Cloudkicker – Woum

In a day and age where it’s hard to make a living through writing and or performing music it’s good to see people just doing it to express themselves.

Cloudkicker means a lot to me. I’ve always been exploring music actively and this blog is a huge reason for that. Now one of the oddest individuals I’ve seen since this journey has started has been the success and development of cloudkicker. I have even gotten the chance to catch cloudkicker live with intronaut as the backing band, there is a live album from the tour also. Now cloudkicker is … Read more

Atena – Shades of black won’t bring her back

In your fucking face. That is how this album will feel and that is great. Catchy grooves that are met with interesting layers and song structure bring life to this album. It just keeps you interesting in the content while giving you dynamic range to rest your ears from the typical squashed modern sound many bands seem to enjoy.

Atena seems like the kind of band that would be excellent to see live. Shouting, singing, grooves for days just make you want to shout along with the band and push everyone around you.

The production on it is a great … Read more

Peculate – Hotline Bling

Peculate has decided to join in on the fun that many others such as Sufjan Stevens have in covering the controversial “Hotline Bling”. Peculate does not do a direct cover like many of the others have but a creative jazz-metal arrangement. The outro of the song in itself is a piece within it self.

The video is not just a static image either but something that had effort put into it that goes along with the song.

As usual you can “name your price” for the song and other bits on his bandcamp page by using the link above the … Read more

New Deafheaven Single – “Brought to the Water”

Deafheaven is back! Been curious on what direction the band would go after the response to “S U N B A T H E R”. It was after all one of the most highly rated albums across the public media. It’s actually number one on albumoftheyear.org from adding up a ton of top album of the year lists from major media sites.

But it seems they are hitting us hard with this new single. Enjoy guys!

You can preorder the album on bandcamp:

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REVIEW: Vod – ᑑᕐᖓᐃᑦ

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Vod as some of you readers may know is a project run by my other Co-Admin of the blog, “Dave Tremblay”. His work spans across many genres from XYAX, Omega Cluster, to a new microtonal Project called “Melopoeia“.

He has released a new album under his project “Vod”:

“ᑑᕐᖓᐃᑦ (Tuurngait, meaning ghost) is an album about winter, the snow, the night, isolation, and the cold. Riffs being built, atmospheres rising and then falling back, polyrhythms and off-time signatures. All played on bass guitar, with drums and vocals. Loads of bass and sub-bass frequencies, and lot of … Read more

News: The Fractured Dimension’s Member Lineup is INSANE

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The Fractured Dimension is releasing an album called ” Galaxy Mechanics” (coming out and it one of the albums to check out this year. First off let’s look at the lineup of musicians on this album:

Jimmy Pitts (keys)
Jerry Twyford (bass)
Hannes Grossmann (drums)
Vishal J Singh, Tom “Fountainhead” Geldschlager, and Tom Kopyto on (guitars)
Joe Deninzon (violin)
Kasturi Nath Singh (Indian Classical Fusion Vocals)
Christian Muenzner, Marcel Coenen, Alex Machacek, Mike Abdow, Pete Pachio, Aaron Roten, Bill Bruce, and Jeremy Barnes (Guest Guitar Solos)

It is VERY rare to get a lineup of musicians like that for an … Read more

News: 1st Single from Jaga Jazzist’s New Album

Jaga Jazzist is one of the most interesting collection of musicians. Their list of musicians current and past alone is interesting in itself. We’re going to let the music speak for itself but this is a band to always keep an eye on.

The newest album is called “Starfire” and will be coming out on June 2, 2015.

Here’s the album art for the new album:

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News: Allan Holdsworth & Crowdfunding?

Well this is a surprise to say the least. Allan Holdsworth, one of the most influential guitarist of all time easily is releasing a new album. This is album we have been waiting 10+ years for! But there is a interesting way he is going about this. He’s crowdfunding it via a site I’ve never heard of before called . Here is an about section on the site to get more details on it.

Here is the link to Holdsworth page on it: pledgemusic.com/projects/allanholdsworth

Now normally I hate crowdfunding in general since in most scenarios the albums aren’t even written/recorded … Read more

News: Peculate releases a 12 min. music video/new song!

Our good friend Ben Norton is easily one of the most creative composers out in the avant-garde metal scene. From his famous take on Taylor Swift’s “This Sick Beat” and having produced a genius composition in Bouazizi which is just the FIRST song from his upcoming album.

Ben releases a 12 minute music video (that he shot himself I believe) and premieres a new song with it. He was planning on releasing for Valentines Day but did not finish it in time. Here is a description by the man himself,

“It’s an epic and barely recognizable arrangement (or, as Hank … Read more