Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Unprecious - Transition EP (2012)

Artist: Unprecious
Album: Transition
Genre: Melodic Hardcore/Progressive Metalcore

1. Have A Good Day, Djentleman!
2. 28 Days
3. Telepapa Rules!

Download (via Bandcamp)

Preview: Where are you, Fromm? (New Song)

Very passionate, very heartful. This is a little diamond between all the big names in this genre. Don´t miss this.   

Robots Pulling Levers – Zong! (2013)

Robots Pulling Levers
Album:  Zong!
Genre:  Technical/Progressive (Death) Metal

Track Listing:
1. March Of Nazi Robots
2. Jihad
3. Sumati
4. Skywalker
5. Central Powers
6. Marshmallows
7. Regeneration

Download (320kbps):  Bandcamp / Zippy
Support:  Bandcamp (NYP)

Holy FUCK this is amazing, thanks xeno for showing me this!  Imagine if you took the shredding and outrageous technicality of Blotted Science, mixed it with some of the vibes of Angel Vivaldi, toned back on the experimentation, and added some death metal structure…just, holy crap.  Plus…MALCOLM PUGH.  That should tell you all you need to know right there.  Share this EVERYWHERE.

Vires – Global Wasteland (2011)

Album:  Global Wasteland
Genre:  Technical/Brutal Deathcore

Track Listing:
1. Introduction
2. Awaken
3. Cold-Blooded Indoctrination
4. Prelude To Immuration
5. Global Wasteland
6. Distribution Of Falsehood
7. Synthetic Avidity

Preview:  “Awaken”

If heavy deathcore of any stripe (beatdown, chugcore, shredfest, etc.) has ever gotten you amped, Vires takes all of those styles and throws them in a blender.  Their style kind of encompasses Depths Of Hatred-esque evil shredding, punishing breakdowns, hard-hitting grooves, and Micawber-esque lows.  This is such a good EP, and their new song (found HERE) does nothing to dispel the notion that Vires absolutely destroys.  Expecting big things from them in 2013!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Mask Of Judas - Axis (2013)

   Artist: Mask Of Judas
Album: Axis
Genre: Progressive Metal/Math Metal

1. Crown The Sun
2. Endeavor
3. Axis
4. The Asncension
5. Should You Leave With Nothing

Download (via Bandcamp)

Preview: Axis

HOLY SHIT! I´m following the work of the two shred-masters Sam Bell and Reece Fullwood since many years, and now, they play together in Mask Of Judas. The riffs and soli are pure dope. The pure shredtastic.

Church Hill - Intricacies (2013)

   Artist: Church Hill
Album: Intricacies
Genre: Progressive Deathcore/Metalcore/Groove

1. Orpheus
 2. Texture
 3. Aberration
 4. Ordinance
 5. Nomadic Constancy
 6. Prevalence
 7. Skies

Download (via Bandcamp)

Preview: Orpheus

These crazy Australians. Do it again. Groovy and punishing Deathcore for fann of Volumes, Clocks, Delta or Bermuda.

Blessing Sins – Between Night And Dawn (2009)

Blessing Sins
Album:  Between Night And Dawn
Genre:  Melodic Death Metal

Track Listing:
1. Mirror Of The Silent Mind
2. Between Night And Dawn
3. Ocean Of Lies
4. And I Stayed
5. Bless My Sin

If you guys remember, a while back I was trying to figure out what album this was on Facebook…well, I finally found my copy!  Really great melodic death metal EP with them “Shades”-era Knights Of The Abyss riffs and warm atmospheric tones!  Good luck finding this EP anywhere else too ;)

Memories In Broken Glass – Recode (2013)

Memories In Broken Glass
Album:  Recode
Genre:  Progressive/Atmospheric Deathcore

Track Listing:
1. Titan
2. Paradigm
3. Recode
4. Terra
5. Meridian
6. Neoearth

Support:  Bandcamp ($5)
Preview:  “Terra” / “Titan”

What do you think would happen if you mixed the beefy tone of Megalodon, Bermuda, and Glass Realms with the hard-hitting grooviness of Delta and some of the atmosphere of Make Them Suffer?  Because I’m pretty sure it’d wind up with something similar to MIBC.  Lots of well-composed but subtle atmosphere that a lot of bands tend to gloss over that somehow manages to span the gap between spacey and Make Them Suffer-ish – there’s those feather-light keyboard touches I love so much!  Plus, there’s the ever-present beefy tone and lots of grooves and heaviness to go around.  The band requested I not post the album, so I did a short “review” instead – don’t miss this album guys, no matter whether you just stream it on Bandcamp OR buy it!

