prog metal

Posted Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 9:02am by Clayton Michaels

2014 turned out to be one of the strongest years for metal in recent memory, making the compiling of this list something of a challenge. It seemed like a particularly strong year for black metal, which comprises half of my list.

Category: Feature Stories

Tags: Best metal albums of 2014, Winterfylleth, Woods of Desolation, Opeth, Panpoticon, Giant Squid, Gridline, Primordial, Pallbearer, Pharmakon, Falls of Rauros, black metal, grind, noise, prog metal
Posted Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 5:27pm by Behrad Brumand

Ear-maggots anyone? Standard issue ear-worms for the fans of experimental music.

Light Through A Dead Glass is Epitasis' second EP and in describing it, the term "sheer brilliance" is more or less an understatement. As unsettling and chaotic it may seem, Epitasis managed to reincarnate the essence of primitive black metal with some spectacular riffs and melodic interludes. While the ambient passages offer the listener a break from the madness, you're in for a rude awakening every time they are interrupted by a desolating riff or a haunting shriek.

Category: Album Reviews

Tags: black metal, prog metal, akercocke, dark prog, trumpet, epistasis
Posted Sunday, February 9, 2014 - 9:41pm by Clayton Michaels

My first encounter with Murmur was in the summer of 2012 when I happened to see them in Chicago as part of a bill topped by Nachtmystium and Krieg. I was impressed enough by their set of kind-of blackened/kind-of sludgy/slightly proggy metal to stop by the merch table and pick up a copy of their debut CD, 2010’s Mainlining the Lugubrious. Much to my disappointment, the opiate-hazy black metal of that disc bore so little resemblance to the band I had seen on stage that night that at first I thought I had bought the wrong album.

Category: Album Reviews

Tags: Murmur, Chicago, black metal, prog metal, sludge, King Crimson, Miles Davis, Chick Corea, album review, jazz fusion
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