: May 2014

Christopher Cross – Christopher Cross

The purpose of this site, Sol Mortuus, is to inform viewers of good music out there, no matter what the genre. I start my review with this, as Christopher Cross is one of my all time favorite soft rock artists, which I can actually say he may actually be the only soft rock artist I listen to at this time. He basically created a “Yacht Rock” genre with his first album, also named Christopher Cross, in 1979. The album was a huge success, which netted him a few Grammy awards including album of the year. It was also one of the most influential soft rock albums of all time. I agree with all of the above. This album is a fun, all around good time. The album has a tropical vibe to it, with solid, catchy (more…)

Ilbeltz – Auskan Gabiltz Olatun Gainian 1598 (Potrobizargorri I)


Ilbeltz is the project of Ibai Mendinueta, who is also the keyboardist and accordionist for fellow Basque folk black metal band, Aiumeen Basoa. Ilbeltz plays a style of folk black metal, mixed with other metal styles, but, this, their only full-length album, Auskan Gabiltz Olatun Gainian 1598 (Potrobizargorri I), leans very heavily on the folk side. This album tells the story of a Basque pirate named Potrobizargorri. Plenty of Basque folk instruments and melodies can be expected on this release, with its plethora of Basque flutes, violins, and alboka, which is a Basque woodwind instrument, among other instruments. The Basques are a unique people, from northern Spain and southern France in (more…)


Jerome Holloway – Sunday Morning Night Music

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I recently saw Jerome Holloway open for singer-songwriter Damien Jurado recently, having never heard of him before. Holloway is a part of the oversaturated genre of folk singer-songwriters. The problem with many singer-songwriters is that although their music is generally pleasing, there are so many of them, that it is difficult to stand out. It is hard to go wrong as an inoffensive folk singer-songwriter as it is a basic and conventional music style. I was actually impressed by his live performance, as apparently also was the audience as they seemed to have his full attention as everyone was absolutely silent and applauding loudly between songs. (more…)


A Silver Mt. Zion – Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything

Technically the artist name on this release is Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, but for simplicity I am going with A Silver Mt. Zion because each album is a variation of that name. With that said, A Silver Mt. Zion is an interesting band from Canada that shares several members from Godspeed You! Black Emperor. The music shares a similar core sound, but A Silver Mt. Zion is generally more aggressive, rockier, and experimental. Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything is their seventh full length album. The opening track, Fuck Off Get Free (For the Island of Montreal), begins with a little Canadian girl talking about the people of the island of Montreal, and flows into the sound that (more…)


The Smiths – The Queen is Dead

Music of the 1980s is a relatively new journey for me over the past two years and The Smiths are another classic 80s band that has seen heavy rotation from me during that time period. The Smiths only released four albums during their short existence, who were led by vocalist Morrissey, joined by guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke, and drummer Mike Joyce. All of the instrumentation is solid. The bass is varied and has that post punk vibe, as do the drums. Marr’s guitar work is also varied and of high quality. The Smiths play a style of alternative rock mixed with post-punk and is full of 50s vibes. The Queen of Dead is their third of four albums. Each of their albums does not differ (more…)


Between the Zones – Shiftings

A video game series that has heavily influenced my life was the Legacy of Kain series, which consisted of the Soul Reaver and Blood Omen games of the glorious Playstation 1 and 2 eras. This series has long been on hiatus and to be continued. However, that is not the topic of this review, but of Between the Zones—a French band I discovered after I found their guitarist, Gom, performing the Soul Reaver intro music on YouTube. (more…)


Elders – Riverbeds (EP)


Elders is a group of guys from the Twin Cities that play some progressive hardcore/ambient tunes. Riverbeds is the 2nd EP by them, and is where I got my start listening to them, as I had found them online somehow and ordered the EP vinyl. (more…)


Bardo – I (EP)


Khrul is at it again with another great project called Bardois the only release under this name, and contains 5 tracks of relaxing, black metal infused funeral doom/ambient music. (more…)


Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures

Joy Division was a short-lived post-punk band that has released two classic albums, one of which was Unknown Pleasures back in 1979. Unknown Pleasures has influenced many a band since and the album holds quite well after all these years. (more…)


Matron – Demonic Sanitorium (EP)

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A death metal band from the United Kingdom, Matron’s 2nd EP, Demonic Sanitorium is a mixed bag. Half of the thing is lacking, while the other half is slightly above average to good. Here we have a unique group of guys who go by interesting stage names, such as Bloodlord, Shredator, Bog, Hell, and Bonegrinder. Also, add to this that they dress in scrubs covered in blood during their live shows.