Burning In White – Enceladus (2013)

Burning In White
Album:  Enceladus
Genre:  Death Metal/Deathcore

Track Listing:
1. I, Colossal
2. Pneumatic
3. Return To Pantheon

Download (320kbps):  Bandcamp / Zippy
Support:  Bandcamp (NYP)
Preview:  “I, Colossal”

Blisteringly fast and INSANELY HEAVY.  Can’t wait to hear more out of this band – they sound like a more death metal version of Paradise In Exile, which is awesome.  If you loved Trailer Park Massacre or my recent Shame Of Kali post, you’ll also love this, trust me

Empirine – Discography (2011-2013)

Genre:  Technical/ Symphonic/ Melodic Death Metal

Album:  The Great Excursion (2011)
4 tracks, 20.3 minutes
Support:  Bandcamp (NYP)

Album:  Ephemeral (2012)
5 tracks, 19.7 minutes
Support:  Bandcamp (NYP)

Album:  Demon of Dispersion (2013)
2 tracks, 12 minutes
Support:  Bandcamp (NYP)

Download Discography (320kbps):  Bandcamp

EPIC!  Just check out that last preview song, unnnfff.

Centuries Apart – Malachi (2010)

Centuries Apart
Album:  Malachi
Genre:  Progressive Metalcore/Deathcore

Track Listing:
1. Narrow Gate
2. Malachi (My Messenger)
3. Absolution
4. Remembrance
5. His Principle

Support:  iTunes ($4.95)
Preview:  “Absolution”

Another absolute classic.  This is the old band of Kyle, the vocalist of the Afterimage!  Really heavy, mathy grooves, and even some neat symphonic parts.

Chabtan – Eleven (2012)

Album:  Eleven
Genre:  Deathcore/Death Metal

Track Listing:
1. Cult Of Blood
2. This Day Is Red
3. Betrayer
4. Divine Vengeance
5. Bloodstained Hate
6. Nacon
7. Worshipping Death
8. Eleven

As a fan of Micawber, I approve this.

Friday, April 26, 2013

A Sleepless Malice – A Sleepless Malice (2011)

A Sleepless Malice
Album:  A Sleepless Malice
Genre:  Melodic Death Metal

Track Listing:
1. Prelude
2. pulling the strings
3. familiar
4. a plague upon me
5. dead, white, and blue
6. apex of tragedy
7. cesspool of ignorance

Support:  BigCartel ($2)

Mmmm…that catchy, groovy riff-laden TBDM “Unhallowed”-ish style melodic death metal that ALWAYS hits the spot.  Gets me banging my head every damn time.  Fans of “The Culling”-era Knights Of The Abyss will also love this.  I’m amazed these guys aren’t bigger!

Sirens – Spore (2012) + Drone (2013)

Album:  Spore
Genre:  Progressive/Electronic Deathcore

Track Listing:
1. Drift
2. Cloudbreak
3. Unstable and Floating
4. Music Box
5. Propaganda
6. Drone (New Song 2013)

Support:  Bandcamp ($4.95)
Preview:  “Drone”

Fans of old The Contortionist will love this shit.  So beefy, so spacey.  These guys’ new track is waaaay better, but their EP is pretty gnarly too!  They’re doing a tour with Ovid’s Withering coming up, and yours’ truly is sponsoring it <3  Plus, just peep the lyric video for "Drone"'s amazing!  Some incredible lyrics too...I especially love the last verse:

The burden of guilt crushes my throat.
I've fixed the world, but ruined myself.
My virus, my vision, my future, my mind;
Disassembled by something that I've designed.


