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Trying to really nail down the unique sound of Canadian metal band Protest the Hero is quite a difficult task. In the past I would have called it ‘prog metal’ played with a lovin’ spoonful of methamphetamine and cocaine and called it a day. Sure, their brand of speedy prog metal was unlike anything out there and I’ve purchased every album from the band and enjoyed the spins I’ve given them. However, more often than not, I found it difficult to listen to entire records without reaching sensory overload or boredom. They had their stand-out songs and the stuff in between seem to just serve to keep the break-neck pace of the records up and showed minimal dynamics. Fast-forward a few years and a hugely successful Indie Go-Go campaign (Kickstarter for the non-Americans) later, Protest the Hero have unleashed unto the world an album that shows more improvements than I can shake a stick at. Needless to say, Volition is the realization from a band overflowing with potential and is brimming with dynamic, variety, and passion while not even for a split-second dismissing an iota of PtH’s core sound.
And extremely rewarding.
Release Date: April 30, 2013 on Profound Lore Records
Tracks: 9 Length: 49 minutes
Genre: Atmospheric Black/Post Metal/Industrial
Previous releases: Through The Cracks Of The Earth EP 2007, Sol EP 2008, White Tomb – debut album 2009, Tides EP 2010, Mammal 2011
Recommended for fans of: Wolves In The Throne Room, Blut Aus Nord, Fen, Deafheaven, Krallice
This is the stuff dreams are made of.
Release Date: November 11, 2013 self-released
Tracks: 11 Length: 48 minutes
Genre: Cinematic, ambient post-rock/experimental
Recommended for fans of: Sigur Rós, Enigma, Massive Attack, Olafur Arnalds, Daniel Tompkins
Length: 40 minutes
Genre: Technical Death Metal/Deathcore/Melodic
Previous releases: S.T.A.R.S EP 2011, In Crystalline Worlds Beyond EP 2011
Description: This is the debut album from an Italian band with an interesting name; Human Improvement Process. It’s action-filled music that is heavy and technical and I have to say the music is very melodic for belonging in this style. It’s experimental, with plenty of electronic sounds mixed into the songs and it gives off an unexpected industrial feeling, which spice things up a bit.
Challenging, heavy, unpredictable and fun. One of my favourite releases this year.
Release Date: October 13, 2013 on their own label Realising Media
Length: 35 minutes
Genre: Not easy to describe. Experimental, prog/math metal, post-rock
Previous releases: Split EP 2009, debut album Senjyu 2010, Memories, Voices EP 2012
Recommended for fans of: Challenging, interesting, unpredictable music
Description: On Cyclamen’s Bandcamp page it says: DIY-To-The-Core and I get a sense that those words were written with a feeling of great pride and accomplishment. After hearing the new album and seeing Cyclamen live (and meeting them after the show, such great people!), I understand why. This is a fascinating and very different album, with influences from things and places I can only imagine in my mind.
Release Date: 30 September 2013 on Ghost Music
Length: 14 minutes
Genre: Melodic hardcore/metal
Previous releases: Transitions EP, 2012
Description: Fathoms released a free EP last year that received quite a lot of praise and now their second effort is out. ‘Cold Youth’ is short but very much to the point; with songs that are carefully put together, a couple of catchy melodies and mostly gritty, harsh vocals. The music is sharp and heavy, with many groovy parts and lots of power. Instrumentally it’s technical and interesting, at least during the first half of the EP and some occasional “gang chanting” vocals are included.
This should come with a warning-sticker that says “highly addictive music”.
A good friend of mine has been saying lots of positive things about the five tracks on this EP, and after a couple of spins I have to say he’s right. This is an impressive collection of groovy songs with a progressive and modern sound, which should appeal to fans of classic heavy metal just as much as it will to people that prefer newer styles. It’s slightly reminiscent of both Symphony X and Iced Earth, with heavy, hard-hitting music and melodic singing, but Brutai also mixes in elements of metalcore and progressive death metal, which gives a nice edgy feel to their songs.
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You got to love it when a band names their album with a title that sums up perfectly what the listener is going to find within it. On the new record by Glorior Belli gators do rumble and chaos does unfurl. They rumble and unfurl so much that for the past week since this record landed in the Metal State inbox I have not been able to stop listening to the thing. I’ve known about the band for a bit of time now, but like the horrible metal head that I am, I just never got around to checking them out, so unfortunately I can’t tell you whether this record is better or worse than the bands previous efforts. But what I can tell you, as a newcomer to Glorior Belli, I will be hunting down the bands entire backlog over the next few months as their approach to black metal is one of the freshest and most original I’ve heard in years.
Taketh is a Swedish melodic death metal band and this is their second full length album. It contains ten tracks of typical sounding melo death, with growling vocals, melodic choruses and middle paced songs. The songs are well written and well performed and although the lyrics are a bit simple and too cliché, it still works out okay. After a couple of listens it gets a bit repetitive, both the music and the vocals don’t have much variation to them and some riffs seem a bit overused. I like the guitar solos and the more screamy, powerful vocals that appear at times. More of that and a little more diversity and maybe it could have been a more than average release. The last song is titled “Mind Numbing Crap” and makes me suspect the band isn’t overly serious about this release and when I hear it ends with someone saying “Oh well, shut up” in Swedish, I smile to myself and think my suspicions were probably right. But I hope Taketh are having fun when creating music, which is all that matters in the end!
“It’s extremely liberating in the digital age to approach composing and creating in this manner.
Infinite paths to explore, reinterpret and re-present.”
Release Date: August 27, 2013 on Puscifer Entertainment
Length: 60 minutes
Genre: Alternative, industrial rock, experimental, electronic
Don’t Shoot The Messenger EP, 2009
“V” is for Vagina, 2007
“C “ is For (Please Insert Sophomoric Genitalia Reference Here) EP, 2009
Conditions of My Parole, 2011
Donkey Punch The Night EP, 2013 and three remix albums
Recommended for fans of: Nine Inch Nails, Tool, A Perfect Circle, electronic music