Review: The Blue Prison – Alchemist

Let me go on a limb here. Alchemist is arguably one of the most dynamic and exploitative progressive metal albums the genre has to offer. On this new EP, guitarist Keigo Yoshida aka The Blue Prison pushes boundaries of the genre. The audible expedition that embodies Bilo 3.0 is an ironic one indeed. Redefining standard…

Review: The Image You Claim – Painted Visions

Bringing something more flavourful and progressive within its metalcore web, The Image You Claim have touched down with their debut album “Painted Visions” which showcases so much that this California six-piece have up their sleeves. Right out of the gate, you’re treated to something majestic mixed with something that absolutely breaks down walls with “Medusa.”…

Review: The Seathmaw Project – Inexistence

The Seathmaw Project is a melodic death metal project by guitarist and composer Geovanni Munoz haling from Dallas, and back in December 2017, he released its third album titled “Inexistence.” The album contains strong blasting riffs, which are otherwise inherently catchy and actually suit the vocals incredibly well. They are bludgeoning when paired with vicious…

Album Review: Sickle of Dust – Between the Worlds

I think the best way to describe the music of Moscow-based project Sickle of Dust would be slow paced, epic, atmospheric, raw Black Metal intertwined with folk music. Between the Worlds is Sickle of Dust’s debut album and was released last month. The first thing you’ll notice upon grasping the album is the beautiful cover…

Album Review: Mosh – Unbreakable Wall

I’ll always consider time to be one of the most important factors in music; no matter how high an album’s quality may seem in the present, you never know whether it’ll continue to hold up years later or suffer from the law of diminishing returns. That’s why it’s so much harder to judge modern music…

Review: Obiymy Doschu – Son

Staring a beautiful landscape and waiting for the sun to hide into the ocean… That is what I felt while I was listening to the new album by Ukrainian progressive / symphonic rock act Obiymy Doschu titled “Son,” which is possibly one of the most beautiful albums of 2017 . Their music draws inspiration by…

Album Review: Painted Black – Raging Light

Painted Black is the best band you’ve never heard of. Despite their general lack of widespread recognition, these guys from Lisbon, Portugal have been pumping out top-tier progressive death metal for over a decade, largely establishing their immunity from the genre’s various pitfalls. From their 2005 demo EP The Neverlight to 2014’s Quarto Vazio, Painted Black…

Review: Fabrizio La Piana – Almond and Coffee

Amsterdam-based guitarist and composer Fabrizio La Piana is joined by bassist Bernhard Hollinger and drummer Niels Voskuil for the jazz rock endeavour “Almond and Coffee,” a multi-faceted release that morphs pre-conceived boundaries into other spheres. The musicians think outside the box, due to Voskuil’s polyrhythmic beats and La Piana‘s slight use of distortion techniques while…

Album Review: The Stone – Teatar Apsurda

Belgrade, Serbia’s The Stone crept onto the black metal radar in 1996, but it took them about four years to come up with their bleak and crushing debut, Some Wounds Bleed Forever, and while the album received moderate acclaim in the underground/blogosphere, the timing of its release did the band no favors. Now, some 17…

Review: Anubis – The Second Hand

2017 has seen a veritable outpouring of releases which express and embody a seemingly deep-seated contemporary preoccupation with despair and despondency. Melancholic gloom is finding strong, heart-felt resonances in the work of many song writers, bands, musicians as well as the audiences who listen to their music. An almost numb and weary resignation is becoming…

Album Review: URSA’s “nulla”

URSA is a relatively new band coming from Terrassa in Spain who in March released full-length album “nulla.” This fully instrumental project consists of Marcos Cortes on guitar, Pol Ortega on bass, and Robert Arcos on drums. As is the case with most instrumental albums, “nulla” requires careful listening in order to be fully appreciated….