Composer, Meet Corpse – Prozium (2013)

Composer, Meet Corpse
Album:  Prozium
Genre:  Technical Deathcore

Track Listing:
1. Prozium
2. Poison The Well (Moshington Deceased)
3. Realization Of Self (Chokelahoma City)
4. Sense Offense (Brawltimore)
5. The Underground Rises (Diami)
6. A Cleric Unleashed (Albaturkey)
7. Reminiscent Of The Past
8. Libria Lost

Support:  Bandcamp ($8)

If you’re looking for an outstanding new technical deathcore band that actually knows how to write a riff or two, look no further.  Prozium is a hell of an album, and it’s based basically entirely one of my favorite movies, “Equilibrium” (starring Christian Bale), which is essentially a more realistic version of “The Matrix”.  Anyways, CMC knows how to write groovy riffs, all while playing music that just makes you want to go absolutely out of your mind with headbanging…fans of Sleep Serapis Sleep will LOVE this stuff.  Get stoked, and buy the album \m/

Thursday, April 25, 2013

I Am – Global Control (2013)

Album:  Global Control
Genre:  Deathcore

Track Listing:
1. Revolution (feat. Matt of Kublai Khan)
2. Dubya
3. State of Mind
4. Elitist (feat. Kevin of 1945)
5. Global Control

Download (VBR v0):  Bandcamp / Zippy
Support:  Bandcamp (NYP)
Preview:  “Dubya”

UNGOOGLE-ABLE BAND NAMES FOR THE LOSS.  While they’re definitely not doing anything new, the tunes hit rrrrrreallly hard, and they’re from Texas…so there’s that!  Fans of Solaris, Immoralist, Seditionist, etc. will dig this.

Apophis – New Song (2013)

Album:  New Song
Genre:  Deathcore

Track Listing:
1. Baphomet

Preview:  “Baphomet”

One of our friends on the Facebook page showed me these guys, and they definitely sound really promising!  Not really that technical, but some blisteringly-fast blast beat portions…and the mixing with the bass is pretty gnarly.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Shapist - Samsara (Instrumental)

Album: Samsara (Instrumental Single)
Genre: Progressive Metal

Track Listing:
1. Samsara (Instrumental)

Download (320kbps)
Support: Bandcamp, $1
Preview: "Samsara"

These guys didn't want me posting a link to download their song for free, however they just released an instrumental version of it that they are giving away for free, so I'm going to use that opportunity to promote them here. You can download the instrumental version for free, and preview the version with vocals, and if you like it it's only $1 on their Bandcamp! The song features Garrison Lee of Erra, which is fitting as the band sounds a lot like Erra.

Anaerob – Empedokles (2013)

Album:  Empedokles
Genre:  Experimental/Prog Metalcore/Math

Track Listing:
1. Att Bränna Ner Solen
2. Att Dränka Havet
3. Att Kväva Luften
4. Att Begrava Jorden

Download (320kbps):  Bandcamp (NYP) / Zippy
Support:  Bandcamp (NYP)

Save Us From The Archon meets Intervals/A.I.(d)?  Sludgy, heavy, groovy, atmospheric, and some really good solo writing, as you can tell from around 4:00 into the preview song…what more can you ask for?  Big ups to bappz for the find!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Greatness Design - Pillars Of Creation (2013)

The Greatness Design
Album: Pillars Of Creation
Genre: Technical Metalcore

Track Listing:
1. Enlighten Our Kind
2. The Sprawling Empire
3. A Worldview Arises
4. Trouble Times
5. Redefine This Course
6. Brightest Point (feat. Adrián Terrazas-González)
7. Silent Exposure
8. The Grim Agreement
9. Decrease Humanity
10. Restore Our Kingdom
11. The New Path
12. Upon the Empty Surface
13. When Your Biggest Nightmare Becomes True (2009)
14. Dark Silence (2008)
15. Beneath the Lies (2006)

Download (256kbps)
Support: iTunes ($9.99) CD Baby ($9.99)
Preview: "Preview Of The Album"

Definitely metalcore that I can listen to. This band sounds a bit like Within The Ruins, maybe more technical. Vocals are a little static, but with more focus on the instruments, they fit right in. There's several parts in this album that are just downright groovy. I recommend purchasing this album because the band shows great promise with this being their debut album. Track 6 features a member of the band T.R.A.M. which also features Tosin Abasi of Animals as Leaders (and several other projects). 256kbps personal iTunes purchase. Definitely check it out.

Shattered Remains – Delusions (2013)

Shattered Remains
Album:  Delusions
Genre:  Deathcore/Metalcore

Track Listing:
1. Intro
2. Beginnings
3. Endeavors
4. Contraptions (feat. Jon Howard)
5. Final Steps

Download (320kbps):  Bandcamp / Zippy
Support:  Bandcamp (NYP)
Preview:  “Beginnings”

So This Is Suffering vox meets some August Burns Red-style metalcore riffage?

