Masiro – Technocologist Unknown

covertechnocologistIn 2013, experimental math rock then-duo Masiro impressed me a lot with their debut “EP”. It displayed the creativity of guitarist Chris Pethers and drummer Mike Bannard on four songs. The unconventional rhythms and dissonant choices of notes made for an interesting time. However, it felt a bit empty with the lack of a bass in the mix. Much to my surprise, the band released Technocologist Unkown, their debut album, on May first. It was completely unexpected for me, and I was also pleased to hear that a bassist had joined their ranks: Chris Hutchinson-Mogg. And what an addition!… Read more

Warm up Your Throats! Audition to Be the Voice of II II II!

II II II is amongst my favourite bands because of their unique style of composition. Their experimental, jazzy mathcore album, A Conundrum on My Coffee Table, from 2012, still gets played fairly frequently, which is quite a feat for me! The recent news of new material from the band, with the release of an instrumental demo on Youtube (below), stirred me up and got me very excited. It seems I wasn’t the only one because in response to the public’s reaction, the band decided to move on and concretize the new EP.

Right now, on SoundCloud, they have put … Read more

Instrumental (adj.) – A Series of Disagreements

a1446988580_16Plini, Fat Guy Wears Mystic Wolf Shirt, The Helix Nebula, SEIMS, and Violence In Action have a baby together. The name of the child with such a terrifying genealogy is Instrumental (adj.). In fact, it’s not even an actual name. But as we shouldn’t mock anyone’s name, let’s tackle this one with no preconceived ideas.

Instrumental (adj.) is an instrumental (…) band from crazed Australia. If the portfolio of its progenitors is any indicator of how the offspring will turn out, then it’s going to be quite a listen! And oh boy how it is! A Series of Read more

Serious Beak – Ankaa, an overanalysis of

After their wildly acclaimed debut album “Huxwhukw” back in 2011, we didn’t hear much from Australia’s psychedelic progressive band Serious Beak. I was much delighted when they announced a sophomore album under the name of Ankaa and released a single for it, “Red (Laniocera hypopyrra)”.

First of all, “Ankaa”, from my best suppositions, comes from the Arabic العنقاء, al-ʿanqā’, which means “the phoenix”. Now, a Phoenix is a mythological bird related to the sun, and that lives cyclically. Ankaa is also a star, otherwise known as α Phoenicis, a rather common binary star that will … Read more

II II II working on a new album!

II II II, the experimental, jazz-mathcore band who brought us A Conundrum on My Coffee Table hit us, this week, with a so-called “Maaasssive 222 album preview”.

What can we expect? Judging by this instrumental, unfinished preview: more of the same, but enhanced, great music!

It seems that publishing that album preview has revived the creative fibre in the band, and that this album now “has to get finished”, according to a facebook comment from II II II themselves. So, when? I don’t know, but if? Certainly so! I’m pretty excited on this, and so should you!… Read more

Review: Entheos – Primal EP

Probably the most awaited EP of early 2015. The quasi-reunion of Animosity, with a friend of ours, Chaney Crabb on vocals, and Frank Costa on guitars, Evan Brewer on bass, and Navene Koperweis on drums. So, let’s get our hands dirty and see what all the hype’s about.

First I gotta say that Chaney really cranked it up on vocals since the last time we heard her, in her band Systems. She was already a beast on Terrasomnium, now she’s a fucking Balrog (too bad VoM didn’t grab her)! And the other musicians really don’t disappoint either. … Read more

News: 15 seconds of the new Frontierer album

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

Stay Calm and… DuckCore!


The DuckCore Blog just released an incredible compilation of 100 amazing songs from 100 outstanding bands!!! And it’s killing it!

Thou who reads this, and thou who listens to djent / death / progressive / math / -core / metal shall head over there and download this huge compilation for -almost- free!

Here’s a list of a few bands that’s in there : Xenahort, Ovid’s Withering, The Schoenberg Automaton, Slice The Cake, Sirens, Being, Foreboding Ether, Tsaars, Xanthochroid, Vanisher, The Odious, Xenocide, Hybrid, Red Seas Fire, Sithu Aye, Fractals… There are just so many awesome bands!!! You should feel guilty … Read more

Her Stems Spiral sing in your sleep

Her Stems Spiral is an avant-garde post mathcore outfit from Johannesburg, South Africa.

But wait, there’s more!

The band is a side project of Shannon Lawler of Eyes Like Mirrors to escape conventional songwriting and structure. He says he’s been inspired by dreams.

Their EP, Princess Poured Out The Pale Winter Moon, is available for free on bandcamp, and it’s a killer!

-D… Read more