Sina Tavoosi

Posted Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 2:47pm by Sina Tavoosi

Six years after their debut self-titled album and twelve years into their career, the South African industrial rock/metal band Terminatryx are back with a new full-length album. Shadow shows how female-fronted industrial metal can be done without opting for a commercial sound. If you expect pop tunes and sing-along songs, look elsewhere. Despite the massive use of programming and synths, Terminatryx's music is surprisingly soulful and sincere. 

Category: Album Reviews

Tags: Industrial Rock, metal, South Africa, Terminatryx, Heike Langhans
Posted Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 1:07pm by Sina Tavoosi

The amount of metal albums based on J.R.R Tolkien and H.P. Lovecraft stories is overwhelming, and yet more bands choose these themes for their works and manage to create great music worth the time and effort. Tekeli-Li, the second full-length album by the French black metallers The Great Old Ones, is based on Lovecraft's At The Mountains of Madness, a grim novella about existence of alien life under Antarctica.

Category: Album Reviews

Tags: The Great Old Ones, black metal, post black metal, france, H.P. Lovecraft
Posted Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 4:12pm by Sina Tavoosi

Birds of Passage is an ambient/dream pop project by singer-songwriter Alicia Merz from Waikato, New Zealand. This music of Birds of Passage is full of heartfelt emotions where the only notes played are the most essential ones. This Kindly Slumber is minimal ambient/drone made amicable by a woman's gentle voice and not much else going on  Can that really be enough? 

Category: Album Reviews

Tags: ambient, drone, dream pop, Birds of Passage, minimalist, minimalism
Posted Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 8:36am by Sina Tavoosi

The amount of weird shit coming out of France has been enough to put a food-posioned Godzilla's rearside to shame. Psygnosis is another mind-blowing French band that mixes death metal with ambient/electronic, black metal and industrial metal. Sounds like a genre clusterfuck? It isn't. These guys may have many influences but they are no strangers to consistency. Human Be[ing] constantly drums on the brittle surfaces of normality and for all its moments of insanity it remains strangely understandable. 

Category: Album Reviews

Tags: experimental, extreme metal, death metal, electronic, industrial metal, Psygnosis
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

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