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The Tangent – Le Sacre du Travail

Posted Oct. 29, 2013, 2:26 a.m.

The Tangent – Le Sacre du Travail

If there's anyone who can make the mundane interesting, it'd have to be progressive rockers The Tangent. As evidence, I cite their newest album, Le Sacre ... read more

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Fragarak – Crypts of Dissimulation

Posted Oct. 7, 2013, 8:34 p.m.

Fragarak – Crypts of Dissimulation

Indian quintet Fragark have one of the bossest names for a death metal band ever. (Cheat sheet: it comes from the name of the sword ... read more

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Ulcerate – Vermis

Posted Sept. 23, 2013, 8:24 p.m.

Ulcerate – Vermis

Ulcerate are one of the few bands that can honestly claim to have invented a genre. (Well, a subgenre at any rate.) Blending equal parts ... read more

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A Storm of Light – Nations To Flames

Posted Sept. 23, 2013, 8:21 p.m.

A Storm of Light – Nations To Flames

A band reinventing itself is not an uncommon occurrence, but a successful reinvention is, and the more drastic the shift, the less likely it is ... read more

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Orchestre de Trenos – Critique of Musical Reason

Posted Sept. 16, 2013, 11:17 p.m.

Orchestre de Trenos – Critique of Musical Reason

Let's talk about cajones for a minute.Immanuel Kant's Critique of Pure Reason, aside from being a formidable, densely written, obtuse tome, is one of the most ... read more

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Haiku Salut – Tricolore

Posted Sept. 16, 2013, 11:09 p.m.

Haiku Salut – Tricolore

To say Haiku Salut are an odd ensemble would fall several metres short of the mark, judging by their 2013 release Tricolore.Their music has influences from ... read more

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Isis – Celestial (Re-Issue)

Posted Sept. 9, 2013, 10:56 p.m.

Isis – Celestial (Re-Issue)

I could make a career out of doing reviews of Isis reissues. But what makes reviewing Celestial so difficult is that it is already a legendary album, to the point where everything ... read more

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Ormen Lange – Black

Posted Sept. 2, 2013, 11:43 p.m.

Ormen Lange – Black

Chicagoan quartet Ormen Lange (probably named after the mightiest Viking longship, not the natural gas field on the Norwegian continental shelf) are far from a ... read more

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Sigur Rós – Kveikur

Posted Sept. 2, 2013, 11:34 p.m.

Sigur Rós – Kveikur

I came to know Sigur Rós through their early material, all very long, dreamy recordings with just a hint of pop rock bliss to ground ... read more

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Princess Music – Odobenidae

Posted Sept. 2, 2013, 11:25 p.m.

Princess Music – Odobenidae

Princess Music's members all hail from various chamber orchestras, which would lead you to believe that their debut would be a collection of classical recordings. ... read more

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Temple – On the Steps of the Temple

Posted Sept. 2, 2013, 11:18 p.m.

Temple –  On the Steps of the Temple

There is one readily surprising thing about Arizonan post-metallers Temple: despite the loud ensemble sound projected in their music, the entire album is the result ... read more

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Ef – Ceremonies

Posted Aug. 26, 2013, 11:50 p.m.

Ef – Ceremonies

Ef are an unusual band, and not just for their inexplicable fear of breaking their precious consonant-to-vowel ratio. Their take on the inexorably-expanding post-rock scene ... read more

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Marillion – Sounds That Can't Be Made

Posted Aug. 26, 2013, 11:45 p.m.

Marillion – Sounds That Can't Be Made

All bands have an expiry date; some bands are just more aware of that fact than others. And when an act has been around as ... read more

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Kayo Dot – Hubardo

Posted Aug. 26, 2013, 10:59 p.m.

Kayo Dot – Hubardo

It starts off inconspicuously enough, a series of instrumental swells that set the sombre and dark mood for the rest of the album. And then ... read more

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The Enid – Invicta

Posted Aug. 19, 2013, 10:41 p.m.

The Enid – Invicta

The Enid aren't your average '70s-era progressive legacy act. Far from abandoning experimentation and growth in their age as so many of their peers are ... read more

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Amplifier – Echo Street

Posted Aug. 12, 2013, 11 p.m.

Amplifier – Echo Street

This review is part of my coverage of the 2013 Progressive Music Awards, on 3 September. Amplifier is one of the few bands in the ... read more

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From Oceans to Autumn – Pareto Analysis II: The Vital Few

Posted Aug. 12, 2013, 10:46 p.m.

From Oceans to Autumn  – Pareto Analysis II: The Vital Few

From Oceans to Autumn is a band that I was surprised was not on my post-metal radar. They have a surprisingly prolific (and notably high-quality) ... read more

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Grey Storia – Martonic

Posted Aug. 12, 2013, 10:39 p.m.

Grey Storia – Martonic

With their humble roots set in friendly jam sessions, American post-rock band theLakeSuperior recorded their first three demos back in the spring of 2011. Just ... read more

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Arsis – Unwelcome

Posted Aug. 12, 2013, 10:35 p.m.

Arsis – Unwelcome

Arsis have gotten a lot of flack recently--many folks haven't liked their turn away from the frantically technical towards the heavily melodic. And while I ... read more

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James LaBrie – Impermanent Resonance

Posted Aug. 5, 2013, 9:32 p.m.

James LaBrie  – Impermanent Resonance

Apparently, James LaBrie (vocalist for progressive metal gods Dream Theater) has a pretty satisfying solo career. I wasn't aware of this until doing some research, but ... read more

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?erná – Restoring Life

Posted Aug. 5, 2013, 9:15 p.m.

?erná – Restoring Life

It's rapidly becoming clear to me that "post-black metal" just isn't a great name for a genre. In addition to the obvious clunkiness and how ... read more

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Tame Impala – Lonerism

Posted Aug. 5, 2013, 9:11 p.m.

Tame Impala – Lonerism

This review is part of my coverage of the 2013 Progressive Music Awards, on 3 September. Australian quintet Tame Impala (whose name I insisted on ... read more

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Nero di Marte – Self Titled

Posted Aug. 5, 2013, 9:07 p.m.

Nero di Marte – Self Titled

I'm eternally grateful to a close friend of mine for telling me to check out a little Italian quartet called Nero di Marte. If he ... read more

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Al Cisneros – Ark Procession

Posted July 29, 2013, 11:03 p.m.

Al Cisneros – Ark Procession

 If the name Al Cisneros doesn't ring an immediate bell, his impressive résumé no doubt will. In addition to fronting the godliest (and highest) of ... read more

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Om – Gethsemane Dubplate

Posted July 29, 2013, 11 p.m.

Om – Gethsemane Dubplate

Everyone's favourite stoner rock band with a flair for the religious Om has been on a roll lately, releasing the incredible Advaitic Songs just last year. But ... read more

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Om – Addis Dubplate

Posted July 29, 2013, 10:57 p.m.

Om – Addis Dubplate

Everyone's favourite stoner rock band with a flair for the religious Om has been on a roll lately, releasing the incredible Advaitic Songs just last year. But ... read more

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Steve Hackett – Genesis Revisited II

Posted July 29, 2013, 10:53 p.m.

Steve Hackett – Genesis Revisited II

This (entirely too long) review is part of my coverage of the 2013 Progressive Music Awards, on 3 September. I fully admit, before I even ... read more

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Apocynthion – Sidereus Nuncius

Posted July 29, 2013, 10:38 p.m.

