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

Vexovoid – Call of the Starforger

Italy’s Vektor, Vexovoid, just released their debut album, Call of the Starforger. Despite their name, more reminiscent of Portal than anything else, Vexovoid’s sound lies somewhere between aforementioned Vektor, and Voivod. Their own take on progressive, blackened thrash metal is nothing new, thanks to Terminal Redux being one of the absolute best albums of last year, but this had the side effect of making this special brand of metal highly demanded. Call of the Starforger is great and the flow of riffs is unstoppable, making it a very welcome addition to the not so expansive array of releases … Read more

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Rabitrup – “Locks” and Swvmps Ⅱ Review

One year after Swvmps, first of the name, which came out on the first day of 2017, American electro-hardcore project Rabitrup will release Swvmps Ⅱ; on 5 January. The so-called “sludgestep” entity is a tough one to label traditionally, although I’d say it’s some sort of electronic-heavy experimental post-hardcore. The synths have the same intensity, even more so perhaps, than those found in Phuture Doom‘s “blackstep” experiment, but Rabitrup lack any sort of parallel to metal music, technically. Of course, there are the cathartic screams, and the intensity of metal is conveyed perfectly through the synthesized instruments … Read more

Vincent Touchard – Classe moyenne

Vincent Touchard is a French jazz drummer and composer, and brings his quintet formula to make chamber jazz on Classe moyenne. Here, the usual piano, double bass, saxophone, and drums are joined by a cello, while two core members also play clarinet and Wurlitzer piano, and an oboe, clarinet, and bassoon trio is added to the band on three tracks to create a real woodwinds quartet vibe. Classe moyenne is a very relaxed and beautiful jazz album. It’s rather impressive how touching the compositions and playing on the album can be, while staying relatively minimalistic in nature. Throughout more … Read more

Alex’s Hand – Katatak

Russia-based R.A.I.G. (Russian Association of Independent Genres) label seldom disappoints. The latest hit from under their wings is from German avant-garde progressive rock band Alex’s Hand, and their fourth studio album, Katatak – stylized KaTaTaK. Contrary to tradition, the songs don’t follow an overarching theme or concept, but the three main chunks – “Waterfalls”, “Epic”, and “Ghost Peppers” – each tell a story through convoluted long-form structures, atypical riffs and rhythmic patterns, and a generally rather aggressive take on progressive rock and jazz rock. Katatak is unsurprisingly very colourful, despite the overall bleakness of the concepts and songs; … Read more

Genevieve, Zombieshark!, Feasting on Scaphism Remains, Technopath, Spinifex, Ignis haereticum, Herd, 01101111011101100110111001101001​ (Ovni), and Doomeye

Genevieve‘s experimental black metal is pretty widely known, now, thanks to their dedication. Regressionism is only their latest album, and it’s a great blend of post-metal and black metal, with a lot of Genevieve’s own idiosyncrasies embedded into their sound. It’s at times harsh and at times beautifully bleak, but it’s always sure to make you feel something.

Zombieshark!The Digital Sea
Nintendocore is a very niche genre, where chiptune sounds are blended into hardcore or mathcore music to create a new kind of video game boss music. Zombie Shark is the latest iteration of… Read more

Qebrus – ◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙

Qebrus – also sometimes written as Qebrµs, capitalized or not – is one of these musical oddities that keep on giving. Earlier this year, we’ve covered the project’s latest release, ᐔᐌᐂᐍᐚ, and, after many single releases, we find ourselves once again in front of a full-length release: ◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙◙. The album, from here on referred to as A A(source) for obvious reasons, is in line with most of the cryptic glitch artist’s output, but feels more minimalistic, contemplative, even. It might be difficult to grasp the complexity and effort that goes into making these tracks, just because … Read more