Monday, April 22, 2013

Scorned Deity – Adventum (2013)

Scorned Deity
Album:  Adventum
Genre:  Symphonic/Melodic Death Metal

Track Listing:
1. Adventum
2. The Hand Of Will
3. Preserver
4. Ritus
5. From A Lion Of Gold
6. A Screever In Our Midst
7. Pantastic
8. Colors Shed
9. Slowlamaka
10. Bread Trails
11. A Spectacle In Red

Support:  Bandcamp ($5)

This is one of those albums that made my jaw just hit the floor, and it’s absolutely my favorite so far in 2013 – simply incredible.  Imagine if you took the black metal theatricality of Ovid’s Withering and mingled it with the epic, symphonic death metal vibes of Fleshgod Apocalypse, then added in even some folk metal elements a la Aether Realm…then you might have some idea how much Scorned Deity’s latest album “Adventum” rules.  It is just a crime how few fans this band has…change that guys.  Please support Scorned and buy the album, AND check out their 2011 masterpiece “The Monarchy Memoirs” HERE!

Terminus II – Prime Eden (2013)

Terminus II
Album:  Prime Eden
Genre:  Progressive Deathcore

Track Listing:
1. Prime Eden I
2. Prime Eden II
3. Prime Eden III

Support:  Bandcamp (NYP)

Crushin and grooving, groovin and crushin.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

The Obelisk - Microcosm (2013)

The Obelisk
Album: Microcosm
Genre: Progressive Deathcore

Track Listing:
1. Antipathy
2. Aperture
3. Microcosm
4. Genome

Download (320kbps)
Bandcamp (NYP)
Preview: "Microcosm"

This Band is still sexy btw. Also first post in a while... ANYWAYS Listen to this sexterpiece. It's a very enjoyable EP (Or at least I'm guessing it is, on song 3 and I'm really digging it). The highs are fucking crazy. Some bouncy guitar work from here and there and some very punishing vocal performances. Also these two guys are currently trying to recruit some new members (A bassist and drummer) so they can play live. Hit them up on their facebook if you're interested.

Sever The Voices - As Fate Conspires (2013)

Artist: Sever The Voices
Album: As Fate Conspires
Genre: Progressive Metalcore

1. Seperation Anxiety
2. Hive Mind
3. As Fate Conspires
4. Spires Of Contempt
5. Omens
6. Nerves

Fresh and groovy Prog Metalcore with lots of energy and nice atmospheric parts.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Gravespell – Gaia Terminus (2013)

Album:  Gaia Terminus
Genre:  Blackened/Symphonic Death Metal

Track Listing:
1. buried at sea
2. din
3. conception
4. born in a spirit temple
5. arrogant bastard
6. idols of the twilight
7. blasphemy enthralled
8. burning down
9. gaia terminus
10. nostalgic alchemy

Download (320kbps):  Bandcamp (NYP) / Zippy
Support:  Bandcamp (NYP)

I am all about symphonic/blackened theatrical death metal lately, since Scorned Deity’s “Adventum” might very well wind up being in my top 5 for album of the year this year, and I just heard the band Vesperian Sorrow for the first time. \m/  This isn’t nearly as good, but if you like the genre you’ll enjoy it :)

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Seven Daily Sins - Say Yes to Discomfort (2011)

Seven Daily Sins
Album: Say Yes to Discomfort
Genre: Progressive/Technical Death Metal

1. Ego, Revisited
2. Aura Breach
3. Sculpturing Void
4. The Glorious Backstab
5. Hell Sweet Home
6. Ghostalgy
7. To Enter and Survive
8. Drown

Download/Support/Preview: NYP @ Bandcamp

This was posted on here a long time ago, but I thought I'd give everyone, especially any new people a chance to listen to this excellent album. It's technical, it's off the wall, and it even has jazz influence! There are not many bands with this kind of sound, but I would compare them to The Faceless or maybe The Contortionist. This isn't the most accessible album, but give it a few spins and your jaw will drop multiple times. It's in my top 5 favorite releases of 2011, which is great considering they're completely unknown in the metal community.

