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

Lee Wanner’s complete discography, part I: Kids Today And Their Loud Jazz Music

Lee Wanner, the mastermind behind the impressive experimental metal band Rejectionary Art, has also quite a few solo albums in his sleeves! They are all very unique, and very, very interesting, so I will take them one by one and grace them with my reviewing powers […] Let’s start with his 2012 jazz fusion album Kids Today And Their Loud Jazz Music.

First of all I just want to applaud for the cover art. It’s genius! The saxophone, the bananas, the smirk on that face… hahaha! Seriously that is awesome! So… let’s press play, and wow (that’s unfortunately … Read more

Autumn Electric – Flowers For Ambrosia

Autumn Electric is one really fortunate discovery on mine, thanks to the /r/progrockmusic subreddit! In short, they sound like Sufjan Stevens meets King Crimson’s more mellow side, or perhaps Supertramp.

Flowers For Ambrosia, their latest release and first full-length album, features a wide range of really well-written and well-executed indie-prog rock songs, from the joyful “Riding The Rogo” to the more contemplative “Joe The Lion, Sleeps Tonight”, the album ending with the epic 22-minute “Orange Stars”. Along the way, the piano takes the lead, the guitars are soft, and the drum acts as an intensity meter: it knows when to … Read more

Never Awake – Underground

Never Awake is a Portland-based progressive heavy rock slash metal band and their album Underground is to be released May 19th, 2014. I’ve got to say I’m quite impressed of the release!

They’re not the most out-there, insane musicians ever, but boy do their songs stick in your head! On the prog side of things, their songs show a decent duration: none is shorter than 5 minutes and there’s even a 10 minute closer! Riffs and patterns are often not too recherché, but when the spotlight comes on the instrumental, they put their hands dirty for some hard work that … Read more

Fail Emotions – Renaissance

Disregarding the horrendous orthographical error in the bandcamp album named Renaissence, it is one good shot at reconciling trance music with metal in general, although it relies heavily on the djent side of things.

Fail Emotions already did the experience with their previous album Transfornation and their EP Speed Of Light as well as with their more recent single Gravity. Each time perfecting their blend of djent, dubstep, and trance among other things.

The new arrival is sure to please to early followers, but should once again make the purists flee, accompanied with the electro-hater metalheads and the harsh vocals-hater … Read more