Hey! Listen to Etherius!

Etherius are for everyone who claims to love Dream Theater but whinges about James LaBrie. Instrumental music has grown in popularity since the rise of the tech-metal scene. Yet, rather than the dexterous whiddlings of Animals as Leaders or Polyphia , this New Jersey quartet throw back to the classic progressive…

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Them Moose Rush – Dancing Maze

As a reviewer, some of the most entertaining bands to cover have an eclectic list of apparent influences. It’s fun to flex my rolodex of bands and genres to describe an artist’s sound. More importantly, they tend to produce some of the most unique, creative music in their respective genre(s).…

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Hail Spirit Noir – Eden In Reverse

With music, as in every facet of life, expectation creates a breeding ground for disappointment. Albums often clear the bar fans continuously raise, of course, but they can also hit it straight on or miss the mark entirely. I’m not suggesting that we can’t hold the artists we love to…

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Katatonia – City Burials

Music teaches us many lessons but the lesson which possibly resounds the hardest is that nothing good can last. We watch celebrated careers wither away into money-grabbing husks on a yearly basis. The music lives on but the people who made it, mortals all, die and fade away. Entire genres…

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Lesoir – Mosaic

Among the small pleasures of listening to music, it’s satisfying when an album title perfectly encapsulates the narrative played out in the track list. Such is the case with Lesoir’s fifth album Mosaic, a collage of art rock and prog highlighted by a theatrical delivery and themes of mystic whimsy.…

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Spell – Opulent Decay

Of all the genres to augment and splice with new varieties, good ol’ heavy metal seems to be the one that escapes the creative mutations most often. It makes sense. If a heavy metal-augmented style becomes “too” anything, that retro flavor seems to fade the fastest. It’s suddenly no longer…

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EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Massachusetts Alternative/Prog-Rock Quartet I Was Awake Has The Cure For What Ails You In New Video for “Collectors”

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing I Was Awake twice to date. The first time was with Appalaches, Deer Leap and West Meets Wess at an ultra-dive basement bar in Boston that misspelled the former band as “Apple Ashes” on their show flyer, and featured an often-sleeping sound guy sporting…

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Ground Patrol – Geophone

Since I passed my 5-year mark with Heavy Blog late last year, I’ve been reflecting on my own philosophies on and experiences with music. Formally reviewing music has been a significant hobby of mine for at least a decade across multiple channels. With this being my third review of a…

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