Misery Signals – Ultraviolet

It’s difficult for me to find a place to begin, and that’s because I will admit freely and with full transparency that Misery Signals is my favorite band of all time. I would go so far as to say that I might be one of their biggest fans ever, having…

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Protest the Hero – Palimpsest

In prog metal circles, Protest the Hero are held in high regard as being incredibly influential, with at least two albums comfortably sitting in the rank of being outright masterpieces. 2005’s full length debut Kezia was a compelling conceptual record telling the story of the eponymous protagonist being tried and…

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Northlane – Alien

Northlane have been rising through the progressive metalcore ranks with each album they’ve released since 2011. Once they acquired multi-faceted frontman Marcus Bridge in 2015, it seemed the band were destined for new heights. With two studio albums and a live LP dropping since then, the band appeared to be…

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Humanity’s Last Breath – Abyssal

Summertime. The living may be easy, the fish jumping and the cotton high, but Humanity’s Last Breath couldn’t give a shit about that. As Europe is broiled by a particularly ferocious heatwave, the Swedes prepare to deliver a relentless blast of bleak and uncompromising gloom on harsh Scandinavian winds.  Abyssal,…

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Destrage – The Chosen One

All of us have expectations. Whether it’s for your personal life, professional life, or as simple as going to the movies, you have a certain expectation for any given thing. Sometimes you have very high expectations that generally only lead to your disappointment, like taking out a million-dollar loan for…

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Periphery – Periphery IV: HAIL STAN

It’s 2019, and Periphery are untethered by third-party oversight and have complete creative freedom. One would expect, given their memey and not-so-serious aesthetic and progressive-leaning musical nature, that they must have not had much oversight from their previous label Sumerian Records to begin with; after all, much of the music that Periphery were releasing under Sumerian had a paper trail of demos from the Bulb Soundclick demo era of the band, and the output was always super consistent in terms of quality and musical direction, so it was easy to just assume that the band called their own shots.

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Monuments – Phronesis

If there were ever to be a ‘Big Four’ of modern Djent, then Monuments would be one of them. Probably alongside Tesseract, Periphery and Vildhjarta, if you ask me. However, I think we can let those who care about that sort of thing argue about who the precise members of…

The Afterimage – Eve

We all know bands that have difficult roads to their first full-length albums. Sometimes the journey is so difficult that you only see a smattering of singles and EPs materialize. There can be a long period of silence before you see the saddening, “It’s been a great run” social media…

Djent Was A Genre Full Of Great Debuts And Little Else

Djent had an explosive entrance into the world of heavy music, around the start of the decade. It was a truly exciting occurrence, with first-wave acts like Periphery, Animals As Leaders and Cloudkicker filtering the technically-driven progressive sound of acts like Meshuggah, Sikth, and those of the budding “Sumeriancore” movement, into something  altogether more accessible, while still retaining much of their forebears’ technical and progressive edge. Yet, like most new sub-genres, djent quickly devolved into pastiche and gave way to over saturation—perhaps a little bit quicker than most. Djent, it seems, has had a propperly ballistic trajectory, and—in 2017—as its momentum trails off, it’s hard to get excited about this once-promising phenomenon.