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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

ForTiorl - Reflection (2014)

Artist: ForTiorl
Album: Reflection
Genre: Djent/Ambient/Progressive

Tracklist:
1. Cassandra: Corrode
2. Cassandra: Prophecy
3. Cassandra: Animate
4. Dissent: Persecute
5. Dissent: The Fight
6. Dissent: Heretic
7. Anamnesis: Remember
8. Anamnesis: Serenity
9. Anamnesis: Rebirth
10. Afterworld; Awaken
11. Afterworld: Transform
12. Afterworld: Arrival

Download/Preview:Bandcamp(NYP)


This is pretty good, it's also pretty mellow. It starts out heavy and progresses into a more melodic state, which is pretty cool and easy to listen to. There's ton's of feel's in this, and definitely worth downloading.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Fragments Of The Orient - Somewhere Outside The Present Human Sphere (2014)

Artist: Fragments Of The Orient
Album: Somewhere Outside The Present Human Sphere
Genre: Instrumental Progressive Metal

Tracklist:
1. Paradisical Expanse
2. Machinate Conscious
3. Expatriate
4. Cetacean Augur
5. The Ascendant
6. Brain Cataracts
7. Vanquisher
8. Glacial Lakes




I was able to  listen to this masterpiece 6 months ago, and I´m happy as fuck that my friends in FOTO finally release their first record. This is awesome Instrumental Prog Metal, like a heavier version of Scale The Summit!

I hope you guys enjoy this!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

AnovA - Omnis (2014)

Artist: AnovA
Album: Omnis
Genre: Math Metal/Experimental

Tracklist:
1. Tartarus
2. Magatama
3. Sword
4. Red Sea
5. Daedalus
6. Overflow
7. Hisou
8. Recursion
9. Unforgiving Blue
10.Ride This Squall Part 1
11.Ride This Squall Part 2
12.Ride This Squall Part 3
 
 
Interesting melodies and ideas, but the vocals are a little bit odd.

Coronado - Ark (2014)

Artist: Coronado
Album: Ark
Genre: Instrumental Progressive Metal/Metalcore
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Tracklist:
1. Still
2. A Rising
3. Smoke Signals
4. North

Stream and Download ( Name Your Price) via Bandcamp


New EP by one of Duckcore´s dearest friends!

Hybrid Circle - A Matter Of Faith (2014)

Artist: Hybrid Circle
Album: A Matter Of Faith
Genre: Math/Industrial Metal

Tracklist:
1. Son of Galileo
2. My Twins
3. The Impossible
4. Age of Rationality (feat. Felix Martin)
5. Science Fiction
6. The Parallax
7. Digi-Christ
8. Eternity
9. Trial of Trust (Arrival on Titan)
10. Trial of Trust (Colony of Salvation)
11. Trial of Trust (The Giant Leap)
12. Headup (Deftones cover)
 
 
 
Very high quality for "Name Your Price". Worth a download and a listen.
 

Acting On Impulse - Nothing Ventured Nothing Gained (2014)

Artist: Acting On Impulse
Album: Nothing Ventured Nothing Gained
Genre: Progressive Metalcore

Tracklist:
1. Convoluted 
2. Backward Thought Forward Motion 
3. Climbing The Ladder 
4. Separation Revelation 
5. Methodical 
 
 

 
New side project by the busiest bee in the metalsector, the mighty Alex Rudinger. Double duty on this one, he´s also doing vocals!
 

For Giants - Depths (2014)

Artist: For Giants
Album: Depths
Genre: Groove Metal/Progressive Metal

Tracklist:
1. Impulse
2. Spade
3. Polarize
4. Aeriform
5. Lucidity
6. Emanate
 
 
Very solid stuff! Groovy and catchy!

Thessa - Exile 2.0 (2014)

Artist: Thessa
Album: Exile 2.0
Genre: Instrumental Progressive Metal

Tracklist:
1. Blackout
2. Memories Fade As Fortune Presents Itself
3. On The Edge
4. Interlude I : Biomechanical
5. Constellations
6. Nascent
7. Perpetual Cycle
8. The One
9. Interlude II : Lost
10. Open Your Eyes
11. Eternal
12. Ending : Everything Ends
13. Memories Fade As Fortune Presents Itself Ft. Jos (Bonus)
14. Eternal Ft. Niti (Bonus)
15. Stardust (Bonus)
 
 
 
One of my favorite solo artists released his awesome record "Exile" again, with new production and some bonus tracks. Definitely woth the time, awesome stuff!

