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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Monobody – Raytracing

One of the most consistently difficult and frustrating things about covering music that falls into the buckets of math rock, fusion, prog, and more is that a central and foundational tenet of that music – complexity – also ends up being the very thing that is the music’s undoing. Fans can (and do) constantly obsess over how many unusual time signatures a song packs in as a proportional measure of how great that music is, but so often in the pursuit of the most head-spinning riffs, polyrhythmic grooves, and impenetrable song forms, what most frequently is lost is the music itself and whether it’s actually worth listening to. There’s nothing wrong with complexity and complicated music, but if there isn’t an adequate payoff for the time and patience required to “understand” it then what exactly are we doing here?

Riverside – Wasteland

Warsaw’s Riverside return with their seventh studio album in Wasteland. Whereas 2015’s Love, Fear and the Time Machine sought to connect with sounds of progressive giants Ayreon and Opeth (who themselves are heavily influenced by the progressive music of the ’80s), Wasteland embraces something in between the progressive and psychedelic…

Visitors – Crest

Layering one’s music is, fundamentally, a balancing act. Especially now that technology has developed to the point that a laptop carrying a backing track can be comfortably carried on stage and their operation is simple enough for even drummers to handle, almost nothing is off the table. However, the temptation…

Gazpacho – Soyuz

Creating an album based on a singular, defined concept has always been an intriguing prospect for lots of bands and artists. The practice seems to be more common amongst bands with artistic and progressive tendencies than ones churning out heavier fare. Norway’s six-piece outfit Gazpacho have evolved over a career…

Can This Even Be Called Music? June Edition

This column is a monthly feature where I point the Heavy crowd to some more obscure releases that deserve to be heard. If you want more obscure and weird music recommendations, visit my website! … The Recent Stuff Portuguese instrumental prog band Shell from Oceanic just released their highly anticipated sophomore album, the sequel…