Album Review: DYSTOPIA Shows How It’s Done with “Building Bridges”

Building upon the promising alt metal sound of previous full-length album Way to Unfold, Dystopia from Szeged in Hungary add a more prominent progressive edge to their sound on Building Bridges, developing a sound that seems firmly camped between alternative and progressive metal styles. The heavy, complex riffing and passionate vocals are combined with ambitious…

THE MERCY STONE Release “Wail Song” Video

A 12-piece experimental rock ensemble, The Mercy Stone has launched a new studio performance video for the song “Wail Song” taken from their album Ghettoblaster. Watch it below. Founder of the project, guitarist and composer Scott Grady stated, “‘Ghettoblaster’ uses many different genres/styles of popular music with elements of classical composition. With ‘Wail Song,’  I…

Review: Lautreamont – Silence of the Deceased

Russian three-piece Lautreamont create a decadent black/death metal in a similar vein as Deathspell Omega and Gorguts. The music on the Novorossiysk group’s debut album “Silence of the Deceased” rests on dissonance and atmosphere, and while it is for sure technical, there is a rawness here that is reminiscent of old-school death metal.  The album…

Album Review: DID – Dissociative Identity Disorder

Progressive rock has had its ups and downs over the past few decades. Although this is arguably the same for every genre of music, well, ever, you would think a style that’s purportedly meant to advance its genre forward would never run out of steam on its own. Nevertheless, as a fan for most of…

EP Review: Remark – Keep Running

Grunge has recently made a small trip from Seattle to Moscow. Remark also welcome it with their second EP, “Keep Running,” in the present.  Founded in 2009, the quintet clearly shows the DNA of such giants of the genre as Pearl Jam and Soundgarden. At the same time they extend the ‘90s grunge by elements…

EP Review: Forest God – Back to the Forest

Back to the Forest, the second EP credited to the name of Aalborg, Denmark-based composer Peter Kiel Jørgensen and his project Forest God, has potential to be submitted for one of the best releases to come out in 2018. A labour of love, Back to the Forest  is one of those rare musical efforts that…

Review: Barry Weinberg’s “Samsarana”

Pinning together the mindset of heavy metal and folk rock with the constantly evolving nature of progressive rock, Barry Weinberg was able to release a record that experimentally will, in my opinion, never be dated. Samsarana exists in its own realm of music, because that’s what the South Florida musician wished to do when he…

TRAGUL Have Returned with “Before I Say Goodbye” Single

Multi-national Symphonic Metal six-piece TRAGUL released their new single “Before I Say Goodbye” on Friday, April 13th. The lyric video for the song is streaming now via the band’s official YouTube channel. “Before I Say Goodbye” presents an undeniably renewed TRAGUL, which returns with a very catchy melodic song, a rhythm halfway between the modern sound…

Review: Kharva – Demo

Before it was melodic or technical, or brutal, or infused with hardcore, death metal was filthy. I don’t necessarily mean gory, though that is often a side effect of buzzsaw riffing. No, old school death metal has its own sense of melody, brutality, and speed, and Sweden’s Kharva understand that perfectly. Their demo was launched…

Review: Blunt – Broken Down

“Broken Down,” a new full-length album by Illinois stoner act Blunt, boasts a very tight and punchy production. It comes familiarly slathered in the grimiest of guitar tones, fuzziest feedback, growliest bass, rowdiest drum work, all of which wrestle for supremacy. The only difference from earlier efforts is a clearer separation between all these sonic…

Review: Welcome Inside The Brain – Celebrate The Depression

At some point in listening to Celebrate the Depression, a debut full-length offering by Leipzig’s five-piece progressive rock act Welcome Inside The Brain, the music stops being a mixture of a wide variety of different threads of progressive rock and becomes a thread of its own. I suppose if you combined a number of threads…