Here lies Unexpect…

Unexpect was like a great friend to me. A friend I looked up to and kept impressing me. More than just a friend, Unexpect was a brother, a sister, a father, a mother, and a band with which I shared tastes and brainwaves. After years of respectable works and inspiration, now, here lies Unexpect. A jewel of avant-garde metal leaves us, today, in mourning. Let’s hear again some of their most beautiful works:

However, there is a silver lining to this bleak day, as the members of Unexpect are working on new material with other bands. First of which is … Read more

Help Thinking Plague fund their 2016 album!

The avant-garde group Thinking Plague needs your help to fund their seventh full-length album. With about 45 minutes of material and 6 songs, the album with the projected name of Hope Against Hope would come somewhere in September of 2016. The band asks $8,000 for studio time and production of the album. Right now they’re at just under $2,000, so almost a quarter of the way there and there are only 3 days passed! Feel free to contribute any amount!… Read more

Sein Zum Tode – Siamese Second Cousins Never Removed

Lately I’ve been very busy – and tired – because of work, music, relations… basically everything other than writing about weird music that only 10 people know about worldwide. Also, I’ve felt very overwhelmed recently, with the huge ass pile of new and amazing music that fell upon me. I also felt like I couldn’t convey how amazing these bands were, and that I am a poor music blogger. But I recalled that I’m not a reviewer and my role is not to critique or review albums, but just to talk about the music that I like, and that I… Read more

Review: Upsilon Acrux – Sun Square Dialect

True math! Upsilon Acrux is one of these bands that really mesmerize you, on every listen. Their music is so dense and complex, both harmonically and rhythmically, that it’s difficult to listen to their album, Sun Square Dialect, as background music, while doing other tasks. You might find yourselves trying to keep track of the changing time signatures or just trying to figure out what’s happening, and how it got there! It’s truly music for the brain.

Using two drummers has many advantages and disadvantages, the formers being for the listener, and the latters being more technical, and for … Read more

Review: Marena Whitcher’s Shady Midnight Orchestra – Ghostology

Lost between the realms of opera, jazz, and avant-garde music, Marena Whitcher’s Shady Midnight Orchestra‘s what seems to be debut album Ghostology is a real gem of experimentation in popular music, although what’s left of pop music is so altered in the process that it can barely be called that. However, the avant-pop label seems quite fitting, even more so when followed by the ghost jazz speciality. What is ghost jazz? I don’t know, but I’m looking forward to it.

With an orchestra comprising of many instruments, from glass harp to bass clarinet, and from glockenspiel to “toys”, the … Read more

News: Rise, the romantic band

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.

And I think you should, … Read more

Schoenberg ‘Ice Cream Truck’ Is the Best Thing Ever

Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951), one of the most important figures in the history of Western art music

Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951), one of the most important figures in the history of Western art music

Arnold Schoenberg revolutionized music. There is no other way to articulate this fact—Schoenberg instigated a musical revolution. 12-tone serialism, or dodecaphony, the style of atonal composition the Austrian composer invented in 1921, was without a doubt one of the most important developments in the history of Western music. The reverberations (pun-intended) of Schoenberg’s works are still loudly resonating with us today.

Naturally, then, a scholar had the stroke of genius to immortalize the musical legend in the way all brilliant composers should be immortalized: … Read more

News: Superzero, making superb glitch/avant-pop

A collaboration between the stellar Vishal Singh, Derick Gomes, and Venkatesh Iyer is giving us a really interesting piece of music to forebode their upcoming EP. The avant-pop trio uses to great efficiency glitch techniques into an experimental pop sound that, while retaining its pop qualities: inherently good-sounding, concise and easy to approach, it still provides us with an interesting listen, and a definite breeze of fresh air!

I’m excited for their EP to come out!… Read more

Review: Laksamana – Antagonist

Well, that’s something strange as I’ve not seen in a while. Describing itself as a “computer metal” one-man project, Laksamana, from Des Moines, Iowa, sounds like Jute Gyte’s more experimental, barely-even-metal albums, with vocals added on top. And this one truly reflects the spirit of our blog, which you can grasp by reading our name out loud.

The aim of the album was to make it abrasive and unpleasant, as a warning of what could happen if all the world lived in computers. The music was made so that it would be impossible to play without the aid of … Read more

Review: Zelophilia – Lust, Loathing, & Love

You want crazy? You get crazy! First of all I think you have to know that zelophilia is when you are sexually aroused by jealousy. The more you know… They label themselves as a “so called ‘band'”, yes, the “so called” is part of their self-description, and they say of themselves that they sound like “a childishly simplified, watered down combination of Meshuggah, The Locust, Dillinger Escape Plan, and Daughters.” Which bears some truth. I’ve also read the term “avant-garde baroque” about them. What’s more, they even made a commercial for their debut album (see below)!

The album’s a mess … Read more