Lizard Minelli - Airwaves (2014)

Artist: Lizard Minelli
Album: Airwaves
Genre: Progressive Deathcore

Tracklist:
  1. Constellation
  2. Dead-Alive John
  3. From The Ashes
  4. Saints In A Brothel
  5. Toulouse (feat. Nicky Romero)
  6. Revival
  7. I See The Whole World In Your Eyes
  8. Poems For Rats
  9. Airwaves
  10. My Minelli
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Preview: Dead-Alive John

Very promising new act from Russia. The vocals are a little bit rough, but there are some nice elements in there.
 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Shadow Of Intent - Inferi Sententia (2014)

Artist: Shadow Of Intent
Album: Inferi Sententia
Genre: Technical Death Metal/Symphonic Metal

1. The Prelude Bereavement
2. The Shaping Sickness
3. The Cosmic Inquisitor
4. The Last Bastion
5.The Indexing

Support/Preview:Bandcamp($4)

So it's been awhile since ive posted and im sorry for that. These guy's are killer, and this EP all about halo which is awesome. The guitar is perfect with technical structure, with melody and great breakdowns when needed. The vocals are brutal, punishing, and just straight up in your face. The execution of the symphonic and melodic section's mesh flawlessly, and it's superbly done. All in all this has everything you could want, and in pulls aspect's of several different genres. It's only four buck's on bandcamp, and if you're a fan of halo and love good death metal this is for you.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Within The Ruins - Phenomena (2014)


Artist: Within The Ruins
Album: Phenomena
Genre: Metal, Technical Deathcore, Deathcore
Release Date: July 22, 2014
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Track Listing:

1. Gods Amongst Men
2. Clockwork
3. Eternal Shore
4. Dark Monarch
5. Sentinel
6. Ataxia III
7. Enigma
8. Hegira
9. Ronin
10. The Other
11. Calling Card

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After "Elite" Within The Ruins cemented their originality and unique sound as their own. "Phenomena" is exactly where "Elite" left off. This album full of complex song structures and even more effect ridden guitar riffs, but seems to be missing the hooks that left most of us drooling after Elite. "Gods Amongst Men" was a great track to select as their single, as it may go down as the "Feeding Frenzy" of this album and definitely a crowd pleaser. 

"Eternal Shore" has an absolutely terrific solo. Joe has mastered the delicate blend of shred and melody as he again demonstrates in the highly anticipated Ataxia III. That being said...the instrumental Enigma has to be one of the funnest songs to listen to, as it throws in some highly recognizable bits of tunes as Mario and Inspector Gadget and some others I'm still trying to decipher.

The Drummer aka Kevin and Andrew really pull in some nice tight rhythms to lay the groundwork for Joe's imaginative riffs and leads. Tim does what he does best, and seems he's really trying to explore some new grounds as he puts in some different vocal ranges.

This album certainly has that killer Within The Ruins feel to it, pick a random track and any fan will recognize who it is. If you enjoyed their previous works, you will not be disappointed, but don't expect any new punches to be thrown. Seems they have found their sound and perfected it.

Phenomena is a solid 7/10.

Preorder the album and support these monsters on their upcoming tour on Summer Slaughter, album drops July 22, 2014.




- Doom -

Monday, June 23, 2014

Kinetik - Relatively Speaking (2014)

Artist: Kinetik
Album: Relatively Speaking
Genre: Djent/Progressive Metal

Tracklist:
1. Reanimate Objects
2. Interference
3. Beyond Gone
4. Relatively Speaking
5. Carbon Blased
6. Eventual Horizon


Awesome new output from Kinetik, groovy and catchy! Download this shit!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Spectral Insight - Spectral Insight [EP] (2014)



Spectral Insight
Album: Spectral Insight [EP]
Genre: Experimental/Progressive Metal/Djent
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Track Listing:
1. Arise
2. Absolute
3. Obdurate
4. Spectral Insight - Continuum
5. Spectral Insight - Remnant
6. Infinite

Support: Bandcamp ($3)

Self-titled debut EP, progressive/experimental metal, jazz and fusion music.


