March 2014

Pink Floyd at Pompeii

After Syd Barrett and before The Dark Side of The Moon, Pink Floyd recorded a concert film at the ancient Roman amphitheatre in Pompeii, Italy.

Why doesn't anybody talk about Gentle Giant anymore?

I can’t remember how I first heard of Gentle Giant, since they aren’t generally mentioned alongside the big names of 70s British prog. In spite of the fact that they were fairly successful commercially in the mid-70s, they seem to be considered more of a footnote to the era than one of the major bands.

Psalm Zero - The Drain

Psalm Zero is a New York City experimental metal band featuring Charlie Looker (Seaven Teares, Extra Life, ex-Zs, ex-Dirty Projectors) and Andrew Hock (Castevet).

Geryon - s/t

When I first read about Geryon, the new duo comprised of Lev Weinstein (drums) and Nicholas McMaster (bass & vocals) of avant-garde black metallers Krallice, I was of two minds. On the one hand, I get excited any time I hear about new music from anyone associated with Krallice. However, I’ve never sat and thought to myself: You know what would make Krallice even more awesome? If they got rid of their guitar players. In fact, for me it’s the interplay between the guitars of Messrs. Barr and Marston that makes Krallice so compelling.

Lund Quartet

For my first article and review I chose to write about a band called Lund Quartet. This is a four piece instrumental jazz/electronica band from Bristol.

Morbus Chron - Sweven

Experimental death metal is nothing new, there always have been a bunch of brilliant bands to bring something new to the table. Recently bands like DiskordAbyssal, or the better-known Portal have been marching forward with their banners of creativity held high, but Sweden's Morbus Chron manage to stand out even within the experimental/progressive death circle by including some good old thrash metal in their mix. 

Epistasis - Light Through A Dead Glass

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.

Hardcore Anal Hydrogen - The Talas of Satan

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. 

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