Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Render The Wastelands - What It Takes To Become (2013)

Artist: Render The Wastelands
Album: What It Takes To Become
Genre: Metalcore

1. Promise
2. Groundbreaker
3. Mirrors
4. Today
5. The Adversity
6. Hail Hydra
7. Chivalry Is Dead

Very solid Metalcore with a nice prog touch.

Hideaway - Halcyon (2013)

Artist: Hideaway
Album: Halcyon
Genre: Progressive Metalcore/Australiacore/Melodic Hardcore

1. Lost
2. Shallow Paths
3. Til The End
4. Dreamscape
5. Tarot

Fans of Northlane should definitely donwload this!

Apache - Venom (2013)

Artist: Apache
Album: Venom
Genre: Melodic/Technical Metalcore/Deathcore

1. Intro
2.Shallow Eyes
3. Day 10, I Am Patient
4. Shattered
5. Venom

Very talented stuff from Germany.

Plastic Mind Frequencies - Plastic Mind Frequencies (2013)

Artist: Plastic Mind Frequencies
Album: Plastic Mind Frequencies
Genre: Instrumental Progressive Metal/Djent/Experimental

1. A New Era
2. All I´ve Become
3. Drowning
4. Freefall
5. The Searching
6. The Fourth Dimension
7. Collerteral Damage
8. Rebirth
9. Black Velvet Dream
10. Homesick (for a place you´ve never been)
11. Futura (feat. Matt Harnett)
This stuff is wonderful!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Dissonance In Design – Sentient Review (2013)

Dissonance In Design
Album:  Sentient
Genre:  Progressive/Melodic Death Metal/Technical Deathcore

Thanks to the kindness of one of my friends who’d gotten their hands on a review copy from Tragic Hero, I’ve had Erra’s album “Augment” for a couple weeks now, and it is every bit as amazing as we’d hoped, as many of you guys now know.  Lyrical perfection (as we’d expect), deep, textured, emotive atmosphere, and unexpectedly heavy moments.  That being said, since Erra is one of my absolute favorite bands of all time, it takes a LOT to get me to stop listening to it.  However, Dissonance In Design have accomplished that, and then some, with their newest masterpiece known simply as Sentient.  In this review, I’ll do my best not to go track-by-track (as tempting as that is), because every single track, while great on its own, is best digested as part of a whole.

Let’s start from the beginning:  apart from a few select moments, this album sounds pretty much NOTHING like DiD’s first effort “Neurotransmitting an Epiphany”.  Don’t get me wrong, I loved that album, but Sentient sees Dissonance stepping up their game in pretty much every conceivable aspect of their music – the vocals, the lyrics (!!!), the technicality and composition on all instruments, the immersive atmosphere, the crisp production, and the list goes on from there.  If you manage to get through this album without at least a dozen lyrics and riffs drilled so deep into your head that you’ve hit oil, I’m pretty sure you need your ears checked.

Upon seeing the brilliantly-rendered and eyecatching album art penned by the singular Ken Sarafin at Sarafin Concepts, one would think that Sentient is just another spacey death metal/deathcore album, but there is so much more to “see” lyrically.  The album is based on an alien invasion, true, but upon invading, the aliens do not simply destroy earth – they find that Man’s souls are tragically impure, and because of the atrocities which Man has committed, we are not worthy of the gift of life.  In the track “Absolution”, one of the invaders comes to the realization that “As your souls become one with me, so do your emotions, and so do your memories…And they weigh heavily upon my heart – it’s almost more than I can bear, yet I must go on, because this crusade has only just begun...”.  After the invaders have extracted our souls, they decide to spare the universe of the pain we create by recycling us back into the universe to be used by beings much more deserving than we.  In addition to some of the best shrieking highs you’ll hear (it sounds like he eats glass shard cereal for breakfast), Dissonance In Design’s storytelling through their lyrics portend shifts in the epic battle for humanity’s soul – and the accompanying mood shifts in the music – are each nothing short of extraordinary, somewhat evocative of Greek tragedies of old, with the cathartic feelings the listener develops for the supposed antagonists of their tale.

