Clayton Michaels

Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 1:07pm by Clayton Michaels

This should be of interest for any musicians who follow the site. In a pretty cool move, Geryon bassist Nicholas McMaster posted the sheet music/bass tab to "De Profundus," the first track on their self-titled EP, to the band's Facebook page last night. Drummer Lev Weinstein also posted a photo of an incomplete drum transcription for the same song.

You can downlad the tab here.

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Tags: Geryon, Bass tab, notation, music theory, tablature, bass
Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 12:58pm by Clayton Michaels

It’s been a really long time since I’ve been as excited about a technical death metal album as I am about The Mother of Virtues, the second full-length from Brooklyn’s Pyrrhon. If I had to describe the album in one word, it would be labyrinthine; it pushes against the boundaries of tech-death, leading the listener into some very dark, unfamiliar territory.

Category: Album Reviews

Tags: Pyrrhon, technical death metal, gorguts, Portal, Relapse Records
Posted Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 2:34pm by Clayton Michaels

At this point, what can be said by way of introduction to Animals as Leaders and Tosin Abasi that hasn’t already been said at least a hundred times before? If you think about it, though, it is somewhat remarkable that an instrumental outfit that plays such challenging, progressive music enjoys such a relatively high profile in the metal world. I think part of the reason for that high profile is how consistent this band has been from album to album; The Joy of Motion, their recently released third album, is another very solid outing from the group.

Category: Album Reviews

Tags: Animals as Leaders, Tosin Abasi, Mestis, djent, progressive metal, instru-metal, Periphery, John McLaughlin, jazz fusion, T.R.A.M.
Posted Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 5:08pm by Clayton Michaels

When I first read about Geryon, the new duo comprised of Lev Weinstein (drums) and Nicholas McMaster (bass & vocals) of avant-garde black metallers Krallice, I was of two minds. On the one hand, I get excited any time I hear about new music from anyone associated with Krallice. However, I’ve never sat and thought to myself: You know what would make Krallice even more awesome? If they got rid of their guitar players. In fact, for me it’s the interplay between the guitars of Messrs. Barr and Marston that makes Krallice so compelling.

Category: Album Reviews

Tags: Geryon, krallice, tech-death, avant-garde death metal, gorguts
Posted Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 9:26pm by Clayton Michaels

I can’t remember how I first heard of Gentle Giant, since they aren’t generally mentioned alongside the big names of 70s British prog. In spite of the fact that they were fairly successful commercially in the mid-70s, they seem to be considered more of a footnote to the era than one of the major bands.

Category: Feature Stories

Tags: Gentle Giant, uber-prog, British prog, 70's prog, Derek Shulman

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