Apocynthion – Sidereus Nuncius

Well, when it came time to pick the newest fad in metal music, I certainly wasn't expecting post-black metal* to become a genre. And yet, ... read more

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Big Black Delta – Big Black Delta

Posted July 23, 2013, 8:11 a.m.

Big Black Delta – Big Black Delta

Jonathan Bates is quickly becoming a musician who can't be ignored. Working under the moniker Big Black Delta, Bates has created some incessantly (and confusingly) ... read more

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Leprous – Coal

Posted July 23, 2013, 12:32 a.m.

Leprous – Coal

Leprous have an odd claim to fame—they serve as the live backing for fellow Norwegian metalhead Ihsahn (who, in turn, is known for his time as the ... read more

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True Widow – Circumambulation

Posted July 23, 2013, 12:14 a.m.

True Widow – Circumambulation

I know when I think of stoner music, I think of pot-fueled haziness, guitar theatrics straight out of the '60s, and a red-eyed three-piece to ... read more

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Ice Dragon – The Soul's Midnight

Posted July 15, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

Ice Dragon – The Soul's Midnight

As far as downright ass-dirty stoner metal goes, Ice Dragon are amongst the best. Their latest EP, The Soul's Midnight, sounds absolutely disgusting, and I mean ... read more

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Moth – Endlessly in Motion

Posted July 15, 2013, 8:48 p.m.

Moth – Endlessly in Motion

The short-form progressive album seems to be a dying art. Bands who venture into the genre are few and far between; more infrequent still are ... read more

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Avantasia – The Mystery of Time

Posted July 15, 2013, 8:40 p.m.

Avantasia  – The Mystery of Time

Between being the vocalist for heavy metal band Edguy and the creative force for the rock opera project Avantasia, Tobias Sammet is a really busy guy. And though ... read more

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Ivanhoe – Systematrix

Posted July 15, 2013, 8:37 p.m.

Ivanhoe – Systematrix

You'd think a band named after Sir Walter Scott's most famous work would tend towards the contemplative (or, at least, the historically literate). But judging ... read more

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The Custodian – Necessary Wasted Time

Posted July 8, 2013, 11:48 p.m.

The Custodian – Necessary Wasted Time

Richard Thomson may be the vocalist for Xerath, but if you're expecting that same innovative blend of progressive metal, film music, and tech death in his ... read more

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Scale The Summit – The Migration

Posted July 8, 2013, 11:29 p.m.

Scale The Summit – The Migration

To understand why Scale the Summit's newest release The Migration is so fascinating, you first need a bit of background:Scale the Summit's first couple of releases (Monument, Carving ... read more

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Dessa – Parts Of Speech

Posted July 8, 2013, 11:21 p.m.

Dessa – Parts Of Speech

A while back, I asked a friend of mine to introduce me to some new music. I was feeling burnt out on my usual prog ... read more

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Alice In Chains – The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here

Posted July 8, 2013, 11:17 p.m.

Alice In Chains – The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here

I'll admit, I'm a bit of a purist; though I didn't think it was a bad release, Black Gives Way to Blue always seemed to pale in ... read more

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Lesbian – Forestelevsion

Posted July 8, 2013, 11:14 p.m.

Lesbian – Forestelevsion

Talk about false advertising. As far as I can tell, the self-described "PsychoProgDoom" band Lesbian is based out of Seattle, not the Aegean island. Putting ... read more

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Lifeforms – Multidimensional

Posted June 24, 2013, 10:48 p.m.

Lifeforms – Multidimensional

I have made some questionable decisions in my lifetime, such as sticking a fork into a live electrical socket, investing in Bernard Madoff, and (briefly) ... read more

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Long Distance Calling – The Flood Inside

Posted June 24, 2013, 10:45 p.m.

Long Distance Calling – The Flood Inside

German rockers Long Distance Calling have always occupied an interesting musical space—though they started out unabashedly as a post-metal act, their slow slide into post-rock ... read more

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Spock's Beard – Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep

Posted June 17, 2013, 7:35 p.m.

Spock's Beard –  Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep

As far as modern progressive rock goes, Spock's Beard are probably the most fun band around. Flippantly named after that one episode of Star Trek that gave ... read more

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Ghost – Infestissumam

Posted June 17, 2013, 7:31 p.m.

Ghost – Infestissumam

Swedish heavy metal/doom band Ghost (who I adamantly refuse to call "Ghost B.C.", vague American "legal reasons" be damned) made quite a splash on the ... read more

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No Consequence – IO

Posted June 17, 2013, 7:27 p.m.

No Consequence – IO

The djent movement is still the "next big thing" in metal music, meaning that there are a lot (and I mean a LOT) of new ... read more

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Mouth of the Architect – Dawning

Posted June 11, 2013, 7:52 a.m.

Mouth of the Architect – Dawning

Mouth of the Architect isn't a name heard nearly as often as it should. They have an impressive discography under their belt--releases like their split ... read more

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Palms – Self Titled

Posted June 11, 2013, 1:21 a.m.

Palms – Self Titled

Isis may have disbanded in 2010, but that's far from the last we've heard from its members. Though many of them have joined other bands, they have mostly stayed separate from one ... read more

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The Ocean – Pelagial

Posted June 4, 2013, 1 a.m.

The Ocean – Pelagial

The Ocean, the German post-sludge-metal act masterminded by guitarist Robin Staps, is one of the most consistently high-quality bands in metal today. Ever since Fluxion and Aeolian, Staps ... read more

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Tesseract – Altered State

Posted June 4, 2013, 12:56 a.m.

Tesseract – Altered State

Up until this point, TesseracT wasn't a band I held much respect for. Though a competent release, their debut album One showcased all of the worst traits ... read more

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Big Big Train – English Electric

Posted June 4, 2013, 12:48 a.m.

Big Big Train – English Electric

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a progressive rock band in possession of a good reputation must be in want of a double album. ... read more

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Vultress – Distance

Posted May 27, 2013, 11:25 p.m.

Vultress  – Distance

Don't be fooled by the naïvely inconspicuous visage; Vultress are the real deal, and their debut release Distance has emerged out of nowhere to become one of ... read more

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The Dillinger Escape Plan – ...One Of Us Is The Killer

Posted May 27, 2013, 11:12 p.m.

The Dillinger Escape Plan – ...One Of Us Is The Killer

As a disclaimer, I am not in any way an expert on bands whose primary genre tag ends in '-core'. However, I know a fantastic ... read more

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Henryspenncer – Saturn

Posted May 20, 2013, 9:34 p.m.

Henryspenncer  – Saturn

After enjoying the light, acoustic stylings of Seabuckthorn, I started checking out Bookmaker records for some similarly oriented artists. That's how I found myself stumbling upon ... read more

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Aeon Zen – Enigma

Posted May 14, 2013, 1:06 a.m.

Aeon Zen – Enigma

Aeon Zen is one of the more recent progressive bands to work its way up to massive critical acclaim. Grounded by sole permanent member Rich ... read more

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Riverside – Shrine of New Generation Slaves

Posted May 14, 2013, 12:54 a.m.

Riverside – Shrine of New Generation Slaves

Riverside is one of those surprise acts, emerging out of Poland to somehow join the ranks of Dream Theater and Porcupine Tree as one of the biggest progressive bands ... read more

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Cult of Luna – Vertikal

Posted May 6, 2013, 11:57 p.m.

