Four Seconds Ago – ‘The Vacancy’ (Album Review)

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Although Periphery are primarily worshipped as all-conquering djent overlords, they’ve never been the kind of band to go in for constant, unrelenting brutality. Even Insomnia, the opening track from their self-titled debut album, started off with clean, faded-in backward swells and electronic glitches before Read more…

Posted on 28 September 2018

Voivod – ‘The Wake’ (Album Review)

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Very few bands make it through three and a half decades – but over the course of multiple lineup adjustments, creative direction changes, tragedies and triumphs, Voivod have kept the dream alive since the early 80s. Whether laying down 17-minute songs or covering the Batman theme, Voivod keep pushing their boundaries and stretching Read more…

Posted on 20 September 2018

Black Peaks – ‘All That Divides’ (Album Review)

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Some bands are born special. I first came across Black Peaks (then known collectively as Shrine) back in 2014, within a year or so of their initial formation, and it was obvious even then that these guys would go on to achieve big things. Fast-forward past their Closer To The Sun EP, 2016’s beautifully batshit debut album Statues, massive amounts of touring, and more than a few Read more…

Posted on 16 September 2018

Monuments – ‘Phronesis’ (Album Review)

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Since 2014, Monuments have managed to stay near the top of the tech-metal pile on the back of The Amanuensis, which happens to be one of the greatest albums to ever emerge from that particular scene Read more…

Posted on 14 September 2018

Vennart – ‘To Cure A Blizzard Upon A Plastic Sea’ (Album Review)

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Mike Vennart has a reputation for turning musical messes and chaos into moving, engrossing, living and breathing songs. With To Cure A Blizzard Upon A Plastic Sea, he’s at it once again. This album can be chalked up as another success, awarded the latest approving check mark on a list of long-playing releases that date back to his work with Oceansize and Read more…

Posted on 06 September 2018

The Arusha Accord – ‘Juracán’ (EP Review)

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The Arusha Accord named themselves after a set of failed peace agreements, and their own history has been defined by dramatic struggles and attempts at conflict resolution. After an extended absence and 2017 comeback, both vocalist Alex Green and guitarist Tom Hollings departed into the sunset while the remaining members fought to Read more…

Posted on 01 September 2018

ArcTanGent 2018 (Festival Review)

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Although attractiveness is subjective, ArcTanGent happens to be situated in an official Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – and if you visit it and look around, you’d probably agree with the government’s judgment for once. As for the music you can expect to experience at the UK’s most respected prog, math, and post-everything festival, it may serve a very specific niche, but the fans who love the styles in question tend to Read more…

Posted on 21 August 2018

Monuments (The Phronesis Interview)

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On October 5, tech-metal fans can look forward to the long-awaited unveiling of Phronesis, the latest collection of groove-heavy tracks from the band who unleashed The Amanuensis about four years ago. For now, let’s just say that you need to pre-order Phronesis immediately via this link, and read on to dig into an epic-length chat with Monuments guitarist and mastermind John Browne about his band’s post-Amanuensis issues, the story behind standout Phronesis track Stygian Blue, onstage flashers, a ton of advice for up-and-coming musicians, and Read more…

Posted on 14 August 2018

Skyharbor – ‘Sunshine Dust’ (Album Review)

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Since absolutely smashing it with the incredible Guiding Lights back in 2014, Skyharbor have been through more than their fair share of upheaval. Drummer Anup Sastry and vocalist Daniel Tompkins left within six days of each other back in June 2015, while Sunshine Dust itself was taken back into the studio and re-recorded late last year. Inevitably, a creative direction change has been coming – but especially considering the great music that’s come before, this album is largely Read more…

Posted on 11 August 2018

Boss Keloid (Interview)

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This interview contains one of my favourite answers of all time. Boss Keloid open the Yohkai Stage at ArcTanGent in about a week’s time – so check out the video below to see why they should not be missed, and read on to see if you can guess which response was the clear winner… Read more…

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Posted on 08 August 2018