As far as the music goes, you can expect a very wide mixture of influences, drawing heavily from Vale Of Pnath-esque melodic death metal laden with memorable fretwork, Harvest Wombs-era Fallujah-esque atmosphere, some moments reminiscent of The Ocean’s more reflective passages, and others with unpredictable mood and tempo-shifts that keep you on your toes as might a Between The Buried And Me album.  Dissonance In Design weave a sprawling, variegated tapestry with each track (here in particular, note my favorite track “…Between Space And Time”, “Entwined In Aether”, and “Absolution”), using as their thread a dizzying array of rapid-fire catchy riffs that’ll have you pumping your fist and banging your head for long after the final roar.  The basslines aren’t just audible, but thoroughly impressive from a technical standpoint.  Drummers, too, will get a thrill out of some of the flurries of intricate fill work done by Zac Patuto (see about 1:30 into “Entwined In Aether”), but mostly the percussion section opts to complement the rest of the music as a whole.

Sentient was produced by Dave Otero, whose previous credits include Cattle Decapitation, The Breathing Process, Allegaeon, so you know the album sounds worlds better than DiD’s first album, which was really one of their main weaknesses.  The atmosphere is entirely immersive, and as their manager told me they were going for, DiD have truly created an “experience” with this album.  All-in-all, the elements of Sentient combine for a nuanced, teeth-shatteringly brutal musical endeavor that will surely tantalize even the most discerning of deathcore/death metal fans.  Don’t miss out on what will probably be one of my top 5-10 albums of 2013!

The Duckcore Compilation - Volume II



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1.Dead For Denver - The Collective (New and exclusive Song for the Compilation)
2.Dissonance In Design - Absolution (New Song)
3.Shades Of Black - Two-Face (New Song)
4.Sunquake - Start From Scratch (Ft. Matteo from Novelists)
5.Still Falling - A Thousand Waves
6.Akeldama - A Seed Of Hope
7.Black Crown Initiate - Ghost She Sends
8.The Raven Autarchy - Kaonashi (New Song)
9.I Am Atlas - Confrontations
10.Aeolist - I
11.Abolish The Echelon - Flesh Masquerade
12.Sky Written - Athanasia
13.Stand Alone Complex - Equivalent Exchange
14.Kardashev - The Chiliagon
15.Neberu - Decompressed
16.Into Infernus - Eden´s Lustful Tale
17.I Built The Sky - Intorus
18.Level The City - Reverie
19.Borderlands - Designed Lines
20.Signals From Saturn - Awaiting Refuge
21.Euclidean - Alpha & Omega
22.Iconoclast - Seditionist
23.Coronado - Axis
24.Writhen - Mask Of Annihilation
25.Ellipsis - Ancestral
26.Salute The Exiled - Continuos Regurgitation (ft. Jamie Hanks from I Declare War)
27.Abiogene - Extacting
28.Sarkophagus - Chapter III Part I
29.Swallow Your Pride - Far From Home
30.Adam´s Vessel - Inceptum
31.Wings Denied - Generation Y
32.Adjentist - Reach For The Sky
33.The World To Come - Construct Of Being
34.Anakronis - Thought Adjuster
35.Lament - Oxidizer
36.Asterion - Denied Damnation
37.The Despot - Extrasensory (ft. Dan Watson)
38.Blood And Thunder - Villain
39.Seker - Transcendence
40.Cardinal State - Arianna
41.Secrets Of A Psychopath - The Wandering
42.Covenants - Amnesia
43.Confines - Decimator
44.Creat Rapid Massacre - Stalin 21
45.Sacred To Alpollo - Eh, Whatever
46.Echoes Of Creation - Satellites
47.Rogue Empire - Ghost
48.Reveal The Revenants - Shapeshifter
49.Fragments Of The Orient - Machinate Conscious
50.Project Ruin - Snow Pony
51.Patrons Of The Rotting Gate - A Perfect Suicide
52.Colonist - Ice Cream Slammiches
53.Infernal Murder - I Am The Apocalypse
54.Into Oblivion - The Devil Knows My Name New Master
55.Djanks & Djrewves - Thanky Djall
56.Jambalaya Window And The Midwest Lover - Ingrained
57.Sithu Aye - 26  

Have fun!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Scientist - Scientist (2013)

Artist: Scientist
Album: Scientist
Genre: Experimental Metal/Avantgarde/Instrumental Progressive Metal

1. Au (79/196.97)
2. Ti (22/47.867)
3. O (15.999)
4. Kr (36/83.80)
5. Pb (82/207.2)
6. h2o (18.152)
7. Co2 (1.1/44)
8. Os (76/190.23)

Featuring Stavros Giannopolous (Atlas Moth), Jeff Lyman (Dead Sheriff) and Bruce Lamont (Yakuza). This stuff will melt your brain. Phenomenal.