Cult of Luna – Vertikal

Isis were the undisputed kings of post-metal, reaching levels of perfection with their music literally unheard of before. But even though they've been retired from the ... read more

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Ensemble Pearl – Self Titled

Posted April 23, 2013, 12:18 a.m.

Ensemble Pearl – Self Titled

It's genuinely hard for me to get excited about supergroups in general--they're almost never as good as the sum of their parts. And unfortunately, despite ... read more

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Steven Wilson – The Raven that Refused to Sing (And Other Stories)

Posted April 22, 2013, 10:57 p.m.

Steven Wilson – The Raven that Refused to Sing (And Other Stories)

Though they all claim lineage to the great acts of the 1970s, no modern progressive band can claim that they sound even remotely similar to ... read more

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Puscifer – Donkey Punch The Night

Posted April 16, 2013, 9:30 a.m.

Puscifer – Donkey Punch The Night

I first became aware of Maynard James Keenan's solo work through his latest studio album, Conditions of My Parole, which immediately sold me with its incredibly ... read more

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Mutiny Within – Mutiny Within II: Synchronicity

Posted April 9, 2013, 12:28 a.m.

Mutiny Within – Mutiny Within II: Synchronicity

After releasing their striking eponymous debut in 2010, Mutiny Within were subsequently driven to disbandment by drastically lower than expected sales. Oddly enough, this wasn't ... read more

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Pomegranate Tiger – Entities

Posted April 9, 2013, 12:23 a.m.

Pomegranate Tiger – Entities

Canadian musicians Pomegranate Tiger are quite hard to pigeonhole. On the surface, they play an intensely confusing variety of proggy instrumetal that takes technicality to ... read more

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Crypt of Kerberos – World of Myths (2012 reissue)

Posted April 1, 2013, 11:36 p.m.

Crypt of Kerberos – World of Myths (2012 reissue)

Ever heard of Crypt of Kerberos? No? Well get ready to be schooled in one of the greatest forgotten relics of the early tech death ... read more

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Red Room Cinema – Apsis

Posted March 25, 2013, 11:47 p.m.

Red Room Cinema – Apsis

You know what makes me feel really good about myself? Post-rock. I'm not talking about the overwrought, nihilistic, dreary stuff (though I do like that ... read more

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Swallow The Sun – Emerald Forest & The Blackbird

Posted March 19, 2013, 1:08 a.m.

Swallow The Sun – Emerald Forest & The Blackbird

Swallow the Sun may have gotten into the death-doom metal craze a good decade after its peak, but even thirteen years on, they are still ... read more

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Isis – Temporal

Posted March 19, 2013, 12:46 a.m.

Isis – Temporal

I absolutely love Isis--I can't get enough of that perfectly executed ambient/sludge mix that they've come to be known for. And for someone like me ... read more

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Mental Architects – Celebrations

Posted March 12, 2013, 1:41 a.m.

Mental Architects – Celebrations

Though I hadn't heard of Bulgarian math rockers Mental Architects myself, as soon as I heard their 2012 album Celebrations, I knew they weren't your average ... read more

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Seabuckthorn – The Silence Woke Me

Posted March 12, 2013, 1:37 a.m.

Seabuckthorn – The Silence Woke Me

I don't listen to folk music that often--not enough 7/8 if you ask me. But when I do make exceptions to that rule, it's usually ... read more

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Meshuggah – Pitch Black

Posted March 4, 2013, 11:15 p.m.

Meshuggah – Pitch Black

Yeah, I didn't quite believe it either. Though they released the full-length Koloss less than a year ago, Meshuggah seem to think that's too long for fans ... read more

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Cloudkicker – Hello

Posted March 4, 2013, 11:11 p.m.

Cloudkicker – Hello

Ohio-based musician Ben Sharp (aka Cloudkicker) has made it clear time and time again that he has no intention on confining himself to something as ... read more

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North – The Great Silence

Posted Feb. 26, 2013, 12:17 a.m.

North – The Great Silence

I have to say, this one particular album took a while to grow on me. But it soon struck me that the new release from ... read more

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The Flower Kings – Banks Of Eden

Posted Feb. 19, 2013, 1:03 a.m.

The Flower Kings – Banks Of Eden

The Flower Kings is one of those bands that's been floating around my periphery for a very long time without ever coming into clear focus; ... read more

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Affector – Harmagedon

Posted Feb. 12, 2013, 12:04 a.m.

Affector – Harmagedon

The multinational progressive metal act Affector certainly made a startling entrance to the prog metal scene last year. Their debut, Harmagedon, told the story of the ... read more

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Flying Colors – Self Titles

Posted Feb. 4, 2013, 11:38 p.m.

Flying Colors – Self Titles

It's no secret that I have a love/hate relationship with former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy. After leaving what was probably the best drumming gig one could ... read more

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Justin Bieber – Believe (Deluxe version)

Posted Jan. 26, 2013, 3:23 p.m.

Justin Bieber – Believe (Deluxe version)

Editor's Note: Sarah went mysteriously missing before she could complete her review of this album. However, her therapist provided Scene Point Blank with the complete ... read more

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Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Tarkus (Re-Issue)

Posted Jan. 7, 2013, 3:15 p.m.

Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Tarkus (Re-Issue)

Emerson, Lake & Palmer, in addition to being amongst the first and most recognizable supergroups ever, have somewhat of a divided reputation. Either they're the ... read more

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Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Self Titled (Re-Issue)

Posted Jan. 7, 2013, 3:14 p.m.

Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Self Titled (Re-Issue)

Emerson, Lake & Palmer, in addition to being amongst the first and most recognizable supergroups ever, have somewhat of a divided reputation. Either they're the ... read more

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Wintersun – Time I

Posted Dec. 31, 2012, 4:59 p.m.

Wintersun – Time I

Wintersun make even Godot look punctual.The Finnish black/folk/power metal band was originally conceived as a solo project for Ensiferum guitarist/vocalist Jari Mäenpää, who released its ... read more

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Battlestations – In A Cold Embrace

Posted Dec. 31, 2012, 4:55 p.m.

Battlestations – In A Cold Embrace

Battlestations is one of those bands that is doing amazing things despite the fact that no one seems to have heard of them. I stumbled ... read more

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Sigh – In Somniphobia

Posted Dec. 31, 2012, 4:53 p.m.

Sigh – In Somniphobia

I don't know what it is about Japanese metal bands, but they seem to be some of the craziest of the crazy—and the most talented. ... read more

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Om – Advaitic Songs

Posted Dec. 31, 2012, 4:42 p.m.

Om – Advaitic Songs

Om is one of those offshoot bands that wound up better than it had any right to be. Borne from the ashes of stoner metal ... read more

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Ancestors – In Dreams And Time

Posted Oct. 15, 2012, 1:42 p.m.

Ancestors – In Dreams And Time

I'm not quite certain what the cover art for Ancestors's new release In Dreams and Time is supposed to represent, but one thing is for ... read more

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Heinali – Air

Posted Sept. 24, 2012, 3:15 p.m.

Heinali – Air

I really wish I had the chance to review more classical music. While I don't consider myself an expert on the genre, I always find ... read more

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Horseback – Half Blood

Posted Sept. 24, 2012, 3:08 p.m.

