Minor/Minor – Minor/Minor (Review)

Minor MinorThis is the debut album from Belgian rockers Minor/Minor.

Minor/Minor play modern, emotive rock that takes influence from a few different places. Think a mix of bands like Arcane Roots, Pink Floyd, Coheed and Cambria, Cave In, Filter, and Radiohead as starting points, maybe. Continue reading

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The Restitution – Into the Dark (Review)

The RestitutionThe Restitution is a one-man progressive metal band from the US and this is his second album.

2013’s Waves was a very enjoyable and impressive release, and I can’t believe it’s been four years since it came out. Continue reading

The Unravelling – Tear a Hole in the Collective Vision (Review)

The UnravellingThis is the second album from Canadian Progressive/Industrial Rock band The Unravelling.

The Unravelling’s music is modern, Progressive Rock with Industrial elements. It’s layered with emotive content and depth of songwriting.

Recalling elements of bands such as Filter, Nine Inch Nails, Sunna, Gravity Kills, Tool and Katatonia, Tear a Hole in the Collective Vision is 44 minutes of music that draws you in with its dark edge and personal themes.

This is a diverse collection of songs with a great variety in mood, pace and dynamics across the 10 tracks. It’s easy to view a band such as this as providing the listener with a musical journey to go on, travelling down the various routes and paths with the band as they explore the moods and atmospheres of their self-created landscape.

Strong vocals provide a focal point for the music and the singer’s slightly atypical voice fits the atypical music to a tee.

This is an impressive album and should definitely be checked out by anyone who enjoys this electronic approach to atmospheric Rock.

Give it a try.

Grenouer – Unwanted Today (Review)

GrenouerGrenouer are a Russian band and this is their eighth album. They play a combination of Alternative Rock and Modern Metal.

Grenouer play the kind of stadium-friendly Modern Rock/Metal that seemed to set the world alight on a regular basis in the late 90s/early 00s.

This is a release that’s positively bursting with catchy melodies and hooks aplenty. Big grooves, bigger choruses and a tasty production mean that this album is extremely easy on the ear.

The songs are all well-recorded with everything sounding extremely professional. The singer has a great voice and keyboards and effects add extra layers to the band’s sound.

All of the songs are essentially Radio-Friendly Unit Shifters and this is easily digestible music that nonetheless makes a good impression.

Featuring elements of bands such as Filter, Mnemic, Stabbing Westward and Spineshank, Unwanted Today is highly melodic and full of hummable tunes.

If your tastes run to the more accessible and commercial side of loud music then you’ll probably appreciate what Grenouer are offering here.