Moirae - Eternitarian (2013)

Artist: Moirae
Album: Eternitarian
Genre: Progressive/Post Metal

1. Postmortem
2. Farewell
3. Ascent
4. Solvagant
5. Phantom Limb
6. Second Turning: An Awakening
7. Eternitarian

WOW! This is really awesome. Thanks to my buddy Sly from Brain On Fire for that gem. Brilliant Post Metal, reminds a lot of a groovier version of Cult Of Luna.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Orbweaver – Strange Transmissions From The Neuralnomicon (2013)

Album:  Strange Transmissions From The Neuralnomicon
Genre:  Experimental/Technical Death Metal/Grind

Track Listing:
1. Xoxotic
2. Those Of Non-Being
3. Crystal Prisms
4. Tragic Orbit:  A Doomed, Cosmic Starship
5. The Church Warden Procedure

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As a bandcamp review states, this is “like Ulcerate on crack”.  I hear some Ulcerate, Deathspell Omega, but I hear a LOT of mathcore in there too.  Really off-the-wall, insane, frenetic stuff.

Atena – Of Giants (2013)

Album:  Of Giants
Genre:  Progressive Deathcore

Track Listing:
1. Lullaby
2. Of Giants
3. Kids
4. Apex Predator
5. B.N.T.B.
6. Backstabber
7. Holder
8. Armada
9. Krybbedod
10. Skinndau

Support:  Bandcamp
Preview:  “B.N.T.B.”

If you like downtuned, hard-hitting deathcore like Vildhjarta, The Dialectic, Accursed Kingdom, Altered Perceptions, or Humanity’s Last Breath, check this out.

Gonoba – Endless Cycles (2013)

Album:  Endless Cycles
Genre:  Tech-ish/Melodic Death Metal

Track Listing:
1. Inevitable
2. Awareness
3. Between The Lies
4. As Bridges Fall
5. Endless Cycles
6. Extermination Protocol
7. Existence Denied
8. Rational Conclusion
9. Camel Metal

Seriously, how can you NOT download an album with a song named “Camel Metal”?  That has to at least grab a curiosity listener!  Wickedly headbangin’ riffs, with some kinda “Miasma”-era The Black Dahlia Murder and All Shall Perish-y/Revocation-y vibes in there at times.

Stortregn – Evocation of Light (2013)

Album:  Evocation Of Light
Genre:  Melodic/Blackened Death Metal

Track Listing:
1. Inner Black Flame
2. Epitaph – An Evocation Of Light
3. Between Shadows And Souls
4. Negative Theology
5. Moonshade
6. A Mournful Saraband
7. So Much Dust…
8. Thoroughfares
9. The Call

Preview:  “So Much Dust…” (definitely not the best on the album, but only song on YT)

NEXT FUCKING LEVEL melodic/blackened death metal.  EXACTLY what I wanted to hear today, and I’m sure it’ll hit your spots all nice too.

Odetosun – God’s Forgotten Orbit (2013)

Album:  God’s Forgotten Orbit
Genre:  Progressive/Melodic Death Metal
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Track Listing:
1. Cracking Shell Of Calypso
2. Veil Of Leviathan
3. Eclipse Chaser
4. Journey To Gliese (Instrumental)
5. The Swarming Infinity
6. God’s Forgotten Orbit

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

These guys must listen to a LOT of Be’Lakor, and that isn’t a bad thing.  Pretty darn good – I also hear some Still Falling in there, and you guys know how much I like them.

