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Album Review: Earth Diver by Cormorant


a2140768649_2When take a gander at some of the reasons some of my favorite bands have remained my favorite bands over the course of decades one reason always seems to take the forefront.  The ability to grow and evolve, not afraid to make dramatic changes, while remaining true to a core sound or style that initial made me a super-fan in the first place.  These kind of bands give me something to look forward from release to release as I know I am going to get lots of new alleyways and avenues to explore.  They keep their career fresh and I get a variety of albums to listen to (unlike just more or less needing a single album that sums up the bands catalog) all with different experiences contained within.

Enter Cormorant.  A couple of years ago when they released their sophomore album Dwellings my ears picked up on the unique blend of blackened prog rock tinged with hints of classic metal and instantly became a super-fan of the Bay Area band.  As par for the course, since I liked their current record so much I ponied up the cash for the back catalog expecting more of the same that was on Dwellings.  To my delight, their debut album Metazoa was a much different beast than the record I was spinning ad nauseam, yet was still very much a Cormorant affair.  They just needed a third record to prove they were the real deal and not just a fluke and they were pretty much guaranteed a spot in my coveted Realm of Upper Echelon Bands.  I was very much hoping this would happen.  Then tragedy struck; Arthur Von Nagal, the bands front man, lyricist, vocalist, bassist, and major songwriter contribute made the decision to leave the band to pursue in a career of video game development (FYI, that really freaking awesome Walking Dead game that won all them awards, he was on that team.  Go play games made by TellTale, their all great!).

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Roundtable Review: Between the Madness by VanGough


a0236553750_2Label:  Nightmare Records

Release Date:  Out Now

Songs:   12

Genre:  Prog

Studio Albums:  This is their 5th release

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Round Table Review: The Mother of Virtue by Pyrrhon


12 Jacket (Gatefold - Two Pocket) [GD30OB2-N]Label: Relapse Records

Release Date: Out Now

Songs: 9

Genre: Tech-Deth

Studio Albums: This is their 3rd album

Location: NY, USA

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Streams of the Week: Metazoa and Dwellings by Cormorant


band_logoI know I haven’t held back my love for the Californian prog metal band Cormorant ’round these parts.  So it should also be no surprise that I’m well-hyped for the release of their 3rd full length album, Earth Diver, next week.  In preparation for the new album, I decided to give their past material a good listen to better hear how they evolve into the new record.  I popped them in last week and pretty much nothing else has found its way into my ears since, especially the album Metazoa.

When I first heard Cormorant it was right around the time the hype machine was promoing their 2nd full length Dwellings and I instantly fell in love with the album.  From the heady lyrics to endlessly engaging musical compositions it has become an album I listen to more than regularly and has been aging more than well, getting better with each listen.  Unfortunately, while I still owned Metazoa, I never gave it the attention I gave Dwellings and therefore was never really firmly grasped by just how freaking outstanding it is.  Revisiting it in a more lucid state has allowed me appreciate how terrific and unique it is.

Compared to Dwellings, Metazoa has a folkier, more aquatic feel compared to the raw and earthen sensation I get from the former.  Tracks like ‘Uneasy Lie the Head’ bleed that battle feeling I get while listening to bands like Moonsorrow and strong melodies heard on tracks like ‘Blood on the Cornfields’ have an almost Iron Maiden goes death metal touch to them.  Seriously every track on the record is diverse and filled with power and passion.  And the same could be said about Dwellings from the horror it weaves with the retelling of a genocide (based on a true story) in ‘Junta’ or the terror of being lost in outerspace on the tune ‘Unearthly Dreamings’ (which at the same time paints a picture of beauty and wonder).

Pretty much, if you dig on prog metal bands like Opeth and want something in the same vein that is wholly original I behoove you to dig into Cormorant.  If you find yourself digging on these albums, you should totally get them (they are ‘pay what you want’ so free if you are really strapped for cash, but I highly recommend the physical CDs as the art and packaging are outstanding and well above par for your average CD release) and pre-order the new one so it’s ready to go next Tuesday.  Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!!

Roundtable Review: Reflections by Ferium


Reflections CoverLabel: Transcend

Release Date:  Apr. 7th, 2014

Genre:  Groove/Death Metal

Studio Albums: This is their debut

Location:  Haifa, Israel

Recommended for fans of: Lamb of God, Pantera, Black Dahlia Murder

 

 

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Round-Table Review: Pray to the Devil in Man by Dread Sovereign


LP-Gatefold TemplateLabel: Van Records

Release Date:  Out Now

Genre:  Doom/Sludge

Studio Albums: This is their debut

Location:  Dublin, Ireland

Recommended for fans of: Primordial, Candlemass, Manilla Road, Sunn O)))

 

 

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Does It Hold Up: Opeth Edition


opeth-logo-pretoI thought I’d try to do something new here.  Since I’ve become a curmudgeon of an old grandpa with new music lately and have been spending my time enjoying the metric fuckton of music I’ve accumulated over the years I thought it would be a good idea to revisit some of the more historied bands catalogs and see how they hold up years later now that the hype and initial impact is gone.  I’ll be looking at how often I’ve found myself revisiting the records, which songs/albums may have lost me or grown on me, if an album has been rendered obsolete by the artists later works, etc.

Today I’ll be taking the easy route and looking at one of my all time favorite bands, Opeth, and seeing how they hold up in the decade plus amount of time I’ve been following the band (they pretty much all do).  Enjoy!!!!  Peace Love and Metal!!!!

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Roundtable Review: Universe by Monsterworks


Universe StarchildLabel: Mortal Music

Release Date: March 11th, 2014

Songs: 7

Genre: Prog Metal

Studio Albums: Earth

Location: U.K.

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Roundtable Review: The Parasitic Survival of the Human Race by Dodsferd


tiskoviny 1.cdrLabel: Moribund Records

Release Date: March 18th 2014 (re-release); also now available from Razorbleed Productions

Songs: 5

Genre: Blackend Crusty Black and Roll

Studio Albums: A lot.

Location: Greece

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Album Review: S/T by Avatarium


Avatarium-AvatariumThe explosion of female fronted doom/occult metal/rock bands over the past couple of years has been nothing but a breath of air directly taken from the peaks of the Rocky Mountains.  If anything, having a female presence in band that is not bleating her faux-operatic vocals over saccharine symphonic power metal has created a bit of parity and diversity in the metal world.  To me it seems that the selling point is no longer ‘listen to us because we got this hot chick in our band’, but rather ‘listen to us because we’re creating new and interesting dynamics in our band’.  The opening track on today’s album under review sums this up perfectly.

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