BEARDFISH

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Beardfish are an eclectic progressive rock band from Sweden that have been active since 2001. They have released seven studio albums in that time, the most recent being The Void (2012).

Beardfish is included on Metal Music Archives in recognition of the use of metal influences on their 2012 album The Void, which includes heavy riffs within their eclectic sound and in some places sections of the death growling vocals of extreme metal music, symbolising how far the band has taken their music in a metal direction.

- Biography by adg211288, September 2012.
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BEARDFISH Från En Plats Du Ej Kan Se album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Från En Plats Du Ej Kan Se
Non-Metal 2003
BEARDFISH The Sane Day album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
The Sane Day
Non-Metal 2006
BEARDFISH Sleeping in Traffic: Part One album cover 4.33 | 5 ratings
Sleeping in Traffic: Part One
Non-Metal 2007
BEARDFISH Sleeping in Traffic: Part Two album cover 4.94 | 4 ratings
Sleeping in Traffic: Part Two
Non-Metal 2008
BEARDFISH Destined Solitaire album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
Destined Solitaire
Non-Metal 2009
BEARDFISH Mammoth album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Mammoth
Non-Metal 2011
BEARDFISH The Void album cover 3.79 | 9 ratings
The Void
Metal Related 2012
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Non-Metal 2015

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BEARDFISH The Void

Album · 2012 · Metal Related
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Usually when we see progressive rock bands going in a metal direction, it ends up taking on a standard progressive metal tone, which does logically make sense. However, what if you want to hear other genres of metal blended rather than the typical power-prog sound? Beardfish breaks that paradigm of progressive rock bands going progressive metal, and instead blends eclectic rock with sludgy grunge/stoner/doom metal. For someone like me, who doesn't really care for much progressive metal apart from the classic bands, this comes as a welcome change of pace.

This is an eclectic and long album, so one thing that albums like this can suffer from is inconsistency, but Beardfish keeps things pretty steady for the most part. The opening two tracks as well as "This Matter of Mine" are definitely the heaviest songs and the best. Both the opening songs are like a mix of a Kyuss/Alice in Chains-type sound blended with progressive rock. "This Matter of Mine" has some pretty killer basslines and brings to mind a heavier Deep Purple at times. "He Already Lives in You" has a bit of this Deep Purple vibe as well, especially with the vocals and organ. Most of the other songs all have a range of eclectic progressive rock and a smorgasbord of softer passages, hard rockin' moments, spacey parts, and metallic dirges.

Rikard Sjöblom's vocals's are quite varied, but I notice that at times he reminds me of Deep Purple's Ian Gillan especially in "Voluntary Slavery". In the same song, one of the most memorable vocal lines is easily Sjöblom's deep low delivery of "Do you believe, in alchemy?" There is also some Gentle Giant influence in the form of group vocal lines and acapellas, this is heard in the songs "Turn to Gravel" and the nearly 16-minute suite "Note".

The Void is an oddity in Beardfish's discography. This is the only one I've heard but it seems that this is the only album with really noticeable metal elements. Not all of the songs are metallic, but for metal fans that want to hear a different take on metal mixed with progressive rock, this is certainly a good choice. Some of the songs are pretty forgettable, but the great songs certainly make up for those. Hope you found this review helpful, feel free to comment!

BEARDFISH The Void

Album · 2012 · Metal Related
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The Void is the seventh album to be released by Swedish progressive rock group Beardfish. The album was released in 2012 and packs a massive seventy minutes running time across ten tracks, which includes a near sixteen minute four part epic entitled Note. There is also a bonus track available which is an alternate (solo piano) version of the song Ludvig & Sverker.

Despite being aware of them for many years, it wasn’t until this album that I actually gave Beardfish the time of day. I can’t say I’m sure why that is but for some reason any and all hype I heard about them for their past albums, which include Sleeping in Traffic Parts One and Two (2007 and 2008 respectively) and Mammoth (2011), failed to motivate me in any way to explore the band’s music. What eventually did it I guess was when someone told me that Beardfish, whom can be considered an eclectic progressive rock band, may have gone metal, and with me being a metal fan first and foremost, I was finally intrigued enough to pay attention to Beardfish.

