A Million Dead Birds Laughing – To the Ether

A Million Dead Birds Laughing are back[!], although not as you knew them. The Melbourne oddballs’ long-awaited fourth record, To the Ether, marks their first full-length release since original vocalist Adam Stewart returned to their line-up in 2016. Yet, those seeking a fix of the band’s usual quirky grindcore may…

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*prognotes – Schammasch’s Triangle

*prognotes breaks down and analyses your favourite metal and progressive concept albums lyrically and musically. Read other entries in this series here.  The last few years have yielded an incredible bounty of fantastic new music and 2016 was chief among them. Schammasch’s tremendous triple album, Triangle, was no exception as…

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Toska – Fire By the Silos

Whilst the decision to keep a band purely instrumental can be liberating in some respects, it can also present some issues, especially around structure and theme. Without the verse/chorus progression that naturally forms through lyrics, there can be a tendency for instrumental songs to become meandering riff parades which amble…

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Witherfall – A Prelude to Sorrow

Even before Warrel Dane’s death, it seemed highly unlikely that we’d ever see a Nevermore reunion. Now, following the iconic singer’s sudden passing, it would appear to be completely off the table. The silver lining to this tragic turn of events is that they leave the door open for a…

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EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Fractal Cypher Introduce You to “The Grandeur Of It All”

Our second premiere of the day couldn’t be more different than the first one. Where Winter Dust offered us gloom and contemplation, Fractal Cypher are all about speed, power, and technicality. You might recognize the name if you’ve been following the podcast; Noyan has been an especially vocal supporter of the band but…

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Haken – Vector

As you might have inferred from my previous review of Haken, for their excellent 2016 release Affinity, I’m not the biggest fan of their early works. Affinity, however, seemed to represent a band more secure in their own sound and willing to mess around with new influences, sounds, and ideas. The future, coming…