Monday, June 16, 2014

Scream In Rage - In White (2014)


Scream In Rage
Album: In White
Genre: Hardcore/Metalcore
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Track Listing:
1. Blackened Memories
2. Fracture
3. Witness (feat. Guillermo Laorga from Memories)
4. In White
5. Wound Healer (feat. Javier Losada)
6. Tiare
7. Aireen
8. Ghosts In The Water (feat. Anthony Hamin from Merge)

Bandcamp (Name Your Price)

Spain underground scene slowly growing on great bands, like this guy from Madrid. Proggy metalcore/hardcore, with some djenty influence in their riffs.
For fans of: It Prevails, Beartooth, Hundredth, Counterparts.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Sunwalker - Full Circle (2014)

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Sunwalker
Album: Full Circle
Genre: Melodic Metalcore
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Track Listing:
1. Oblivion
2. Wander
3. Ghost
4. Triumph/Tragedy
5. Overture

Bandcamp (NYP)

I've been pretty inactive about posting on the blog recently and I really hope this post makes up for that. Sunwalker is an absolutely BEAUTIFUL melodic metalcore band. The atmosphere has me in a trance. This is seriously some of the most melodic, driving music I've heard. This band deserves your support so head over to the bandcamp link and help them out however you can.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Dissolution - Natural Selection (2014)



Artist: Dissolution
Album: Natural Selection
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Genre: Death Metal, Technical Death Metal

Track List:
1. Ride to Devastation 5:41
2. The Pact 3:47
3. Abnormal Appetite 4:46
4. Falling in Shreds 3:30
5. Years of Redemption 4:05
6. A Rust Coloured Dawn 5:41
7. A Raven's Stare 4:22
8. Natural Selection 3:52

Preview and Purchase this and previous albums from iTunes

Canada has been a hot bed of solid tech death bands lately, and these guys do not fail at delivering some great tech riffs and leads on top of the beastly drums and bass laying down such a solid foundation. The best part about Dissolution is the subtle technicality they present, it's not so over bearing where you may need breaks in between songs to rest your mind, but just enough to leave you wanting more.

This album opens up with “Ride to Devastation” which is a great track to start with, displaying the bands full range of abilities and what they can offer. It has a heavy opening riff and immediately gets you to start head banging. They keep it banging until about halfway through they drop the harmonized melody on you that's reminiscent of Iron Maiden it makes you wish they’d solo right after…and of course they do, proving that with all the riffage, they have the leads as well.

Next comes in “The Pact.” It starts off hard and doesn’t let up. A little less than a minute in the double bass kicks in taking this track to a new level of intensity (which is my favorite part of the album). They were set to devastate with this track…mission accomplished. I couldn’t imagine on how hard the pits would be during this track.

“Abnormal Appetite” is the second single they released and the one that got me pumped for the album. The pinch harmonics used throughout these riffs are so intriguing. If you’re a melody seeker, this track will satisfy your auditory needs with the solo that just soars, changing the pace of this track in a subtle welcoming way that you don’t quite expect. Top that with lyrics about cannibalism, and I was hooked.

“Falling in Shreds” is full of lead work. It kicks off thrashy, but busts into an almost funky beat. They don’t let the vibe of punishment die though, as the next few riffs keep the pace up as the solos adds some spice.

Next is the first single they release, and the first track I heard, “Years of Redemption.” While I dug the track initially, it didn’t do much for me when I heard it except make me curious what else they had to offer. I do like the odd style of verse riffing on this one but may go down as my least favorite on the album (but in no way is it a bad track).

“A Rust Coloured Dawn” starts with a nice black metal tremolo riff and goes into an atmospheric feel that the whole band seems to shine in. Lasts long enough to let you groove to it, before they kick it into thrash mode and along comes more ripping solos. The atmospheric feel comes back in an almost Death fashion and kicks into some groove that should come with a warning label of sore neck afterwards. It also has some very unexpected additional elements that I’ll keep to myself, it’s worth listening for. Hands down my favorite track of the album.

