Hey! Listen to Epectase!

This is one of those albums that just makes you go “oh boy” and we really should have written about it earlier. Astres was released on May 24th via I, Voidhanger Records and when I finally got around to listen to it, it blew my mind. At its core, it’s…

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Kaleidobolt – Bitter

Here is one of the indelible facts of music: as time moves on, that which is considered heavy, experimental, ground breaking, or any other choice of adjective which is used to denote the “novel”, will wear thin its welcome. Progressive and psychedelic rock is a fantastic example. There were days…

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Unnatural Ways – The Paranoia Party

Ava Mendoza might not be a household name but, in certain circles, her name carries a lot of weight. This guitar virtuoso (who first worked on the classic guitar) has worked with the likes of John Zorn, flitting around the avant-garde musical scene, collaborating with many musicians, always bringing her…

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Hey! Listen to We Are Impala

Obsession can be an ugly beast; consuming something over and over again, whether it be just through observation or through a more “active” kind of consumption, can be detrimental to your health. But, like many things, when enjoyed moderately, it can also be a great deal of fun. Musical obsession…

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Hey! Listen to Moths!

As the year nears its death, many emotions can be felt. Rebirth, decline, melancholy, joy, hope, despair, and many more all jostle for metaphorical space in our communal psyche. It can get pretty tiring, the constant narrative noise, year end summaries, retrospectives, and the such. You know what’s a good…

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Post Rock Post – Alters

Alright folks, hold on to your seats because this one is going to get wild. Allow me to introduce you to Alters, an extremely interesting band from Poland. Nominally, their thing is a blend of progressive rock and post rock. The progressive parts take a very distinct influence from one Steven Wilson, with the opening tracks to their most recent album, Dawn, sounding a lot like Porcupine Tree. “Hypnagogia” and, even more so, the self-titled track which open the album have all the unique identifiers you’d associate with this style of progressive rock. The drums are loud, the vocalist seems aloof and depressed, the guitars are influenced by classic progressive rock but with an exceedingly modern sound. So far, so good; things are pleasant and well made, if not totally original or mind-blowing.

The third track, “Klechdawa”, starts in the same manner. Indeed, it goes on in that manner until its mid-point. But then, there’s a break and everything changes.