The Swiss avant-garde black metal quatuor, not satisfied from having released perhaps the best triple-album ever just last year, is already back with The Maldoror Chants: Hermaphrodite. It’s sold as an EP, but crosses the thirty minutes threshold that is commonly used to distinguish EPs from full-lengths; it has seven tracks, but the whole thing feels like one continuous journey into the obscure places of our mind; it’s a work of art that goes above and beyond the traditional scope of black metal and the avant-garde… Indeed, the band themselves wrote that Hermaphrodite is an ‘artistic experiment’, and it’s … Read more
From this apparently so mechanical and inhuman score counterintuitively emanates so many emotions and thoughts, in strong waves of melancholy, passion, and amazement. The first, minimalistic moments betray a much more complex and dense interior. The fact that so much life vibrates from this synthesized offering only highlights the care and delicacy with which it has been crafted. Steeple is, without a doubt, a remarkable piece of work that all should try. A perfect blend of black MIDI and contemporary classical music.
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With this opus, we see them at their most diversified and confident. Between the blast beats
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
Japanese math rock trio Tricot just released their third album, the aptly-named 3. At over forty-five minutes long, you’re certain to have more than enough music to binge on and put on repeat for a while. The crew brings their best game, and the tunes on their newest release are fun and instantly likeable. One remark I have to make is that the songs are pretty straightforward and uninventive, and that it would be great to see them explore new territory in the future.
Let’s stay in Japan, and move over to a band called Paris Death Hilton. … Read more
Previously behind the Gentilhomme moniker, the anonymous musician from Quebec City now masterminds Soliloque, on this debut EP, Solution to Solitude. This solo progressive metal project oozes of Plini worship, but there’s more to it than mere imitation. Although the same senses of songcrafting and shiver-inducing melody are present here, Soliloque’s take on the style digs much deeper on the often-forgotten aspect of rhythmical complexity. The opening song, ‘Context’, is the prime example of this; 7/4 morphs into 15/16, to 11/8, and to other peculiar deconstructions of irregular hypermeasures. We truly need more music like this. The whole … Read more
Montréal polyrhythmic deconstructors Bisbâyé have slowly uploaded the songs that now make up Synkronyk since December, and the final result is finally here! They’re the only band I know where I consider having two drummers is a necessity. Their left-right rhythmic eccentricities develop to even more monstrous depths, on this new forty-minute metal slab. Most often, one guitar is tied to one drummer and the two are panned on one side or the other, with the sole bassist doing twice the work to keep up with both timings at once. This creates quasibinaural beats that have a strong power of … Read more
Bryker is the collaborative name of Bryce Butler and Parker Bracken, the two musicians behind this new instrumental progressive metal outfit. Their music fits quite nicely under the progressive metal and djent genera. While the production on Bryker is relatively minimal, everything is clearly heard and sounds good; it’s only slightly less in-your-face than mot modern releases. Overall, it’s a very good debut EP from a band you should keep an eye on!
Ukrainian progressive metal band Edwin Hubble released their debut EP, When I Was Older, on April twelfth. They’re labeled everywhere as a post-rock band, but I … Read more
The experimental sludge metal of Mudbath gloomily shines on their upcoming album, Brine Pool, out on May second. The nearly forty minutes of pain are more than reason enough to listen to the album in isolation, on repeat. The band has a unique sense of melody and harmony that’s dissonant and highly evocative, and doesn’t fall into the clichés of the genre. It’s honestly one of the best album I’ve heard all year.
There is no single available for the current album, so here is one of their previous one.
Mnhm (previously Mannheim) is a progressive noise rock band … Read more
mulating our opinion of an album before diving back into the endless sea of new releases. Sometimes, however, a confluence of factors generates a scenario in which one album stays in rotation for an extended stay before pen gets put to paper. White Ward‘s Futility Report is an album I’ve been trying to write about since January, when I heard its first publicly released song. It took about 30 seconds of that track to convince me this was a band worth paying attention to. They were kind enough to send me a review copy, but shortly thereafter, the always-excellent … Read more
The quality of French avant-garde black metal band Way to End has already been tested with their previous album, Various Shades of Black. Their newest release, Senestre, continues on that slope with forty-five minutes of melodically dissonant black metal filled with intricacies and oddish moments worthy of the genre tag.
Belgian band Vøs released their debut EP, Ran, in late March. The twenty-minute five tracker brings home some electro-djent that camouflages itself with post-hardcore into a result that’s melodic and energetic. This EP is certainly promising for the future of the band and what they can do … Read more