est album – a concept one at that – about the social movement of the same name. On that subject I think it does a great job of contextualizing it and making it accessible to the listener, so hurray! As for the music, it’s also very well crafted and played, and manages to create memorable and epic passages, as well as inspiring and impressive riffs from all members of the quartet. Go get it!
Thanks to Mike for this recommendation! Replacire might be one of the most promising technical progressive death metal bands I’ve heard! They released Do Not Deviate… Read more
Abhorrent Manifestation is Ascended Dead‘s debut album, and it’s nasty! Their dissonant and fast-paced blackened death metal is sure to consume you inside out. Each of the ten tracks are relentless assaults on your senses, and they are so good! A resonant recommendation for this ugly album!
Nodwès‘ Anima is France’s newest take on progressive electronics, with a soul of ambidjent! The many breaks and different textures of this album makes it a very enjoyable and often surprising experience. For example, the 7/8 motif at the start of ‘Irrégulation’ and that follows through the song is very expressive … Read more
Nakata‘s upcoming full-length, Bokanovsky’s Process, is a marvellously challenging musical experiment and improvisation that’s a little over half an hour long. The restless saxophone shreds its way on top of a heavily distorted piano and sets the tone between avant-garde jazz and Middle-Eastern vibes. Although quite punishing for most, the album is very rewarding to those who stay until the end. It’s truly a great, somewhat minimalistic experimental free jazz record! It comes out on April third!
Severance is the upcoming album from progressive post-rock group Glaswegians, from British Columbia, which comes out on April seventh. The … Read more
Endon is often described as ‘Tokyo’s most extreme band’, and it’s quite easy to spot why, when you listen to one of their albums – perhaps more so with Mama. They play with noise electronics, grindcore, punk, and black metal to create one of the most in-your-face music out there. Through the Mirror came out on March eighth in Japan, but is going to be released for North America and Europe on June second, through Hydra Head. I bought my digital copy on iTunes, and I guess you could do the same, but, if you want a physical copy, … Read more
Finland’s TJ0 is an interesting doom metal project. Vége a világnak seems to be their debut EP, and it is set to come out on the fifteenth, even though you can listen to and download it already. What’s special, here, is the importance given to the symphonic elements of the songs. The metal section of the project is nothing new or impressive, but it does the job well and effectively, and then the compositions are embellished by strings, pianos, and brass and other classical instruments. Pretty interesting!
Grand Discovery is another Finnish project, but this one’s latest album, Complex Face… Read more
Ecstasy. Joy. Paradise. Cosmos. “A surrealistic journey through the heavens drenched in sorrow.” That’s how American blackgaze band Ghost Bath describes Starmourner, a direct sequel to a trilogy which started with their 2015 release Moonlover, a forty-two minute exploration on humanity’s melancholy and depression; it managed to be one of my favorite releases of that year due to the beauty encased within its dark sound. Two years later and signed to Nuclear Blast, one of metal’s biggest labels, Ghost Bath returns with the aforementioned Starmourner, their longest and most ambitious album to date, changing their topics to deliver … Read more
Pete Bailey is a guitarist from Canada, and his debut solo album, Omniscience, is downright butter. The jazz fusion-inspired melodic progressive metal on display is smooth and tasty. The programmed drums is good enough to not be an inconvenience – and it has somewhat become a staple of the solo prog artist -, but I would favour its abandon for the future. Otherwise, the music in there is pretty much flawless! It’s truly an amazing EP from a promising musician, so check it out!
Legend John Zorn has released a new album, quite recently: The Garden of Earthly Delights… Read more
French band L’effondras, or ⊙, released quite an impressive instrumental post-rock album, in Les flavescences. From X to XII, Les rayons de cendre to Phalène, the band explores buildups and variations in relatively short pieces (from six to nine minutes). It’s really well executed, and it’s seriously some of the best post-rock I’ve heard. On XIII – Le serpentaire, however, they take things to another level, in a thirty-four minute epic. Though it’s closer to a twenty-four-minute song with a ten-minute ambient extroduction consisting of nature recordings. The whole album is fascinating, and utterly … Read more
Looprider is a Japanese post-rock band who just delivered Umi, a twenty-five-minute song and EP. A little something special about the band is the fact that they have two drummers, a thing that is usually seen in more experimental genres. This piece is quite interesting; it build up momentum throughout its pretty long structure, and manages to take a few detours, left and right, to sprinkle the journey with slightly odd but interesting moments. It’s mostly instrumental, but features some calm vocals too.
MRW (pronounced em-er-vu) recently released Gwarectwo “Hrabia Renard” rok 1934, a twenty-two-track EP of mad … Read more
The suffix ‘-gaze’ has certainly been on the rise, lately, and, even with my former disliking of the budding subgenre, I’ve come to appreciate it more and more. Planning for Burial apply the term to a new genre, creating doomgaze. It’s my first time listening to something like this, and I value it a lot, now! Below the House is charged with emotion and heaviness, staying low and slow, with a very raw sound to it. The album comes out on March tenth, and it would be a great idea to listen to the available songs now to make your … Read more