Gnarwhale is a band I regret having overlooked, back when Colour came out. It wasn’t for me, at the time, but I can now appreciate it in full. The progressive metal blended with post-hardcore on this EP – topped with the superb vocal delivery of Sam Marshall – gives this Australian release from 2015 a really unique taste that will most probably please you!
Memória de peixe is a Portuguese math jazz band, and they released their second full-length, Himiko Cloud, back in October of last year. Conceptually, it’s a collection of instrumental stories brought together by Himiko the … Read more
Keratoconus is a British one-man mathcore project, and 浜田EP (The Hamada EP) was released in late December. It’s a rather short release, at only thirteen minutes long, but every second here is well spent. The tracks are abrasive, intellectual, technical, and quite experimental too! Don’t be offended by the autism-core tag, it’s merely because S. A. Mudd, the mastermind of the project, suffers from autism himself, and it seems to be an extraordinary outlet from which we can all benefit by listening and appreciating the music!
Asunder is Montréal progressive technical melodic death metal project Samskaras‘ upcoming EP. Out … Read more
The ebb and flow of musical calendar years is a fascinating thing. In addition to annual best-of-year spreadsheets, I keep a running tally of the all-time greatest albums, always eager to find new things to add to that fold. I also assign scores on a 0-100 scale (which very rarely dips below 80 because why would I intentionally listen to bad music?). A score of 95 is my cutoff for distinguishing between ‘really, really good’ (94) and ‘potentially all-time great’ (95). Some years are just better than others: 2013 saw not one, but two top-ten all-time releases (Kayo Dot… Read more
Gros groupe is a Saguenayan big band who’s released their eponymous jazz full-length in April of 2016. The twelve compositions on Gros groupe go through various genres of jazz music, and is fuelled by a dozen seasoned musicians. Songs range from the funky ‘Angle mort’ to the more experimental ‘Barry’, to the tikilke ‘Hawaï 2.0’. Each track is interesting in its own right, and utterly enjoyable for any fan of jazz music.
Forests is a math post rock band from Singapore, and they released the wonderful Sun Eat Moon Grave Party EP earlier last year. Their brand of emo, indie, … Read more
Krokmitën is a progressive death metal project from Montréal, and Heta is a thirty-six-minute single about how a particle collider – which can somehow disrupt stars -, rips through spacetime, and thus unleashes the most violent, primal instincts of mankind? However utterly insulting to one’s intelligence that concept is, the actual music is all right! It’s nothing groundbreaking, especially for a genre now used to very over-the-top musicianship and out-of-left-field ideas. The riffs themselves are quite mundane, if not exasperating, but the drums sound very raw, and I like that a lot. Throughout the course of the song, you’ll be … Read more
For my personal list, I’ll write about the albums that struck me and that still evoke something when I hear them, or even when I only see their cover art. It’s a very subjective and eclectic list, and shouldn’t be taken as an objective best-of. Instead, I’ll tell you a bit more about what albums I still like, and try to explain why. This list isn’t ranked either; it’s only ordered in alphabetical order of the bands. Let’s move on!
Black Peaks really impressed me, with Statues, which came out in early 2016. And what surprised me even more … Read more
Baswoom & Stationer is a Polonoportuguese collaboration that gave birth to Depths, a thirty-minute ambient album. The sounds on record are layered, vibrant, and numerous, which really gives it a lush feeling. The seven tracks feel like modern soundtracks: with glitch, electronica, and just a bit of post-rock thrown in. A nice, relaxing album!
Greek progressive black metal Spectral Lore broke their one-year silence with Fossils, an ambient classical album. While Voyager and Gnosis were more tranquil than usual, for the band, this one is the barest and most contemplative one. While I haven’t been blown away by … Read more
2016 has been a truly amazing year, in music. I’ve never ceased to be surprised and amazed by discoveries and recommendations from friends and readers of the website. Over the course of twelve months, we’ve picked fifty albums that are more than worth your time. To make things easier, we’ve compiled them all into a huge picture, and we’ll put links to all of these albums in this article, so you don’t have to search the website for every separate recommendation we’ve made.
On top of that, we’ll also be writing personal favourites from our little team. Each person will … Read more
There we go, one last set of monthly recommendations to end the year on a high note!
‘Japanese math-pop band Jyocho just released their first album, 祈りでは届かない距離 (A Prayer in Vain). It has a very strong indie-folk feel, but is enhanced by the presence of a flute. A friend commented that it sounds just like Uchu Conbini and The Perfect Sports – which it does! -, so I guess that means I also have to check out these wonderful bands. This album is quite captivating, thanks to the very capable musicians behind the scenes. It’s a bit difficult to get … Read more
Auri is the name of the atmospheric dissonant black metal project of drummer and multi-instrumentalist Sol Sinclair, which has grown and developed under secrecy for years. That’s until now! ‘Regressions of the Seeker and Vision’ is the second track off of Auri’s debut album, The Crown of Doubt, a twenty-eight-minute EP unleashing the forces of evil upon you. The first and last tracks are examples of their more atmospheric sound – and they are nothing to sleep on either -, while the core of the EP consists of fifteen minutes of in-your-faceism.
Diminished and minor intervals clash against each … Read more