Toothgrinder – Nocturnal Masquerade

Genres can really only be so much on their own: even with metal, where there’s microgenres within subgenres within larger subgenres within genres, there’s still only so much that can be achieved by sticking within one certain area and refusing to branch out. It’s why so many bands within metal opt to either bring multiple genres together into a much more diverse combination, a la Agalloch’s combination of dark folk, doom, and post-black metal, or to evolve and switch from one genre to another, such as The Contortionist’s transformation from deathcore to progressive metal. Never ones to stifle their own creativity, metal musicians constantly are expanding and adding new elements into their toolkit, either by way of growing said kit or by switching out some of the older appliances within.

Shadow Of Intent – Primordial

There was a period between 2006 and 2009 where the deathcore scene was exploding as progressive elements started to get introduced into the sound. The genesis of the sound of many bands that are loved today was in that scene – be it The Faceless, After the Burial, Born of Osiris, Within the Ruins, Between the Buried and Me, The Contortionist – the list goes on. Now, in 2016, things are different. Enter Shadow of Intent, a progressive/technical deathcore duo. Their take on the sound manages to be fresh way past the prime of the genre, and hearkens back to the feeling of finding a new band on a random blog doing interesting things, a band that is on the verge of greatness.

PHOTOS: TesseracT, The Contortionist, ERRA, Skyharbor—December 6th, 2015 @ Baltimore Soundstage, Baltimore, MD

On December 6th, 2015, the Polaris North American Tour 2015 hit Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore, MD with a powerful assault of modern progressive metal. Skyharbor, ERRA, The Contortionist, and TesseracT were all on top of their game despite this being the penultimate stop of the tour. This time around, I…

PHOTOS: TesseracT, The Contortionist, ERRA, Skyharbor—November 2nd, 2015 @ The Theater of Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Skyharbor, ERRA, The Contortionist, and TesseracT have embarked on arguably one of the best progressive metal tours in the United States so far this year. This night of the tour at Theater of the Living Arts in Philadelphia was the kickoff night as well as the first Skyharbor performance in…