Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Curmedgeon "Human Ouroboros Tape"

 Hardcore punk from Boston. There isn't a song on this Album that's over 1:19, which I find refreshing. I like the name of this band, apparently Webster describes it as a bad tempered, cantankerous person. it's also a
Nirvana song. Anyway if Hardcore Punk Rock is your bag, check it out.


Consciousness Removal Project "The Last Season"

This is some of the most dynamic music I've heard in a LONG while, not to mention ambitious. The blending of classical instrumentation with the wet delayed guitars makes for an interesting juxtaposition, Especially when the everything jumps into a groove. Their influences don't stop at just post metal, there are some interesting electronica and borderline industrial things happening in the back ground. Now usually I can take or leave that whole sphere of music, but it's subtle enough that it's not too much. Think the Heavy-ness of Pelican's Australasia with the ambiance of an 80's movie soundtrack (something sci fi).  This band is writing symphonies, not songs and they are using everything at their disposal to make something that is beautiful , moving, crushing and inspiring.


Sunday, May 1, 2011

Murder Therapy

Its always amazing to watch a band evolve; to see them take their own sonic form. Murder Therapy may be one of the more startling transformations that ive seen as of yet. Breaking away from their vintage-flavored death metal roots, they've found a sound that could best be described as "post-death metal".
When i first heard this video, i thought that i had stumbled across another, albeit good, band of Neurosis imitators. That notion didn't last very long, as the music kept building until reaching a technical metal climax, residing somewhere between the earlier works of Mastodon and Death. As much as they seem to differ, when you give these guys a listen, i can assure you that it will make perfect sense. From what ive heard thus far, Murder Therapy is taking an already experimental genre one step further than most, and marrying two diametrically opposed styles quite beautifully. This is one band to definitely keep an eye on.


Of Legend- Cleric Of Samsara

After putting off getting started on reviewing anything, i've come across a band that made me not want to procrastinate any longer. These guys take all the things that i love about atmospheric metal and deliver it with a purpose. The riffs plod along like good doom should, but never dwell on things longer than necessary. In a style of music that usually winds up a competition of song length, Of Legend deliver the goods while never overstaying their welcome. The atmosphere is dense and the songs are heavy, but not so much that it takes away from the meditative nature of the compositions. The vocals are powerful and delivered in a Cult Of Luna-like fashion. Definitely worth hearing.
Get it on bandcamp (name your own price- always a plus) http://oflegend.bandcamp.com/

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Grass EP

Well first I'd like to apologize for being rather lax in my postings, but i have a good excuse my internet has been down since Monday. So to make up for that i have a treat for y'all. Now Presenting Philly's own GRASS.
Self described as "Ambient, Metal, Punk, and Sludge" and I think they do a pretty good job of combining those genres in relative equal parts. They remind me of everything I like about ISIS, but they do it in shorter songs that lean a little more towards the doom spectrum. There is a very "organic" feel for this whole work and the art work captures the feel of the music flawlessly. So check'em out


Saturday, April 23, 2011

Top 3 Albums I Can't Wait For...

Cave In "White Silence"

Dark Castle's new release

Baroness "Yellow Album"

If you have anything to add please feel free to comment

Labirinto "Anatema"

Labirinto is :
Erick Cruxen - guitar
Daniel Fanta - guitar
Muriel Curi - drums
Joaquim Prado - guitar, synths, bass
Matheus Barsotti - second drums
Vitor VisonĂ¡ - cello
Heitor Fujinami - violin
Nathan Bell - banjo
Luciano Sallun - sitar

Labirinto is from San Paulo, Brazil. They specialize in creating emotional, yet dark, atmospheric post rock. And Let me tell you that is where their strong point lies. Now apparently from what I could find in English on the web is that these guys are all D.I.Y. Making there own cds, shirts, posters, flyers etc. But enough about them, this 6 track album doesn't have a song on it that is under 10 minutes(awesome).Now what really turned me on about this album is the use of layering. it's so seem less that it feels like the instruments all come together when needed but also have their own distinct voice. Also I am a sucker for Cellos and Sitars so this album rubs me the right way. But honestly this is some of the most ambitious Post Rock I've heard in a long while.so stop being a cheap skate and toss up 6 bucks for a band that has done their time touring and playing shows.


Or  if you are too cheap for the 6 bucks then you can download the 3 song EP for free