Track 7 is “A Raven’s Stare” and is another great example of the amazing feet work this drummer has and also the musicianship these guys possess, each instrument complimenting the other as they create an awesome wall of sound for the vocals.

The closer is the title track, “Natural Selection.” It has a fantastic verse riff that compliments the vocals. This track contains probably my favorite solos on the album, and the post-solo riff they transition into is so fluid.

I’m incredibly impressed with this band. Every instrument is masterfully played, and to top it off, the guitarists do the vocals. This album is a solid 9/10 and any death metal head should love this intense style, specifically any fans of Beyond Creation or Obscura. 

Bandcamp (new album not up there yet)



- Doom -




Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Codex - {Delusions] (2014)

Artist: Codex
Album: [Delusions]
Genre: Progressive Deathcore/Groove

Tracklist:
1. Prologue
2. The Approach
3. Revelation
4. Delusions
5. Interlude
6. The Sacrifice


Very bouncy and atmospheric stuff. FFO: Northlane, Substructure, Clocks, Auras.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Review: Voice Of Ruin - Morning Wood (2014)

Artist: Voice Of Ruin
Album: Morning Wood
Genre: Death Metal/Horny Farmer Metal

Tracklist:
1.Welcome To The Stud Farm 01:27
2.Party Hard 03:58
3.Through The Eyes Of Machete 03:55
4.Day Of Rage 04:30
5.The Rise Of Nothing 04:30
6.Morning Wood 04:20
7.Viols Désinvoltes 04:17
8.Cock'n Bulls 03:27
9.Today Will End 02:41
10.Sex For Free 04:06
11.Big Dick 04:27
12.Dirty 04:09



Review

These Swiss dudes have made quite an interesting concept to their band. The concepts and ideas are hilarious, and the music is crushing, and you can tell these guys are a ton of fun to hang with. Usually I despise clean singing, but the clean vocals on "Through the Eyes of Machete" with the overall culmination of guitars and growls I have to admit worked out great (not so much on the title track in my opinion).

Album opens up with an instrumental "Welcome to Stud Farm" and right away the track name lets you know what you're in store for. Music is gentle, a pleasant distraction that lulls you into a false sense of beauty before the band kicks in and just gets banging. Then it's off to metal land. This album is an onslaught of solid riffs and grooves any death metaller should find easy to headbang to.

7/10

Written by Austin Leiser

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Frozen Remains - Legacy (2014)


Artist: Frozen Remains
Album: Legacy
Genre: Deathcore/Death Metal

1. Arise
2. The Forgotten One's
3. Oceans Of Illusion
4. Last Of Our Kind
5. This Is Our Legacy
6. Endless Life

Support: Bandcamp($0.78)

This is really good, I think the mexican scene is really taking off. There's a lot of that Egyptian feel to this, especially the first two or three songs. Vocal's are super solid, same with the instruments as a whole. This is only seventy eight cents, which is a damn steal, so most definitely pick this up.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Elgin´s Diversity - #THEWORLD (2014)

Artist: Elegin´s Diversity
Album: #THEWORLD
Genre: Deathcore/Groove
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Tracklist:
1. Girls Gone Wild
2. She´s Gorgeous To Me
3. She´s In My Head
4. Devastation
5. She´s A Stranger To Me
6. #THEUNIVERSE

Stream and free download via Bandcamp

Ignore the ugly artwork, ignore everything that make you believe that this is a shitty band.
This has a lot of potential, awesome grooves, beasty vocals and great melodies. FFO: Volumes/Auras with solos.