Horseback – Half Blood

I remember distinctly the first time I was introduced to Horseback. It was by their 2012 album Half Blood, and I'm told that my experiences ... read more

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Devin Townsend Project – Epicloud

Posted Sept. 17, 2012, 12:11 p.m.

Devin Townsend Project – Epicloud

You may never suspect it, but listening to the catalogue of Canadian musician Devin Townsend will cause you to run the gamut of extreme metal, ... read more

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Senmuth – Hagwalah

Posted Sept. 10, 2012, 2:51 p.m.

Senmuth – Hagwalah

Russian rocker Senmuth is known for his very overt fetish for all things Near Eastern. All you have to do is look at his website, ... read more

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Big Black Delta – ???????????????

Posted Sept. 10, 2012, 2:49 p.m.

Big Black Delta – ???????????????

Jonathan Bates, aka Big Black Delta, made me entirely rethink what pop music could be last year with the release of his incredible debut, BBDLP1. ... read more

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Tesseract – Perspective

Posted Sept. 3, 2012, 1:01 p.m.

Tesseract – Perspective

TesseracT made quite a splash in the djent scene with their debut last year, the aptly titled One. Though the album itself wasn't particularly impressive, ... read more

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Deathmøle – Meade's Army

Posted Sept. 3, 2012, 12:59 p.m.

Deathmøle – Meade's Army

Jeph Jacques may be primarily a cartoonist, but he's somehow managed to turn that profession into an outlet for his musical passions as well, crafting ... read more

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Absolace – Fractals

Posted Aug. 27, 2012, 1:14 p.m.

Absolace – Fractals

Emirati band Absolace certainly know their stuff. After releasing their debut Resolve[d] in 2010, they easily paved their way for a followup. That album just ... read more

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krokmitën – BWV565 Redux

Posted Aug. 17, 2012, 12:10 a.m.

krokmitën – BWV565 Redux

After releasing their debut alpha-beta last year, a single 45-minute track and accompanying video of unadulterated technical death metal ferocity, Montréalers krokmitën decided that the ... read more

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Arjen Anthony Lucassen – Lost in the New Real

Posted Aug. 17, 2012, 12:05 a.m.

Arjen Anthony Lucassen – Lost in the New Real

Few musicians are quite as busy as the Dutch composer and multi-instrumentalist Arjen Anthony Lucassen. Though he's known principally for being the brain behind the ... read more

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Mårran – Mårran

Posted Aug. 17, 2012, 12:03 a.m.

Mårran – Mårran

Mårran are a traditional rock band out of Sweden, playing only the most barebones, no-frills hard rock possible. They take their name from the Groke, ... read more

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Cloudkicker – Fade

Posted Aug. 13, 2012, 1:05 p.m.

Cloudkicker – Fade

If there's any one artist who should make you happy to listen to music, it's Ben Sharp, aka Cloudkicker. Though releasing free music on the ... read more

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Periphery – Periphery 2: This Time It's Personal

Posted Aug. 13, 2012, 1:01 p.m.

Periphery – Periphery 2: This Time It's Personal

I don't have a good history with Periphery. Their debut album, though it had a few good moments, left a very sour taste in my ... read more

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Barren Earth – The Devil's Resolve

Posted Aug. 6, 2012, 1:43 p.m.

Barren Earth – The Devil's Resolve

If there’s anything I love, it’s some fucking metal. And if there’s any band out there that can deliver some fucking metal with astonishing consistency, ... read more

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Storm Corrosion – Self Titled

Posted Aug. 6, 2012, 1:42 p.m.

Storm Corrosion – Self Titled

Steven Wilson and Mikael Åkerfeldt are both two musicians I hold in incredibly high esteem. Wilson’s flabbergasting diversity of styles covered with Porcupine Tree or ... read more

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Cynic – The Portal Tapes

Posted July 30, 2012, 4:12 p.m.

Cynic – The Portal Tapes

In order for me to talk about this album, you're going to need some [CONTEXT].If there's one thing I absolutely hate about Cynic, it's their ... read more

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Lento – Live Recording 8-10-11

Posted July 30, 2012, 4:11 p.m.

Lento – Live Recording 8-10-11

When a band releases a live album, there's usually some great importance behind it, whether it be documenting an important performance, showing off some otherwise ... read more

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Isis – Live VI 11.16.07

Posted July 30, 2012, 3:57 p.m.

Isis – Live VI 11.16.07

A year after their dissolution, post-metal powerhouse Isis is preparing to digitally re-release its entire live discography on a fortnightly basis throughout the summer of ... read more

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Alcest – Les Voyages de l'Âme

Posted July 23, 2012, 1:51 p.m.

Alcest – Les Voyages de l'Âme

What I love most about French metaller Alcest's newest release Les Voyages de l'Âme (roughly, The Journeys of the Soul) is how it invites your ... read more

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Skyharbor – Blinding White Noise: Illusion & Chaos

Posted July 23, 2012, 1:37 p.m.

Skyharbor – Blinding White Noise: Illusion & Chaos

There aren't many ways that I can describe the emotions I get from Indian djentlemen Skyharbor's debut album, and part of the reason is that ... read more

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Primal Rock Rebellion – Awoken Broken

Posted July 19, 2012, 9:13 a.m.

Primal Rock Rebellion – Awoken Broken

As far as supergroups go, I could probably count the number of successful ones on one hand. And, quite frankly, that's using as broad and ... read more

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The Pirate Ship Quintet – Rope for No-Hopers

Posted July 19, 2012, 9:10 a.m.

The Pirate Ship Quintet – Rope for No-Hopers

Five years after their first EP was released, English band The Pirate Ship Quintet have finally released their debut album, 2012's Rope for No-Hopers. But ... read more

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Lockerbie – Ólgusjór

Posted July 19, 2012, 9:02 a.m.

Lockerbie – Ólgusjór

I'll admit, I wasn't expecting to enjoy this album quite as much as I did. Though it's not perfect, Lockerbie's 2011 release Ólgusjór is something ... read more

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Gojira – L'Enfant Sauvage

Posted July 16, 2012, 11:54 a.m.

Gojira – L'Enfant Sauvage

If there's any band that defies easy description, it has to be French progressive metal band Gojira. Featuring influences and techniques from a variety of ... read more

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7 Horns 7 Eyes – Throes Of Absolution

Posted July 16, 2012, 11:48 a.m.

7 Horns 7 Eyes – Throes Of Absolution

I love old school death metal as much as the next person, so I'm always on the lookout for some good, old fashioned, long haired ... read more

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Kevin Hufnagel – Transparencies

Posted July 16, 2012, 11:37 a.m.

Kevin Hufnagel – Transparencies

For those of you that don't recognize the name, Kevin Hufnagel is actually a fairly prolific musician, playing in technical and progressive metal bands like ... read more

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Royal Thunder – CVI

Posted July 9, 2012, 1:34 p.m.

Royal Thunder – CVI

Like many albums, I picked up Royal Thunder's CVI because I heard someone somewhere describe it as progressive metal. Like many of those albums, it ... read more

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Troubled Coast – I've Been Thinking About Leaving You

Posted July 9, 2012, 1:29 p.m.

Troubled Coast – I've Been Thinking About Leaving You

I'll say, Troubled Coast are turning into one of the most steadfast bands I've heard. Their music has been on a consistent incline of musical ... read more

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Battles – Dross Glop

Posted July 2, 2012, 4:21 p.m.

