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

The RALPH – Delimiter

The Ralph will take you on a trip you will never forget. Their huge wall of delayed guitar chords begs to be listened to on long drives. These motherfuckers known how to write great songs that do not get stale or too repetitive. The usage of huge and “epic” sounding chords give the song it’s general feel and then they make you interested with clever riffs enter smoothly and leave as smoothly. The lead female vocals are also a refreshing thing to take in. I do wish they were a bit more forward in the mix. I really like the … Read more

The Burden Of Existence – The Burden Of Existence

Even if I really like and tried to follow the band Canvas Solaris, I wasn’t really aware that they have disbanded yet, and I didn’t know anything about their side project The Burden Of Existence.

Consisting of the same lineup as the former group but with an added female singer, we’re sure to find the same musical prowesses that were their signature. On top of it, their singer Narissa really is a great singer, bringing a lot of depth to the music with her melodies and harmonies. However there was a price to pay to include it, and it’s the … Read more

Second To Sun – GT DJNT

After their crazy album “Based On A True Story”, the Russian guys from Second To Sun have once again outdone themselves, this time in the form of GT DJNT, an representation of the subgenre’s past, present, and future styles.

No need to say that although being an artistic representation, it captures the essence of three distinct periods in djent’s history, the Meshuggan “past period”, the actual, should I say Peripheran period, and a future one, and only time will tell if they went all Nostradamus or if they failed at imagining the future, but it’s nevertheless a fun experiment to … Read more

██████ – Demo 2013

Just for their name, or lack of, I had to post about them. Luckily enough, ██████, Nic, or wedonthaveaname – call them what you will – make sweet music!

If you’re into the atmospheric black metal and the post-hardcore realms of music, you’ll probably dig those whose name shan’t be spoken. And keep in mind this is only a demo! A demo! And it’s really promising : some bands releases EPs or LPs that are way worse than this; I mean it sounds great!

There’s a heavy focus on instrumental sections, full of clean guitars, eery leads, cool rhythms and … Read more

Prymary – The Enemy Inside

Prymary is one hell of a band. In all seriousness, it’s comparable to Dream Theater, Redemption, Symphony X, etc. except that they are pretty much unknown by all. So if you feel concerned by the bands I just named, keep reading and spoil yourself!

The best thing Prymary has done, apart from this very album, is the arrival of Jackson Heskett on vocal duties. And just for this reason, I couldn’t recommend the band’s earlier works. Heskett’s voice just has that tone, it’s just so damn good! So yeah, Prymary’s music is quite similar to the bands I’ve mentioned earlier: … Read more

AeneA – Perennial EP

The fact that the album was released in 2011 should not make you overlook it, for it is one pretty damn fine piece of music! San Diego’s Aenea made some really strong progressive metal even in an age shrouded in djent copycats. For your information, this band isn’t one.

Deciding to ditch the new “progressive metal” sound (note the quotation marks and the italic letters) in favour of the more traditional yet more malleable prog-metal sound is always a winning bet. Don’t get me wrong, I love some djent from time to time, it’s just that there are so much … Read more