In actuality the whole Beardfish going metal thing is only half true. After listening to it if you were to directly ask me if The Void is a metal album then the answer I would give you would be a no. If on the other hand you asked me if The Void has anything to do with metal at all, then I’d answer yes, because for this album Beardfish added metal as an ingredient in their eclectic sound so while The Void isn’t a metal album in its entirety, you will find parts to the very varied music that are driven by heavy guitar riffs and in a showcase of just how metal influenced the album is there are also instances of the death growling vocal style common to extreme metal music, which is the most evident aspect to the music that shows just how far Beardfish are willing to take things in the metal direction. If you also asked me if progressive metal fans would find this album interesting, then as a progressive metal fan, I’d say that one is a definite yes.

I haven’t heard any of the band’s prior work in full, but given their association with progressive rock music the inclusion of metal in The Void may cause a bit of fan alienation, but I’m confident that due to the experimental nature of progressive music the majority of fans will be able to keep an open mind with The Void, and appreciate what the band has tried to do here. Progressive music should not be constrained by any genre boundaries after all.

None of this of course addresses the real point of a review however, which is to say whether the album is any good. The Void is what I’d call a solid album. It’s good, executes its particular style well, but ultimately doesn’t come across as anything particularly special within its style either. It’s a great album overall but what The Void suffers from the most is that it’s both a mixed bag of styles and it terms of quality. The former is what makes the album what it is but the latter I obviously could do without. It’s mostly a consistency issue that keeps The Void off of the top two tiers of my rating scale. The album showcases both mind-blowing progressive music, such as a track like Seventeen Again, which is one of the most quirky on the album, but because Beardfish shows themselves capable of top tier work, it has the unfortunate side affect of highlight tracks that are good but feel like filler in comparison. Unfortunately I also have to include Note, the epic, on the filler side of things because this track, try as I might see get it to click with me, just seems to drag on needlessly. It has its moments but there are two few and far between for the track to work and the good ideas could easily have been packed into one shorter and more cohesive song. More so the tail end of this rather long album does seem to indicate a loss of steam compared to the earlier tracks.

I expect that, given the regard I know they have obtained in the past, that if I were to go back and explore some of their past releases I’d find that Beardfish have made stronger albums than The Void that I could appreciate more, even in the knowledge that those albums weren’t metal infused as with this one (though I’ve read that the sound heard on The Void was hinted at on Mammoth). All the same The Void wasn’t overall a bad introductory album to their music and a ‘great album’ tier rating is just about deserved.

7.7/10

(Originally written for Heavy Metal Haven (http://metaltube.freeforums.org) on 13/09/12)

BEARDFISH The Void

Album · 2012 · Metal Related
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Note: I have changed my rating to a 4 star for the purpose of MMA, as I just do not see it as appropriate to give the album a 5 star on a website that is intended to represent Metal. Normally, I would not let that change my rating, but for this album I just didn't feel right giving it a 5 on this website. This concludes my preface, and now we return to our regularly scheduled broadcast:

The Void is the seventh studio album for Progressive Rock act Beardfish, and as I listened to this album again the other day I had a bit of a catharsis. On my first listen, I would not have given it 5 stars – I did actually enjoy the album quite a bit, but I was not ready to give it 5 stars at this point. But I made some connections this time, and found new understanding of the album. Now, I'd like to get on a soapbox a bit and talk about reviewing albums, why I started reviewing albums, and some peeves I have about reviews. This may seem to have nothing to do with The Void by Beardfish, but stick with me here and I am going to try to make a connection between the album and this thought process.

