Gabriel Riccio

Posted Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 12:17pm by Gabriel Riccio

Failure's entire new record The Heart is a Monster is now streaming at Entertainment Weekly. They've also released a video for the first song on the record, 'Hot Traveler', which features a different mix of the bridge than the album version:

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Tags: Failure, New Album, The Heart is a Monster, Hot Traveler, Ken Andrews, Greg Edwards, Kelli Scott
Posted Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 5:11pm by Gabriel Riccio

I had the pleasure of being introduced to The Mercury Tree at Progtoberfest this past year. This Portland band was easily one of the most interesting and modern sounding bands on the bill. They are far from being just another prog band, as they incorporate influences from math rock, jazz, alternative rock, and more. All of this is evident on their latest record, Countenance, which displays an enormous stylistic range (and a huge progression from their previous records). If you're a fan of bands like The Mars Volta, Tera Melos, Tool, and King Crimson, then give this record a listen.

Category: Album Reviews

Tags: The Mercury Tree, Countenance, Progtoberfest, progressive rock, math rock, Portland, Tool, King Crimson, The Mars Volta, Tera Melos
Posted Monday, December 29, 2014 - 1:46pm by Gabriel Riccio

Zorbas Crisol's debut EP, Criollo, is somewhat reminiscent of a mostly instrumental version of Mr. Bungle's debut album, but it doesn't feel the slightest bit derivative. The song structures are highly unpredictable but never random or directionless. For example, the first song begins sounding very reminiscent of The Mars Volta - if you had told me that Omar Rodriguez-Lopez played guitar in the first half of this song, I wouldn't have been surprised, and the similarities are cemented by prominent saxophones, soloistic bass playing and some very cool odd time grooves. Much of it feels very off kilter, which adds to the excitement.

Category: Album Reviews

Tags: Zorbas Crisol, Santiago, Chile, prog-jazz, The Mars Volta, Mr. Bungle
Posted Friday, December 19, 2014 - 9:00am by Gabriel Riccio

Not many new records manage to grab my attention enough to take me away from listening to music that came out before I was born - the truth is that I tend to be quite jaded when it comes to new music. Nonethleless, a few great albums come out every year, so here's a few of my favorites from this year. Since I'm not a fan of ranking albums, they're in no particular order:

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Tags: Best of 2014, aphex twin, flying lotus, run the jewels, blut aus nord, Scott Walker, sunnO))), earth, Trioscapes, funk ark
Posted Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 10:56am by Gabriel Riccio

Antemasque feels like a conscious attempt to escape all of that and return to the duo’s post hardcore roots (albeit with some added New Wave influences). The album is very brief - 10 songs clocking in at under 35 minutes total, with only one song breaking the four minute mark. Gone are the horn sections, string orchestras and extensive overdubs of The Mars Volta’s studio records - the arrangements on Antemasque are stripped down to the basics, featuring only vocals, guitar, bass, drums, and the occasional synthesizer. Listening to Antemasque, I get the sense that this was a very spontaneous record. After leaving The Mars Volta, Rodriguez-Lopez frequently publicly reflected on how he was far too much of a dictator in that band, which prevented it from being fun for anyone involved. While I have no idea whether or not the band is actually having fun on this album, it certainly feels like they’re trying to, perhaps in order to ease back into working together with a project that’s a little more democratic and less demanding. 

Category: Album Reviews

Tags: Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Deantoni Parks, Flea, Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez, Antemasque, The Mars Volta, At the Drive-In, De Facto

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