Battles – Dross Glop

I wanted to write this entire review as a spoonerism, but my editor slapped me through my computer screen before I could even begin to ... read more

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Crowhurst – Aghoree

Posted July 2, 2012, 4:06 p.m.

Crowhurst – Aghoree

Some bands just don't know when to slow down. California-based dark ambient/electronic musician Crowhurst definitely falls into that category, as he and his small army ... read more

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Rush – Clockwork Angels

Posted June 25, 2012, 2:37 p.m.

Rush – Clockwork Angels

On some days, when I'm really brutally honest with myself, I can safely admit that all of my favourite old rock bands from the 1970s ... read more

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Maudlin Of The Well – Leaving Your Body Map (Re-Issue)

Posted June 18, 2012, 3:19 p.m.

Maudlin Of The Well – Leaving Your Body Map (Re-Issue)

(This excessive treatise is continued from my review of Bath)You can already tell the second album is going to be different from how it opens. ... read more

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Maudlin Of The Well – Bath (Re-Issue)

Posted June 18, 2012, 3:18 p.m.

Maudlin Of The Well – Bath (Re-Issue)

I think I can tell you the exact moment my perception of music changed. It was a complete Gestalt switch, an utter reconception of the ... read more

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September Malevolence – Our Withers Unwrung

Posted June 11, 2012, 2:46 p.m.

September Malevolence – Our Withers Unwrung

There are some albums that you can just tell everyone can like, and September Malevolence's 2011 album Our Withers Unwrung is one such an album.Prominently, ... read more

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Æges – The Bridge

Posted June 11, 2012, 2:36 p.m.

Æges – The Bridge

Los Angeles band Æges are a beautiful combination consisting of equal parts post-hardcore and sludge metal, and you can plainly hear this on their 2012 ... read more

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She Said Destroy – Bleeding Fiction

Posted June 4, 2012, 5:05 p.m.

She Said Destroy – Bleeding Fiction

Let's face it: a lot of the music we listen to is just plain ol' forgettable. Of course, every once in a while, an album ... read more

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Sleep – Dopesmoker (Reissue)

Posted May 28, 2012, 11:12 a.m.

Sleep – Dopesmoker (Reissue)

Imagine, if you will, that doom rock band Om and a still-young drone metal band Boris got together in a hallucinogen-induced haze one night. Their ... read more

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Feersum Ennjin – Feersum Ennjin

Posted May 28, 2012, 11:10 a.m.

Feersum Ennjin – Feersum Ennjin

I really hate being heavily reliant on comparisons to past work in order to form a judgement, but in the case of Paul D'Amour (aka ... read more

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Lionize – Superczar and the Vulture

Posted May 28, 2012, 11:06 a.m.

Lionize – Superczar and the Vulture

I rarely listen to music that isn't at least fifteen minutes long per song or lacks internal movement titles, so when I received Lionize's Superczar ... read more

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Diablo Swing Orchestra – Pandora's Piñata

Posted May 21, 2012, 8:19 p.m.

Diablo Swing Orchestra – Pandora's Piñata

Though they're definitely much more accessible than some of their peers, the Diablo Swing Orchestra are without a doubt one of the best avant-garde metal ... read more

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Chasma – Declarations Of The Grand Artificer

Posted May 21, 2012, 11:58 a.m.

Chasma – Declarations Of The Grand Artificer

As much as I love death metal, I always seem to have issues enjoying black metal. It's not that I have anything against the genre ... read more

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Ian Anderson – Thick as a Brick 2

Posted May 16, 2012, 9:03 a.m.

Ian Anderson – Thick as a Brick 2

If there's anything movies have taught us, it's that sequels almost always suck in comparison to the original. While there aren't nearly as many sequels ... read more

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Akkolyte – Clues in the Chaospile

Posted May 16, 2012, 8:25 a.m.

Akkolyte – Clues in the Chaospile

I came to know of Tofu Carnage records when I luckily stumbled upon their first release, Dead to a Dying World. So when we were ... read more

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Various Artists – As We Draw/Euglena/Hexis

Posted May 16, 2012, 8:22 a.m.

Various Artists – As We Draw/Euglena/Hexis

Split albums generally feature artists at their best, and when they feature artists from a strong label like Throatruiner, there's almost no way to go ... read more

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Rammstein – Made in Germany 1995-2011

Posted May 7, 2012, 12:37 p.m.

Rammstein – Made in Germany 1995-2011

I usually don't have the time to listen to all of the albums sent to us by every Tom, Dick and Harry around, so I ... read more

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The Korea – ????????? ?????

Posted May 7, 2012, 12:34 p.m.

The Korea – ????????? ?????

What do you expect a Russian band called 'The Korea' to sound like? I would've bet something like kitschy indy alt rock; I certainly wasn't ... read more

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Dragonforce – The Power Within

Posted April 30, 2012, 12:05 p.m.

Dragonforce – The Power Within

Okay, I'll just come out and say it--I like DragonForce.I know, I know; just saying 'DragonForce' is a one-liner joke in of itself. Whether its ... read more

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Meshuggah – Koloss

Posted April 23, 2012, 9:57 a.m.

Meshuggah – Koloss

Meshuggah is one of those bands I have an unnatural reverence for. Ever since I first heard Nothing, I've been in perpetual awe of their ... read more

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The Mars Volta – Noctourniquet

Posted April 23, 2012, 9:52 a.m.

The Mars Volta – Noctourniquet

There are few bands as polarizing as The Mars Volta. And while I've found both good and bad in the band's discography, their recent release ... read more

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Pink Floyd – The Wall (Experience Edition)

Posted April 18, 2012, 11:13 a.m.

Pink Floyd – The Wall (Experience Edition)

The last of the three major Pink Floyd albums to be expanded and reissued is their 1979 double-album opus The Wall. If you haven't heard ... read more

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Special Providence – Soul Alert

Posted April 16, 2012, 8:28 a.m.

Special Providence – Soul Alert

A lot of cool music can come from unexpected places. I’ve never been to Hungary myself, but they must be doing something right over there ... read more

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Dirty Three – Toward The Low Sun

Posted April 16, 2012, 8:26 a.m.

Dirty Three – Toward The Low Sun

The things I like about this album start with the art itself; guitarist Mick Turner's beautiful artwork perfectly captures his music's mood and sound. In ... read more

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Killington Fall – Keep Your Eyes To The Sea

Posted April 9, 2012, 2:06 p.m.

Killington Fall – Keep Your Eyes To The Sea

I've reached the point where most post-rock albums start to sound the same. While I won't say I'm completely blasé, unless a band is pulling ... read more

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OSI – Fire Make Thunder

Posted April 9, 2012, 1:54 p.m.

OSI – Fire Make Thunder

OSI are extremely tough to nail down, and that's not just because they seem to have ins with every major progressive band in the books. ... read more

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Bleaklow – The Sunless Country

Posted April 2, 2012, 6:49 a.m.

Bleaklow – The Sunless Country

Though a lot of post-anything music can, using a single theme, reach past the 10 minute mark without necessarily becoming repetitive or stale, there is ... read more

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After – Edges Of The World

Posted March 26, 2012, 2:34 p.m.

After – Edges Of The World

When I heard California's After described to me with phrases like "Soundgarden meets Rush" and "progressive pop", I knew I had to give them a ... read more

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Junius – Reports from the Threshold of Death

Posted March 26, 2012, 2:21 p.m.

