Above is a composition from me by the name “Compromise”. Don’t critique it too harshly, it’s first and foremost there to serve as a demonstration of what Marathon can achieve. What is Marathon? Just give me a minute, and all will be clear.
In a nutshell, microrhythm can be seen as “the rhythm in-between” or a “compromise”; hence the song title. According to Malcolm Braff’s vision, you can achieve a microrhythm by finding a middle ground between two conflicting rhythmic patterns. … Read more
Since Heavy Blog Is Heavy labeled Potmos Hetoimos “Sludge Titans”, I can’t help but keep using this awesome moniker that well describes the vast catalogue and wild ambition of the project. Today, I’m glad to bring you the stream of a new song: “IV, B: Perseus, Pyrrhic”, and a thorough behind-the-sheets presentation of the music theory and artistry underlying Vox Medusae, by Matt Matheson himself.
In the following part, Matt describes the unusual scales that make up the album; a sort of leitmotiv recalling the grand operas where each character has its own distinct voice. … Read more
“Mankind’s worst enemy is itself” is a phrase that has been, is, and will be used for ages and ages to come. Since the dawn of our era, we’ve been using our gifted abilities for both good and evil purposes, and music has brought up this topic in a lot of songs and albums. However few bands dare to venture forth as Swiss post-metal band Abraham has done with their latest album Look, Here Comes the Dark!
With a concept double album about the end of times, the band explores the evolution of this post-apocalyptic setting … Read more
This question is the first thing crooned by vocalist-and-guitarist Stian Økland on Seven Impale‘s sophomore album, Contrapasso. It was also the question burning in my mind after several months of listening to their debut album, City of the Sun, which was my favorite record of 2014. I’ve heard plenty of bands with elements of both jazz and prog rock, but never one that truly synthesizes those styles in perfect balance. Typically you can feel whether a band is rooted in jazz and incorporating some elements of prog or vice versa. With this … Read more
In a remote cabin, at the base of some foggy mountain, lived a hermit, who knew only two things in life: survival, and progressive rock. One morning, he looked through his collection, in reverse chronology – Spock’s Beard, Dream Theater, Marillion, Van der Graaf Generator – and settled on a record by Egg, which he dusted off and began to place on his turntable. Just then, a quite unexpected knock came at the door. Answering it, he saw a man much younger than himself, panting breathlessly from his journey.