Album Review: Between the Buried and Me – “Automata II”

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Despite my everlasting love for Colors, it’s hard to say Between the Buried and Me aren’t writing the best music of their careers right now.  After the theatrical sci-fi pomp of Coma Ecliptic the band crafted a masterful return to their heavier roots in the two-part Automata, developed as a single album before being split into two halves (for easier consumption?) with Automata I beginning the narrative of a man journeying through his own dreams, which are being broadcast to the world as cheap entertainment.  How does it end?  Four months later we finally find out with the stellar Automata II, which supplies the back half of the concept with some of the most dynamic, engaging and downright killer music the band has ever produced.   Continue reading

CANTO: Sleep, Periphery, ASG, and More

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Photo Credit: Dana (Distortion) Yavin / Huffington Post UK

Friday’s Friday.

  • Sooooo Sleep did something Sleep would do and dropped (will drop) a surprise new album on 4/20. It’s called The Sciences.
  • Periphery left Sumerian Records. Based on label owner Ash Avildsen’s reaction, it sounds like it went… well.
  • The Boston Marathon was Monday. The dude that won? Super into BabymetalFun fact of the day.
  • ASG dropped a new song ahead of the release of their first album in like… I don’t know a long time. This is “Survive Sunrise” off of Blood Drive (out June 13th.)

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

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

Album Review: Periphery – “Juggernaut: Alpha & Omega”

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I’ll admit: for many years, I simply dismissed the djent movement as “a bunch of Meshuggah rip-offs.” Ignorant? Yep. Over-generalizing? Ridiculously so. But after hearing Periphery‘s 2014 EP, Clear, I began to reconsider that viewpoint. Sure, the band brought out some of the genre’s biggest clichés in full force—chugging, start-stop guitar riffage, oddball time signatures, etc.—but as songs like “The Summer Jam” or “Feed the Ground” demonstrated, they also showed off an undeniable sense of catchiness. And now, almost exactly a year later, the band’s back with a new double album called Juggernaut—and while I don’t know if either of its two parts, Alpha and Omega, are enough to fully convert me to the “djent-side,” there’s quite a bit to like about both.

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The Horns Up Podcast: Episode 35 (January 16, 2015)

It’s time for Episode 35 of The Horns Up Podcast, your weekly catch-up on all things metal!

This week, the guys discuss new albums from Sylosis and The Crown (plus a new-old album from Metallica!) and share their thoughts on mosh pits, plus Corey recaps last week’s Dark Tranquillity / Insomnium show at the Worcester Palladium.

All that and much, much more in this week’s episode, so check it out!

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