Unprocessed – ‘Covenant’ (Album Review)

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With so many competitors vying for space behind the djent frontlines still dominated by Tesseract, Animals As Leaders, and of course Periphery, the standards by which they will inevitably be judged are becoming more stringent all the time. Having heard advance track Haven, I went into Convenant hyped up and excited to see what Unprocessed were going to bring to the table Read more…

Posted on 10 April 2018

The Dali Thundering Concept – ‘Savages’ (Album Review)

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Concept albums have long been a staple part of every progressive music fan’s diet. At this point, so many have been recorded that The Dali Thundering Concept had their work cut out as they put together the plan for Savages.

Their response was simple: Go as deep as possible, and refuse to settle for anything short of Read more…

Posted on 04 April 2018

Valis Ablaze – ‘Boundless’ (Album Review)

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On last year’s EP Insularity, Valis Ablaze made no secret of the fact that they’re massive Tesseract fans. Since I share the same opinion of the British djent overlords, the only fault I could have levelled at Insularity was its relative lack of other influences.

With Boundless, Valis Ablaze now show signs of Read more…

Posted on 02 April 2018

Tesseract – ‘Sonder’ (Album Review)

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Too many metal bands make music with all the depth of a raindrop. Tesseract, on the other hand, constantly strive to give their fans more than they could possibly ask for.

More meaning.

More innovation.

More Read more…

Posted on 15 March 2018

Between The Buried And Me – ‘Automata I’ (Album Review)

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After almost two decades in the game, Between The Buried And Me refuse to stop pushing their own boundaries. Since day one, BTBAM have consistently evolved while birthing multiple progressive masterworks. Alaska was one of the first albums that got me into structurally advanced music; Colors was…well…Colors, for fuck’s sake; and 2012’s Parallax II cemented BTBAM’s status as a new generation’s equivalent of Pink Floyd and Dream Theater Read more…

Posted on 27 February 2018

Rabea Massaad – ‘Grinding Gears’ (EP Review)

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As one of the Internet’s leading guitar personalities, Rabea Massaad is widely recognized by six-string aficionados worldwide as…well…a bit fucking good. A total, authoritative master of rock and metal playing with a unique, immediately recognisable style of his own, this guy knows his shit. Bea (pronounced like “beer”) is also a key member of long-term personal favourites Dorje and Toska – a pair of bands already making an impact on the online rock, metal, and instrumental prog scenes Read more…

Posted on 08 February 2018

Rolo Tomassi – ‘Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It’ (Album Review)

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Rolo Tomassi are batshit crazy in the best possible way. If you fancy trying to pigeonhole them, good luck. You’d probably have to come up with some ridiculous new genre label to make it work – something like “box of mathy death-frogs” or “kitchen sinkcore”.

Alternatively, you could just call Rolo Tomassi “Rolo Tomassi”, and be Read more…

Posted on 06 February 2018

Sikth (Interview)

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Shortly before SikTh took the stage at Koko to play Death Of A Dead Day in full, I got talking to guitarist Dan Weller about billion-dollar live shows, and dealing with music-related mental health issues…

It’s almost the end of your tour – how’re you feeling?

Excited for tonight, playing Death Of A Dead Day in its entirety…

Yeah! How come you’re doing that tonight?

We just thought fuck it – why not? We know what people want to hear, they want the stuff you’re known for. We could’ve played more from the new album, and thought about it, but instead we decided to play more from Death Of A Dead Day.

What’s the most random thing you’ve had happen at one of your shows?

We’ve did a show in Newport where a lot of guys who’d just been released from prison came to our gig to celebrate their release. Really lairy dudes – they came up to the front row, real metalheads. They cracked open some bottles of champagne as we came on and covered us with drink Read more…

Posted on 10 December 2017

SikTh / Devil Sold His Soul / Press To MECO (Live Review – Koko, London, December 8 2017)

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Last night, Koko hosted one of the shows of the year.

In recent years, Press To MECO (85%) have earned much respect thanks to their ability to pen complex yet accessible rock songs. They’re one of the best bands to do so since Reuben – and they made the most of this opening slot, throwing new beatdown-boasting song A Quick Fix among established tunes such as Manipulate and Affinity. Press To MECO are a joy to listen to, a band with a voice of their own, and ones to watch in 2018 Read more…

Posted on 09 December 2017

The Contortionist – ‘Clairvoyant’ (Album Review)

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In an age of constant content overload, it’s become increasingly difficult to create something that truly stands on its own. So much has been done before; so much has already been done to staggeringly high standards. Still, with 2014’s Language the Contortionist pulled off the near impossible.

Listen back further to 2012’s Intrinsic and 2010’s Exoplanet, and you’ll see how far the Contortionist leapt on Language. Over time, their fusion-flavoured influences crowded out the Contortionist’s heavy side until the results became mellower, more soulful, even ambient. Language was ultimately an uplifting prog album with strong shades of metal spliced in at just the right moments. Read more…

Posted on 16 August 2017

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