Coma Cluster Void – Thoughts from a Stone
Thoughts from a Stone is a praise-worthy successor to the band’s debut album, and expands many ideas that were expressed there further. For example, what I like to call the “chromatic neighbourhood” – many consecutive chromatic notes – in chords and scales. Its traditional use is to bridge the perfect fourth and fifth with a tritone, especially in blues, but it can sound very unsettling when using it around the tonal centre and with more than three neighbouring notes.
– Stabat Mater
On Stabat Mater, however, Christine and Benjamin take
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II II II – Frequency Illusion
What is there to say, honestly? The works presented on this full-length album takes what the band’s debut was all about, but with slightly better production and composition overall. You still get the mathy riffs, the jazzy grooves, and the hardcore-style vocals, but you get more of them, and you get only the best of them.
Rivener – Rivener
The band definitely borrows a lot from free jazz, but they apply their knowledge of it successfully to experimental and noise rock. Well, maybe it’s just not jazz by omission. Lay down some saxophone
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Xanthochroid – Of Erthe and Axen, Act I
[Matt has shown interest in reviewing the whole of Of Erthe and Axen, once the second act is released. Therefore, I can’t link to nor quote our review, but the sole fact that the album figures in our list of recommendations is telling.]
Ehnahre – The Marrow
The band’s long, drawn-out pieces are very atmospheric and even entrancing, often relying on slow, repeated motives and spoken word passages to build a ritualistic summoning of heartfelt and mystic music. The outstanding compositions on The Marrow go from the angry to the hopelessly
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Last week, I’ve announced that I would be doing a Questions & Answers/Ask Me Anything type of post, and so this is it! I’ve received some questions over on facebook and on the website, so I’ll answer them the best I can here in this post!
First let’s see what’s on the website! First comment comes from James Marshall:
Just want to say that I love the blog! It’s in my daily bunch of webcomics and blogs and news that I check every morning when I get into work. Thanks for all the great recommendations!
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