Keeping a finger on the pulse

Burning Ottoman and Alchemia

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Years ago I had a neighbor who played drums. I have never seen him in action but I guess at least a half of the huge apartment building, that I lived in and, moreover, there were more or less 140 apartments, could hear him while he was vigorously mastering his skills barely 2 floors away from me. My mom, who loves rather singer-songwriters than hard rock, has been describing him in those words: he’s a good child but he throws pancakes through the window from the 5th floor and plays drums like a caveman. I’m wondering now what would she say about Ottoman’s drummer since even I am able to say that he mistreats his drum-kit… in a good way. But going back to the point, before I will tell you a story how crazy Ottoman stole the show at Gaukurinn on March 21st a band called Alchemia deserves to get a few words. Those guys put a special emphasis on playing different shapes and shades of rock and metal. I suspected it’s gonna sound well but melodic rock metal they performed exceeded my expectations. For sure those seven years they have been playing together is hearable in their music and visible on stage. They have fun and are so lightly confident during the performance. Definitely, the band deserves more attention than it has already received especially that they proudly presented a good material from two albums (Alchemia and Insanity). I had this weird weird feeling that while observing Alchemia

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Stína has followed her passion to Icelandic music as a music journalist since 2010. She joined then a writing team of Muzyka Islandzka - a Polish website dedicated to Icelandic music. Spreading her wings, Stína started her adventure with Icelandic language and moved to Reykjavík where she studied the language at the university. She also takes an active part in life of the local music scene. Since 2014 Stína had run a music blog that was transformed in 2017 into a printed magazine on Icelandic music.

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