The music itself is some instrumental amalgamation of post-metal and progressive metal. Some grooves are reminiscent of early Tool, maybe because of the prominent bass guitar. Contrary to many post and prog outfits these days, they don’t do into lengthy songs. The most extensive one on this album is the seven-minute title track. This is also pretty contradictory with their focus on atmosphere rather than polyrhythmics, or technicality. Not that these … Read more
Microtonal rock band Ilevens, led by the mind of Brendan Byrnes, is one of the only examples I know of of a microtonal band ready for live performances. They use 22 notes per octave instruments and have released a bunch of demos that were sung in a made-up language that I’ll refer to as ilevian from now on, but they seem to have gone back to good ol’ English for this song.
The 2-track Live in Studio mini-album is available on their bandcamp page for “name your price”!
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The manifesto of Rise is all about bringing back romanticism in modern music, specifically a blend of metal, hardcore, metalcore, alternative, and other trace elements. Romance is all about evoking emotions, stimulating the imaginary, and blowing an atmosphere around itself, engulfing the beholder … Read more
Rise is a French band, probably rooted in black metal, but with very few of it in its music. There’s alt sounds, indie, and other styles of metal mixed together in such a way as to, like the band itself puts it, subordinate form to content, encourage freedom of treatment, emphasize imagination, emotion, and introspection, and seek and ecstasy through dreams, morbid and sublime, which is the very definition of “romanticism”. That’s why they call themselves romantic, in the literal sense, and I agree with that, listening to their song About Duality.
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Following their latest EP, Escape, the band moves on to the second part (Parte 2) of their story. While the first one was more happy and driving, the second part aims to be darker, just as the title implies (meaning calvary, ordeal). However, their music is just as entertaining and fun to listen to! Check out the EP on youtube, and keep coming back to see when they decide to release it for download!… Read more
Now, on Home, it’s more relaxed than ever. Remember the epic, inspiring strings? That’s mostly gone, now, but no need to worry, this folk-alternative-experimental sound, vaguely reminiscent of Sufjan Stevens, is really something to enjoy. The songs are perfectly crafted and executed. … Read more
Call me OCD, but the thing that bothers me the most about that album is the fact that the arms of the girl on the cover are pretty much the only thing that isn’t white on her body. I know it’s only a band name, and it’s maybe not even a representation of the Greek Goddess Athena, but still I waste way too much time thinking about this. Let’s move on.
The self-titled album is in more than one way different than their previous one, Astrodrama, which was pretty good … Read more
This Young British fellow *chuckles alone in the darkness* is a figure to add to the Plini-Sithu Aye duo. Yes, Theo would be able to sneak in cognito into any of those two’s albums! And that’s saying something, and that something is: it’s freaking GOOD!
And it’s no copycat, don’t get me wrong! Although he uses advanced techniques only present on Plini’s latest, such as thumb-picking, Theo really has his own compositional style – and playing style, too! Shadowplay, which came out today – September 14th – is a wonderfully beautiful little collection of music, … Read more
Sleepers Awake gives you everything you want to hear from a progressive metal band nowadays. Master instrumentation, killer riffs, awesome vocals, long and intricate songs but shorter ones too… Seriously, Transcension will be your best listen of the week, and of the month, and probably of the year!
You can pre-order the album on bandcamp, as it comes out June 17th, or the physical CD and some merch over here.
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Minneapolis alt-rocker Michael Dermot has just released his new album Pilot. As a follow up to his 2011 Kickstarted album Distance Reawakens, Pilot really shows how much Dermot has improved. The songwriting is better, the playing is tighter, the singing is stronger and more developed, and the production sounds great!
I’ve been a personal friend of Michael for years now, so I may be biased, but there’s no denying that there’s some genuine talent here. I was even given the opportunity to edit the music video for his first single No Through Road. … Read more