In today’s world, the modern metal scene finds itself facing an odd paradox of being more diverse and varied than ever before, while also having a notably larger number of puritans than a lot of other music scenes. As such, the word “gimmick” gets thrown around way more than it has any right to be, and with an act like The Algorithm I’d say that finding this label tossed about is pretty much a given. However, with the release of its latest album Brute Force, The Algorithm not only completely dismisses the notion of being merely a “gimmick act” … Read more
The highly-praised French band Om Mani left us crying a river (the Seine river, precisely), when they announced that they had split up due to distance issues, since their drummer Mike moved to Tahiti, while the other band members stayed on continental France. However, it is with great joy that I announce you the return of the spiritual progressive metal band! They have created a bandcamp account to our great delight, since I never was able to find their EP before that, and that their full-length Apology went missing since their official website went down not so long ago. And … Read more
Many things can change in a seven year period; many things can work for the better or the worse. Fortunately, this hiatus worked for the benefit of ART238. After some intense live shows the band did last year in French soil, they decided that 2014 is the right time to hurl their newest offering (the first in seven years) like a radioactive missile ready to awaken and revert the most primal human instincts. However, after the addition of new members, there are certain elements that have shaped the band’s sound into something different.
France’s post-apocalyptic metal As We Draw comes back with their sophomore album entitled Mirages. In short: it’s awesome!
Their first album, “Lines Breaking Circles”, really sold me on the band. Their sound was pretty unique and the music was in good part driven by the bass – which is really my soft spot. Mirages is the logical evolution of As We Draw: crafting longer songs (the title track clocks in at more than 10 minutes), and bringing more complexity in their music; in song structures as much as in their playing. They’ve really … Read more
What we have here is the very first recorded appearance of the French modern metal outfit CUB3. Although this band was initially formed before 2009, it was not until 2011 that the line up became stabilized and is now finally ready to present their first ever official release, bearing the intelligible title ‘Identité’.
CUB3’s identity is forcefully revealed by the self-titled introductory track, undeniably the perfect opener for such an album, a song that is screaming the band’s name as a statement, a menacing declaration that ‘This is the Cube, and it’s here to stay’! Heavy on rhythms and groove, … Read more
Though summer is mostly gone, our beloved hot, summer days are and will be present for quite some time, so the conditions could not be more appropriate for this unexpected
release of this electronic substistence from France. FIXIONS delivered an all new EP in all secrecy, designed for short, but sweet unplanned trips far away from home.
‘Summer Clouds’ picks us up, just where the wistful and enigmatic ‘Uhler’, from last year’s Euphorion left us. This EP is yet another different approach in FIXIONS’ music, fusing both old and newly adopted elements, albeit somewhat different from what can be heard … Read more