Posted Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 8:16am by George M. Bowles
Another year full of great music, over 30 albums here that I really enjoyed... a few of which were my very favorites of 2014. First, here's everything that piqued my interest...albums I enjoyed over repeated listens. It was a big year for drone, shoegaze, and experimental music, as well as a big comeback year for cult acts like ExHxGx, Godflesh, and more.
 
Category: Feature Stories

Tags: Best albums of 2014, aphex twin, Cheetahs, Crisis Arm, earth, Eyehategod, Floor, Funereus, Giant Squid, Godflesh, Gong, grumbling fur, john zorn, Lawrence English, Mark Lanegan Band, Medicine, Merkabah, Mouse on Mars, Mr. Oizo, Murmur, Noxagt, OOIOO, Oren Ambarchi, Stephen O'Malley, Randall Dunn, Pallbearer, Philm, Plebeian Grandstand, Primus, Secret Chiefs 3, Swans, The Bad Plus. The Nels Cline Singers, Thou, Today Is The Day, Whirr
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 Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 4:06pm by Darin Tambascio

This is part two of the three part series on my favorite full-length albums of 2014. Be sure to check out my favorite EPs of 2014 and part one of the series.

Category: Feature Stories

Tags: Mogwai, Musk Ox, Opeth, Pink Floyd, Psalm Zero, Scott Walker, Sunn O))), Shellac
Posted Monday, January 12, 2015 - 1:31pm by Darin Tambascio

With 2014 almost two weeks behind us, I finally got around to compiling my favorite full length albums of 2014. Be sure to also check out my favorite EPs of 2014!

Here is part one of the three part series:

Category: Feature Stories

Tags: Bohren & Der Club of Gore, piano nights, Cliff Martinez, The Knick, Daniel Lanois, Flesh and Machine, Godflesh, A World Lit of Fire, kayo dot, Coffins on lo, Jefferson Friedman, Craig Wedren, On In Love, Murmur, black metal, prog, progressive rock, avant garde, art rock, jazz, Shudder To Think, synthesizer, goth
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

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