01. Esoteric Agenda
02. Lower The Populace
03. Pleiadian Keys
04. From Vanity To Utility
06. The Escapist Notion
07. Extension to One
08. Machine Over
After much hype, delay, and a bit of controversy, the latest band to capture the hearts of many tech metal fans — The HAARP Machine — have laid their first offering Disclosure on the table. Taking up influence from an array of bands one would expect to be cited — The Faceless and Necrophagist, for instance — The HAARP Machine’s initial signing to Sumerian Records last year came with the inferred promise of a new group of rising stars in the prog world. The slight mystery surrounding the band and their music until the album’s release helped to fuel this interest and curiosity as well, but after all is said and done, The HAARP Machine’s debut album Disclosure won’t exactly propel them to new heights for the genre.
The HAARP Machine have announced their debut record Disclosure to be released October 16th.
Remember when I told you about this in late July? Well now I’m even more excited. The album trailer is up and we’ve finally gotten a glimpse of the impending perfection. It’s a little early to call this one of the best albums of 2012, but it’s entirely possible given the musicianship and overall writing ability of the band. Oh, and just in case those two new guys look familiar, they’re vocalist Mike Semesky (ex-Vestascension, Ordinance, Rest Among Ruins) and drummer Alex Rüdinger (ex-Threat Signal, Ordinance). All aboard the excitebike!
So what about the track list? If you pause the video right around 2:36 (good luck), there are a few frames of a board with seven tracks listed. They’re shortened names of the full songs, but three of them are ‘The Escapist Notion,’ ‘Pleiadian Keys,’ and ‘Esoteric Agenda.’ The other four are ‘Disclosure,’ ‘Machines,’ ‘Vanity‘ and ‘I TP‘ (or ‘1 TP‘). If you can properly identify those songs in the comment section below, I will personally reward you by reading your comment. There looks like there’s more above ’Disclosure,’ so don’t cry that it’ll be too short of an album.
Keep up with the band on their Facebook page for some pre-order information and maybe some tunes to hold us over.
As you’re likely aware, I got into Baltimore yesterday for Maryland Deathfest X and met up with fellow Heavy Blogger Noyan as well as Snagon and Quigs from the now defunct The Number of the Blog. While in town, we decided to meet up with our friend Justin Gosnell of Vestascension and new friend Patrick Koch of Calisus. One thing lead to another and we ended up at a karaoke bar. It’s kind of surreal to me that there’s a video of me singing YMCA with Justin Gosnell.
Check out our rendition of YMCA above. There’s also a video of all of us doing The Darkness‘ ‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love,’ but that hasn’t been uploaded yet. Soon!
While they’re a far stretch away from being heavy, around these parts we’ve been known to adore some of the more melodic rock in the vein of Karnivool, Dead Letter Circus, Children of Nova, and Vestascension. In that regard, up-and-coming British rockers As Gods are poised to release their debut EP Crystalline next month, and we’re pleased to be announcing the details and premiering their new teaser, below.
As Gods have toured with the likes of The Safety Fire and Red Seas Fire, as well as having shared the stage with Tesseract and Chimp Spanner. It’s no surprise really; while their progressive and tech metal influences are kept to a present minimum in favor of more straightforward songwriting and a desire for atmosphere and melody, they’re cut from a similar cloth in forward-thinking attitude. Sure, the track ‘Wolves of Siberia’ toys with grooving heavier riffs, but the moody title track ‘Crystalline‘ is a bit more representative of their overall theme of soaring choruses and a restrained, pensive atmosphere. As Gods are a promising band to keep an eye on in the British music scene, for sure.
The tracklist to Crystalline is as follows:
01. Crystalline 02. Faith 03. Puzzle 04. Wolves of Siberia
Last year, Maryland-based dream rock darlings Vestascension had every intention of releasing a new song for free every month of 2011, but a wrench was thrown into their plan after a crippling lineup change that ultimately stopped the project in its tracks. It was a huge bummer, and suffice it to say, we missed hearing our monthly fix of Vestascension. The group recently made a rebound though, picking up a new vocalist and drummer and made the promise of being back shortly.
Thankfully, the dudes made good on their promise, releasing their new track ‘Until We See The Ocean’ this weekend. Suffice it to say, the boys are back and they’re as great as ever. Expect what you always would out of Vestascension — climactic ultra-melodic dream rock that is heartfelt and passionate. You can stream the track below and download it for free at Bandcamp.
