Album Reviews

Posted Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 4:40pm by Sina Tavoosi

Can you take a band named Destiny Potato seriously? The answer is both yes and no. Yes, because they make high-quality and unique prog metal and no, because they are in truth a pop band and their music is supposed to be fun, not life-changing. Check your pretensions at the entrance before stepping into the potato world, these guys know their prog metal and can perform the shit out of their instruments, but the vocal melodies are not much different from those few good hits on the radio.

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Tags: progressive metal, pop, djent, Destiny Potato
Posted Monday, May 12, 2014 - 11:50am by Sina Tavoosi

"Saxophone motherfucker!" This could be all I have to say about this album. Merkabah (from Poland) create avant-garde metal, but I don't like to call it instrumental because the saxophone speaks...we just don't understand the language. Moloch is an open-minded metal fan's heaven as it cooks a meal out of genres like post-hardcore, progressive rock, and jazz all thrown in the metal cauldron. This music can put you on the defensive with its unrelenting assaults and simultaneously puzzle you out of your own skin, so blatant it is in its weirdness. 

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Tags: Merkabah, avant-garde metal, progressive rock, jazz, saxophone
Posted Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 2:47pm by Sina Tavoosi

Six years after their debut self-titled album and twelve years into their career, the South African industrial rock/metal band Terminatryx are back with a new full-length album. Shadow shows how female-fronted industrial metal can be done without opting for a commercial sound. If you expect pop tunes and sing-along songs, look elsewhere. Despite the massive use of programming and synths, Terminatryx's music is surprisingly soulful and sincere. 

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Tags: Industrial Rock, metal, South Africa, Terminatryx, Heike Langhans
Posted Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 1:07pm by Sina Tavoosi

The amount of metal albums based on J.R.R Tolkien and H.P. Lovecraft stories is overwhelming, and yet more bands choose these themes for their works and manage to create great music worth the time and effort. Tekeli-Li, the second full-length album by the French black metallers The Great Old Ones, is based on Lovecraft's At The Mountains of Madness, a grim novella about existence of alien life under Antarctica.

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Tags: The Great Old Ones, black metal, post black metal, france, H.P. Lovecraft
Posted Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 4:12pm by Sina Tavoosi

Birds of Passage is an ambient/dream pop project by singer-songwriter Alicia Merz from Waikato, New Zealand. This music of Birds of Passage is full of heartfelt emotions where the only notes played are the most essential ones. This Kindly Slumber is minimal ambient/drone made amicable by a woman's gentle voice and not much else going on  Can that really be enough? 

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Tags: ambient, drone, dream pop, Birds of Passage, minimalist, minimalism

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