Junius – Reports from the Threshold of Death

I will say this: Junius' newest album Reports from the Threshold of Death is certainly a unique release. But that's really the totality of positive ... read more

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Senmuth – Bar-Do Thos-Grol

Posted March 26, 2012, 2:06 p.m.

Senmuth – Bar-Do Thos-Grol

After writing ethnic music for over half a decade at this point (over the span of one hundred and forty-three individual studio albums), it's no ... read more

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Rêx Mündi – IHVH

Posted March 19, 2012, 1:25 p.m.

Rêx Mündi – IHVH

Handily joining the ranks of the best French bands whose abuse of the metal ümlaüt prevents their name from being typed without excessive use of ... read more

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Kronos Quartet – Music of Vladimir Martynov

Posted March 12, 2012, 1:32 p.m.

Kronos Quartet – Music of Vladimir Martynov

Now, I'm no stranger to long music, but it still astounds me that there are only three pieces on this nearly 70-minute album. I suppose ... read more

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The Eye Of Time – Self Titled

Posted March 5, 2012, 1:55 p.m.

The Eye Of Time – Self Titled

The first thing that hits you is how beautiful the album looks. You haven't even begun to listen to it and already you're fawning over ... read more

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Chimp Spanner – All Roads Lead Here

Posted March 5, 2012, 1:44 p.m.

Chimp Spanner – All Roads Lead Here

I will say, right off the bat, the composition ability of Paul Ortiz, a.k.a. Chimp Spanner, is undeniably top-notch, as is his musicality. Sure, he ... read more

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Chryst – PhantasmaChronica

Posted Feb. 27, 2012, 11:04 a.m.

Chryst – PhantasmaChronica

Perhaps it's best I start with this: I really, really want to like this album. Chryst's epic monstrosity PhantasmaChronica is usually the kind of stuff ... read more

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Ira – These Are The Arms

Posted Feb. 20, 2012, 11:46 a.m.

Ira – These Are The Arms

I hate writing about underwhelming releases, always because I feel like I'm slighting the artist, even if I respect them as a band. That's why ... read more

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NunFuckRitual – In Bondage To The Serpent

Posted Feb. 13, 2012, 11:35 a.m.

NunFuckRitual – In Bondage To The Serpent

Just look at that album cover. It's stuff like this, guys, that explain why we can't have nice things. Good thing I'm not religious, or ... read more

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Metallica – Beyond Magnetic

Posted Feb. 6, 2012, 1:33 p.m.

Metallica – Beyond Magnetic

Long story short: Beyond Magnetic is a collection of four tracks recorded for, and left off of, Metallica's 2008 album Death Magnetic. Dull description? Yes. ... read more

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Blueneck – Repetitions

Posted Feb. 6, 2012, 1:25 p.m.

Blueneck – Repetitions

I wanted to write an introduction that accurately conveyed the sound of Blueneck's new album Repetitions, but my editor wouldn't let me write in size ... read more

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Rodrigo y Gabriela – Area 52

Posted Jan. 30, 2012, 9:40 a.m.

Rodrigo y Gabriela – Area 52

Everyone's favourite thrash metal duo turned acoustic, Rodrigo y Gabriela stand out amongst their peers not only for their heavily metal-influenced Latin pieces, but also ... read more

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Human Sculpture – Our World / Torn Down

Posted Jan. 25, 2012, 4:02 a.m.

Human Sculpture – Our World / Torn Down

Debut EPs rarely tend to be that standout. Most of the time, it will just present a band's core sound, as if to say “here ... read more

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Anneke van Giersbergen – Everything is Changing

Posted Jan. 23, 2012, 12:32 p.m.

Anneke van Giersbergen – Everything is Changing

There's something odd about Anneke van Giersbergen. I keep hearing her name tossed around next to acts like Napalm Death, Moonspell and Within Temptaion, and ... read more

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Omega Massif – Karpatia

Posted Jan. 23, 2012, 12:27 p.m.

Omega Massif – Karpatia

Holy shit.Let me put the rest of this review in context. The day I discovered post-metal was the day I was told to listen to ... read more

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Blackfield – Welcome To My DNA

Posted Jan. 23, 2012, 12:22 p.m.

Blackfield – Welcome To My DNA

Steven Wilson is a man of many talents--and more than three dozen of them are just different ways of making music. Though he's known mostly ... read more

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The May 4th Massacre – All Guilty

Posted Jan. 23, 2012, 12:19 p.m.

The May 4th Massacre – All Guilty

I'm still not completely sold on hardcore music, but if The May 4th Massacre's latest offering All Guilty is any indication, I may still be ... read more

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Sun Caged – The Lotus Effect

Posted Jan. 23, 2012, 12:15 p.m.

Sun Caged – The Lotus Effect

For a band I really enjoy, it was extremely difficult for me to review the new album from Dutch progressive metal band Sun Caged, The ... read more

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Tesseract – One

Posted Jan. 16, 2012, 12:11 p.m.

Tesseract – One

Bring out the djent parade!Every single Meshuggah-loving act and their goddamn mother is releasing an album this year. Xerath released their sophomore album, Uneven Structure ... read more

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Voice Of Ruin – Self Titled

Posted Jan. 16, 2012, 11:55 a.m.

Voice Of Ruin – Self Titled

Believe me, I love oldschool thrash metal as much as the next person--give me early Metallica or Death any day of the week and I ... read more

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Subscribe – Bookmarks

Posted Jan. 9, 2012, 1:15 p.m.

Subscribe – Bookmarks

Despite having the most un-Googleable artist/album name combination in existence, the Hungarian band Subscribe have beautifully combined influences of hardcore, heavy metal, progressive rock and ... read more

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Kerretta – Saansilo

Posted Jan. 9, 2012, 1:06 p.m.

Kerretta – Saansilo

Though the artist/album title combination features enough frustratingly doubled letters to require this review to be rewritten no less than five times, New Zealand instrumental ... read more

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Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon (Experience Edition)

Posted Jan. 4, 2012, 3:53 a.m.

Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon (Experience Edition)

'Oh great,' you're probably thinking, 'another critic on the Internet with her head up her own ass talking about this fucking Pink Floyd album again. ... read more

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We're Doomed – Like A Machine

Posted Jan. 2, 2012, 1:47 p.m.

We're Doomed – Like A Machine

Despite what they may want you to think, We're Doomed don't sound like the end of the world. They sound more like Muse took some ... read more

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We're Doomed – Like A Machine

Posted Jan. 2, 2012, 1:46 p.m.

We're Doomed – Like A Machine

Despite what they may want you to think, We're Doomed don't sound like the end of the world. They sound more like Muse took some ... read more

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Kovlo – Hey Mom, Where's Timbuktu?

Posted Jan. 2, 2012, 1:43 p.m.

Kovlo – Hey Mom, Where's Timbuktu?

Swiss post-rockers Kovlo have quietly released two albums over their career, beginning with their debut A new position for the second degree burn in 2005 ... read more

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Traveler – Going Home

Posted Jan. 2, 2012, 1:37 p.m.

Traveler – Going Home

All right, Traveler don't waste time, so neither will I. The Cleveland punk/melodic hardcore group write short, enjoyable pieces that are stripped down to their ... read more

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City of Ships – Minor World

Posted Jan. 2, 2012, 1:31 p.m.

