Delvoid – Serene

Delvoid-Serene-CoverNorway is a prolific and high quality breeding ground for progressive metal. The latest surprise to hatch there is Delvoid‘s sophomore album, Serene: a 75-minute voyage that will make you wish that it never ends.

First of all, I could say their sound leans on tool and Caligula’s Horse’s side, but that would be oversimplifying it. Nevertheless, if you like that band’s music, you will most definitely be a fan of Delvoid’s! At the very least, the singers’ softer voice is somewhat similar, but Serene is much more into post metal. The three longer songs there really lay … Read more

Only one week until we can listen to this sweet math rock album!

Irish math fusion act Alarmist are dropping their full-length debut, Popular Demain, on November 2, and at only one week away, my excitement is palpable. Of the two tracks currently available for streaming, we’re treated to some sweeping, cinematic jazz progressions supported by an arithmetical rhythmic core. At times it’s uplifting, yes, but in harmonically rich and complex ways characteristic of fusion. Think Jaga Jazzist meets Battles and you have a fairly good idea of what to expect. The album will be available on Bandcamp, where you can also check out their existing EPs.… Read more

The Fifth Alliance – Death Poems

Netherlands’ The Fifth Alliance is a doom/sludge band active since 2013, from what I can tell, because it’s the year of the release of their debut album, “Unrevealed Secrets of Ruin”. But today I’ll be reviewing their upcoming album, Death Poems, which will come out October 31st through Grains of Sand Records. The album also has touches of post and black metal to it.

It’s rather uncommon to hear a band in that genre that is led by a female singer. Here, Silvia delivers monotonous yet emotional screams that wouldn’t be out of place on a post-hardcore album. And … Read more

Túcan – Towers

This band was brought to my attention by someone posting it on our facebook page, describing it as “highly experimental flamenco”. I was immediately in love. Also I’d like to reiterate the fact that we do take submissions, so send us anything and everything you love and we’ll skim the best. Do you think I create new avant bands out of thin air? Nah, it’s all about connections.

So… Tower is Túcan‘s second full-length album, and their fourth release if we don’t count the singles that ended up on this album. Straight away, the band is a “big band” … Read more

Déluge – Æther

France doesn’t cease to bombard us with incredibly good metal. The newest on the list is Déluge and their debut album Æther.

Musically, it’s a sort of atmospheric post black metal with tidal blast beats and a barrage of distortion. Not that these attributes are uncommon in the genre, but they’re prominent and well-executed here. The axis of Déluge seems to be on the ebb and flow of dissonance in their chordal progressions, like the waves. It’s a really good approach that makes for an always moving portrait that is only rarely immobile, and even then it serves some … Read more

August recommendations are here!

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Here are four ctebcm-approved albums that came out last month and that we think you should definitely check out!

Michael AveryThe Scientist

Instrumental progressive metal heavily influence by djent that is actually not just a bunch of chugga-chugga’s and jun-jun’s, even though they are not underrepresented. It’s globally a fun album to listen and headbang to, with varied compositions and a fair amount of high-level musicianship! Plus: it’s available for name your price (NYP) on bandcamp so, why not give it a shot?

Doom SaladDac Maelc Yletulosbo

The fourth EP from Savannah’s experimental math rockers, … Read more

Dumbsaint – Panorama, In Ten Pieces

We know you love post-metal, so if I were to say that this is the greatest piece of this genre of music to come out this year, would you believe me? Probably not because you all probably know of that band from where you’re from that’s so much greater than any other, but Dumbsaint is a band I actually have heard about.

Panorama, in ten pieces is a soundtrack to a story told in a movie, which was also entirely made by the band. Globally, I’d say it’s post-metal, but there are post-rock moments too. The songs clearly reflect the … Read more

Auric – Empty Seas

Auric is as sludgy as can be. With tinges of black and doom metal, this makes for a very oppressing record. It’s heavy, it’s ugly, and it’s scary.

The album starts off in your face, and it ends in your face, and there are very few moments of rest in-between (the first half of Stagnate being the most prominent one). I really like the atmospheres that are being brought in the music, just making you feel unwell. The last song, Rib Cage Prison, imports elements of post-metal too, giving to the song a different feel than the rest of … Read more