The Parallax - Obliquity of the Ecliptic (2013)

Artist: The Parallax
Album: Obliquity of the Ecliptic
Genre: Progressive Metal/Melodic Death Metal

1. Summon The Tides
3. Obliquity of the Ecliptic
4. The Reformating
5. The Wicked Shadows

Reminds me of a lot more progressive version of Dagon with amazing Maiden-likes harmonized leads and phenomenal songwriting skills. Everyone who loves melodic and progressive but also harsh Metal with Old-School feeling, should download this!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Lakeshores - Lakeshores EP (2013)

Artist: Lakeshores
Album: Lakeshores EP
Genre: Progressive Metalcore/Melodi Hardcore

1. Overcome
2. Treadstone
3. Formulife
4. Shlugah

Download and Stream via Bandcamp

I don´t like female vocals in such bands, but this girl knows what she´s doing. Very energetic and pump-forward stuff!

Asterials - Oversighted

Artist: Asterials
Album: Oversighted
Genre: Progressive Deathcore/Groove

1. Stranded
2. Vessels
3. Oversighted
4. Malice
5. Whiteout
6. Highlights

 Stream via Bandcamp

Very awesome stuff. The production is a little bit rough, but you can notice the huge potential of this band. Looking forward for the next releases.
FFO: The Contortionist, Substructure, Entities, Auras

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Plini - Sweet Nothings (2013)

Artist: Plini
Album: Sweet Nothings
Genre: Instrumental Progressive Metal/Pure Awesomeness/Fusion

1. Opening
2. Tarred And Feathered
3. Away
4. Sweet Nothings
One of my favorite artists. His level of greatness is over the top. His both Ep´s of 2013 will be part in my "EP of the year" list.

Matt Harnett - Enigma (2013)

Artist: Matt Harnett
Album: Enigma
Genre: Instrumental Progressive Metal

1. Take Flight
2. Fantasy Shields (Feat. Sean Ashe)
3. Derealization (Feat. Jakub Zytecki)
4. Enigma I: Against Common Sense
5. Enigma II: The Unknown (Feat. Ryan Siew)
6. Enigma III: Belonging

This dude is so fucking amazing!

Cyclamen - Ashura (2013)

Artist: Cyclamen
Album: Ashura
Genre: Math Metal/Experimental/Instrumental Progressive Metal

1. 破邪顕正 (Haja-Kenshou)
2. 紫電一閃 (Shiden-Issen)
3. 百折不撓 (Hyakusetsu-Futou)
4. 臥薪嘗胆 (Gashin-Shoutan)
5. 悲歌慷慨 (Hika-Kougai)
6. 夢幻泡影 (Mugen-Houyou)
7. 余韻嫋々 (Yoin-Joujou)
8. 疾風怒濤 (Shippu-Dotou)
9. 神武不殺 (Shimbu-Fusatsu)
10. 空即是色 (Kusoku-Zeshiki)
This shit is so fucking awesome. I saw 2 songs of his liveset on the Euroblast festival, and the band is so sympathic. Check this record out!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Craven Idol – Towards Eschaton (2013)

Craven Idol
Album:  Towards Eschaton
Genre:  Progressive Death Metal/Blackened Thrash Metal

Track Listing:
1. To Summon Mayrion
2. Sworn Upon The Styx
3. Golgotha Wounds
4. Craven Atonement
5. Codex Of Seven Dooms
6. Aura Of Undeath
7. Left To Die
8. Orgies

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Well, this really doesn’t suck.  Incredible album art.  A mix of  Skeletonwitch and progressive death metal, with a splash of old-school death metal like Gorguts.

Anagnorisis – Beyond All Light (2013)

Album:  Beyond All Light
Genre:  Atmospheric Black/Death Metal

Track Listing:
1. Eulerian Path
2. This Cursed Blood
3. Death Mimics Life
4. Abyss
5. Bountiful Godless Life
6. Forever Night

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Twisted, atmospheric, EPIC black metal that takes elements from Deafheaven, Altar of Plagues, Gorguts, and even some Fallujah-ish sounding atmosphere.  The preview track I selected is really the most death metal-ish of the bunch.  I’ll let Pitchfork speak for me here:  “An album of massive builds, harsh climaxes, and ambitious track lengths, Beyond All Light necessitates a monstrous finale… Where other acts might break the momentum, Anagnorisis simply pile layers beneath the musical heap, with the rhythm section somehow growing ever a bit more malevolent.”