So I have listened to and been a fan of Progressive Rock for a long time and have listened to many, many albums. But I only recently began to review albums, and while I had thought about giving it a shot many times before, I always thought I didn't really have anything new to say. But what eventually pushed me into writing my first review was when I saw a horrible review of an album I loved, and it was the only review on the site for this album. The reviewer's only reason for giving a very low rating of this album and trash talking it seemed to be that he felt the band wasn't truly "Progressive" because they had some, in his opinion, obvious influences and thus were not doing anything new. Now, this is a huge peeve of mine, because I think this is a misunderstanding of what the "Progressive" genre is truly about. You see, I don't believe the genre, or any musical genre, can be defined by such an ambiguous idea as being "new" or having never been done before. It's music – nothing is new! Every piece of music is influenced by some other pieces of music going back all the way to the time when the caveman Ugh Nok Ok picked up a seashell and blew into it, playing the very first notes. If your music has notes, it was influenced by this event! You think King Crimson was "new"? You think Yes was doing something that had never been done before? No! They were influenced by classical composers as well as the rock music of their time and they were just combining influences! So it is a peeve of mine when I see reviewers defining the Progressive genre by this ambiguous idea of possessing "newness" and taking this concept to the conclusion that anything that does not possess this indefinable and immeasurable idea must not be good. No, what makes an album "good" is indefinable as well, and different from person to person, but usually has to do with a certain level of musical skill, and creating a combination of sounds that is pleasing in some way to the listener as well as presenting an idea to the listener in a way that makes a connection with that listener. And so, as I have pondered how to go about defining my ratings of albums in my reviews, I have realized that I cannot pretend to be presenting the true measurement of an album's worth but can only represent my own enjoyment of an album, nothing more.

Now, what does this have to do with Beardfish's album, The Void? Well, let's start exploring this question by taking a look at the first track of the album, the Intro, in which Andy Tillison states:

"The magician looked into the future and saw nothing but the past, repeating itself. With caution he turned his eyes to the present and found himself staring into a void. He disappeared in the dark. Time passed, and one day he returned, with a vision. Once he talked to the first stranger he met it was clear that in his absence nothing had changed, but him…"

Now right away, we have a very powerful and mysterious statement. But as the album progresses, I believe the band explores this concept through their music. Now, I have always been intrigued by Beardfish – they have a unique style that incorporates a very retro sound that seems to be influenced by Yes, King Crimson, and Genesis, incorporating progressive musical structures, quick fingered riffs, changing time signatures, sometimes odd crashing jangles, and a quirky sophistication. But when this album first came out I heard rumblings that seemed to frighten some away while only drawing me in: "Psst! Beardfish is going metal! Run away!" This is the warning it seemed some were giving out. So of course I had to check it out. And as I listened I thought that I could hear where these people were coming from, but it seemed clear to me that this was not a release that nicely and neatly fit right in to the "Metal" categorization in any way. Yes, the guitars have a bit more distorted crunch to them, there is some riffing that is more aggressive in previous Beardfish albums, and there are the occasional growly vocals present. But it is clear that the retro sound we're used to hearing from Beardfish is still present as well as plenty of jazz influences. But as I listened to this album again later on I felt that I began to understand the musical statement as I realized there seemed to be many, many musical influences present in this album. By incorporating and representing musical influences from many genres and time periods, I believe Beardfish is musically presenting the statement put forth by King Solomon thousands of years ago: "What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which one can say, 'Look! This is something new'? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time."

As I realized the presence of Classic Prog, Progressive Metal, Sludge, Math-Rock, Jazz, Classic Rock, Blues, and Classical influences (and possibly many more) that were present in this release, and thought about the statement made in the intro, I began to realize how beautifully and profoundly they were presenting this idea of the future merely repeating the past, and the spiritual and philosophical quandary that we are faced with as we ponder this and what it means for our lives. And as I began to understand this statement, I began to truly enjoy this album as it touched me and affected my perspective. And that is what this album is all about, I believe: the mystery of life in which there is nothing new and that as we deal with loss, love, life and death and struggle to heal from emotional wounds, the illusion of change, and how the only thing which truly changes in time is our own perspective.

Originally written for www.seaoftranquility.org

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