Taking up enough space to fill two complete CD’s and a half with its 200 minutes of play time, experimentalists Wozzeck‘s Act 5 is an experience in tediousness, repetitiveness, droning, long polyrhythms, and slowly evolving music.
The album is divided into 5 parts, each of 40 minutes, and each with its fundamental concept. It was recorded as a trio consisting of bass, drums, and a computer/keyboards/electronics/voice/guitars person, who happens to be the mastermind behind the project, Ilia Belorukov. The first part, “Act 5.1”, stems from a single 11/8 bar at 120 bpm, and is divide in 8 parts with … Read more
I quite frankly wasn’t expecting that one… Over the very first listen there wasn’t much that just hit me. It wasn’t overly impressive and it wasn’t really “novel” in any way, but I kept coming back to listening to that album. I didn’t really know why, but there was something drawing me towards it. And now, after quite a bunch of listens, I can safely say that I really like the album. It’s good, well varied, nicely constructed, and the fact that it’s a live recording (with ulterior overdubs) makes it all the more interesting.
Call me OCD, but the thing that bothers me the most about that album is the fact that the arms of the girl on the cover are pretty much the only thing that isn’t white on her body. I know it’s only a band name, and it’s maybe not even a representation of the Greek Goddess Athena, but still I waste way too much time thinking about this. Let’s move on.
The self-titled album is in more than one way different than their previous one, Astrodrama, which was pretty good … Read more
The new Gigan album is everything Gigan is about… Long titles and psychedelic extreme metal.
Gigan‘s last album Quasi-Hallucinogenic Sonic Landscapes has put down the basics of what to expect from this jolly company : the songs are intense, intricate, and shrouded in aural mystery.
Multi-Dimensional Fractal Sorcery and Super Science is no disappointment in this regard. Gigan succeeds once again at bringing you a challenging and entertaining piece of musical sorcery. What betrays any Gigan song when listening to it are surely the drums. I have and probably will never find another band’s drummer that plays similarly … Read more
Though summer is mostly gone, our beloved hot, summer days are and will be present for quite some time, so the conditions could not be more appropriate for this unexpected
release of this electronic substistence from France. FIXIONS delivered an all new EP in all secrecy, designed for short, but sweet unplanned trips far away from home.
‘Summer Clouds’ picks us up, just where the wistful and enigmatic ‘Uhler’, from last year’s Euphorion left us. This EP is yet another different approach in FIXIONS’ music, fusing both old and newly adopted elements, albeit somewhat different from what can be heard … Read more
This New Jersey based prog band really pushes the progressive genre with their album “Maps of Non-Existent Places.” Their use of orchestral instruments such as Violins, Horns, Trumpets, and Saxophones really adds a unique dimension to their songs.
Their blend of genres is also very impressive, as elements of funk, fusion, and even middle eastern can be heard throughout this album.
If you enjoy bands like Coheed and Cambria and The Mars Volta then I highly recommend you check these guys out.
FIXIONS is an Electro project from Aix-en-Provence, France that have released their debut EP, entitled ‘Euphorion’ some months ago. This project, which is the brainchild of Slo (SMOHALLA), is more than a creative outlet, an additional way of expression it’s a small microcosm of its own, an abberation from the constant in search of an elation, of euphoria, although as uplifting as it can be the dark and atmospheric elements will always be a considerable and integral part of FIXIONS’ music.
The EP begins with the title track, ‘Euphorion’ which is heavily influenced by the 80s electro scene, with a … Read more