Do you remember how you got into music originally? How you took your first steps in discovering and shaping your taste? 'Cause I do and that's what today's long winded intro is all about.
You want this shirt, don't even try to tell me otherwise.
I recently wrote about Artilect's debut album in a Freekend column and it seems another one is on the way. How quickly is up to you.
For those of you unfamiliar with the band Artilect play progressive metal/rock with some great Tool/Incubus-esque vocals.
They've started a Kickstarter campaign to record a new album with the appropriately named Jamie King. There are plenty of pledge rewards whether you just want a digital copy of the album or something more extravagant.
I'll leave the link to the campaign and their previous album below.
If you enjoy the music definitely help them make this album a reality. They are really talented guys who have the potential to be huge (within prog metal) so why not help them out by throwing a couple of bucks their way and sharing the campaign on whatever social networks you've got going?
My love for Nero Di Marte goes back to the time an Italian band called Murder Therapy released an album called Moloch. That album, with it's progressive death metal meets something entirely different sound, made me very excited for the future of the band. Their back catalog was interesting but didn't live up to the hype Moloch had created. Some time thereafter Prosthetic signed a band called Nero Di Marte that, from the teaser supplied by said label, seemed to continue this very interesting sound. With further, rigorous investigation (reading the YouTube description) I found out Murder Therapy had in fact changed their name to Nero Di Marte. Good call in my honest opinion.
Now they've released their second album under this new moniker so how does it hold up? Read on and find out.
So you guys are wondering who is taking over the mic at Camp VOM?
From what I've heard from Knotfest apparently it's Lukas Magyar the vocalist from a band called Arms of Empire.
When VOM's previous vocalist Brandon Butler left he cited difference in opinion regarding the band's direction as a cause for the split. The first thing I thought was "VOM wants clean vocals" and if this video (drum playthrough of all things) is anything to go by their (supposed) new vocalist can both scream and sing. Make of that what you will.
I have never really gotten into Veil of Maya but I'm excited to hear this new direction as it may very well turn me into a fan.
The band has made no official announcement but I'll keep you guys updated as more news comes in.
Wait...that's not right.
Oh yeah, Black Crown Initiate and Anaal Nathrakh are both streaming their new albums in full right now through Metal Hammer and Revolver respectively. I've yet to listen to the Anaal Nathrakh one but honestly they haven't failed me yet so I'm fairly confident that's going to rock your world but I have listened to BCI's album quite a few times and it's a really great follow up to the fantastic EP Song of the Crippled Bull.
Both streams below...
I got asked recently if I wrote positively about all the bands we feature in fear of offending someone, although the answer might seem obvious I still decided to write a short bit about my personal approach to reviews to eliminate any possible misinformation.
Those of you who have read the blog semi-regularly have seen me reference The Crinn a couple of times so you already know they are one of my favorite bands. After releasing two EP's (Kills Curiosity is still one of the most unique albums I've ever heard) they released the masterpiece that is Dreaming Saturn and now The Crinn finally gearing up to release a second full length album called Shadowbreather. Two songs have come out this week off the new album so I'll include them both below for your intense, technical listening pleasures.
There's no current release date for Shadowbreather but hopefully it'll be blowing minds all over the world sooner rather than later.
Not too long I came across Toothgrinder's song The Hour Angle on Metalsucks where it was described as Dillinger Escape Plan and Faith No More mixed in with tech metal. While I don't completely agree with that notion (I'll get to that in a second) it did impress me enough to express interest in reviewing the Schizophrenic Jubilee EP. A couple of weeks and several listens later the time has come for a review.
Pretty sure I've written about this one before, if not consider this your first and final warning:
Not getting this for free would be a grave mistake.
Definitely throw some bucks their way if you like it and you're able to but enjoy it regardless. Some great post-hardcore for fans of Dance Gavin Dance, A Lot Like Birds, Stolas and Circa Survive.