The Body Politic – contr:addiction (Review)

The Body PoliticThe Body Politic are a progressive/technical metal band from Canada. This is their latest release.

A lot of modern progressive metal is soulless, too-polished, lacking in bite, far too plastic sounding, and ultimately not heavy enough. There, I said it. The reason I’m saying it here, however, is that these shortfalls largely don’t apply to The Body Politic. Continue reading

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Wargore – Between Evil and Death (Review)

WargoreWargore are a Brazilian death metal band and this is their debut EP.

Here’s a fresh young band that seem to exist purely to worship the old-school metal gods. And why not? If Between Evil and Death is any indication, this is no bad thing. Continue reading

Starsoup – Castles of Sand (Review)

StarsoupThis is the second album from Russian progressive rock band Starsoup.

Starsoup’s 2013 debut album Bazaar of Wonders was a wonderfully diverse and eclectic collection of progressive rock/metal that has become a firm favourite of mine. As such, I was excited to see that they now have a brand new album out for me to enjoy and get to know. Continue reading

Lesions – Tired of Being Pushed Around and Told Just What to Do (Review)

LesionsLesions, (or xLesionsx), are a crust/hardcore/sludge band from the US and this is their debut EP.

Featuring members of At Dusk and Nan Elmoth, this is underground, ugly hardcore with crust and sludge elements. It’s 13 minutes of aggressive, belligerent music that hits the spot quite nicely. Continue reading

Ketha – 0 Hours Starlight (Review)

KethaKetha are a Polish experimental metal band and this is their third album.

Combining elements of technical, progressive, modern, avant-garde, dissonant, and melodic metal into 43 minutes of material, this is an album that packs a lot into its playing time and uses this to take the listener on quite a journey. Continue reading