Steven Wilson surprised me last year with his album Hand. Cannot. Erase. which I absolutely loved. So when I heard that his new EP 4 ½ mostly contained unreleased material from the Hand. Cannot. Erase. sessions I got pretty excited.
And it didn’t disappoint! The lineup that’s been on Steven’s solo albums since The Raven That Refused to Sing has been really solid, and they continue to nail it with this half album.
4 ½ has a nice mix of soft proggy melodies, rocking riffs, and unique solos. The glitchy sounding solo on “Vermillioncore” sounds especially cool and actually has … Read more
The rhythm section on Mockroot (from left to right), Sam Minaie (bass), Tigran Hamasyan, and Arthur Hnatek (drums) CREDIT: Maeve Stam
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
Hello all, Fulton here! Hope everyone is having a great start to 2015! I know it’s been a while since I have posted on the blog, but wanted to let everyone to know that I hope to be more active in 2015. For now, I will leave you with my Top 30 Albums of 2014 videos filmed right at the tail end of 2014. Thanks to all the bands who made it to this list for gracing us with such unbelievable tunes over the last year, and everyone who has made CTEBCM? everything that is today! Happy 2015! Cheers!
English Prog rock band Frost* has just re-released their debut album Milliontown on bandcamp with a few bonuses! If you’ve never checked this album out I highly suggest you grab it! Or at least listen to it first. This is a unique band that combines a high production pop sound with some awesome prog compositions. The band is currently working on their third album, and after that will be releasing a “big ol’ remixed, tweaked and remastered physical version” of Milliontown. Both of which I can’t wait for!
Today Dream Theater have announced that their new self-titled twelfth studio album will be released on September 24th!
I’m totally psyched for this album as A Dramatic Turn of Events was definitely one of the better Dream Theater albums in recent years, and with Mike Mangini being present for the entirety of the new album’s sessions, It’s likely that this one will be even better!
Now I know Dream Theater aren’t considered “unknown” or “underground” at this point, but when I discovered them, they were really only starting to gain the following they have today. They also helped introduce me … Read more
Avant-garde metal outfit Polkadot Cadaver’s new album Last Call in Jonestown comes out on May 14th, and pre-orders are ending in just a few days. I discovered this band last year when I saw them at The Palladium, and their unique take on metal really intrigued me. Their lyrical content is often very offensive and off color, but completely awesome at the same time. This band really tries to make a statement by doing things in their music that most people would be afraid to do, and just not giving a shit. They also write some pretty catchy stuff and … Read more
Matt Stevens’ 2010 album Ghost is an instrumental acoustic album featuring an interesting mix of odd melodies and catchy riffs. It took me a few listens to really get into it, but every time I go back to it I find it clicking a little more. Definitely check this out if you’re into progressive instrumentals and acoustic guitar.
Just a couple of days ago, Devin Townsend posted two videos comprised of snippets of demos for current ideas he’s working on, some of which are for his sequel to Ziltoid Z² and some for his next DTP album Casualties which he’s had mostly done since around the time Epicloud was released. I’m totally excited for both of those albums, as well as the 2-3 other projects that these demos may become part of. He does mention, “All of this stuff may get used or get scrapped. No idea yet.” Please don’t scrap any of it Mr. Townsend. It all … Read more
Joey Eppard, frontman and founder of the band 3 recently released his first live solo performance DVD. This project was fan-supported from the start by earning over $9,000 through Kickstarter. The DVD features 29 songs clocking in at just about 2 and a half hours, and features tons of guests (including fellow 3 members Billy Riker and Chris ‘Gartdrumm’ Gartmann).
Joey’s slap acoustic style is very unique and paired with brilliant songwriting and a soulful voice, creates a performance that is like no other.