City of Ships – Minor World

Every once in a while, an album comes along that makes you rethink an entire genre. It's an album that makes you step back and ... read more

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Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here (Experience Edition)

Posted Jan. 2, 2012, 1:19 p.m.

Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here (Experience Edition)

I'm really quite thankful that the Why Pink Floyd...? remaster campaign has made it to Wish You Were Here so soon. It has aged incredibly ... read more

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Charts And Maps – Dead Horse

Posted Dec. 26, 2011, 1:01 p.m.

Charts And Maps – Dead Horse

There is no easy way to define Charts and Maps' sound. My gut reaction is to throw the whole thing under 'math rock,' but that ... read more

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Efrim Menuck – Plays "High Gospel"

Posted Dec. 26, 2011, 1 p.m.

Efrim Menuck – Plays

Thank goodness I have musical OCD. I likely would not have even known this album existed if not for my compulsion to check and re-check ... read more

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Steven Wilson – Grace For Drowning

Posted Dec. 19, 2011, 2:22 p.m.

Steven Wilson – Grace For Drowning

It's pretty easy to get inside Steven Wilson's head. It's abundantly clear from his works with Porcupine Tree that the man has a fetish for ... read more

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Giant Squid – Cenotes

Posted Dec. 19, 2011, 2:17 p.m.

Giant Squid – Cenotes

Well, that was a short album. At only thirty-five minutes long, doom/sludge metal group Giant Squid have almost halved the runtime of their previous album, ... read more

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Various Artists – Junius-Rosetta

Posted Dec. 15, 2011, 8:02 a.m.

Various Artists – Junius-Rosetta

Junius and Rosetta are two odd bands to select for a split. It's hard to imagine the sonic distortion of the band behind The Galilean ... read more

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Cloudkicker – Loop

Posted Dec. 15, 2011, 8:01 a.m.

Cloudkicker – Loop

Following the release of Beacons in 2010, musician Ben Sharp began releasing a series of short, acoustic instrumental loops on his blog. At the time, ... read more

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Brainkiller – The Infiltration

Posted Dec. 15, 2011, 7:58 a.m.

Brainkiller – The Infiltration

I was actually quite excited when I heard the trio Brainkiller's new album, The Inflitration, described as a mix between jazz, prog, and psychedelic music. ... read more

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Between the Buried and Me – The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues

Posted Dec. 15, 2011, 7:53 a.m.

Between the Buried and Me – The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues

It's hard to describe the nature of Between the Buried and Me's new project, The Parallax. It is kind of like a double album, except ... read more

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Björk – Biophilia

Posted Dec. 12, 2011, 1:16 p.m.

Björk – Biophilia

I have immense respect for Björk. She combines all of the showmanship and bombast of pop artists like Lady Gaga with the complex and intricate ... read more

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Scythia – ...Of Exile

Posted Dec. 12, 2011, 12:53 p.m.

Scythia – ...Of Exile

I admit, I sometimes forget folk metal actually exists. Sure, I toss around the term frequently when discussing Opeth, but rarely do I ever bring ... read more

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Boris – New Album

Posted Dec. 5, 2011, 8 a.m.

Boris – New Album

New Album is a bit of a misnomer, at least on this side of the pond. It was actually released all the way back in ... read more

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Uneven Structure – Februus

Posted Dec. 5, 2011, 7:43 a.m.

Uneven Structure – Februus

It takes a lot of chutzpah to have a double-disc debut. That doesn't seem to faze French/Swedish band Uneven Structure, as proven by their debut ... read more

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Vildhjarta – måsstaden

Posted Nov. 28, 2011, 12:14 p.m.

Vildhjarta – måsstaden

Let's face it: djent is beginning to sound really, really homogeneous. Though we've known for a while that every single band in the genre is ... read more

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Cloudkicker – Let Yourself Be Huge

Posted Nov. 28, 2011, 11:40 a.m.

Cloudkicker – Let Yourself Be Huge

Frankly, I'm just as surprised as you are. Ben Sharp, known to many only as Cloudkicker, had warned earlier this year that he was not ... read more

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A Storm of Light – As the Valley of Death Becomes Us, Our Silver Memories Fade

Posted Nov. 21, 2011, 9:17 a.m.

A Storm of Light – As the Valley of Death Becomes Us, Our Silver Memories Fade

What do you get when you throw Mastodon and Neurosis into a blender? If you answered 'Scott Kelly's over-stroked ego,' then, yes, you're technically correct. ... read more

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Random – Todo.s los colores del

Posted Nov. 21, 2011, 9:02 a.m.

Random – Todo.s los colores del

I really wish I could describe Argentinian three-piece Random's sound to you. Their Facebook page lists their genre as 'extreme prog metal,' but that label ... read more

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Forge Of Clouds – Self Titled

Posted Nov. 14, 2011, 2:30 p.m.

Forge Of Clouds – Self Titled

I'd like to invite you to look at the cover art of Forge of Clouds for just a moment. This is one of the few ... read more

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Dream Theater – A Dramatic Turn Of Events

Posted Nov. 14, 2011, 2:29 p.m.

Dream Theater – A Dramatic Turn Of Events

A dramatic turn of events, indeed. Anyone who's been following the soap opera that has been Dream Theater's existence over the past year would believe ... read more

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Primus – Green Naugahyde

Posted Nov. 7, 2011, 1:01 p.m.

Primus – Green Naugahyde

I, for one, thought Primus were officially dead in regards to new material. Their last studio album was 1999's Antipop before they went on hiatus, ... read more

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Confront Hate – Diabolical Disguise of Madness

Posted Nov. 7, 2011, 12:53 p.m.

Confront Hate – Diabolical Disguise of Madness

We all have artists we love, artists we want to emulate. That's part of what makes each person's music unique: we bring in elements of ... read more

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UpCDownC – Calaveras

Posted Nov. 7, 2011, 12:42 p.m.

UpCDownC – Calaveras

At the rate I'm going, I'm going to seriously depreciate the value of the phrase "like Mogwai, only better." Then again, it's not exactly my ... read more

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Big Black Delta – BBDLP1

Posted Nov. 2, 2011, 7:04 a.m.

Big Black Delta – BBDLP1

How the hell do you take a genre as overworked as pop music and make it interesting? If your name happens to be Jonathan Bates, ... read more

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Seed From The Geisha – Talk Peace to the Wolf

Posted Oct. 31, 2011, 8:43 a.m.

Seed From The Geisha – Talk Peace to the Wolf

Don't be turned away by the album cover! I assure you, this review has absolutely minimal content involving werwolves. Probably. I'm actually writing this introduction ... read more

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Puscifer – Conditions of My Parole

Posted Oct. 31, 2011, 8:29 a.m.

Puscifer – Conditions of My Parole

You can stop staring at your watch with misplaced optimism; there's still no news from Tool on their fifth album, and A Perfect Circle have ... read more

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Scale The Summit – The Collective

Posted Oct. 24, 2011, 12:24 p.m.

Scale The Summit – The Collective

I don't know about you, but a band with a name like 'Scale the Summit' evokes some pretty specific musical imagery for me--huge guitar lines, ... read more

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Mastodon – The Hunter

Posted Oct. 17, 2011, 9:16 a.m.

Mastodon – The Hunter

I was a bit of a latecomer to the Mastodon party. I hadn't discovered them until Crack the Skye, and from that, you can imagine ... read more

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Steve Reich – WTC 9/11

Posted Oct. 17, 2011, 9:03 a.m.

