Soul Enema – Of Clans and Clones and Clowns

Soul Enema is a progressive metal band from Israel that hit me by surprise with their new album, Of Clans and Clones and Clowns. Although I’m generally a fervent user of the Oxford comma, I’ll admit that it would be quite an encumbrance in this title to add two half stops. And – one last thing before discussing the actual music –, the cover art for the album is part of the reason I didn’t expect much from it: it’s really ugly (sorry, Vasya Lozhkin (Alexey Kudelin)). Okay, now that that’s out… Soul Enema’s progressive metal is a strange … Read more

Yazz Ahmed – La saboteuse

British Bahraini trumpet and flugelhorn player Yazz Ahmed just released her new jazz album, La saboteuse. Mixing occidental jazz with middle-eastern music, Yazz crafted a unique and fascinating record that crosses generations and cultures. It’s really a good album to listen to if you want to travel at home, just let yourself be flown across the globe by it. La saboteuse is just full of wonderful moments, of melodies that speak old tongues and rhythms that tell old tales. I can’t recommend it enough.

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Amogh Symphony – Vectorscan

Amogh Symphony‘s third album, the sequel to the critically acclaimed progressive technical metal album “Quantum Hack Code”, which was released in 2010, marks a sharp turn from the previous direction of the band, and a slight departure from the whole “metal” genre. It’s a record as challenging to listen to as it is to read its track titles, but, in the end, it’s one of the most rewarding pieces of modern music there is, and, definitely, a change for the best.

Vectorscan will fuel the haters of the metal community because there is just so … Read more