Month: June 2014

Crystal Wall – Crystal Wall (Demo)

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Crystal Wall is a 5 piece Melodic Thrash Metal Band with Power metal-ish inspiration wrought throughout. Crystal Wall is their 2nd Demo, which is a pretty good record. It features 5 tracks of thrashy metal complete with male screaming vocals and female singing vocals. The male vocals are raspy and hard to discern, while the female vocals are what stand out, which are a (more…)

Wisdom of Crowds – Wisdom of Crowds

Wisdom of Crowds is the collaboration between The Pineapple Thief’s Bruce Soord and Katatonia’s Jonas Renkse. Soord had written music with Renkse vocals in mind and managed to get Renkse on board for the project. Many sites list the band name as Bruce Soord & Jonas Renkse, however, since the band’s Facebook refers to themselves, and their self-proclaimed (more…)

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System of a Down – System of a Down

System of a Down is that kooky eccentric metal band of the early 2000s that everyone either loves or hates. Regardless of your opinion of them, they deserve respect for at least having their own distinct sound instantly recognized as System of a Down. Their self-titled debut album unleashed their eccentricity upon the world with their out of the ordinary style of (more…)

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Septicflesh – Titan

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Titan is symphonic metal band Septicflesh’s ninth full-length album that continues with the brutal symphonic death metal assault of its predecessors. It is more of the same epic-ness from Septicflesh and shares the same pros and cons as before. War in Heaven opens the album with an epic metal track with plenty of orchestration augmenting the grandiose feel of the album. (more…)

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Deadsoul Tribe – A Lullaby for the Devil

Deadsoul Tribe was the musical project led by Psychotic Waltz vocalist, Devon Graves, who previously went under the name, Buddy Lackey. A Lullaby for the Devil was Deadsoul Tribe’s fifth and apparently final album, as well as their most refined album. Deadsoul Tribe plays predominately progressive metal, while incorporating other styles as that genre implies, as (more…)

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Damien Jurado – Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Sun

Damien Jurado has gone through numerous changes in sound since his humble beginnings. His early albums were melancholic acoustic works, but over time, his music has taken on more and more layers of sound. Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Sun—Jurado’s most recent album—continues in the vein of Maraqopa with its semi-psychedelic atmosphere created by keyboards (more…)

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Mariona Aupí – Criatura

Mariona Aupí is a Spanish musician from Barcelona, Spain that I discovered after her collaboration with fellow Spaniard, Carlos Ann. Criatura is her first solo album, and I would go as far as to say it is the sister album to Carlos Ann’s electronic Agatsu album. They both share a similar electronic sound palette and he also produced this Criatura album. Mariona Aupí’s (more…)

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Lethe – When Dreams Become Nightmares

Lethe is the project spawned from the collaboration between Eluveitie’s Anna Murphy and Manes’ Tor-Helge Skei. The debut album, When Dreams Become Nightmares, shares a sound very similar to that of the experimental metal trip-hop of contemporary Manes. That psychotic deranged sound is expanded further with the great vocals of Anna Murphy, who steps out of (more…)

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Shearwater – Animal Joy

Shearwater has become among my favorite bands over the past several years. Their most recent album, Animal Joy, marked a shift in sound after the majestic art-rock of the Island Arc Trilogy albums, Palo Santo, Rook, and The Golden Archipelago. On Animal Joy, Shearwater scales back their majesty in favor of a more straight-forward rockier approach. It is (more…)

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