Album Review: Psychic Equalizer – The Lonely Traveller

Psychic Equalizer is a project of a young Spanish musician Hugo Selles, based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Back in January, Psychic Equalizer has come up with the release of the full-length record “The Lonely Traveller.” Selles’ and the music of Psychic Equalizer make frequent use of rock rhythms and dynamics, and their music is likely to…

Album Review: Konstant Singularity – Randomnicity

Konstant Singularity is the pet of guitarist, composer and producer Konstantin Ilin, and Randomnicity is his sophomore studio album which features drummer Alex Vostrikov. I guess that Konstant Singularity started as a kind of improvised act but with enough rock elements and energy to give them entry to that camp too. The other labels like…

EP Review: Pregnant Whale Pain – Blank

Blank is an EP from a Hungarian mathcore act Pregnant Whale Pain, released independently in January. The EP kicks off with “How to Ruin Her Makeup,” which is arguably the most technically mind-blowing number on the EP, although there are quite a few of these throughout the release. The atonality is there along with rawness….

Album Review: Anakdota – Overloading

Overloading, the debut album credited to the name of Israeli experimental, Progressive Rock outfit Anakldota, has potential to be submitted for one of the best releases to come out in 2016. A labour of love, Overloading  (whose title can be interpreted in many different ways) is one of those rare musical efforts that manage to…

Album Review: Increate – Void

Increate from Portland, Oregon are about to launch their new record entitled Void on the 3rd February. This band describes their music as a mix of Progressive Metal, Technical Death Metal and Djent, which definitely fits with the music of their record. Maybe they could add the terms Melodic and Ambient, as some of their…

EP Review: Cloudspeak – To the Moon

Spotify, Bedroom composing and producing has been on the rise in recent years. Johnny Wright IV aka Cloudspeak, a 21-year old songwriter from Chicago, has just launched his DIY debut EP To the Moon. There’s a real sense of movement in each of the six tracks here. “Set Sail” feeds the ear a lovely set of…

Album Review: Second Horizon – Albdruck

Trying to categorise Cologne’s Second Horizon into a neat and tidy genre for the purposes of giving the band a home would do Albdruck, the band’s debut album, a total disservice. It would also prove to be nigh on the impossible, as this quartet incorporates a plethora of musical influences which touch upon various sonic…

Album Review: Farwatch – Transmigrated

Farwatch just released their debut album. Not just a record with a bunch of songs, but four real well written songs where two of them take the twelve-minute hurdle. This latter is quite a brave journey, because how do you keep a twelve minute song interesting to listen to? Musically it turns out to be…

Album Review: Althea – Memories Have No Name

Perfect sound, fantastic keyboards effects, heavy guitars, crystal clear voice, killing riffs: welcome to “Memories Have No Name.” Althea’s newest release is so powerful (riffs), and in the same time melodic (voice / guitars) & atmospheric (guitars and keyboards). The overall sounds is really great. I need to highlight here that there are so many…

Review: Soulhenge – Anachronism

Progressive metalcore outfit from Luxembourg, Soulhenge just released a new EP, Anachronism, on May 20. The band is a technically proficient, inventive unit that adeptly mixes progressive metalcore, deathcore, djent and prog metal into a heavy, catchy and dynamic release. Classical influence in modern metal always intrigues me, and “A New Dawn,” Anachronism’s opening number, captured my attention immediately…

Interview with ARCANE

Brisbane progsters, Arcane returned earlier this year with their third, double album titled “Known/Learned,” a release that many fans already see as one of the year’s top records. Guitarist Michael Gagen was in a good mood to answer our questions about the new release. Define the mission of Arcane. Arcane are inspired by the complexity and technicality of progressive and…

Interview: UPSILON ACRUX

Los Angeles based instrumental avant/experimental rock outfit Upsilon Acrux have gone through several incarnations over the years. Their current line-up features two drummers- something the band already experienced with the release of 2004’s “Volucris Avis Dirae-Arum.” Led by guitarist Paul Lai, and with a two-drums set-up this year brings the release of the New Atlantis Records’ debut titled…