MONTHLY RECOMMENDATIONS:
July 2018

Imperial Triumphant – Vile Luxury

With a sense of modern disgust of the metropolis and a touch of retro-futurism, the band’s aesthetic is perfectly attuned, and their music simply embodies it. Dissonant, at times polyrhythmic, murky, and hopeless, Vile Luxury will sicken you; and I love to be sickened. The eight songs on record each have their own soul, so they can be picked apart rather easily, even through all the muck.

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Journal – Chrysalis ordalias

Journal are one of the most insane and technical bands out there, and, on Chrysalis ordalias, their lead guitarist took on

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EXCLUSIVE STREAM: The Mercury Tree and Cryptic Ruse – Cryptic Tree

The Music

The Words

It’s here! It’s finally here! Listen to the Cryptic Tree EP in full right now, 24 hours before its official release! Let’s bask in the glory of heptadecaphonic music, and the occasional polyharmonic passage with icositritonic tuning, crafted in collaboration by Portland, Oregon’s The Mercury Tree and Seattle, Washington’s Igliashon Jones of Cryptic Ruse.

I shan’t say more! Let the music speak for itself. This record is mind-blowing, so check it out!


The Links

Bandcamp – The Mercury Tree
Facebook – The Mercury Tree

Bandcamp – Cryptic Ruse
Facebook – Cryptic Ruse

The Recs

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EXCLUSIVE SONG PREMIERE:
The Mercury Tree & Cryptic Ruse –
“The Cold Flame Burns”

The Music

The Words

Ever since their inception, The Mercury Tree has moved from an alternative metal band towards more and more obscure progressive rock and genre fusion. This progression has reached a new apex, thanks to the collaboration with xenharmonic prog solo band Cryptic Ruse on their upcoming EP, Cryptic Tree. For a few albums already, The Mercury Tree has experimented with multiple different tonal systems at once on their few latest albums, but this EP aims at pushing that experimentation to its limit.

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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!

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