We were a bit disappointed last year when Vestascension couldn’t meet their goal of releasing a new song each month due to some crippling lineup changes beyond their control, losing a drummer and a vocalist. Now, the band seems to be on an upswing with a new lineup and new music on the horizon! Here’s what the band had to say:
…we released a sneak peak of some of our new music and the response was overall very positive. We want to just say thanks for keeping an open mind and being patient as well as supportive throughout this transition. We know it’s hard to gauge much of anything based off of a short clip from a random part in the middle of one of our songs-especially when we try to make each song really different musically-but we felt like it was time to share SOMETHING :) We’re in the studio doing more vocal pre-pro tonight and have lots of time booked coming up with the amazing Drew Mazurek [Mixer/Engineer] where we’ll be knocking out the vocals/mixes on the rest of our material. See ya soon!
Ever since Bandhappy was announced earlier this year, I was eager to see how it would turn out. The fact that there is a platform on the horizon that allows fans to be taught how to play an instrument by their favorite musician speaks volumes about how lucky we are in this day in age where the barrier between the bands and the fans is getting thinner and thinner by the day.
Just think about this for a second; You all know that my favorite band is Between the Buried and Me, and it won’t be long before I’ll be able to be the student of Paul Waggoner himself thanks to Bandhappy. This is a big deal, and this new innovation (which is masterminded by Periphery‘s Matt Halpern) will likely make a huge impact. The above video, narrated by our good pal Justin Gosnell of Vestascension, introduces the idea of Bandhappy further. Here’s the scoop:
BANDHAPPY. A new music marketplace for a new music world. BANDHAPPY connects teachers and students in a one-of-a-kind music community, offering both in-person lessons or online lessons anywhere on the planet via our custom-built, in-house video chat system.
We had the honour of posting Maryland dream-rock group Vestascension‘s last update, and so we’re pleased to update you with a few words from vocalist Mike Semesky, posted this time to the band’s Facebook.
For those out of the loop, Vestascension began the year by promising to give away a new track on the first of every month for FREE. This punishing schedule caught up with them after month seven, and so far we have eight tracks, but with the loss of their drummer and a multitude of other factors getting in the way, they’re understandably a little behind.
“Hey guys and gals, Semesky here. I just wanted to drop in and give you all an update on the hap haps in Vesta camp.
First and foremost, we would like to apologize for falling behind on our release schedule the past few months. We are all extremely disappointed that we’ve had to abandon our initial “1st of the month” release plans. Outside of getting hit in the face with a battle axe, getting bitten by a rabid wolverine, or experiencing 24 hours of severe diarrhea, our having to let the listeners down is probably the worst feeling ever. And Nate can vouch for that. Poor guy got slugged by an overzealous Octavianite at a Battle of Actium reenactment. I told him a million times “Nate, it’s okay if you want to be a spectator. But for the love of all things holy, don’t wear that damn ‘Cleopatra For President’ t-shirt!”
Wait a minute, it’s September 26th, not August 1st! Why I oughta…
Hang about though. As we explained last month, there have been a few technical hitches regarding Vestascension‘s posting schedule. Things got delayed, and we were a couple of months behind, but Justin and co. are making up ground with what is technically August’s track, “Our Midnight Canvas“.
This track is also part four of ‘The Escape’ – which began with “L’Arrivée” and also included “Wishes In Awakenings” and “The Farewell Fixture” – which is some sort of run-on thing that’s probably meant to be listened to all together. I haven’t, but it could be fun!
As ever, Vestascension’s music is completely and utterly free, and available through their bandcamp – just click through on the player above.
Guitarist and general spokesman Justin Gosnell was unleashed upon Metalsucks last Friday which must have been fun (only for a day that is – it’s hard work keeping you lot happy!). We’re looking forward to the fourth instalment of his band advice column ‘Bestintenscions‘, and more than that, for September and October’s tracks – long may they live!
01. Seldom Thought
04. Desensitizing Process
06. Internal Monologues
07. How the Biased Live
08. Singular Perspective
09. Struggling With the Inevitable
10. Circular Logic
11. This Theory; Repeating
In a way, I knew about Ordinance‘s existence close to a year before this release. Being an avid drummer, I constantly watched drummer Alex Rudinger when he posted videos on his youtube account. As he constantly posted stuff from his band Ordinance, I noticed that, besides they all were awesome, they all lacked vocals. I was wondering when a full length was going to be released, and whether it was to be with or without vocals. Then one day, Alex posted a video of him playing along to the song “Repress” with new vocalist Mike Semesky, who many of us know as the vocalist of prog-rock group Vestascension. A full-length date was disclosed shortly after, and now here we are. So was Ordinance’s debut worth the wait?