Shamblemaths – Shamblemaths

In a remote cabin, at the base of some foggy mountain, lived a hermit, who knew only two things in life: survival, and progressive rock. One morning, he looked through his collection, in reverse chronology – Spock’s Beard, Dream Theater, Marillion, Van der Graaf Generator – and settled on a record by Egg, which he dusted off and began to place on his turntable. Just then, a quite unexpected knock came at the door. Answering it, he saw a man much younger than himself, panting breathlessly from his journey.

“Are you the prog guy? You’re him, right?!”

Silently, the man Read more

Car Bomb – Meta Teaser

The crazy mathcore band that is Car Bomb recently began sending image and music files to their fans, but none showed the complete picture. With a total of 36 tiles and music files, their publicity stunt brought their fans together in order to complete it and be able to see and hear what’s cooking! We’ve put a lot of effort on our facebook page and on forums all around the internet to be able to put the pieces together, and I must give a huge thank you to Simon Timothy Dawes (check out his bands, they are out of this… Read more

Mini-Reviews IX

Cryptic Ruse had us all turning heads with their 2014 album, “Chains of Smoke”, because of its incorporation of microtonality in different styles of metal. This time, “Wasting & Thirsting” focuses on the slower genres and styles of metal – still with microtonality -, on three long composition, the dissonances of which will make your skin crawl. It’s very interesting to have an emphasis on dissonance set with different microtonal tuning systems. I’m guessing, by the title tracks, that they are written in 23-, 17-, and 14-EDO respectively, but I might be wrong. The songs are very slow and atmospheric, … Read more

Mini-Reviews VIII

“Dead Ringers” is Horseback’s new and ablazin’ album. Coming out tomorrow, August twelfth, their special blend of psychedelic stoner doom is quite simply on point! Eighties-inspired synthesizers, eery clean vocals, atmospheric chorus-y guitars and minimal beats together create a strange new beast with its own volition, not unlike the horselike decapodal creature on the beautiful cover art of the album. I can’t underline this enough: you need this album in your life!
Coming out on the twenty-first of August, “Sonance” is Contemplator’s new album. If you don’t remember them, their 2013 self-titled release was delicious and surprising. With “Sonance”, the … Read more

Fountainhead – Reverse Engineering

fhcover350It’s been a while since I listened to a solo album by a member of a known band (a.k.a. Jeff Loomis, Christian Münzner, Mark Tremonti, etc); even if they’re a nice showcase of their musical prowess and are guaranteed to a give you a lot of fun, in most cases they don’t stick enough with me to repeat them after a few spins. Tom “Fountainhead” Geldschläger, new member from tech-death overlords Obscura, is a refresh to my ears with his second official release “Reverse Engineering”. This is the third album I listen to this year that contains his … Read more

Mini-Reviews VII: With Extra 33%

I’ve had a really busy week with very few free time, so new albums piled up more than usual. Here are twelve new pieces of work I wanted to talk about!
Coma Cluster Void is a band that, since its inception, mustered a lot of hype, and I’m glad to say that Mind Cemeteries all but fails to meet the expectations. It’s a slab of violent, technical, brutal, dissonant, mathematical, avant-garde death metal that will more than satisfy most of you here. The songs are constructed to near perfection and every person’s role in the band is played just right … Read more

Monthly Recommendations: July 2016

July was a great month full of good music so here’s the best of the best!
“Thank You Scientist are finally releasing their long-awaited third album, Stranger Heads Prevail, and it more than meets the expectations! I’ve been a fan of the band for a while, but their sound always begun to annoy me after a while, but this hasn’t happened yet with their new record! “Maps of Non-Existent Places” was a stellar album, but I think “Stranger Heads Prevail” surpasses it in every way. The songs seem more cautiously constructed, and all the elements of the band work together … Read more

Mini-Reviews VI

It’s summer, okay? And I’ll do as many mini reviews as I want! 🐍
First up is Dutch band Adeia‘s new album, Serenity, coming out on September second. It’s a true hybrid between progressive death and black metal, with an abundance of strings, played by the singer and the keyboardist on violin and cello. Their emphasis on long songs – over half of the tracks on the album are above ten minutes -, allow them to really showcase that “progressive death metal” sound, a bit like earlier Opeth, with odd-time signature riffs and ever-changing song structure. It’s a … Read more

Karmakanic – Dot

Karmakanic’s fifth studio album, Dot, is a progressive rock album inspired by recent writings by Carl Sagan. Frontman Jonas Reingold stated that this inspiration stemmed from Sagan’s quote about the picture of the earth that Voyager 1 took in 1990 from the outer areas of our solar system. “Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter Read more

Mini-Reviews V

There’s a lot of good stuff, so let’s dive right in!

Mike Oldfield‘s Incantations, 1978. I actually got the 1985 CD version for fifty cents, so I couldn’t let it go by. It’s a great, four-part, seventy-two-minute new age progressive rock song with touches of minimalism and world music. Here, we’re really in the golden age of prog, and it really shows in this mesmerizing composition and recording. If you don’t know the name, I highly suggest you find it on cassette, vinyl, CD, digital, hell I’m sure they did a Betamax tape version of it. It’s great!… Read more