Dark Ages, Yossi Fine & Ben Aylon, Changeling, Ground Heights, Uboa & Muddy Lawrence, The Aftermath, Fractured Dimension, Electric Coconut, and Cristiano Calcagnile

Dark Ages – Dark Ages

Experimental math rock is a wild and wide genre. Latest in line is the New York semi-improvisational crew Dark Ages, whose approach to the sound includes doom, stoner, and punk influences. These translate well into challenging and fun music that’s harsh but oddly approachable.


Yossi Fine & Ben Aylon – Blue Desert

This trio (yes, it includes the unmentioned Lio Romano on keyboards) from Israel plays Middle-Eastern rock with all the microtonal mumbo-jumbo we’ve come to expect form such acts! The compositions on Blue Desert are sweet and sound quite close to the “world … Read more

Pale – EP

The Music

The Words

You might remember when we wrote about Pale‘s Demo, promising a bright future for the Tokyo band. Well, this future is now, as the Japanese blackgaze entity just released their debut EP through Pest Productions! I do take quite a bit of undeserved pride when seeing bands which I talked about in their early stages sprout and become ever so slightly recognized in the music community. The previous one, if I remember correctly, was Sunless and their 2016 demo, a year before they released their widely beloved debut Urraca. But enough patting … Read more

EXCLUSIVE SONG PREMIERE: Journal – “Duplicitous Moonlight”

Over eight years after the release of their life-altering concept album Unlorja, Sacramento-based progressive mathcore band Journal will release Chrysalis ordalias. The album promises to be a new take on the hectic Journal sound, and here’s a new song, “Duplicitous Moonlight”, to prove it.

The album will be released on July 17th, and can be pre-ordered on their bandcamp page. Of course, I bought the edition that comes with the 160-page book detailing the story behind Chrysalis ordalias, and I encourage you do the same!

Journal are one of the most insane and technical bands out … Read more

Weekly Release Dump

Sunday, 10

Mats/Morgan – Live with Norrlandsoperan Symphony Orchestra (jazz fusion, orchestra)

Potion – Diaphonized (experimental mathcore, death metal)


Monday, 11

Dark Ages – Dark Ages (experimental math rock, sludge)

Progenie Terrestre Pura – Starcross (atmospheric black metal)


Tuesday, 12

Changeling – II (experimental black metal)

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Maeth – Whaling Village

The Music

The Words

Progressive stoner metal band Maeth has already wooed us with their previous album, Shrouded Mountain, which is exactly the kind of music I wanted stoner metal to be. Out of apparently nowhere, they released what is to be their last album, due to band members moving out: Whaling Village.

Adding to their already impressive sonic quality, this newcomer brings new aspects of the band’s sound to life, while keeping the things I liked the most well anchored. For example, the use of various bell cymbals, although somewhat shier than before, is still present and … Read more