Boss Keloid – Melted on the Inch

Enter Boss Keloid. Their sophomore release, Herb Your Enthusiasm, was well belied by its name as it put them on our radar; their music was progressive stoner personified, all treble, fuzz and smokey haze. Honestly, we were expecting more of the same from Melted on the Inch and were content with that. Their brand of stoner mixed with sludge was to our liking. But, instead, Melted on the Inch threw us quite a bit of a curve ball. On it, Keloid have reached back into their progressive rock roots and brought forth a sound which, while not a complete stranger to their established tones, is certainly something new. The result is an album where composition is way more varied than before, synth tones rule the day, the vocals are non traditional and the overall theme seems much changed. Insert a weed joke here, something about breeds? Let’s just get to it.

Homewrecker – Hell is Here Now

Homewrecker has always been about elevating their foundation. Always trying to take tried and true, moshpit catered listening experiences to the next level. On their debut album Worms and Dirt, there was a salad of influences. Pulling from Obituary, Morbid Angel, Merauder and old Hatebreed and integrating that into the same song…

Depravity – Evil Upheaval

Sometimes (i.e. enough for me to not feel utterly guilty for mentioning it in this review) I go to the gym. I’m not a particularly built individual, but I have dreams. During cardio (pretty much the only part of a workout that I’m moderately good at), I take immense pleasure…

Ingested – The Level Above Human

Brutal death metal, slam, deathcore, brutal slamming deathcore… Anyone outside of scene specific comment threads shouldn’t really care what they’re calling the blast and beatdown centric metal of bands like Ingested. Granted, there’s a hilarious insider joke regarding the “slam police” – the authority on whether a slam band is…

A Perfect Circle – Eat The Elephant

A Perfect Circle was never the same following the re-election of George W. Bush. Although the band had remained largely apolitical and introspective up until that point, the controversial ballot saw them abandon an impending hiatus to deliver one last hurrah, in the form of 2004’s overly political, covers collection…

King Goat – Debt of Aeons

Ah yes, a progressive stoner/doom review! This means that there’s a formula this intro paragraph takes: first, we tell you all about how progressive stoner/doom has seen a huge proliferation of releases in the past few years. Then, we ironically make the point that the main issue with the genre is repetition (ironic seeing as how these reviews tend to touch on the same point). Then, we either regretfully inform you that this is the case here or that a certain band has managed to break away from the mold. It’s usually the latter, since we like to review releases we like (shocking, we know). Now that that’s out of the way, can we please get to the amazing album that is King Goat’s Rapture?

Bleed From Within – Era

If the impending Bleeding Through comeback record represents the logical conclusion of the metalcore revival, then Era perhaps represents its pinnacle. Bleed From Within struggled to raise their heads above the pack during the genre’s heyday. 2018, however, sees them return with not only an A-grade record, but one which…

Ails – The Unraveling

A musician’s “return” after an extended absence from music (whether that be from an intentional hiatus or otherwise) is an interesting peek into their creative headspace. Do they prove themselves creatures of habit, or were they reinvented over this intermission? In the case of Ails, it’s a little of both.…

Hypno5e – Alba – Les Ombres Errantes

Stripping something down to its core components is one of the oldest and most powerful of tropes. The story of getting down to the core of things has immeasurable power over us. In fact, it appears that it becomes more and more relevant the farther along we go; as our lives get more and more complicated in the modern age, the appeal of a return to basics strikes deep. Works  as varied as Into the Wild, Breaking Bad and Inception all revolve around the idea of the fake, sleek, modern, and inauthentic self sloughing away, leaving behind it a core that rings with truth and power. These themes and narratives are the fuel behind Hypno5e’s latest release, Alba – Les Ombres Errantes. There can be no other impetus for a band known for their complexity and contrasting influences to make a minimalist album; the drive which makes such an effort go is inherently tied with the idea of a return to basics.