Monthly Overview – the Best of July 2018

In no particular order, I present to you once more with my monthly roundup – some of my favourite metal releases from July 2018. Enjoy! Continue reading

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Between the Buried and Me – Automata II (Review)

Between the Buried and MeBetween the Buried and Me are a progressive metal band from the US and this is either their ninth album, or the second part of their eighth album, depending on how you look at it.

The follow up release to/second part of Automata I, Between the Buried and Me have returned with another 34 minutes of exciting, exceptional material. Continue reading

Between the Buried and Me – Automata I (Review)

Between the Buried and MeBetween the Buried and Me are a progressive extreme metal band from the US. This is their eighth album.

There are very few bands out there that truly carve their own path into the crowded metal arena, but Between the Buried and Me are definitely one of them. They have been one of my favourite bands since 2003’s The Silent Circus, and they have never let me down yet. Continue reading

Letters from the Colony – Vignette (Review)

Letters from the ColonyLetters from the Colony are a progressive metal band from Sweden and this is their debut album.

This is complex music, fusing modern progressive and technical metal influences with djent elements to create experimental extreme metal. Vignette is notable for many things, one of which is that it largely takes from the strengths of these styles and leaves the weaknesses floundering in the dust, which is not an easy feat to achieve. Continue reading

NVC – The Deleted Scenes (Review)

NVCNVC are a Canadian progressive metal band and this is their debut album.

This is modern and emotive progressive metal that marries some latter-day Anathema influences with a melodic death metal side; think Ensiferum and Wintersun for a starting point. The resulting Continue reading

Ne Obliviscaris – Urn (Review)

Ne ObliviscarisNe Obliviscaris are an Australian progressive extreme metal band and this is their third album.

Urn is epic, progressive, aggressive, and textured. It’s a release that has a lot to absorb and experience, requiring multiple sittings to really even start to get the most from it. This is a complex and emotive listen, one that’s highly rewarding and enjoyable. Continue reading

Sifting – Not from Here (Review)

SiftingSifting are a progressive metal band from the Venezuela and based in the US. This is their debut album.

Combining modern groove and classic rock with progressive flavour, this is an enjoyable album that manages to stitch together several different rock and metal eras and styles, and is largely quite successful at doing so. Continue reading

Zaius – Of Adoration (Review)

ZaiusZaius are an instrumental post-rock band from the US and this is their debut album.

This is a multifaceted release of progressive/post-rock, fusing elements of bands such as Russian Circles, Red Sparowes, Pelican, Scale the Summit, Cloudkicker, and Between the Buried and Me into a rich, textured journey. As I’ve opined Continue reading