Axon-Neuron – Metamorphosis

covermetamorphosisI was totally stunned, back in 2012, when Axon-Neuron released their previous album, Dreamstate. Their unique blend of jazz, classical and rock or metal music, the excellent vocal delivery, as well as the proficient use of a 9-string guitar, simply overwhelmed me, and I became an instant fan. Oh, and there was a string quartet in there, too. Three years and two thirds later and a bunch of personnel changes – Jeremey is the only member left from Dreamstate -, the band releases Metamorphosis, an almost two hour-long double album that takes all they’ve previously did and cranks … Read more

Fire! – She Sleeps, She Sleeps

When one first hears of the band Fire!, one may be tempted to first imagine a hardcore punk act, brutally tearing down establishments one performance at a time; an in-your-face barrage of aggression which unleashes your adrenaline and demands your attention. Is this not how one would generally imagine “Fire!” after all? A cry shouted out in the wake of uncontrollable destruction which will shortly reduce all around it to ash? It is a powerful force to say the least.

Yet there is another, more subtle side to fire which many tend to overlook. The flames can emerge, small … Read more

Doom Salad – Sunscreens and Aerosols

coversunscreensI’ve been a fan of Doom Salad for about a year or two now, just listening to their mind-bending experimental math rock compositions gave blisters to my fingers and cramps in my hands. However, instead of meticulously written and thoroughly thought about pieces, their newest EP, Sunscreens and Aerosols is four improvised tracks with titles drawn from a Twitter non sequitur spam account.

The songs stem from five recorded improvised tracks that were edited to keep the best parts and leave the bad ones, what resulted is fifteen minutes of music split into four distinct parts. The proficiency of the … Read more

Check Strobes Out!

Jazz nerds are the best people to write math rock, it’s a fact. Case in point, the band Father Figure, which referred us to this wonderful new trio, themselves play some jazzy math rock that is sure to stick on the walls inside your head. Strobes features members from Troyka – another great jazz-math band -, and other bands I shall research into as soon as possible: Point X, and Three Trapped Tigers.

The only music from Strobes available for now comes in the form of live music videos, but they are professionally done and not recorded with a … Read more

Blumen/With a Smile – Banana Split EP

a3764493273_10As the collaborative work of two great one-man projects on their own, namely Blumen and With a Smile, this Banana Split EP should be very nearing perfection! Blumen’s “Press 1 for Music” was released in 2015 and presented something fresh in the modern prog scenery. As for With a Smile, I didn’t have the chance to be acquainted with it prior to this collaboration, but I quickly realized my misfortune when I played their “Never Listen” EP, which is a welcome addition to my regular playlist.

The Banana Split is three songs long, the first of which is a … Read more

The Pitts Minnemann Project crowdfunds their upcoming album, “The Psychic Planetarium”

Their last album, 2 L 8 2 B Normal was one hell of an album, perfect for fans crazy music and wicked musicianship! The Psychic Planetarium, which is due March 11th, will encompass many genres and styles with the usual over-the-top technicality of the members involved: Jimmy Pitts, Marco Minnemann, Tom Geldschläger, and Jerry Twyford, along with an array of guest musicians!

Click here if you want to support the project on indiegogo!… Read more

Axon-Neuron premieres “Eyes”, from their upcoming album, Metamorphosis

Announced some time last year, with a little bit of a line-up change, as a follow-up to their sophomore album, “Dreamstate”, Metamorphosis will come out January 28th! As a reminder, here’s the songs “Euclid”, “Shattered” and “Suspicion” that were also debuted, but in a live setting instead of a studio one!

Euclid

Shattered

Suspicion

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Bambino dell’Oro – Los Belvos

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Oxford, UK’s progressive fusion duo Bambino dell’Oro‘s latest album Los Belvos is a set of sumptuously textured modern jazz pieces underlaid by complex grooves. The core of the band is made up by two multi-instrumentalists specializing on drums and piano/keyboard respectively, but they also have a bassist with them most of the time and occasionally a soprano sax player as well on this release.

The album’s overall feel is energetic, effortlessly flowing between odd time signatures that are given time to breathe without overstaying their welcome. They make strategic use of a wide texural palette including instruments such as … Read more

Amogh Symphony release Aai, from their upcoming album IV

A song about mothers of this world, and of Onamika, which you’ll remember from previous Amogh songs. On IV, they’re ditching the whole “concept album” things, and rather go for an “album of concepts”. Each song is like a soundtrack to a short movie, and we can appreciate that with Aai. The song draws strong connections with world music, as well as jazz, and with a touch of metal too. I think it’s wildly successful at what it wants to be, and I honestly can’t wait to hear more from Amogh IV.… Read more

Sales de Baño – Horror Vacui

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The second release from Argentinian avant-garde jazz sextet Sales de Baño is Horror Vacui, an intriguing live performance. The ensemble is led by bassist and composer Carlos Quebrada, and also features flute, trumpet, keyboard, guitar, and drums. They definitely play “outside” a lot, but what I appreciate here is that it’s often difficult to tell what is composed and what is improvised. Quebrada has done an excellent job, at times approaching a sophisticated chamber music sound and at others harsh avant-noise.

At first, it may seem that the playing here is somewhat aimless in the way that avant-garde music … Read more