Yowie is one of those names that evoke wonderment, amazement, bewilderment. It all began with their 2004 debut, Cryptooology, which redefined the boundaries of the math rock genre. In truth, I believe they stand besides Hella for their contribution to the genre. Cryptooology and Hold Your Horse Is are kin, siblings of the same noospheric matrix, in my eyes. We had to wait eight years before Yowie were to release their sophomore, Damning with Faint Praise, which took the flame of its predecessor, and swallowed it.
Today, I’ll be writing my thoughts on the band’s third release, titled … Read more
Freedom, by Monas, is an experimental free jazz album from the New Yorker trio. With merely two tracks, the album culminates at almost forty minutes of musical extravaganza. In ‘Visible Spirit’, Colin Fisher leads with the guitar, and he switches to the saxophone for ‘Invisible Nature’. That gives us two complementary sides, each rife with improvisation and musical prowesses.
E Gone is an indie folk music project from Sweden, and The Third Is a Mountain Which Holds a Dagger even takes some singer-songwriter turns, but sticks for the most part with acoustic experimentation, delivered via multiple instruments. At … Read more
This is not a Valentine’s day special.
Zeitgeber‘s upcoming album, Heteronomy, has just been announced, on Art as Catharsis’ bandcamp, but I’ve been able to listen to the whole thing and… It’s fascinating beyond words! The duo manages to create an entrancing and intellectual experience through a fusion of traditional and modern instruments, merging world music with psychedelic rock and electronica. It’s something I wholeheartedly recommend, if you’re even slightly piqued by ‘Phase Responsive Curve’, the available single. The album comes out on March fourteenth, and it is absolutely fantastic!
Québec’s symphonic folk death metal act Aeternam, … Read more
British atmospheric progressive black metal trio Fen‘s fifth album, Winter, will be released on March tenth. The six parts, making up seventy-six minutes of runtime, can be thought of as one single and epic piece. Their compositions are varied and offer a real musical journey to experience. And, on top of that, the double LP and box set offer unique artworks that are totally amazing!
Benoît Lugué‘s Cycles is an outstanding experimental jazz album from the French bassist’s sextet. The thing crosses paths with the mathematically-inclined compositions and overall vibe of math rock, which is rather laid … Read more
It’s not the first time Brendon Coleman Quartet puts something out, but they might just have outdone themselves with Infinite Loop. The over fifty-minute album consists of a pretty standard quartet format with guitar and piano, but the compositions and improvisations they play are a perfect fit for it. That’s not surprising, but it still deserves recognition. Infinite Loop is just an awesome modern jazz album!
After many delays, the Greek-mythology-obsessed French band Promethean released Aloades, their debut EP, on February ninth. For once, the band describes themselves quite accurately with the term ‘symphonic blackened death metal’, although … Read more
Faces Turn Away is the newest release of post-black metal one-man band Kassad. As you can hear with the featured track, ‘Madness’, this release packs quite a punch! Such acerbic sections are often interspersed with others that sometimes even recall post-rock with their delicateness. That makes for a pretty good, forty-six minutes album that keeps itself interesting.
Germany’s Pygmalion is a post-metal quartet, and they just released their debut album, titled Supersymmetry. Accompanying the beautiful and eye-crossing artwork is three quarters of an hour of ingenious instrumental post-metal. What I like about this band is that they go … Read more
100% chevalier is a French math rock trio with a strong emphasis on funk and the danceability of their music. Perhaps straightforward at first glance, EP-ÉE is actually filled with polymetres and groove. Despite being released in 2015, the EP feels fresh in today’s math rock scene, and we’re looking forward to the band’s next endeavour.
Modulate is Escher‘s last take on progressive metalcore. The album is rather interesting with its dissonances, its songs’ structures, and its incorporation of jazz. It’s hard to say how much jazz influenced the heavier parts, but the songs often present a softer, jazzier … Read more
Today, Bandcamp is donating all its profits to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and artists are joining the movement as well. Heavy Blog Is Heavy even put up a list of the best albums to buy, today. In conjunction, here’s nine more fresh and praiseworthy releases from our point of view!
Lukas Mantel is a Swiss drummer and percussionist, and he released Kolam korvai this week. A korvai is a percussions-only, mathematically interesting composition from South India. The EP thus comprises eighteen short tracks that are musically and technically impressive yet flow naturally – as a … Read more
Why, yes! That is indeed a new format for our mini-reviews section! A three by three collage is, it proves, more convenient to make, and more content for you! This also means that our posts will come one eighth farther apart, but I don’t think that this will be a huge negative, in your lives.
We talked about Sunless, about a year ago, and praised their Demo 2016, which was more than promising. Well, the fruit has come to maturation and is ready to be picked. The band’s debut album, Urraca, is coming out on February twenty-fourth. … Read more
‘Utopianisti is a Finn one-man experimental big band project – yes, such a thing exists, apparently -, that is releasing Brutopianisti on January first. Usually more in the progressive rock and metal genres, Markus Pajakkala’s experiment now delves in the worlds of avant-garde metal and grindcore, with this album. Immense props must be given to Markus for writing and playing a thirty-minute album with drums, bass clarinet, soprano sax, xylophone, flutes, and ‘additional vocals’, with only a few guests, mostly for singing. I won’t go into too much detail here, as Dillon, who showed me this album, expressed the desire … Read more