Raising The Veil – Yucatanimvs (2012)

Raising The Veil
Album:  Yucatanimvs
Genre:  Prog/Technical Death Metal/Groove

Track Listing:
1. Raising The Veil
2. Keepers Of Omniscience
3. The Delegates

Support:  iTunes ($1.99)

Dear lord this is awesome – stunning, uniquely-composed technical death metal.  That vocalist’s highs are totally nuts!  Fans of Pyrithion will really enjoy this \m/  Fans of evil-ass technical deathcore like Hideous Miscreation will also dig it!

Pure Negative – Insert [Twist] Pull (2013)

Pure Negative
Album:  Insert [Twist] Pull
Genre:  Thrash/Death Metal

Track Listing:
1. –Overture-
2. Insert [Twist] Pull
3. 7th Empire
4. The Return
5. I Work For Dick Jones
6. Cider Complex
7. World Falls Down
8. Your Misery

Download (320kbps):  Bandcamp / Zippy
Support:  Bandcamp (NYP)

Dem thrash grooves, mmmm.  Fans of headbanging will love this.

Shame Of Kali – 8 Sins (2012)

Shame Of Kali
Album:  8 Sins
Genre:  Technical/Symphonic Deathcore

Track Listing:
1. Mother
2. My Nymphony
3. Karma
4. Barely Even Human
5. Upon The Dead
6. The Forgotten Sin
7. Silenced Like Flies
8. Veil Of Green
9. Let The Feast Begin
10. I The Absolute
11. This Precious Fear
12. Closing The Third Eye

Shockingly heavy technical deathcore with well-written symphonic elements sprinkled on!  Also incorporates a deep, beefy death metal tone (a la Micawber), coupled with the shredding deathcore styling of Thy Devourer.  Hot damn!

PS:  I think the file is a transcode, because it isn’t available to purchase in the States.  Bleh.  I wanna buy it :\

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Wrath Of Atlas – Wrath Of Atlas (2013)

Wrath Of Atlas
Album:  Wrath Of Atlas
Genre:  (Tech-Ish) Deathcore/Metalcore

Track Listing:
1. Intro
2. Black Cats
3. A Perfect Christmas
4. Death Of A Progressive Era
5. Abigail, You Witch!
6. I Refuse

Download (320kbps):  Bandcamp / Zippy
Support:  Bandcamp (NYP)

These guys remind me of Sleep Serapis Sleep for some reason…and again, that isn’t a bad thing.  Just a lot heavier.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Eternal Storm – From The Ashes (2013)

Eternal Storm
Album:  From The Ashes
Genre:  Melodic Death Metal

Track Listing:
1. Unfading Memories
2. From The Ashes
3. Boundaries Of Serenity
4. A Picture In The Dark
5. Eternity Forgotten (Follow The Cycle)
6. The Dream
7. Grey Skies
8. Distance

Download (320kbps):  Bandcamp / Zippy
Support:  Bandcamp (NYP)

Some of the best death metal you’ll find posted on this site for a LONG time, melodic or otherwise…so this is more or less a *must* download.  Incredible riffs & rhythms that are more reminiscent of “Nocturnal”-era The Black Dahlia Murder than to Swedish melodeath bands like Insomnium or what-have-you.  HUGE ups to ieatbabygorillas for the heads-up about these guys!

Death Of A Poet – You Have Nothing To Lose But The World To Gain (2013)

Death Of A Poet
Album:  You Have Nothing To Lose But The World To Gain
Genre:  Prog/Symphonic Metalcore/Deathcore

Track Listing:
1. With The Heart Of A Lion
2. Medusa
3. Artificial Accord (Feat. Dan Emmons)
4. Foxes
5. The Long Summer
6. Plot Of The World
7. Abell 1835 (Feat. Sean Fried Of Empire:Andromeda)
8. Of Memories And Destinies
9. Eulogy For A Memory
10. Tomorrow (Feat. Taylor Ross And Sean Fried Of Empire:Andromeda)

Support:  Bandcamp ($5)

To me at least, these guys sound like they spent a lot of time listening to Make Them Suffer, but incorporated some guitar acrobatics.  And that’s not a bad thing.  Punishing, low-key synth-y breakdowns and plenty of grooves to go around.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Meridian - Arkham Awaits (2013)

Artist: Arkham Awaits
Album: Meridian
Genre: Progressive Metal/Post Hardcore

Track Listing:
1. The Seer
2. Regicide
3. A Siege Upon Us

Download (320kbps)
Support: (Bandcamp, NYP)
Preview: "The Seer"

Peculate - Colleteral Damage, Pt. 1 (2013)

   Artist: Peculate
Album: Colleteral Damage, Pt 1.
Genre: Experimental/Math Metal/Experimental/Progressive Metal/Experimental/Experimental

1. Lullaby Of The Occupied
2. Dreams In A Vacuum
3. Looking Inward
4. Whose Child
5. Wrong Place, Wrong Time

Download (via Bandcamp)

Totally madness goes hand in hand with beauty as fuck melodies. This dude is a fucking loco.

