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…

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…

Review: Zombie Strippers from Hell – Tales from the OtherSide

There are many ways of creating music. Following the rules, being bound of genre limitations, or letting your wheels go off road to wherever you want your sound to reach out. This change in the direction only brings rich melodies, “new” tunes, tasty sound. Zombie Strippers from Hell, a metal duo from Poland, is one…

Album Review: PuzzleWood – Gates of Loki

The music of PuzzleWood is mainly inspired by the early albums of Porcupine Tree, Pink Floyd, King Crimson and Sigur Rós. Although I hardly hear other influences or a small change in style on the band’s debut album, the small herd of fans of the band enjoy the sound of PuzzleWood over and over again….

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…