*prognotes: The Dear Hunter’s Act IV: Rebirth In Reprise (Preface In Preparation)

Greetings and salutations. It's been a while, hasn't it? When I first wrote up my interpretations of The Dear Hunter's original trilogy of Acts last summer, I had every intention of continuing that work shortly after the triumphant Act IV's release. To be perfectly honest though, writing so much about one band in the span of several weeks pretty much burned me out completely for a while. Between that and having less time these days to write in general, this project has fallen by the wayside for months. I am here to finally submerge myself once more into this wondrous musical universe, however. Before I can jump neck-deep into the nitty-gritty details of the lyrics and everything else though, there's some necessary catching up and contextual work that needs to be done. So let's dig in!

*prognotes – Uneven Structure’s Februus

Have you seen/read The Fountain? If not, you really should. The movie (and the comic book) depict a greyscaled story of consciousness, birth, death and spirituality. It's a sub-genre that's existed on the fringes of science fiction ever since Philip K. Dick wrote Valis and perhaps even before, with the darkly eerie works of H.G. Wells. In any case, these tales draw on the concepts of self-realization, actualization and psychological distress while casting all of these onto a darkly astral landscape. The aesthetic is usually austere, with the colors being utilized to stress extreme moments of passion, realization and growth. From out of the blackness rise spires of color across fantastical palettes, symbolizing inner explosions and revelations. This is exactly the type of aesthetic that informs, creates and makes possible Uneven Structure's 2011 masterpiece, Februus. It's an album which follows the birth and psychodrama of some sort of unspecified entity, from its first steps through adversity and, finally, to freedom and grace through power.

*prognotes: Mastodon’s Crack the Skye, Part III

Welcome to our third and final part of our notes on Mastodon’s Crack the Skye. For any who have just joined us, or if you’re looking for a refresher, don’t hesitate to check out part I and part II from last week. We ended part II having just looked at “The Czar”, and that near 11-minute epic is followed by the magnificent “The Ghost of Karelia.”

*prognotes: The Ocean/Mono’s Transcendental

A split EP brought to us by The Ocean and Mono, Transcendental took Heavy Blog’s EP of the year award for 2015. Despite being an EP featuring artists of differing styles and only two tracks, the record has a runtime of almost 25 minutes and a consistent concept throughout so, without further ado, let’s dig deep into what makes Transcendental so damn good.