I Hope You Like Long Songs

Ahh… Atmospheric Black Metal. If I had to pick an absolute favorite sub-sub-genre of music, this would probably be it. Why, you ask? Even though I discovered metal early on, I never really loved the most extreme and harsh metal. It got boring too quickly for me. I needed a…

Post-rock has been one of the more interesting, unpredictable, and hard to define genres I’ve discovered. It’s a more experimental form of rock, focusing more on timbre, texture, and atmosphere than the traditional riffs and choruses. Post-rock is often (but not always) instrumental and tends to focus on musical buildups…

As long as music has been created, mankind has experimented with different genres. Certain genres keep getting pushed further and further until they start to be combined with each other. There are many genres that seem incompatible — that there’s no possible way they could go together in any universe…

What’s it all about?

Ahh, the 1980s. When cell phones were bulky and unreliable, and hair gel flowed like wine. Synthwave is a subgenre that aims to celebrate the simpler times, recreating fond memories of those who lived it — or didn’t. It captures the vibe of cheesy action and sci-fi film soundtracks, typically…

Ambient. Metal. These two words describing a genre probably sound completely paradoxical. Looking at them individually, these two genres couldn’t possibly be farther apart in the musical realm, right? I mean, metal is all about distortion, speed, and being as loud as possible. Ambient music is so quiet, one doesn’t…

Sometime during my foray into the world of electronica, I stumbled upon the microgenre known as “chillwave” and I immediately took a liking to it. It’s kind of exactly what it sounds like — music to simply “chill” to. It has roots in pop and electronic music and infuses a…

Blackgaze can be a term or genre that a lot of traditional metalheads shudder over. It combines black metal’s screeched vocals, blast beats, and extreme distortion with shoegaze’s ethereal, dreamy soundscapes. This may seem immiscible at first, but these two things blend together quite well. It has become one of…

My introduction to electronic music was not conventional, to say the least. When I was young, I knew in the back of my head I always would like electronic music, but simply didn’t know where to find it. I enjoyed a lot of video game soundtracks, namely Donkey Kong County…

TRAVEL. USA. CALIFORNIA.

Here’s How It Unfolded.

2020 was going to be a big year. My wife & I had countless concerts, festivals, visits with friends, and small trips planned. Most excitingly, we were going to visit mainland Europe for the first time together. Three weeks in the Netherlands, Germany, and Switzerland. …

Travel Tips. Driving. Iceland.

Essential Driving Tips

Iceland is a unique, beautiful country, and I would encourage anyone to visit there. However, you will most likely need to rent a car. There is very little public transportation in Iceland. There are some bus routes and bus tours, but you will be stuck to their schedule with many…

Jason Kolenda

Traveler, Photographer, Music Enthusiast

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