Tag Archives: Progressive

Catch-Up Reviews #4: Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, Culted, Sunn O)))/Ulver, Behemoth…

As much as I hate to say it, these reviews will be sloppily done – I’d been building drafts of them for weeks now and I’m just impatient as there’s more stuff I want to do. I guess this will just be round-ups of my opinion on them rather than proper mini-reviews, sorry. I’ll be making up for it in the future, got some exciting stuff in the works!

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra – Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra - Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything

Thee Silver Mount Zion Memorial Orchestra (or if you’re like me: A Silver Mt. Zion) is the ever growing project of Efrim Menuck; multi-instrumentalist and core member of the renowned Godspeed You! Black Emperor. It’s undeniable that while A Silver Mt. Zion hasn’t left as much an impression on post-rock fans as GY!BE, it’s still a project that has its following and seems to be forever evolving. This is the seventh release by the ‘Silver Mt. Zion’ collection. Continue reading

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Submission Round Ups #1

This will be a new segment where I review submissions sent in via mini-reviews. If you send stuff for me to review it, I will review it, and so this is the best way I can keep on top of the growing number of submissions. If you like/hate the idea, let me know! Continue reading

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Neurosis / Godflesh Live Review (HMV Forum, London. 2/12/12)

All Tomorrow’s Party, or simply ATP, always organise great events and nearing the end of 2012, the organisation isn’t putting their foot on the brake just yet. Leading up to the infamous Cumber Sands event (which will begin a day after the writing of this), ATP managed to combine two monumental bands in a co-headline gig: Neurosis and Godflesh. Continue reading

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A Night Of Salvation III Live Review (Santiago Bar, Leeds. 2/11/12)

It’s the night before Damnation Festival 2012 takes place at the Leeds Union and walking through town alone, you notice a good number of people wearing extreme metal t-shirts, and it seems that they all end up at one place on the night: the Santiago Bar. Continue reading

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Mountain Mirrors – “ASYLUM ACRES” EP Review

Mountain Mirrors – Asylum Acres
Genre: Acoustic/Progressive Rock

Label: Magnatune

Mountain Mirrors, despite its collective name, is the prog-influenced acoustic project of Jeff Sanders from Massachusetts, and “Asylum Acres” is his EP of 2012; although having already put out three full-length albums already. This project focuses on dark, brooding collections of tales with undeniable guitar finesse and low vocals. Jeff Sanders, its sole concrete member, is the lone vocalist and guitarist of this project, while he invites outside musicians to add some different flavours on his tracks (usually with drums and strings). Continue reading

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If You’re Going To… Damnation Festival 2012

Being an extreme metal fan in the UK, one of the most notable disappointments about it is the lack of British festivals that provide line-ups of bands that push their genres to the extreme. Yeah, we have Bloodstock, but is it really extreme? There’s Supersonic too, but line-ups often require a certain taste (especially in noise, electronic or rock/metal). However, Damnation is a sort of balance between the two, never shying away from putting on extreme bands, bands that won’t sell out a stadium but will definitely have people talking about their performances for years. In a sense, Damnation Festival is the UK’s version of the USA’s Maryland Death Fest and France’s Hellfest, on a smaller scale. Continue reading

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Decapitated Live Review (Bogiez, Cardiff. 10/10/12)

Decapitated, a band known for their truly brutal technical death metal, started their UK and Ireland tour last night at the Bogiez bar, with support from Bloodshot Dawn and Xerath – and what a gig it was! Continue reading

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Muse – “THE 2ND LAW” Review

Muse – The 2nd Law
Genre: Rock/Experimental

Label: Helium 3

Muse, if really in need of an introduction these days, are the experimental and flamboyant rock trio from the seaside town Teignmouth in Devon. Headed by guitarist, pianist, vocalist and general mad musician Matt Bellamy, bassist and backing vocalist Chris Wolstenholme and drummer Dom Howard. Throughout their time together, they’ve undoubtedly changed since their beginnings as an intricate progressive rock band to an eccentric pop-rock sensation, and “The 2nd Law” is their sixth studio album, which sees them taking their extravagant style to a whole new level. Continue reading

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