Widek - Outside The Universe (2014)

Artist: Widek
Album: Outside The Universe
Genre: Instrumental Progressive Metal/Post Rock/Progressive Rock

Tracklist:
1. The Space Between Us
2. Above The Sky
3. Spiral
4. Galaxy
5. Aries (feat. Gru)
6. Stargaze
7. Orion
8. Cosmic Ocean (feat. Tomas Raclavsky)
9. ION
10. Saturn (feat. Sithu Aye)
11. Celestial
12. Falling Universe (feat. Gru)
13. The Last Day On Earth
14. Ursa Major (feat. Gru)
15. Enter Through The Sun (feat. Gru and Matthieu Romarin)
16. The Astronaut



Fucking masterpiece. This is how modern progressice music have to sound like. I totally in love with this awesome meshup between Djent/Ambient/Post Rock/Progressive Rock. Really amazing.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Graveborn - Samsara (2014)


Artist: Graveborn
Album:  Samsara
Genre: Death Metal/ Technical Death Metal

1. The Dark Descent
2. Immortal
3. Leviathan
4. Anatta
5. Samsara
6. System Shock
7. Ouroboros
8. Plutocrat
9. In The Presence Of Ignorance

Support: Bandcamp($5)

Haven't posted in awhile, and this is a good one. Great crushing vocals, ripping guitar straight out of the depths of hell, all around a super solid release. The solo in Leviathan totally reminds me of through the eye's of the dead, which isnt a bad thing haha. Five bucks aint bad, it's most definitely worth it. Pick it up, through them a like on Facebook, and enjoy the shit out of this one.  

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Watcher - Lost Reality (2014)


Artist: Watcher
Album: Lost Reality
Genre: Instrumental/Progressive Metalcore

Track Listing:
1. Lost Reality (single)

Support/Preview: (Bandcamp, $1)

Beautiful instrumental metal with hints of Erra,
Shapist, and Sithu Aye.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Endeavour - The Advancement In Atrophy (2014)

Artist: Endeavour
Album: The Advancement In Atrophy
Genre: Progressive Metal/Metalcore/Deathcore/Atmospheric/Ambient

Tracklist:
1. Atrophy Pt: A
2. Atrophy Pt. B
3. Framework
4. Wise Words: Deaf Ears
5. The Count
6. The Dream
7. The Advancement Pt: A
8. The Advancement Pt: B



THIS! This! This.

For free! For free?

This is freakin awesome, no doubt. 
Like a more "Prog Metal" version of The Contortionist or Substructure, less djenty chuggin riffs, more atmosphere, more prog, more ambient. 
I`M FUCKING IMPRESSED.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Review: Inveterate - Pathogenic (2014)

Artist: Inveterate
Album: Pathogenic
Genre: Deathcore

Tracklist:
1. Pathogenic 
2. Warpath
3. Bay Harbor Butcher
4. Screaming For Salvation
5. Mirrors



Review:
First off, this is an EP that was both more and less than I expected. After listening to this EP as a single piece of work, I was definitely impressed. The intro track, “Pathogenic” was awesome and really pulled me into what I was about to hear. However, I was honestly hoping for 5 full songs. Now once the album really begins, these guys kick into gear. Warpath literally paves the way into something seriously heavy and dissonant, while providing the listener with some interesting breakdowns that don’t fail to disappointment. The vocals in this EP crush and this band did a great job of choosing when to double track. The drums (real or not, I can’t even tell sometimes these days) also stay interesting throughout, without detracting from the rest of the music. All of the instruments also sync up real tight at times and create a solid feel for this band. Now when I listen to a band that calls themselves Deathcore, I honestly don’t expect too much from the guitars. The three guitarists in this band (bass is a guitar) really show you that they are capable of more than guiding you to heavy breakdowns with “Screaming for Salvation”. This quick paced song brings out a little more of their versatility as musicians with an epic breakdown leading into riffage that makes you have to head bang at least a little, later leading into a solo and more intensity. This song really brought the EP together as a whole for me. Now I don’t expect, or even want, to hear another “Screaming for Salvation”. However, I need more songs that show me they aren’t another “Deathcore” band.

Conclusion:  As an album, the “Pathogenic” EP is really a coherent piece and flows well. The production quality is great as well as the reamp, mixing, and mastering (done by none other than the Tampa/Berlin native Sludge Studios). Inveterate is without a doubt talented and I’m going to keep listening to them. I’d recommend keeping an eye out for these dudes in the future and supporting them now because this EP rules. Also that jazz breakdown in Mirrors, thanks for not doing more of that because it was great.

8/10
Written by Vinny Medina