Steve Reich – WTC 9/11

Steve Reich occupies a weird place in modern music. He's one of the most-respected modern classical composers and right on the cusp of the avant-garde, ... read more

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Long Distance Calling – Self Titled

Posted Oct. 10, 2011, 7:46 a.m.

Long Distance Calling – Self Titled

Long Distance Calling are everything that Mogwai wants to be and can't exactly accomplish. They artfully blend elements of progressive rock, post-metal and even alternarock ... read more

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Pirate – Left Of Mind

Posted Oct. 10, 2011, 7:26 a.m.

Pirate – Left Of Mind

How on Earth do you achieve a goal as lofty and vaguely-defined as “to break out of the norm and push boundaries?” Well, Sydney-based progressive ... read more

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Adrenaline Mob – Self Titled

Posted Oct. 3, 2011, 7:59 a.m.

Adrenaline Mob – Self Titled

Adrenaline Mob is a new supergroup featuring some big names in rock music today. The brain-child of drummer Mike Portnoy, the album also features names ... read more

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Sleepmakeswaves – ...And So We Destroyed Everything

Posted Oct. 3, 2011, 7:37 a.m.

Sleepmakeswaves – ...And So We Destroyed Everything

All right, it's time for me to flash my hipster / indie cred. I was totally into sleepmakeswaves while they were still a small band ... read more

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Boris – Heavy Rocks

Posted Sept. 26, 2011, 10:12 a.m.

Boris – Heavy Rocks

Boris' sound is defined by their insistence on rocking the fuck out. Their earliest works, like the classic albums Heavy Rocks and Pink, revolve around ... read more

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Boris – Attention Please

Posted Sept. 26, 2011, 10:06 a.m.

Boris – Attention Please

I absolutely love Boris' work ethic. Four new albums of fresh material in one year is more than anyone should be able to ask of ... read more

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Dead To A Dying World – Self Titled

Posted Sept. 26, 2011, 9:50 a.m.

Dead To A Dying World – Self Titled

I went into this review fully intending to give this band the middle finger. I can't exactly explain my thoughts behind this, but I can ... read more

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Crone – Endless Night

Posted Sept. 12, 2011, 4:30 a.m.

Crone – Endless Night

I lost part of my virginity to Jeff Caxide.No, not that virginity. Go get a dictionary, you sleaze. I meant that listening to Oceanic for ... read more

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The Cars – Move Like This

Posted Sept. 5, 2011, 3:04 a.m.

The Cars – Move Like This

I'd like to take a moment to quote Ric Ocasek, circa 1997, on the subject of The Cars reuniting at some point in the future:"I'm ... read more

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Battles – Gloss Drop

Posted Sept. 5, 2011, 2:57 a.m.

Battles – Gloss Drop

Okay, I'm going to be honest about my credentials here. For as long as Battles have been on my radar, and despite the amount of ... read more

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Capsule – No Ghost

Posted Aug. 29, 2011, 12:13 p.m.

Capsule – No Ghost

I'm not sure if I exactly understand what post-hardcore is supposed to be, but I do know what Capsule's sophomore effort No Ghost sounds like. ... read more

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Cloudkicker – It's Inside Me, And I'm Inside It

Posted Aug. 22, 2011, 6:07 a.m.

Cloudkicker – It's Inside Me, And I'm Inside It

Ohio prog-metal artist Ben Sharp, moniker Cloudkicker, has been in the forefront of the Internet-based free music community since the release of The Discovery in ... read more

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Yes – Fly From Here

Posted Aug. 15, 2011, 9:33 a.m.

Yes – Fly From Here

I wasn't even aware Yes was still together at this point, let alone technically the same band. I guess as long as Chris Squire is ... read more

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Devin Townsend Project – Ghost

Posted Aug. 8, 2011, 10:52 a.m.

Devin Townsend Project – Ghost

So here it is, the final album in the highly awaited Devin Townsend Project tetralogy. Three other releases have led up to this album, the ... read more

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Devin Townsend Project – Deconstruction

Posted Aug. 8, 2011, 10:51 a.m.

Devin Townsend Project – Deconstruction

There should have been no way to fuck this up.So imagine you've set out to write a progressive metal album, and your aim is to ... read more

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Seabuckthorn – In Nightfall

Posted Aug. 6, 2011, 10:26 a.m.

Seabuckthorn – In Nightfall

Seabuckthorn is the one-man solo acoustic project of UK guitarist Andy Cartwright. He's listed as similar to artists like Grails, John Fahey and James Blackshaw, ... read more

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Mogwai – Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will

Posted Aug. 1, 2011, 4:11 a.m.

Mogwai – Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will

Mogwai is a band that is extremely difficult to like. Though they are one of the cornerstone bands of the post-rock genre, their discography lacks ... read more

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Symphony X – Iconoclast

Posted July 17, 2011, 4:08 p.m.

Symphony X – Iconoclast

Dream Theater is beginning to stagnate. Queensrÿche has jumped the shark. Nobody even knows what Devin Townsend is on anymore. In fact, it would certainly ... read more

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Dirge – Elysian Magnetic Fields

Posted July 4, 2011, 10:10 a.m.

Dirge – Elysian Magnetic Fields

Dirge, the self-described 'neurotic post-core' band from France, may have gotten just a bit big for their britches. Ever since Blight and Vision Below a ... read more

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Isis – Live.05

Posted July 4, 2011, 10:03 a.m.

Isis – Live.05

A year after their dissolution, post-metal powerhouse Isis is preparing to digitally re-release its entire live discography on a fortnightly basis throughout the summer of ... read more

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Isis – Live.04

Posted June 27, 2011, 10:04 a.m.

Isis – Live.04

A year after their dissolution, post-metal powerhouse Isis is preparing to digitally re-release its entire live discography on a fortnightly basis throughout the summer of ... read more

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Isis – Live.03

Posted June 20, 2011, 2:46 a.m.

Isis – Live.03

A year after their dissolution, post-metal powerhouse Isis is preparing to digitally re-release its entire live discography on a fortnightly basis throughout the summer of ... read more

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Isis – Live.02

Posted June 13, 2011, 3:48 a.m.

Isis – Live.02

A year after their dissolution, post-metal powerhouse Isis is preparing to digitally re-release its entire live discography on a fortnightly basis throughout the summer of ... read more

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Isis – Live I 9.23.03

Posted June 6, 2011, 10:30 a.m.

Isis – Live I 9.23.03

A year after their dissolution, post-metal powerhouse Isis is preparing to digitally re-release its entire live discography on a fortnightly basis throughout the summer of ... read more

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Troubled Coast – Letters

Posted May 25, 2011, 10:53 a.m.

Troubled Coast – Letters

Troubled Coast are a budding group of Californian hardcore musicians with a handful of promising releases under their belt. The group produced a pair of ... read more

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After Oblivion – Vultures

Posted May 16, 2011, 6:20 a.m.

After Oblivion – Vultures

After Oblivion have an extremely modest discography under their belt—a debut EP and that same EP repackaged in a split album. I suppose that this ... read more

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Khuda – Iecava

Posted May 9, 2011, 3:29 a.m.

Khuda – Iecava

Khuda are extremely good at making me feel uncomfortable in new and interesting ways. For only two people, Tom Brooke and Steve Myles have done ... read more

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