Album Review: Vildhjarta — “måsstaden under vatten”

They say good things come to those who wait, and while it’s true that, despite the culture we live in, delayed gratification is more often than not the sweeter option, there are a couple of notable examples in the music world of the wait not quite being worth it, to say the least.  Chinese Democracy surely takes the cake, but (at least in this writer’s humble opinion) Fear Inoculum deserves a mention in the “did it really live up to the hype” category.  What, then, of a band like Vildhjarta, who so dramatically changed the game with their debut Måsstaden and then, besides an EP in 2013, remained suspiciously silent until now, with the long-awaited release of måsstaden under vatten?  I guess the answer to that question depends on what you’re expecting.

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Profile / Interview: Jesse Zuretti of Binary Code

Binary Code

On the surface, calling a metal band’s newest offering “crushingly heavy” seems a bit cliche. But, in the case of Binary Code’s third full length, Memento Mori, it’s the closest to the truth as can possibly be. The album was born out of a tragic event that left founder/guitarist Jesse Zuretti devastated and with a deep need to find some sort of light, catharsis, and hope. As such, “crushing” is fully captured throughout each pained scream, each hauntingly quieter moment and a heartbreaking, yet beautiful, cover. Beyond that though, this is an incredible album that takes their earlier tech death cues and gels with their more progressive, heavy rock stance of today. We’re calling it their finest moment and highly suggest supporting the band and this album. Plus, the proceeds go to a much needed cause, more on that below. Just ahead of the album’s release we had the opportunity to send Jesse our set of Profile questions but modified it to dig deeper and get a little more personal. He fully obliged with his responses and we can’t thank him enough so, do the thing immediately below.  Continue reading

Album Review: Myth of I — “Myth of I”


Forged at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass by a group of highly skilled musicians, Myth of I was born. And now, seven years later, Myth of I is an “…eclectic album with influences from all over the world and is sure to be something you can’t find anywhere else” as described by the band, and I’ve found that statement to be true. It’s a creative blend of musical styles from progressive metal, to black metal, to jazz fusion, to electro—with expert instrumentation by four talented musicians and no vocal tracking.  Myth of I bring such strong power and expression through their instruments that vocals are not needed and are not missed, surprisingly. Continue reading

Visions ov Hell: Periphery – “Marigold”


Much the metal world was taking note of the entertaining new music video from Periphery for the track titled “Marigold” last week. Naturally, due to some other big releases and various things going on, we (I) totally ignored it. Now is the time to make amends and finally watch this curious video. This particular song will be featured on the upcoming Periphery III: Select Difficulty, which drops on July 22nd. In regards to this video, Periphery have long been masters of amusing, animated videos, and this is no exception. Continue reading