Mini-Reviews LXXVII

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

Mini-Reviews LXXVI

Appalaches is a progressive post-rock band from Quebec, and they released Cycles in late March. The songs on the album are all really good and well fleshed out, in relatively long structures – up to the twelve-minute ‘Milsai’. Their instrumental compositions speak of themselves, and they surely will be a band to look out for in the coming years!
Animatist‘s Face Club is a top-tier album putting math rock, post rock, and jazz fusion in the blender, which results in a greenish goo that tastes much better than what it looks like! Odd-time ostinati are repeated extensively to create … Read more

Mini-Reviews LXXV

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 DeviateRead more

Mini-Reviews LXXIV

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!
NodwèsAnima 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

Mini-Reviews LXXIII

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


Nakata is an avant-garde jazz improvisation duo from Los Angeles, California, including Patrick Shiroishi (from Upsilon Acrux, Corima, and other bands) on saxophone, and Francisco Casanova on piano. The project has already many releases on bandcamp, and ‘Now It Can Be Told’ is taken from their upcoming album, Bokanovsky’s Process, which will come out on April third. If you’re somewhat into experimental jazz, musicians pushing boundaries, or just expressive, abrasive, and challenging music overall, then be sure to listen to this track!

‘Now It Can Be Told’ is a six-minute sonic journey, from the intriguing and mysterious start … Read more

Mini-Reviews LXXII

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

Mini-Reviews LXXI

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 FaceRead more

Mini-Reviews LXX

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 DelightsRead more

Mini-Reviews LXIX

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