This is some seriously beautiful, well composed and innovative music. Century Media provides us with a full album stream of TesseracT’s not yet released album Altered State. Here the band have found their own unique style and this work of art is executed with perfection. It goes through flesh and bones, right into my heart.
The second half of the album is particularly interesting. Give it a listen, or many, and share your thoughts!
Altered State will be released on the 27th of May in Europe and 28th May in the US. It’s available for pre-order from the band’s website.
A while ago, at the same time as Matt and Reggie, I posted my Top 100 All Time Favourite (Metal) Albums over at the forum The History of Metal on FB. It took a good amount of time and effort to put it together, but it was so much fun! My taste in metal is always changing, so the list will not always look the same. In fact, it’s already a bit different than it was when I first put it together and posted it on the forum seven months ago.
On 4/20 in a small town in Massachusetts some very lucky record store patrons were blessed with one hell of a performance by Opeth for the celebration of the International Record Store Day. Breaking out the grandpa guitars Opeth jammed out 5 tunes and I have to say, I just about like these renditions better than their album counter parts. Given that they are Opeth’s more mellow side, the new dynamic in the band works wonderfully with the older tunes. And how about that acoustic rendition of Demon of the Fall! Even without the brutality of harsh vocals and electric guitars Opeth still knows how to make a tune sound nice and evil.
Lucky for us someone was there to record the whole set and with surprisingly great audio and visual quality. Check it out and let us know what you thought. Enjoy! Peace Love and Metal!!!
Posted by plantera7
Release Date: 1 Mar 2013
Length: 57 minutes
Style: Hard Rock/Progressive
Career: Awaken is Awaken’s debut album. They are from Tennessee and are signed to Mausoleum Records
Similarities with: Dream Theater, Queensryche, Rush, Fates Warning, Iron Maiden
The Room Colored Charlatan is certainly a strange band name that you don’t easily forget. I don’t have an explanation as to why they choose that name, but I know they make great music. They just released a single titled ‘Nexus Point’ with Daniel Tompkins (Skyharbor, ex-TesseracT) as guest vocalist. This caught my attention, of course, since Daniel is one of the best singers out there. I wasn’t disappointed. It’s melodic and heavy, but the clean vocals in the chorus make the song a lot more varied and adds depth to it which is something I’d like to hear a little more of from this band.
Listen to their new single here:
One band I feel that is criminally underrated is this sludgy, nwobhm-ish, prog metal band called The Lord Weird Slough Feg. Maybe it was lack of publicity or their name that made people not take notice, cause I’m sure that if one would take a couple minutes to listen to them, the music certainly isn’t anything that would turn any metal fan sour. Anywho, someone over at Metal Blade Records has finally given this long-running, storied band a shot to gain some more fans by signing them to their label. One of the best parts other than even more people will be able to enjoy Slough Feg, is that Metal Blade is re-releasing 3 of the bands earlier albums all done up with some cool packaging and a shiny new coat of remastering. A 3 CD boxset will be released on Feb. 5, 2013 and will contain Twilight of the Idols (1999), Down Among The Deadmen (2000) and Traveller (2003). Of the 3 I have Traveller, and can attest that is a damn fine record. The other 2 I am looking forward to hearing, especially after hearing the single track that Metal Blade has released. “Sky Chariots” is simply damn fine heavy metal and should appease nearly all metal fans of all colors. Check the tune out, get excited for this neat box set re-release, and get even more excited for the fact that a new Slough Feg record is most likely coming out pretty soon. You can do some backtracking into the bands ginormous back catalog while you wait. Enjoy!!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!
Combining elements of sludge, black, post, and prog metal, Latitudes have been able to craft a very unique sound that is laced in tons of atmosphere and texture. Their 2nd album Individuation shows the band growing their sound as well as their songcraft ability as each of the 8 track on the record are able to meander throughout different areas of their crushing beauty while not losing their way, nor my attention. Soft and ghost-like vocals paired with viscous sludge metal riffing, dreamlike ambient sections, and frequent black metal atmospheres create a floating in space while watching the glorious explosion of nebulae feeling. If you fancy bands like Pelican, Isis, prog era-Mastodon, Pink Floyd, or Agalloch give this band and album a shot, it’s some great music. Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal!!
It took the San Franciscan prog metal band Hammers of Misfortune five albums to finally get an official video out there. In one sense that cool, let the music build the picture. In the other, well, I just like music videos. Their new video for the title track off 17th Street is pretty cool and has a lot of shaky and fast camera movements. It fits the song well and is done in a cool style. If you haven’t checked out HoM yet, I abhor you to do so if you consider yourself a fan of prog rock. They are one of the most criminally unknown bands out there today (I guess their deal with Metal Blade Records is helping them come to the spotlight a bit more and get the recognition they deserve). Anywho, check out the video and let us know what you thought. Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!
I came across this amazing video on my perusal of MetalSucks and my jaw is on the ground. Youtube user Lorenblock discovered that Opeth‘s “I Feel the Dark” off of their latest album Heritage syncs up with celebrated surrealist artist Savatore Dalí’s animation collaboration with Walt Disney perfectly. The animation sequence is called Destino and is from Disney’s renowned Fantasia movie. If you’ve never seen it in your copy of Fantasia, earlier versions of the short weren’t included in the DVD release of the film but were later added when it was released recently on Blu-Ray (as far as I remember from the explanation given at a Dalí exhibition I went to last year).
The perfect sync is purely coincidental much like the Pink Floyd and Wizard of Oz phenomenon. But man, is it awesome. One of my favorite musical artists with my favorite painter with one of my favorite animators. Now excuse me while I watch this about 50 more times. Enjoy! Peace Love and Metal!!
As a youth I grew up in a Catholic household and attended Catholic school. During that time many things in the form of something ‘hip’ that the kids would enjoy and connect with were thrust upon me and my peers. Many of these ‘hip’ things came in the form of books, video games, and music. For the most part they were just mediocre rip offs of what was cool at the time, and that time being the early 90′s you can just imagine how horrible some of this stuff was. The music was what was used the most by my parents and teachers to ‘save’ me since it was well known I was a huge fan of it, especially heavy metal. But none of the music that they gave held the passion for the music like my favorites at the time, they all just sounded watered down, self-serving, and felt more concerned with converting people or just repeating ad nauseam ‘Jesus Saves’ instead of educating about religion and faith or telling cool stories from the Bible or recounting positive life lessons. Even at a young age I saw through all the b.s. and grew to immediately label anything faith-based as lame(I do have to say there were a couple of bands that were decent, and Stryper is way under-rated). Enter Theocracy and their album As the World Bleeds. If more bands in the Faith Metal/Music genre had their passion and approach, maybe I would have thought a bit differently in my early years, because what I really wanted then is what I want today. Great music, no matter the ideals behind it.