Weekly Release Dump #3

    Sunday, 17 December

AußerweltTransitions (post-black metal)

    Monday, 18 December

An Autumn for Crippled ChildrenTrust (blackgaze)
HauntsA Lack of Empathy (post-rock)

    Wednesday, 20 December

Andrew McCommonsPassion; Obsession (instrumental melodic progressive metal)
InduratePanopticonic Phantasm (instrumental progressive metal)
JigglyDemos 2016-2017 (experimental math rock)
Opposite Day & Sam ArnoldSpace Taste Race Part Zero (experimental progressive rock)

    Friday, 22 December

UrBlack Vortex (black metal)
Свентояр (Sventoyar) – Ethnix (Slavic folk progressive metal)
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Haunts – A Lack of Empathy

British post-rock collective Haunts recently released their debut output. A Lack of Empathy, just shy of the thirty minutes mark, is a refreshing take on the genre, thanks to Dalma’s violins expanding into reverberating swells, and Kurt’s minimalistic drumming, using a variety of rim shots and uncommon percussions to fill the available space, and, finally, the omnipresent synths, which fulfill their purpose without being overwhelming. Like clanths in an abandoned shack, Haunts remind us of old, simpler times while, on the other hand, providing us with new ways to confront the future. My favourite effort on this EP is … Read more

Außerwelt – Transitions

Germany’s post-black metal outfit Außerwelt recently released their debut full-length album, Transitions. The album starts without hesitation and into the soaring riffs of “Isolate the Sun”. Their intention is clear: Transitions is about crafting an atmospheric aura not too far from the mellower post-rock scene, but with added tremolo riffs, and other crushing chords and pounding drums. As far as post-black metal goes, this is quite on the soft side, acting as a bridge or gateway from and to post-rock and black metal. This is a really well crafted album, as each song on it thoroughly explores a theme … Read more

The Electronic Music of 2017

2017 has been a great year in music for me. Some might argue otherwise, but I’d reply that they simply didn’t look hard enough. That’s because most of the gems that came out didn’t get the full attention they deserve, and were somewhat far from the spotlight. Here, I’ll gather a few of the names that resonate with me still, now at the end of the year. Here we go!

Stabat Mater
I’ve written my thoughts on this album at least twice already here, so let me just reiterate briefly. The Ariadne duo cranked up their creativity to 111,… Read more

Weekly Release Dump #2

    Saturday, 9 December

Les chevals & AllonymousBig Mess (jazz fusion/R&B)
MindpatrolVulture City (progressive metal)

    Sunday, 10 December

Blvck CeilingThe Lost 5 (darkwave)

    Monday, 11 December

SlvmbvrSlvmbvr (drone doom metal)
VexovoidCall of the Starforger (technical blackened thrash metal)

    Tuesday, 12 December

AstropheDeconstruct (instrumental progressive metal)
Crawl across the SkyThe Silent God (post-rock/black metal)
GardenjiaIn Dreams (progressive metal)
KäkiDada Flesh (experimental rock)
Сольвычегодск (Sol’vychegodsk) – Вежливый приказ (Vezhlivyy prikaz) (experimental jazz)
    Wednesday, 13 December

⛧⛧⛧ (Triple Pentagram) – ⛧⛧⛧ (grindcore)
    Friday, 15 December

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Long-Form Self-Indulgence – A Compendium of Overlong Music from 2017

Some may know already, but one of my many péchés mignons is a certain affection for long, single compositions. I can trace this likeness to my first encounters with progressive metal – the real beginning of my musical journey –, and to Dream Theater especially. The title track of their double album Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence was truly mind-blowing for the teen whom I was, with its eight movements spanning over forty minutes of impressive musicianship and songcraftsmanship. I’ve grown out of my fandom for the band, somewhat, but there’s still some magic in their earlier catalogue. Since then, … Read more

The Callous Daoboys, Destroy Uranus, Dialgo, Dialectical Imagination, Gardenjia, In Lights, Entheogen, Astrophe, and Fixions

The Callous DaoboysAnimal Tetris
Ugly mathcore. Yeah, this is some A-grade unpolished, dirty-sounding, noisy, aggressive, and mathematical hardcore music. What makes The Callous Daoboys stand out, among other things, is their use of a full-time violinist within their ranks. This adds a new flavour that’s often missing from the usual mathcore band. So, check out their EP Animal Tetris!

Destroy UranusIn the Scale of Galaxy
In the Scale of Galaxy is the debut release from this Estonian doom metal project. From “1:1000000000” to “7:1000000000”, the sludgy quartet invokes earth-shattering riffs and chilling atmospheres. I’ve got… Read more