Monthly Recommendations: February 2017


‘The legendary rock in opposition band Thinking Plague has just released their eighth album, Hoping against Hope, after a crowdfunding campaign (I’m still waiting for my due! [Edit: Got it!]) I personally think this is their finest work to date, toppling In Extremis, which I thought was their best one, prior to this. If you’re unfamiliar with the band, be ready to be challenged. The band consists of six members who play instruments ranging from woodwinds to accordion in rhythmically and harmonically avant-garde compositions. It’s truly a treat, and I recommend that every one of you listens to it!’
Mini-Reviews LXII.
‘Microtonal electropop artist Brendan Byrnes recently released Neutral Paradise, a fifty-minute collection of mostly-new tracks. Most of the twelve compositions on record use the 22-EDO system, used exclusively in Brendan’s band Ilevens. His knowledge of the system makes the songs sound natural and easily appreciable to even a neophyte audience. This is the future… Bar that. This is the present of music, and it’s awesome!’
Mini-Reviews LXVI.
‘Here’s something I’ve been personally expecting for quite some time: Fire-Toolz‘ Drip Mental album. Hybridizing black metal and vaporwave has perhaps been thought of or done in the past, but it’s the prime example of a working product. Through the course of fifty minutes, Angel Marcloid takes you to a strange place on the Internet, where plunderphonics are the foundation of a black metal entity. It’s one of the best results of creativity in music, and why everyone should think about and try to push boundaries of genres. This is awesome.’
Mini-Reviews LIX.
‘The instrumental progressive metal of Increate has long been taunting us, but today is finally the day of the release of Void. It’s the quartet’s first release, and it sets the bar dauntingly high for their future selves. Their style covers Fallujahesque atmospheric progressive death metal to Animals as Leaders-like djent with clean guitars, so there’s a lot of variety on display. I personally think the $10 price tag is a bit much for thirty minutes of music, but it’s indeed astonishingly good so you might be willing to shell it out.’
Mini-Reviews LIX.


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