Dorthal - Arid Landscape (2013)

   Artist: Dorthal
Album: Arid Landscape
Genre: Experimental/Instrumental Progressive Metal/Math Metal

1. Blazing Badlands
2.Life Meditation
3. This Gigantic Skeleton
4. Outer-space Lost Shrine
5. Erebus Lava Lake
6. Illusion of an Oasis
7. Post-apocalypse First Sign of Life
8. Verdure
9. Grove finally grown through the emptiness of this place
10. Verdure (bonus instrumental)

Download (via Bandcamp)

Preview: Illusion of an Oasis

Math Metal with all what it needs. Sax, crazy grooves, crazy melodies and well-written songs.

Icosian - When I Stopped Calling It Home (2013)

   Artist: Icosian
Album: When I Stopped Calling It Home
Genre: Progressive Deathcore/Metalcore

1. Zodiac
2. Oppression
3. Sovereign
5. When I Stopped Calling It Home

Download (via Bandcamp)

Preview: When I Stopped Calling It Home

A fucking jewel between the hordes of Prog Deathcore/Metalcore bands. Awesome melodies! FUCKING AWESOME MELODIES! FFO: ERRA, Mureau, Walking With Strangers etc. 

Fall of Enosis - Empty Throne (2010)

Fall of Enosis
Album: Empty Throne
Genre: Progressive Metal/Experimental

Track Listing:
1. A Face Like A City
2. 15 Minutes
3. O, Discordia
4. By The Light Of Our Burning House
5. The Last King
6. The New Breed

Download (VBR)
Support: iTunes, $6
Preview: "15 Minutes"

These guys broke up in 2011, and had far too few fans during their time. I don't know of any bands to compare them to, but try them out.

Bend The Sky – Observatory (2013)

Bend The Sky
Album:  Observatory
Genre:  Atmospheric/Progressive Metal

Track Listing:
1. Alpha
2. Orbit
3. Observatory
4. As Planets Collide
5. Void
6. Reform II

Support:  Bandcamp (NYP)
Preview:  “Void”

Such an underrated band.  No credit for all the atmosphere they generate, how well-written/beautiful the orchestral elements are, and how beautiful they render everything else.  Sounds almost as vast as the instrumental section of The Contortionist's "Oscillator" at times!

Orwell – A.V.O.H.F.A.S.I.H. (2012)

Genre:  Progressive/Atmospheric Death Metal/Sludge

Track Listing:
1. In Tides I Wake
2. In Crude I Remain
3. In Depths I Sink
4. From Depths I Rise
5. In Dust I Stand
6. A New Awakening

Support:  Bandcamp (NYP)

Fucking awesome, epic-sounding death metal that fans of “Blackwater”-era Opeth will absolutely LOVE.

Gallows For Grace – A Process For The Destruction of Tomorrow (2008)

Gallows For Grace
Album:  A Process For The Destruction Of Tomorrow
Genre:  Technical Deathcore

Track Listing:
1. Rites
2. World Eater
3. The Process
4. Purest Atrophy
5. Primordial Orbit
6. Revealing The Helical Nether

One of the best technical deathcore EP’s ever!  Miss these guys so much – fans of early Rings of Saturn or the mighty Hiroshima Will Burn will LOVE this.  If this isn’t in your library already, rectify that situation.

Hands of Despair – Hereafter (2011)

Hands of Despair
Album:  Hereafter
Genre:  Blackened/Progressive Death Metal

Track Listing:
1. The Departure
2. Shattered Memories
3. Them
4. Underworld
5. Creator
6. The Road

Preview:  “Them”

How are these guys not WAY bigger?  This is death metal done right, damn.  Beautiful melodies with haunting, epic soundscapes similar to Ne Obliviscaris and earlier Opeth.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Sithu Aye - Discography (2011-2012)

Album: Cassini
Genre: Instrumental Progressive Metal/Fusion
Year: 2011

1: Pillars of Creation
2: Orion
3: Cassini
4: Messier Object
5: Double Helix
6: Dirac Sea
7: Multiverse Part I: Origin
8: Multiverse Part II: Divergence
9: Multiverse Part III: Alternate Realities

First Album of the great Sithu Aye. Nothing more to say, one of my absolute favorite artists at the moment.

