British Bahraini trumpet and flugelhorn player Yazz Ahmed just released her new jazz album, La saboteuse. Mixing occidental jazz with middle-eastern music, Yazz crafted a unique and fascinating record that crosses generations and cultures. It’s really a good album to listen to if you want to travel at home, just let yourself be flown across the globe by it. La saboteuse is just full of wonderful moments, of melodies that speak old tongues and rhythms that tell old tales. I can’t recommend it enough.
Only available on a very limited edition cassette tape, Crystal Larva‘s Sacrificial Blade is an intriguing phenomenon. The ten-minute, self-titled track is the only thing there is on tape, and the format makes it less than ideal for an accurate playback of the original material – the excerpt available on bandcamp is of much better quality than what you will be able to get on any tape player -, but it’s an interesting experience and composition. For the unboxing experience, I have written a post on Heavy Blog Is Heavy that should come out during the next week describing … Read more
It’s not every day that you see a math rock quintet delivering an album that’s as whacky as the more experimental duos and trios out there, but that’s just what Los Angeles’ Featherwolf have done. Their eponymous debut album cooks bands like Doom Salad and Yowie and dissolves them into something less volatile, more manageable, but that still has a lot of angles and personality. Featherwolf isn’t for the faint of heart, you definitely need to like your rock spicy and varied. It’s a great, entertaining EP, and a promising start for the band!
The Mexican instrumental experimental metal trio Parazit recently released their newest album, Paradigm Paralysis. At first glance, you can already feel how the three are held together by the strong chemistry in the group. The overwhelming bass is front and centre, overdriven, and played aggressively. The drums are not too far behind, with their intelligent rhythms and careful timing supporting the stringed instruments in their wingless flight over strange territories. Last but not least, the guitar’s slew of effects help vary the sonic landscape and put in context the meanders of the bass and drums. The whole sounds like … Read more
Italian experimental progressive rock outfit Hibagọn just released their debut album, after two previous EPs in which they solidified their sound and personality. At forty minutes long, Polyposmic brings us a healthy dose of the mathematic prog duo. Focusing on fast-paced odd-time signatures, polyrhythms, and dissonant intervals, the creature by the name of Hibagọn is able to outdo its previous achievements. With the help of various effect pedals, guitarist Dowi is able to make us forget the fact that there is no bassist or complementary guitarist or keyboardist (except on ‘Orogenesis’ and ‘Zero’). Polyposmic is a fun time and a … Read more
Wovette is the pseudonym of Californian musician Brady Miller, who has made a name for himself in many bands, including the infamous Upsilon Acrux on guitars. Steeple is the latest effort from this solo project, and it’s comprised of eighteen short compositions for acoustic piano. Made to be played by whom I do not know, but the superhuman that succeeds will probably have turned its tendons to goo in the process. So much so that I think they could only be played by a pianola (a self-playing piano often seen in the context of American Far West saloons) or, effortlessly, … Read more
As obscure as it might be, Iam, Christe, sol iustitiae is the first, instrumental demo release of Italian post-black metal entity Sol iustitiae. For now, the three tracks present on their bandcamp page are instrumental, but the band wrote that they plan on adding vocals on them in the near future. The production is raw, but not displeasing; every instrument can be heard distinctly, and the sound as a whole isn’t too bad. There’s only the issue of some soundwave clipping, but that should be resolved with the next mix. The music, however, is totally delightful! Sol iustitiae use … Read more
Danish and American bands LLNN and Wovoka unite on a split album regrouping the former band’s part, Marks, and the latter’s, Traces. The synth-tinged blackened doom of LLNN is perfect for a soundtrack to pessimistic futurism, with its slow, droning, and heavy riffs atop which the singer screams his wrath. The six tracks of this first side make up a little less than twenty minutes, the same as Wovoka’s single song, ‘Traces’. While I was unfamiliar with the Denmark armada, Wovoka’s latest album, Saros, stuck with me as an example in post-metal. They’ve put yet another badge … Read more
Note: this bandcamp stream contains only an early version of one track and not the final version I listened to for this mini-review.
Les chants du hasard is a mysterious solitary project from France that’s throwing the traditional metal instruments by the window in favour of a completely orchestral work. The classical instruments are joined by the delirious voice of the so-called Hazard, only soul behind the ambitious project. The synthetic orchestra is convincing enough, except a rare few occasions where their electronic nature pierces through; the main culprits are the percussions. Easily disregarded, this minor detail should not obscure … Read more
Others by No One is a new, flourishing American progressive death metal band, and they’re releasing their debut album, Book I: Dr. Breacher, on June eleventh. At first glance, it’s the band that resembles the most what Native Construct achieved: fast-paced, technical progressive metal that’s quirky and theatrical, and also deeply cast in musical theory. There’s more to it than that, obviously – there’s a rather strong Between the Buried and Me vibe, as well as hints of Haken and The Dear Hunter throughout -, but the general picture is that of a Native Construct 2.0. Is that a … Read more