Posted Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 11:21am by Sina Tavoosi

I don't remember the last time I reviewed a melodic death metal album, it was probably years ago. Once or twice a year I casually pick-up a melodic death album just to make sure that it's still not for me. I rarely even get to finish the album, let alone enjoy it. These Germans, Words of Farewell, have finally slapped me back into a world where there's no hopeless genres, and bands always spring to life here and there to give the big guys a run for their money.

Category: Album Reviews

Tags: melodic death metal, germany, Words of Farewell
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.


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 Friday, March 28, 2014 - 10:48am by Sina Tavoosi

Hardcore ... Anal ... Hydrogen? Might as well name your band Djent Diarrhea Flagship or something like that! These musicians are mad as barking cats and they've created, without any doubt, the weirdest metal album I've heard this year. The moment this 22-minute-long album started, I had no choice to cover my face with both hands, shake my head in shame and disbelief, and control myself from falling into the abyss of insanity. What in all the gods' names is this music? The info sheet says experimental ethnic metal, and even though I'm not a fan of creating genres like ethnic metal out of thin air, I must say it's very close to what these guys play. 

Category: Album Reviews

Tags: experimental, metal, avant-garde, ethnic, Mr. Bungle, Secret Cheifs 3, weird