When 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!).
Release Date: March 4th 2014, self-released
Length: 50 minutes of seducing melodies
Genre: Exceptionally good progressive/melodic tech metal
Previous releases: The Space Between EP 2011, In Time EP 2012
Recommended for fans of: Between The Buried And Me, Protest The Hero, Periphery
Description: A really good metal album with heavy music and only clean vocals seems to be almost impossible to come by these days. But never fear, Intervals is here!
“Your only chance to survive, is to leave with us…”
Release date: 24th of February on Undergroove Records
Length: 45 minutes of heavy earworms
Genre: Feel-good, sludgy rock
Previous releases: This is their first album, and what a fine debut it is!
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Label: Moribund Records
Release Date: March 18th 2014 (re-release); also now available from Razorbleed Productions
Genre: Blackend Crusty Black and Roll
Studio Albums: A lot.
Release Date: 2 December 2013
Length: 31 minutes
Studio Albums: Rough Sleep EP 2013, two splits
Location: Southampton, UK
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Release Date: CD, 31 July 2012; Vinyl, 4 February 2014
Length: 33 minutes
Genre: Black heavy/thrash metal
Studio Albums: This is their debut album
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Release Date: 1 January 2013, 31 January 2014 (DLP)
Genre: The blackest and darkest death/doom
Studio Albums: Denouement, 2012
Artist/Album: Knowing 2 Fly – Here On My Feet
Label: Bakerteam Records
Release Date: 2014
Length: About 45 min
Genre: Punk Metal
Studio Albums: This is their debut
Location: Milan, Italy
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Release date: October 29, 2013.
Label: Aloud Music.
Recommended to: Fans of ambient, atmospheric and progressive instrumental metal; psychedelic and space rock.
Space metal is comparatively rare. While a number of bands play metal with science fiction and space themes, few actually do what you’d call “space music”. As for good space metal, it’s like a chemical trace element – you may have to travel to the Asteroid Belt to find it in concentrated quantities. Exxasens obviously comes from one of the asteroids, although the man behind the band may tell you otherwise.
Artist/Album: Drawers – Drawers
Label: Koatoxin Records
Release Date: 11 Feb. 2014
Length: 30:21 Min
Studio Albums: This is their fourth full-length album