Album Review: Grayceon – “IV”

Grayceon - IV

When it comes to the “progressive” label, the music that is labeled as such usually doesn’t fit what the listener’s concept of progressive is. The label is a subjective one, as sometimes, music that is considered to be progressive doesn’t fall under that label. Because of progressive metal’s tendency to feature technical complexity, lengthy instrumental passages, and various foreign influences like an uncommon instrument – in this case, the cello – the label can become broad and confusing. Thus, with Grayceon‘s IV being labeled as a progressive metal album, I decided to dive in and see whether the label actually fits. Continue reading

Album Review: Ihsahn – “Àmr”

ihsahn - ámr

If there’s one thing you can always count on when it comes to Ihsahn it’s evolution.  Throughout his work with Emperor, Peccatum, and his solo work it’s been a constant examination of musical styles, finding new avenues and strains that work within the ever-expanding identity of the man himself.  Àmr, his seventh sojourn as a solo artist acts more as a refinement rather than another branch into the unknown.  As such it feels a little less immediate, but even treading water there’s enough stellar musicianship on display to further cement his stature as a visionary in the genre.   Continue reading

Album Review: Boss Keloid – “Melted On the Inch”

Boss Keloid - Melted On the Inch

One thing I revel in hearing are bands that have grabbed my attention, for whatever reason, progress with each new album. Boss Keloid have offered a lot in that regard but nothing prepared me for what their third full length Melted On the Inch offers. Progression for many bands is simply making another album with a twist of a riff or two, maybe switch vocal approaches or slowing the groove down. But for Boss Keloid it means reinventing themselves while staying true to their stoner doom roots. And the noise they put together is glorious. Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: Between the Buried and Me and Johnnie Walker

Receiving the Evcharist

Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations.  Drink from the cup of heresy.  This week’s offering: Between the Buried and Me’s Automata I and Johnny Walker’s Double Black Blended Scotch Whisky. Continue reading

Profile: Eddie Maestas of Post Hardcorists Fathers

Fathers
Fathers

Denver’s post-hardcore / progressive metal juggernaut Fathers released their self titled debut digitally last year and will be reissuing it on vinyl March 30 via Sailor Records. To that point, we have a contest going on right now that is in its final stages where you can win a copy for yourself, go here to get the details and ENTER! Anyway, I didn’t see nearly enough noise about this album upon its initial release so I’m hoping things will change now. Over the course of nine songs the band weaves a story that screams at those who have been abused, hurt, forgotten or otherwise pushed aside and gives wings for them to fly and be heard. A favorite track is hard to come by here, I thought several times I’d settled on mine but it constantly shifted and to the point that I finally relented and just let the whole album be a favorite. Yes indeed it is that good. Chugging ferocity meets emotional depth and it honestly melted my heart down to a throbbing mass of muscle and blood. Just ahead of the vinyl reissue and our contest winding down we had the chance to discuss our Profile set of questions with guitarist Eddie Maestes and you don’t want to miss his responses. Head inside to see what he had to say and by all means support the band. But also, enter to win that vinyl!

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