Monday, October 7, 2013

Into Infernus - VII (2013)

Into Infernus
Blackened Symphonic Death Metal/Groove?

Track Listing:

1. Valaria Imperium
2. Eden's Lustful Tale
3. Gluttonous King Nimi 
5. A Ravens Greed
6. Sloth Is the Soul of Dante (feat. Anthony DiGiacomo)
7. The Life and Death of Man
 8. Unseeing Wrath of Baptise Lycan
9. Envy of Enzo's Villainous Self (feat. Ricky Lee Roper)
10. A Living, Breathing Hell 
11. Pride of Frey Valor (feat. Patrick Pintavalle)

Support: (BandCamp: $6.66)
Preview: Full Album

A twisted and festering cacophony of death.

For fans of: Ovid's Withering, Carach Angren, Sideblast, Abigail Williams, ETC

This Band Rapes!

Qollision - Qollision EP (2013)

Album: Qollision EP
Genre: Progressive Metal/Djent

Track Listing:
1. Patterns
2. Liberation
3. Our End
4. The Path

Download Zippy / Bandcamp
Support: Bandcamp (NYP)
Preview: "Our End"

Debut EP by this progressive metal band from Hong Kong. Been opening guest band on tours for Thy Art Is Murder, Chelsea Grin and few others. Looking forward to listen more from this project.

Friday, October 4, 2013

As Oceans – The Relics Of Axiom (2013)

As Oceans
Album:  the relics of axiom
Genre:  progressive deathcore/prog metal/groove

Track Listing:
1. Life Is Suffering
2. Anima Mundi
3. Filth By The Wicked
4. Suffering Is Attachment
5. Temples
6. Artificial Genesis
7. Finding Closure
8. Solemn Take
9. Unrequited
10. Architects Of Scorn
11. Cessation Of Suffering
12. Arbutus Roots

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Support:  iTunes ($9.99)

I was blasting this album in the car on the way home from work, and god damn if it didn’t have me banging my head like a maniac.  Extremely well-execute bouncy/groovy riffs, gallops, ambient sections, and a lot of other elements that a lot of other bands might not have necessarily thought to put together, but As Oceans makes it work really well.  Plus, the vocalist is black, and as we all know, black dudes make some brutal tunes.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Euclidean - Daybreaker EP (2013)

Artist: Euclidean
Album: Daybreaker
Genre: Progressive Metalcore

1. Daybreaker
2. Alpha/Omega
3. Atmosphere
4. The Final Construct
5. Decay/Rebirth

SO MUCH POTENTIAL. Fuck yeah, this band is so fucking talented. FFO: ERRA!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Atonement – Atonement (2013)

Album:  Atonement
Genre:  Technical Death Metal/Blackened Death

Track Listing:
1. Leviathan, All-Devouring
2. Ominous Sacrifice
3. Chalice Of Flesh
4. Rev. 9:11
5. Apollyon
6. Purification
7. Fire In The Veins, Blood In The Eyes
8. Wrath Of Tiamat
9. The Calling
10. The Rise Of The Ancient Ones

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Support:  Bandcamp ($4.85)

This is my kind of death metal.  I’m sure a lot of you guys will agree.  Kind of Ulcerate-influenced, thrashy, Konkeror-esque (?) goodness.  Liked this find :)

Exigency - Dissolution EP

Artist: Exigency
Album: Dissolution EP
Genre: Groove Metal/Technical Deathcore

1. Abaddon
2. An Ocean Of The Void Above
3. Catechize

Awesome shit. Lot of potential here. And THESE SOLOS!!!

