Author: aLfie vera mella

Journalist - aLfie vera mella

aLfie vera mella

Born in 1971 in Metro Manila, Philippines, aLfie vera mella immigrated to Canada in 2003. He has since then been living in Winnipeg, Manitoba, working fulltime at a health care institution in the city while also serving as the associate contributing editor of a local community newspaper, tackling Literature, Languages, Cultures, Lifestyles, Music, and Genres. Prior to coming to Canada, he was a registered nurse in the Philippines and worked as an editor/writer of academic textbooks and magazines, handling Science & Technology and English Grammar & Literature. He was also the frontman and chief songwriter of an Alternative Rock/New Wave band, Half Life Half Death, releasing an album and a handful of singles. In Canada, he formed another band, haLf man haLf eLf; they are currently working on their first album. In his spare time, he enjoys reading books; listening to music; taking care of his eight-year-old son, Evawwen; participating at various community events; and exploring the diverse cultural beauty of Canada whenever schedule permits him. He has been a music journalist since the mid-’90s for various print magazines and, eventually, websites. He started writing album reviews for CrypticRock in 2015. In 2016, he published Part One (Literature & Languages) of his essay series, Can You Hear the Sound of a Falling Leaf? His next planned literary endeavor is to publish the remaining parts of the anthology and his works on Poetry, Fantasy Fiction, and Mythology.

So much has been said and hailed about the The Cure's dark albums—Seventeen Seconds (1980), Faith (1981), Pornography (1982), Disintegration (1989), and Bloodflowers (2000). Any fan of The Cure would most likely maintain that sentiment, that these are the best works of the band. However, this holds water only if what was being highlighted...

Only after one round of playing Ezra Furman's new solo album, its title somehow could become indicative of what the attentive listener had just experienced—a collection of songs that reflects the variety, flexibility, and elusiveness of the artist's musical eclecticism. In simple words, Perpetual Motion...

  Thirty years on, The Sisters of Mercy's debut album, First and Last and Always, remains to be an epitome and standard template of the music genre that came to be known as Gothic Rock—sinister-sounding chord progressions and basslines; driving drum beats; sparkling, whipping guitar plucks;...