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
Caligula’s Horse has crafted songs that are so alive and so powerful that I get tears in my eyes. Their music makes me do more than just listen, I’m feeling it, I’m living it.
Genre: Progressive rock/metal with a unique, modern and intelligent sound
Recommended for fans of: Opeth, Pain of Salvation, Porcupine Tree, Karnivool, Dream Theater, TesseracT, concept albums, interesting music
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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.
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It’s always good to keep ones ear to the underground lest one may miss out on the occasional gem that rolls on by making a cry for genuine attention yet gets smothered by the deluge of all the other bands (and many other gems) vying for your ear for a small amount of time. While wading in the sea of unsigned bands, Wall of the Eyeless screamed just loud enough to catch my ear and I’m happy I dove in to investigate the muffled cries. With their new demo album (which doesn’t sound demo quality at all) Wimfolsfestta I found myself really impressed with their base of melodic death metal which is tinged with prog tendencies and blackened edges. And in the about 30 minutes the album played on I was quite engaged and all around simply enjoying the music.
Sure, it’s a tad rough around the edges, but this is one band that has some nice potential and deserves a few minutes in the spotlight (though posting here on this random blog probably won’t give it to them). Anywho, check the record out and if you like it toss them a few bucks or share them with someone you think might be down to enjoy the record. Peace Love and Metal!!!
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.
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!
Release Date: July 1, 2013 on Art of Propaganda Records
Length: 60 minutes
Genre: Depressive black/doom metal with a slight post-rock feeling
Recommended for fans of: Alcest, Leviathan, Evoken, Drudkh
Here’s something for fans of dark, melodic metal with folk music influences. Circsena is a two man band from Germany and this is their first EP, self-titled and self-released. The first thing I notice is the unusual male singing voice, it’s a kind of black metal-hissing and I can imagine that the listener will either love it or hate it. I think it sounds good together with their blackened sound and catchy, melancholy melodies. Circsena creates memorable music that is easy to listen to and like, and even though it’s not the most complex of styles, it’s actually quite captivating. The songs are all mid-tempo with plenty of variation, addictive guitars and great flow. The nature-themed lyrics fits the music very well and the addition of a female guest vocalist on the third track really brings the song to life. This is only the first taste of what’s to come; there is a plan to release three albums that will all be a part of an epic fantasy story called “The Dryad Saga”.
“Every time that you try to do something right
You seem to get it oh so wrong
It’s almost like a joke
But no one’s laughing now “
“More disappointing than a box of rats on Christmas
More worthless than a dumpster filled with pogs (POGS!)
More disgusting than the time I took a bath with lots of slugs
More revolting than a barrel full of ears”
Our favourite green man is back with a tune that is catchy as hell, lyrics that the whole family can sing along to and a live video where he’s showing off those gorgeous, irresistible goblin moves. Nekrogoblikon’s EP ‘ power’ was released yesterday and after hearing this song I immediately went to Bandcamp to buy it. The silly lyrics together with that goblin singing voice puts a big smile on my face and while listening there are moments when I feel like painting myself green and wear huge goblin ears so I can get a more authentic experience while rocking out to Nekrogoblikon’s infectious style of symphonic death metal. Goblins forever!