Hovering between Iceland and the United Kingdom like the plume of ash of the Eyjafjallajökull, the progressive hardcore trio Down I Go recently released an EP by the title of Mortals. Their 2015 full-length, You’re Lucky God, That I Cannot Reach You struck my imagination – and I’m sure many of yours – with just how near perfection and unique it was. I still have shivers when the “Mother in the Pen” theme gets brought back at the end of “The Sending”, it wraps this masterpiece beautifully. Mortals is more akin to one of the band’s other thematic EPs, … Read more
Between noise and hardcore, Austrian group It’s the Lipstick on Your Teeth just released the highly-anticipated Skintrade, a thirty-minute escapade into noise punk that will leave you asking for more. Michelle’s aggressive yet melodic vocals are at the forefront of the band’s assault, which is heavily complemented by synths and samples, which make up most of the background instrumentation. Although quite short, the album is not short of great moments, either memorable melodic phrases or sublime digital bombardments. In conclusion, Skintrade is a very worthy addition to your noise punk playlist.
B L A C K I E… All Caps, with Spaces – yes, that’s the full name and stylization – is an experimental metal duo from Houston, Texas, and Remains is their latest release. The album starts off with a minimalistic piano-saxophone-voice trio that still sets the tone for what is about to happen, although things get much darker and heavier. Most of the music is made from saxophone, keyboards, programmed drums, and samples that create a chaotic, ambiguous space full of contradictions. Yet, there is beauty to be found on there. Beauty in the chords and their progressions, in … Read more
I’ve been a huge fan of this band since November 2012, just a couple of weeks after the release of Endorphinia, their latest – and last – album. I can’t exactly remember how I discovered Follow the White Rabbit… Was it a friend’s recommendation? A blog mentioned it? A post on some music forum? I don’t know, but I just want to thank that person. Endorphinia has followed me through three years and a half now, and yet I never wrote a fully detailed review on it. I did mention it a couple times, here and there, … Read more
Genève-based Rorcal have an extensive catalogue of furious and obscure metal that goes all the way back to 2007, with their debut EP, The Way We Are, The Way We Were, The Way We Will Be…. Throughout the years, they have carved a name for themselves in the metal community by pushing the boundaries of doom and black metal, releasing songs up to 70 minutes in length, and never making any compromise – be it on their artistic vision or the quality of their releases. Világvége, in particular, brought them to a wider audience, including myself. On March … Read more
Amia Venera Landscape released their widely acclaimed album The Long Procession back in 2010, and we’ve all been eager to listen to new music from them since! Well, they wrapped up a cool gift for us in time for the winter solstice with “Hiraeth”, and a release date for Vision I: The Great Mystery: April 30th, 2016. Seems like they took their sweet time to carefully craft this album, and this rather short song, for their own standards, proves it! I just hope there’ll be longer songs since I think that’s where the band shines the most!… Read more
I remember when Sectioned was the shit, and all their noise and heavy riffs were amazing. Then, the band’s guitarist suggested we also listen to his other band, Frontierer, which was a perhaps more “hardcore” take on the sound. Here comes their debut album, and second release, Orange Mathematics.
It’s a 15-song album, 14 of which are new compositions, and one comes from “The Collapse”, their previous EP. The sound here is improving on the qualities that were already there. The fast-paced, staccato riffs are loaded with guitar manipulations (in the style of Car Bomb) and djenty subdivisions, … Read more
You’re Lucky, God, That I Cannot Reach You is Down I Go‘s sophomore full-length release, after “This Is Dinocore”, as well as two shorter EP’s and a Christmas single. The band crowdfunded their new album via Kickstarter where it was completely funded (and I didn’t know or completely forgot about it, therefore didn’t even contribute myself!), and you can now stream the entirety of it on Upset Magazine. I can safely say that this is their best work to date. The recording quality is excellent, a thing that was sometimes lacking before, … Read more
The good chaps at Frontierer released a 15 second teaser on their facebook page, and it sounds as interesting as ever. For those who aren’t familiar with the band, Padram Valiani of Sectioned started out Frontierer with another singer. The music is similar in style, but maybe pushes the ideas further than Sectioned did.
We can officially say we are excited for this album that is … Read more