I realize it's been awhile since I've posted any music recommendations. So courtesy of YouTube, here's some of what I've been listening to lately.
Snake River Conspiracy - "Lovesong": The description on the video page says it all: This song somehow just oozes sex, even though the lyrics really aren't all that provocative. The crescendo around 1:40 absolutely gives me goosebumps. If you're a fan of industrial metal/darkwave at all, check out some other songs by Snake River Conspiracy if you can.
(Oh, and this is kind of a given, but guess what I think this would make a great song for a fanvid to...?)
Celldweller - "Birthright" (Beta 1.0): Holy mom why is everything by Celldweller so amamzing? Anyway, this one is from his latest album, "Soundtrack For the Voices in my Head". May not be for everyone, especially if you tire of hearing the same style over and over and Celldweller's albums typically contain several different instrumental versions of the same song. However, this one if my favorite by far. Why? Well here, have some lyrics:
“Get back up, what are you waiting for this time?“
I’m over playing with this plight
But I’m still handcuffed, ball-gagged, facedown to the floor
And I’m waiting, while I’m hating what I’m waiting for.
...Have I mentioned that most of his songs (at least the ones that have actual lyrics) have a filthy undertone? Because they do. Still brilliant, though.
The Fibonacci sequence in Tool's "L.ateralus": It's time for me to come out of the proverbial closet. I am a hopeless math nerd. In high school I used to sequester myself in the physical science section of the library during lunch and read about fractals, solved math puzzle books and taught myself calculus. I'd been a fan of Tool for years prior, but I never noticed the patterns in their music until a friend in the band pointing it out to me. Since then, one of my guilty pleasures has been sitting down with a pen and some scrap paper and trying to pick out new rhythms in their songs. If you like math, the band Tool, or just ridiculously complex nonsense with obscure explanations, then this next video is for you.
EDIT: Oh, and I don't know why I failed to point this out in my original posting, but the line "as above, so below" is a basic tenant of the Hermetic philosophy, from the first line of The Emerald Tablet. Yes, I like math and the occult. So there!