I hyped it a little bit on the Facebook page yesterday, so if you follow that you’ll probably already be aware of this news — but Wings Denied have unleashed a new track of majestic singing and juddering riffs by the name of ‘In Search Of Sunrise‘.
Tesseract‘s sophomore album Altered State was among one of my favorite albums of 2013, and I maintain that the album’s three-part opener ‘Of Matter’ is the best song the group have written thus far. The dynamic crescendos and many vocal hooks put this up there past ‘Concealing Fate‘ for me. Of course, many of you will disagree, but certainly the band believes the song is at least in the same ballpark, as they’ve given the song the same live studio treatment they’ve given to ‘Concealing Fate‘.
So in case you haven’t heard, everyone’s favorite independent instrumental artist Ben Sharp (aka Cloudkicker) is hitting the road for the first time on tour where he’ll be supporting Tesseract and Intronaut, the latter of which will be pulling double duty the entire time as his backing band. There has been a lot of curiosity surrounding his change of heart from his former “I don’t think I’ll be doing that” mentality that Sharp has expressed before.
Fortunately, he’s decided to address the issue and update us on what lead him to hook up with Intronaut and hit the road for the first time ever via Cloudkicker’s Blog:
I have been in contact with Intronaut since right after Beacons came out. They played a show in Columbus in late 2010 and after [being blown away by] the set I hunted down their bassist, Joe, and offered him a Trader-Joe’s-bag full of CDs and LPs and said something to the effect of “you guys might like this.” According to them, they were so taken by my complete lack of trying to get them to do something for me that they gave the album an honest listen and actually liked it a whole lot. We’ve been in touch since then.
Just as scheduled, the upcoming Tesseract, Intronaut, and Cloudkicker tour has been officially announced with its full run of dates! Also as we reported yesterday, Intronaut are indeed going to be the backing band for Cloudkicker! Here’s the skinny on how it went down:
ThePRP blew everyone’s minds last night with the exclusive leak of the news that Tesseract will be touring North America this Spring with support from Intronaut and… CLOUDKICKER?! Throughout the years, Cloudkicker mastermind Ben Sharp has maintained that he has no plans to turn his studio project into a live act. Now, it looks like he changed his mind, and the group will make their live debut this April.
That’s not all, because we found out who is rounding out Cloudkicker’s touring lineup alongside Mr. Sharp, and it’s pretty big news!
In 2012, the Heavy Blog staff was floored by an incredibly talented Australian progressive tech-death outfit called Gods of Eden. Their self titled debut was a few songs short of a progressive tech-death masterpiece. I urge you to check it out. This year, they have an album on the way and if their debut was any indication, it’s bound to blow us all out of the water and we are proud to bring you the first taste of it.
Man, what an INSANE year this has been. I’ve undergone some major life overhauls and taken some huge risks, both personally and with my band The Omega Experiment. So many dreams have been fulfilled this year. The Omega Experiment re-released our debut on Listenable Records in February, appeared in the likes of Metal Hammer, Terrorizer, and PROG magazines, and toured Europe with Fates Warning and played ProgPower and Euroblast. Touring Europe was my first ever time out of the country besides Canada (does that even count?), and it was also my first time ever flying. I switched majors from mathematics to writing (yay), finally moved out on my own again after spending a few years with my dad trying to recover from a haggard ten year drug addiction, moved back in with him for a month between places, moved back out, almost had a nervous breakdown trying to recuperate financially from tour… I’m sure there’s more but that’s the gist of it.
I can’t begin to think how next year will top this year as far as taking risks, change, and accomplishments. So far I’m looking forward to continuing writing our second album, maybe playing a few shows, seeing where I’ll live when my lease is up, and forging ahead with my writing career. But before I venture too far into the future, I’ll reminisce on this past year in music for me. I spent the better part of it listening to and adding to my usual Spotify playlists (80s, black metal, etc.), and sifting through tons of stuff people told me to check out or that I kept seeing in my Facebook feed. I sometimes feel like Facebook is a real killer of music, because if you keep getting fed the same shit everyday and people are raving about something, if you’re anywhere near as rebellious as I am, you’ll run like hell. I adore Deafheaven. I really do. I preordered Sunbather and listened to it all the way through maybe once; one reason being that I was pretty swamped with school/recovery/band/work/etc, but also because people just kept talking about it and talking about it. I still have no desire to put it on and give it the fair shot it deserves. I suppose the same could be said for other albums on my list, but this one in particular was just overwhelming. So it’s not here. Sorry.
The most memorable part of the year musically for me was over the spring and summer, when from out of nowhere Letlive’s album Fake History knocked me on my ass for the first time and instigated a rekindling of the hardcore flame that burns inside me. So I took suggestions from friends and scoured their picks, coming out of it with a new favorite band in Counterparts. This also just in time for their latest album, The Difference Between Hell and Home. This was the best album of the year for me. It spoke to me on a level I haven’t felt from a band like that in a long time, and at a crucial point in my life when I needed it most. The rest of my picks have no particular order. So, without further ado, here are the albums that made this year bearable for me:
2013 was a difficult year for me musically. Choosing ten albums that stuck with me, meant something to me, was not an easy task. No other year in my memory did I spend more time listening to albums from years past than albums from the current year. There were, however, many albums I did enjoy. Every album I gave a positive review was worth quite a few listens. My biggest problem this year was the mass amounts of hype surrounding certain albums, a few of which I really wanted to enjoy. Album’s like The Ocean‘s Pelagial started off strong enough but fizzled around the halfway mark. So, here are ten albums, and some honorable mentions, that provided me with entertainment, inspiration, and some great drives.