Hey! Listen to Dragged Under!

2020 is off to a hell of start, with great releases from all across the musical spectrum already and plenty more on the horizon as well. When spoile for choice, it’s often sensible to fall back on old favourites and familiar offerings. However, it’s also often those less expected territories…

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Hey! Listen to Jake Howsam Lowe!

It’s been a while since I found a nu-prog album that really moved past its technicality and I should have known something from The Helix Nebula camp would be the blessed rain to break the drought. Jake Howsam Lowe, who plays guitar for the aforementioned, and excellent, project, released his…

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Release Day Roundup – 1/17/20

Editor’s Note: Longtime reader Remi VL is a regular guest contributor to our Release Day Roundup posts! He submitted several of the albums listed below. Join his Facebook group for more recommendations. Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to our Editors’ Picks column: Friday release days open the floodgates and…

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Hey! Listen to Kassad

In the rapidly populating sea of post-atmospheric-gaze-whatever black metal it usually takes something truly innovative to grab my attention. Kassad doesn’t do anything overwhelmingly unique, experimental or progressive for the post-black metal scene, but by the end of the first track I just had that moment of “okay wow, these…

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Hey! Listen to Orphan Devil

Another day, another excellent traditional heavy metal demo/debut EP! From the very first seconds of Orphan Devil’s demo, I was hooked; that dry, treble heavy guitar tone is something I’m just a sucker for. Add in vocals which make no apology for their influences, kind of like Traveler’s from just…

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Hey! Listen to Greet Death!

Oh boy! New year, new shoegaze! Although I guess this is technically from last year, it doesn’t matter. You should listen to Greet Death. If you’re a music nerd, this is the band you wait for. New Hell is your personal modern masterpiece. It scratches a bunch of personal musical…

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Love Letter to Neil Peart and Rush

Between the Buried and Me. Dillinger Escape Plan. Periphery. Death. Dream Theater. Opeth. Tool. Mastodon. Meshuggah. Protest the Hero. Cynic. Voivod. And so, so, so many others. I could go on ad nauseum but suffice to say, hard rock and heavy metal as we know it would not exist without…

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