Riverside – Eye of the Soundscape

Death is like a forest fire. In all aspects of life, it leaves behind it nothing but ash and the bitter taste of defeat. Our machinations at keeping it at bay are no less absurd then the sand lines of firemen, water bombs dropping from the heights of our pretenses on the uncaring flames of finality. But, as if this intro wasn’t loaded with enough cliches, forest fires are also forces of creating, leaving behind fertile soil in their wake. On this charred ground, new sprouts are given the opportunity to live and grow, brave explorers which, nonetheless, still carry the marks of past generations and live on in their relics. Riverside’s Eye of the Soundscape is all of these and more, a death knell, a wake and a celebration of life all rolled up into one. It’s one of the most powerful retrospectives in progressive rock and metal’s history, being a contemplation on a deep and expansive career.

Hey! Listen to Raptorbaby!

Metalcore, particularly the progressive iteration, is a dead scene. There’s plenty of support for the genre, but most bands have broken up, diversified or remain relevant but hardly influential. Most fans of progressive metalcore get by on a few releases annually and spinning old gems of the genre. Today however, we’d like to introduce you to Raptorbaby. Raptorbaby have recently put out an album titled Citadel and it’s chock full of the proggy metalcore that long time fans will find nostalgic, as well as travelling into some unfamiliar territory. Raptorbaby manages to throwback to early Sumerian Records style of metalcore and deathcore as the foundation for their sound. You can catch some Kezia-era Protest the Hero influence as well. But this isn’t just a rehash of a genre once thriving. It’s an exceptional homage to that era of music, but it also has plenty of tricks up its sleeves too. Let’s dig in.