Review: Seer – Vol. 1

From Beautiful British-Columbia comes Seer, a vintage-sounding stoner/sludge metal band which makes them, from this point of view, similar to Dawnbringer. Obviously, the two bands have wildly different influences and goals for their music, but still.

I have to say I really like the inclusion of a harmonica in the first of the two songs on Vol. 1, I think it’s a rather underused instrument, particularly in metal, and with the exception of Blood & Banjos, I really don’t have any name in mind who used one, even in other genres! The production and sound is clear, … Read more

Vod Working On A New Album!

The doomy gloomy sub-bass metal band vod have begun work on their new album, Dark Souls, which will be a re-interpretation of the video game’s original soundtrack! That’s 29 songs, and more than an hour of material! There’s presently three songs uploaded on bandcamp in “demo” form, that means they will probably get re-mixed before the official release, as well as a teaser present on soundcloud:

You can pre-order the album now on their bandcamp page, until the release date set on January 1st, 2015.… Read more

Experimental rockers Deux Pouilles En Cavale release new single from upcoming album!

Their new album, named Tambour Et Temps Mort, will come out November 8 on bandcamp, but for now, you can stream the single Ouais Mais Là!, a short bipolar piece of swing rock! If you haven’t already, listen to their previous releases, the eponymous LP, or their newest Votre Cœur Va Manquer Un Pouls EP, because those French rockers are really awesome!… Read more

Contribute to Protest The Hero’s Next Album!

Right away! HERE!!!

You can give any amount you wish, but for some of them, you get some sweet deals. Let me show you :

10$ gets you the digital download, but why not go to 25$ and have the CD shipped to your house? With a special shirt for 50$. A song written about you for 400$! Pizza party at Tim’s with 3 of your friends for 1’250$! And get yourself heard on the album for the low low price of 5’000$!

I’m just going to buy the Digipack, but I am anticipating this record so much!

Get on … Read more

SoundAsleep – Phéromones

[EDIT: Album released with cover art!!!]

Back in 2009, SoundAsleep gave us a little sample of what they were capable of with Midget Porn and Clockwork Surgery’s proggy goodness (read the review here). I wrote that it showed the great potential of the band.

And now that potential is unleashed with said band’s sophomore album, Phéromones.

One could argue about the French title, and it truly is a more French release than Midget Porn was. 44,4% more, actually.

Indeed, only two of the songs on Phéromones are in Shakespeare’s language, Molière being at ease.

This is in no way … Read more

Aly The Band – Welcome to Our Nation (2010)

Listen to this while you read !

Why adding “The Band” to “Aly”? Of course we could be mistaken, with Aly &  AJ, Doctor Aly Abbara, Aly Michalka…

I’d hit that…

Who said that?

Never mind…

Welcome to Our Nation is Aly The Band’s not-so-original album name. I guess it was made that way so it could reflect the album’s content. Not so original hardcore punk.

I mean, it’s not bad! In fact, Aly The Band made something quite good!

Unfortunately, this album won’t change a thing in the hardcore world, since it does not bring anything new … Read more

Brume d’Automne – Brume d’Automne

Brume d’Automne (Autumn Mist in English, if you haven’t figured out already) is a savage, beastly, untamed monster. I’m sure the band draws inspiration from the tales of the Bonhomme 7 heures in Quebec, that mysterious character used by parents to scare their children and make sure they’re in bed soon, although not sleeping and shitting their pants.

This black-metal band with folk influences sings in French, but you fat-ass American won’t bother because there is little chance you will actually be able to decipher the language in which that monster sings.

If you do care about lyrics, on the … Read more

Sound Asleep – Midget Porn & Clockwork Surgery

The weirdest thing about this EP from Montreal’s heavy prog trio Soundasleep isn’t their cover art, depicting a plugged Melolontha melolontha (a cockchafer) with the band’s name written on its chitinous thorax, neither the fact that they always seem to carry their birthday suit around, because they never know when they’re gonna need it right. It is rather this little encryption at the back of the cover art, at the very bottom of the page: “SPORT 3D GLASSES, BITCHES”.

Wait, what? What does this even mean, dudes? If I have the chance to interview these guys, please remember me to … Read more