2014 – A Personal Top 10

As 2014 is not-so-slowly coming to an end, I decided to take some time and put together a list of my favorite 2014 releases.  As the title states ,  this is mostly a personal list of the music I listened/ enjoyed the most and that was released in 2014, rather than my top 10 of this year’s best releases, although I believe the first five albums on my list can easily compete for that title as well. Granted that I didn’t listen to every extreme metal album that was unleashed this year, I think the first five really made an … Read more

Lee Wanner’s complete discography, Part III: VS. Other People

So, this one’s a bit different. VS. Other People is a cover album. However, it’s a completely astounding one at it. With songs from legends such as Frank Zappa, Racer X, and J.C. Bach! Alongside Lee himself are other mind-blowing musicians like the unmissable Morgan Ågren!

On this album, the wide variety of songs from different musical genres, and ever musical eras, will totally satiate any music lover. Moreover, the simply awesome production will keep the whole interesting throughout, it’s not just a mere cover but sometimes a whole re-interpretation of the original composition. Through eleven covers from contemporary and … Read more

Spectres – Ghosts Of Revolution

Spectres make some of the best core-ish thrashy progressive melodic death metal out there! Their album, Ghosts Of Revolution came out July 22nd on bandcamp, for free!

It’s a musical duo, with Jim taking care of stringed instruments and Adam on drums duty, while both do keys and vocals. Obviously, upon hearing them, you feel that they aren’t doing this for money, but rather for pleasure, like music should be done! Their artistic view is intact throughout the album, with songs with length varying from under four minutes to over ten minutes long!

As for the musicianship involved, the bar’s … Read more

Torrential Downpour – Truth Knowledge Vision

Torrential Downpour’s 2011 album “Connected Through” was the one to hit me first, with the awesomeness of this band. Needless to say I was quite underwhelmed by the band’s 2013 EP “The Phaneron”, which must be some kind of experiment, or a little something to make us wait until what would become their next “real” album: Truth Knowledge Vision.

In their latest album, they feel more focused than ever on their own, experimental metal hardcore psychedelic, sound, and that’s a great thing. Because the best way to make fans is to make yourself irreplaceable, unique! That’s one thing Torrential Downpour … Read more

Jason Rubenstein – New Metal From Old Boxes

Jason Rubenstein’s new album New Metal From Old Boxes, released just last month, is an awesome collection of instrumental progressive-rock songs. Jason describes it as “A return to his progressive-rock roots with a loud, heavy, energetic and modern suite of instrumentals that evoke King Crimson, ELP, NiN, and classical music.”

Energetic and Heavy is right! The distorted guitars and high pitched synths create a unique sound that takes multiple listens to fully appreciate. There are also some soft piano parts and lots of nice little grooves throughout the album.

A Burden of Secrets is one track that stands out to … Read more

Fixions – Invisible Walls

As always, Fixions’ music succeeds in putting me in summer mode. Even during the coldest and sun-forgotten winters, a little bit of this retro electro-pop brings vitamin D to my body!

Invisible Walls is no different. Hell, just a glance at the album cover and you get your daily fruits intake. Like their previous works, the beats kick your heart and drives its rhythm, and, on top of it, lie numerous layers of different electronic instruments, each with its own distorted personality and set of effects that help it survive in this Tron-like aural world (albeit less dark).

The mostly … Read more

Mendel – Shaking Hands With The Devil | Subliminal Colors

SHWTD + Subliminal Colors Double CD is a bundle comprising of Mendel’s latest EP Shaking Hands With The Devil and their debut full-length Subliminal Colors, and since we’ve covered neither of these, I’ll take the opportunity to talk about both at once!

Subliminal Colors put things straight for us listeners: Mendel is about neoclassical shred with some djent and metalcore influences. In short, they’re an instrumental version of The Human Abstract, Digital Veil-era. Their first album is huge! It’s one hour thirteen of unstoppable musical carnage, with a 25 minute epic piece to end it all! What a trip! While … Read more

Lee Wanner’s complete discography, Part II: I Totally Scored! Volume 1: H.P. Lovecraft

Enter week 2! This time, Lee went on a totally different road than with last week’s “Kids Today And Their Loud Jazz Music”. I Totally Scored! Volume One was written to accompany theatrical representation of H.P. Lovecraft, and most of the downsides I have to say about this album might come from there. Let’s begin.

I Totally Scored! is a classical, avant-garde, experimental soundtrack to back up performers on stage. Due to its nature – it’s not a symphony, a concerto or an opera – the whole thing has a strong, surrounding atmosphere, but can feel a little underwhelming; I … Read more

The Great Old Ones – Tekeli-Li

It is from France that comes The Great Old Ones, with a black metal, dark sound with post elements which add to the atmosphere of the album, at times reminiscent of Australia’s Ulcerate, with their sheer dissonance.

Everything here is used to give maximum effect: the drums, the guitars, the vocals (either sung or spoken), all placed meticulously to enhance the experience and submerse you in the thick atmosphere of Tekeli-Li. With almost a complete hour of desperate guitar shrieks and screams, spotted with gregorian chants, spoken passages and instrumental ones, the album really feels like a whole and you … Read more