Ko2 - KO2 (2013)

Artist: Ko2
Album: KO2
Genre: Instrumental Progressive Metal/Jazz/Groove/Experimental

1. Alerta
2. Photovicious
3. Ambar
4. Sonar
5. Renacer

This is really amazing. Some AAL influences, but with way more Jazz, Sax inclusive. FFO: Animals As Leaders, Fifth Quadrant, Panzerballett,

Plague Widow – Oblivionized “This Black Earth” (2013)

Plague Widow
Album:  Oblivionized “This Black Earth”
Genre:  Blackened/Technical Death Metal/Deathgrind

Track Listing:
1. Hope Is The First Sign Of Defeat
2. Just Show Me How It Ends
3. Malignant
4. Paralytic Leviation

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Support:  Bandcamp ($2.99)
Preview:  “Malignant”

Monstrously evil and raw as hell.  Almost like Cattle Decapitation or Murder Construct incorporated black metal and some technical deathcore influences.  Do NOT miss out on this if you like technical death metal of any stripe, Plague Widow fucking RIPS.  And that artwork, mannn.

Plague Widow – Plague Widow (2012)

Plague Widow
Album:  Plague Widow
Genre:  Blackened/Technical Death Metal/Deathgrind

Track Listing:
1. Intro
2. Womb
3. Mabus Incarnate
4. Abyss I
5. Void
6. Abyss II
7. Assimilated Subconscious
8. Operating The Segmental Apparatus
9. Outro

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Not as much black metal influence as their 2013 album (posted HERE), but EEEEEVIL nonetheless.  I’ve been getting really into more raw, fast-paced death metal lately if you couldn’t tell.  Fans of Cattle Decapitation, Murder Construct, Mumakil, Witch Of The Waste, Mad Trapper, and other deathgrind/technical death metal bands will get down on Plague Widow.

Swallow Your Pride – Diversity (2013)

Swallow Your Pride
Album:  Diversity
Genre:  Prog. Deathcore/Djent/Groove

Track Listing:
1. η Carinae
2. Far From Home
3. Sleepless
4. World Collapse
5. Diversity
6. Mirrors
7. Illusion

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A little bounce never hurt anybody.  I don’t know why I still call djethcore “progressive”…for lack of a better word, I guess, but anyways.  If you like downtuned, punch the ground deathcore with vocals that span from Aegaeon-ish lows to searing highs with some hardcore vox mixed in there, this band is for you.  Also FFO:  Aristeia (minus the space), Altered Perceptions, Megalodon.

Adjentist - Reach For The Sky (2013)

Artist: Adjentist
Album: Reach For The Sky
Genre: Progressive Metalcore/Groove/Djent

1. Deception
2. A New Era
3. Essence Of Divine
4. Hex
5. Depleted Prey
6. Prelude
7. The Heritage
8. Upon The Horizon
9. Assemblance
10. Reach For The Sky
11. End

All the modern Groove/Djent trademarks. Sounds generic, but it´s so well-written, catchy and high-talented.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Infernal Murder - Reborn EP (2013)

Infernal Murder
Album: Reborn EP
Genre: Technical Deathcore

Track Listing:
1.Where It All Begins
2. Nightmare
3. I Am The Apocalypse
4. Psychotic Behavior
5. Reverie
6. Reborn
7. A New Beginning

Support: Bandcamp ($6)
Preview: "I Am The Apocalypse"

For fans of Whitechapel, Aegaeon, Thy Art Is Murder. As the title "Reborn", this band from Mexico has started their 2nd production out of the ashes of the first one, with new line-up and a different style. Full of technical and brutal grooves, with some jazz-influenced riffs thrown in the mix. Definitely something worth listening from the underground scene trying to get their name known.

Kardashev – Excipio (2013)

Album:  Excipio
Genre:  Progressive/Atmospheric Deathcore

Track Listing:
1. Potentiality
2.  Multitudes Of Life
3. The Chiliagon
4. Displacement
5.  Continuum

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The newest signee to our friends over at Subliminal Groove Records, who somehow still have under 3000 likes, just unleashed an album that is EASILY up there with the top EP’s of 2013:  Cognizance, Fallujah, Still Falling, Dethrone The Sovereign, Delta, and more.  BUY THIS FUCKING ALBUM!

Freakin’ outstanding production, wonderful composition, and monstrous vocals highlight an album that takes elements from the ethereality of Fallujah and Aegaeon’s newer stuff, combines it with some of the progressive groove stylings of Born Of Osiris’ “The Discovery”, and melds it all together with some of the passion and sensibility that makes Erra so damn good.  I cannot emphasize enough how much you need to support this band – I did!!