Album: Isles EP   
Genre: Instrumental Progressive Metal/Fusion
Year: 2012


1. Isles
2. Skye
3. Islay
4. Cuillin (Interlude)
5. Mull
6. Jura

This EP is in my opinion his best ouput. "Skye" is one of the most beautiful songs I ever heard.

Album: Invent The Universe
Genre: Instrumental Progressive Metal/Fusion
Year: 2012

1: Invent the Universe
2: Grand Unification (feat. David Maxim Micic)
3: Expansion
4: Baryogenesis
5: Particles Collide (feat. Plini)
6: Nucleosynthesis (Interlude)
7: Recombination
8: Dark Ages
9: Formation
10: Pale Blue Dot

One word: Outstanding.

Listen to this whole discography and try to catch the magic. Enjoy.

Plini - Other Things (2013)

Artist: Plini
Album: Other Things
Genre: Progressive Rock/Fusion/Instrumental Progressive Metal

1. Heart
2. Other Things
3. Selenium Forest

Download (via Bandcamp)

Preview: Heart

This guy (known by his old project, Halcyon) is simply amazing. This is the essence of music in a perfect way. Thank you. Features by Jake Howsam Lowe from The Helix Nebula/Point Below Zero on "Heart" and the mighty Rick Graham on "Selenium Forest".

Friday, April 12, 2013

Sumatra - Heliocratic Infinity (2009)

Album: Heliocratic Infinity
Genre: Progressive Metalcore/Deathcore

Track Listing:
1. Dusk
2. Heliocratic Infinity
3. From Cross to Flame
4. Stillborn Savior
5. Rescue from Enslaving
6. Last Haven of God
7. Earth of Corpses
8. Regeneration
9. Splinters of Blindness
10. Final Repentance
11. Pacification
12. Sunrise

Preview: From Cross to Flame
I didn't realize until today when I looked at their facebook page that their guitarist Max now plays in Dead Silence Hides My Cries.  You can't not like this album.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

As Tide Breaks - Tear Down the Skies (2013)

As Tide Breaks
Album: Tear Down The Skies
Genre: Metalcore

Track Listing:
1. Falcon Punch!
2. Chad's Gap
3. M.C. Party Balls
4. Double Negative, It's Tricky
5.  Southroads

Support: Bandcamp
Preview: Southroads

Metalcore out of Australia.  Vocals remind me a lot of Anime Fire.  For fans of Beyond the Shore,  Anime Fire, etc.

Altruist - Isola Bella (Single) 2013

Album: Isola Bella (Single)
Genre: Metalcore

Track Listing:
1. Isola Bella

Download (320kbps)
Preview: "Isola Bella"

It's been awhile since a band with a purely metalcore sound got me excited. These guys have done it. Hailing from Israel, Altruist has released this single for free, which is part of an upcoming EP titled "Tailwind" set to be released in May. Watch for it!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Dead For Denver - Dead For Denver (2012)

   Artist: Dead For Denver
Album: Dead For Denver
Genre: Progressive Metal/Groove Metal/Alternative Metal

1.Is anybody listening
2.Inject me into space
3.Faster than the speed of sound (feat. Jimmy Trigger and Hoon Kim)
4.Standing on the shoulders of giants
5.Seal the overflow
6.What if
7.And if they catch you
8.The addicts dreams
9.Crystalline entity
10.This is not a montage
11.Needless suggestion
12.The road
14.The scars that scrape

Download (via Bandcamp)

Preview: Inject Me Into Space

This band totally blown me away. This nearly perfect mix between djenty grooves, awesome melodies, the great vocals and the earwig-potential of the songs is one of the highlights of 2012. Hopefully this band get more attention in 2013.

Rosewood - We The Apocalypse (2011)

Album: We The Apocalypse
Genre: Deathcore

Track Listing:
1. Intro
2. We The Apocalypse
3. Juggernaut
4. Burial Pit
5. Outro


Preview: Crown (2013)

Solid EP for deathcore fans, their single "Crown" was just released last week.  For fans of Thy Art is Murder, The Yellow Sign.