Bent Knee – You Know What They Mean

Energetic. It’s probably one of the most amorphous concepts we use when speaking about music (and, let’s be honest, we use plenty of those). It is used to denote a sense of immediacy, urgency, and power in music, usually describing music that’s very direct, loud, and often fast. However, this isn’t always the case; energetic music can also be very abstract and atmospheric, droning passages that grab you by the throat with their hauntings, arresting ethereal passages that leave you raw, or acoustic tracks that twist their fingers around your heart and squeeze. At the end of the day, “energetic”…

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The Anatomy Of – Caustic Casanova

From the first time I listened to Caustic Casanova’s God How I Envy the Deaf (from which we premiered a track recently), I knew I wanted to run an Anatomy Of segment with them. The album is a veritable smorgasbord of influences, styles, and approaches, all culminating in a fast, fickle, and furious album, punchy in all the right ways. What kind of influences go into the pot which makes this broth? Would those choices be “obvious” and translate clearly into the sounds and ideas which ended up on the album? Funnily enough, the choices not only “made sense” but…

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Atlantean Kodex – The Course of Empire

The sound of epic doom has fallen by the wayside a bit. Scores of upcoming bands heed the clarion call of 80’s/90’s revivalism within metal and new groups are churning out excellent death metal, speed metal, and heavy metal albums by the minute. Dormant giants reawaken as Cirith Ungol and Demilich decide to play a few more shows before truly calling it quits. But the branch of metal’s family tree that has given us such incredible fruit as Solstice and Solitude Aeternus, not to mention the legendary Candlemass, seems to be withering. That’s not to say there are none who…

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Dysrhythmia – Terminal Threshold

The best part about bands with a completely unique identity is the way they not only differentiate themselves from other groups, but from their own sound with each subsequent release. This trait applies directly to Dysrhythmia and the vast field of other projects involving Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Vaura) and Colin Marston (Behold the Arctopus, Gorguts, Krallice). Along with drummer Jeff Eber, the trio have consistently churned out intricate compositional webs pulling primarily from math rock and prog metal. Essentially, if Primus played instrumental Death covers, it would probably sound a lot like Dysrhythmia’s back catalog. The band have consistently twisted…

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