Being a musical genius is hard. Not in the, “Oh, I’m a musical genius, I’m so oppressed, pity me” sense, but rather in the sense that one must live up to the expectations one has created. This is of course not a problem limited to the realm of music; all artists must ultimately struggle with it. If an artist has released material before, their new work is inevitably, and necessarily, put into a particular context. One must walk a … Read more
At War With Self is a progressive rock/jazz fusion endeavour with Marco Minnemann and Glenn Snelwar. At first, it makes me think of the Pitts Minnemann project’s 2L82B Normal, probably because Marco’s drumming is really a signature sound. There is a lot of work put into this album, and it truly pays off, for your listening pleasure
Marco Minnemann is widely regarded as one beast of a drummer, after all he was pretty much close second on Dream Theater’s drum auditions, and he’s participated in a vastitude of musical projects: Paul Gilbert, Necrophagist, The Aristocrats, and multiple other ones. Glenn … Read more
Shattered is a new song from jazz, rock and metal fusionists Axon-Neuron, and their first appearance on video, too! The new singer doesn’t depart too much from the band’s previous ones and seem to be a perfect match. In Shattered the band starts it really smooth only to build up continuously and end up in a progressive metal moshfest. I have said before and I say again that this band is a premium example of extended range guitars being used out of the djent spectrum, which has more or less become a parody of itself. The 9-string axe in … Read more
In all its glory (for now), here is Day 4, from The Universe Divide‘s upcoming album, Nihil Ultra. When will it come out? We can only wait and see (and be impatient!) In the meantime, you can jam Day 4 above, and Day 1 below!… Read more
Here it is! The glitchy, catty, spacey music video for the first music piece from Pryapisme‘s new EP, Futurologie. This one is Part IV, and there’s only one thing I must say: it’s too short! It’s too damn short!
Check out Future Reflection, Mammoth‘s new progressive rock single. Now overlapping the Metal continent a bit for the climax. I have to appreciate the changing tempos and time signatures as well as timbres of the instruments throughout the song. In a too-short 5 minute, they really make us travel!
I can’t wait for their next album already!… Read more
Mammoth takes the best of classic progressive rock and fusion elements to deliver us a truly hairy beast, Polymorphism.
With such a band name, I couldn’t help but draw comparisons to The Explorers Club’s Raising The Mammoth album, which is a gem of modern progressive rock. Mammoth are definitely more on the technical side of things, with more instrumental songs, more intricate instrumental parts and less directed towards creating an atmosphere, what The Explorers Club mainly did on their latest album, most notably on their 21-minute, 16-part suite Gigantipithicus (Prog-O-Matic), which is every bit as … Read more
Clément Belio is, quite simply, making the music of the future.
I don’t say this lightly. It’s a common (trite) trend, to call experimental music the “music of the future” (or, for extra pretense, the “Music of the Future”), acting as though some EP recorded in the bedroom of your favorite obscure indie band is going to herald in a new era of music.
I don’t know if Clément Belio’s music is going to herald anything in, per se, but I would still describe it as the music of the … Read more
ITZAMNA‘s first single, Kiska, gives us a taste of what the EP, entitled “Metnal”, will be like. Verdict: It’s really promising! There’s the “clems6belio” vibe in there, but they’re a real talented and diverse band, so… I can only say that I’m looking forward to hear more from them, and definitely looking forward to their EP, coming out November 5!… 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