It’s almost time to wrap up the year and create our ‘Best of 2013’-lists. Vattnet Viskar’s debut album will be on my list, that’s for sure; rarely have I heard such a tasteful mix of atmospheric black metal and post rock. Watch the video for ‘Breath Of The Almighty’ and get carried away by the bleak but beautiful visuals that goes perfectly with the build-up in the song and leads up to the explosive ending. Powerful stuff!
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
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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This week’s video is from the singer of the progressive metal band Skyharbor, Daniel Tompkins. White Moth Black Butterfly is his solo project that he has created with help from Keshav Dhar (also in Skyharbor) and Acle Kahney (TesseracT). It’s pretty far away from metal, but it’s definitely good enough to deserve a mention, or two. Or, in my opinion, one thousand! “One Thousand Wings” is the title of White Moth Black Butterfly’s debut album that will be released on November 11th, and I happen to know that it includes some very beautiful and special songs. This is the third single, called “Omen” and it premiered yesterday, on Halloween. Good timing, considering the dark, mysterious and slightly horror-like atmosphere in the video and the song. I hope you’ll give it a listen and let me know what you think! Enjoy!
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.
This was indeed a difficult, but interesting challenge. Exactly what I like and look for in music, and mainly in metal, is something I’ve never thought about to a great extent before. And I wouldn’t say it’s important to know either, it’s just a way to get to know myself better (and a good excuse for making another list). It goes a bit deeper and is more specific than just saying “I like <insert genre here>”. These components I’m describing apply to any style of music I listen to.
#8 The rhythm section
Powerful, complicated drums and audible bass. Irresistible grooves and repeating, low-tuned guitars. All of those are very often included in the music I like the most. I enjoy listening through a whole album only following the drum patterns, or the bass lines, if they are interesting enough. A strong, complex rhythm section is the main reason why I love bands like Gojira, Opeth, Tool, TesseracT, The Safety Fire, some black metal and most djent.
Black Crown Initiate – Ghost She Sends
If you have the slightest interest in progressive rock/metal, especially the kind with a good rhythm section and great guitar work, and some of your favourite bands happen to be named Opeth, Tool, Karnivool, Porcupine Tree or Pain of Salvation, you need to check out the Australian band Caligula’s Horse. Don’t worry, they are not copying aforementioned bands, they do have a very nice style of their own and perfectly blends modern metal with a more classic proggy sound and outstanding vocals.
I first saw their name on Facebook a couple of weeks ago, as a recommendation by the band Ne Obliviscaris. Because they were mentioned by Ne Obliviscaris (another awesome band) and in the same sentence as “great gigs” and “Twelve Foot Ninja” (my latest musical addiction), I decided to investigate it further. After a couple of days and their new album ‘The Tide, The Thief and River’s End’ on repeat, I’m sold. Completely. In love. Head over heels…
‘Dark Hair Down‘ provides a taste of it, but the album has so much more than this to offer:
Full Album Stream:
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Last year I got introduced to Windhand by way of a review over on my favorite metal site, Angry Metal Guy. Their self-titled debut got a nice write-up, so I went ahead and checked it out and enjoyed it quite a bit. But, like a lot of music that deluges through my ears these past few years, it takes something really, really special to stick hard and garner more spins from me outside of the occasional playback and initial handful of spins. Windhand’s debut, while a very solid record, just didn’t hit me hard enough and the band kind of floated to the nether-realms of my music library.
Lucky for me, Relapse’s PR was cool enough to hook us up with a promo copy of their new album, Soma, and I harkened back to remembering that their debut was solid but lacking that punch. I dove right into it hoping to see if this very talented band was able to add that punch to their music that would make it more than a good album that I would eventually forget about. And, lo and behold, by George, they did it! That punch, and more so uniqueness is so much more pronounced on their new record and I’ve found it sneaking in between my holy trinity of 2013 albums I’ve been listening to beyond obsessively (The Ocean, Revocation, and Glorior Belli).
The best way I can describe the style and sound on Soma is it’s either like Sunn O))) on amphetamines or St. Vitus on Quaalude; both with an ethereal and bluesy female vocalist. Each track will doom your mind way into a hazy trance while at the same time delivering memorable melodies and grooves. Heavy and atmospheric doom that doesn’t feel cliché’ nor does the methodically slow pace leave one bored.
Check out the record and then let us know what you think. If you dig on it, buy a copy for yourself, or at least share the shit out of it with your metal loving friends. Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!!
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.
Interview with Pete of Baroness/Concert Review: Baroness & Royal Thunder at Tunnel Club, Milan Italy Oct. 15, 2013
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Spending many years crafting, evolving, and honing one of the most original sounds in music today, Savannah, GA band Baroness have carved quite a niche for themselves that transcends musical genre barriers and deeply appeals to fans of all styles of rock music. If one can say anything about Baroness, it would have to be about how incredibly hard-working and determined its members are in bringing their love of music to their fans and delivering it at the highest quality possible. Even a terrible tour bus accident which could have easily killed any member of the band couldn’t hold founding members Pete Adams (guitars/backing vocals) and John Baizley (lead vocals/guitars) from powering through serious injuries, healing themselves up, and reforming their rhythm section after Allen Blickle (drums) and Matt Maggioni (bass) very understandably took leave of the band. Just a little over a year since the tragic accident Baroness have once again jumped onto the tour bus and returned to Europe to continue putting audiences in awe with their stellar live shows.
On Oct. 15th I was fortunate enough to be able to catch up with guitarist Pete Adams when they stopped in my city of Milan, Italy to play a show at Tunnel Club with Royal Thunder. After witnessing my first live experience with a band I have followed for over 10 years and my chat with Pete I have found myself with an even deeper respect for the lads in the band. All of the passion Pete put into his responses to my questions was reciprocated ten-fold when him and the band took the stage and the amount of smiles and good vibes the band exuded off-stage came with them onto the stage in a very uplifting way of saying ‘we’re back’.