Intervals – The Way Forward

After putting behind him the heavily djent-infused sound of Intervals’s first two Eps, and the foray into vocal experimentation of A Voice Within, Marshall truly hit his stride with 2015’s The Shape of Colour. Now, Intervals are back with another saccharine sojourn into the world of guitar wizardry. But does it…

Meliorist – II

We’ve been exploring the borders around nu-prog for a while now; ever since the genre started generating interest, in the last five years or so, it has been apparent that the rotation rate within it would be high. This can be attributed to nu-prog being a genre which relies heavily…

PHOTOS: Animals As Leaders, Intervals, Plini—November 16th, 2016 @ The Commodore, Vancouver, BC & November 25th, 2016 @ Bottom Lounge, Chicago, IL

Washington D.C.’s purveyors of instrumental djent, Animals As Leaders, have vigorously toured across Europe and North America in 2016 to not merely sharpen their prowess on stage, but to promote their then-upcoming release of their latest record, The Madness of Many. The Madness of Many “shows promise and potential for…

Every Piece Matters – Why Plini Represents The Best Of Nu-Prog

We’re here to talk about Plini and why his music should be the blueprint for this growing genre. The reasons are many and, while chronology isn’t that good of a reason, it might do to first mention that he’s had his name on releases going as far back as 2011. His own releases, along 2013-2015, were tasteful, imaginative sojourns into well defined and enticing musical places. These set some of the main tropes of the genre, including the overall sleek yet colorful aesthetic surrounding the music. But what is it about Plini that makes him rise above the rest? In a growing genre that’s already often sounding stale and repetitive, how does he manage to make music which is distinctly his and is interesting to boot? That’s the purpose of this article, to examine Plini’s appeal and strength of delivery and perhaps, along the way, take a good, hard look at nu-prog and all it has yet to learn.

The Jazz Club Vol. 9 – BADBADNOTGOOD // IV

Way back in 2015, Nick, Ryan and Scott kicked off Jazz Club with an in-depth discussion of Kamasi Washington’s phenomenal album The Epic, easily the greatest jazz album of that year and (arguably) the decade thus far. We’ve ventured in different themes since then though, opting for discussions ranging from current events (Ornette Coleman’s passing) to genre starter kits. Today we’re back with a conversation focused exclusively on a recent release that many of us view as a potential jazz AOTY for 2016. This time, Nick jumps aboard with Jazz Club dynamic duo Scott and Jimmy Two for a dissection of IV, the latest offering from Canadian quartet and overall jazz powerhouse BADBADNOTGOOD. The band has leveraged hip-hop, electronic music and jazz to create some of the most exciting music in the genre, so needless to say, we were stoked to see what their fourth proper release had to offer.

PHOTOS: Intervals, Plini, Angel Vivaldi, Save Us From The Archon, Outrun The Sunlight—March 29th, 2016 @ Reggie’s, Chicago, IL

Can you ever really have too many instrumental prog bands on a single tour? The Shape of Colour Tour truly aimed to find out, as we were bombarded with riff after proggy riff with the now fully-instrumental Intervals, the pleasant and airy stylings of Plini, shred maestro Angel Vivaldi, and…

The Happening 2016: Fallujah Drop ‘The Void Alone’

Ladies and gentlemen, hold on to your figurative metal seatbelts: the Fallujah’ing is upon us. Ever since they shuffled their deck of influences on their previous release, The Flesh Prevails, the community has been keeping its dirty, bloodshot eyes on these guys. For better or for worse, their new-fangled vibe caught us all by the jugular and forced us to look as a whole sub-genre was birthed before our eyes. Well, the guys are back and if you thought that they were done, you’re sorely mistaken. Head on over the jump to hear the first single, “The Void Alone”, from their upcoming album, Dreamless. Expect brightness, retrowave influences and just a hint of nu-prog. Yeah, see you there.

The Saxophone: A Heavy Blog User’s Guide

It seems that as more heavy and progressive bands seek to experiment and differentiate themselves from the herd, they’ve been turning more often to adding in outside influences and instruments, with jazz and sax being at the forefront, which, at face value, is great! Like any other tool though, you have to know how to wield and implement it properly or it simply doesn’t work, and that seems to be what we’re faced with currently: a glut of saxophone solos and parts in metal and prog that exist primarily for the novelty of hearing a saxophone in unexpected places rather than using them in ways that actively connect to and enhance the music around them. This isn’t so much a guide to music and bands that use sax particularly well or poorly (though I will use examples from time to time), but more so a crash course in what the instrument can actually do and some best practices for using it. School’s in session, and you can call me Professor Sax (please don’t actually do this; Mr. Sax will suffice).