Satyr – Locus

I’ve written often about how restraint is important to making the kind of music that goes beyond “just” surface level enjoyment. I usually focus these discussions about restraint when discussing post-rock/metal because those genres tend to have an issue with excess. But they’re far from the only ones; another really…

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Love Letter to Neil Peart and Rush

Between the Buried and Me. Dillinger Escape Plan. Periphery. Death. Dream Theater. Opeth. Tool. Mastodon. Meshuggah. Protest the Hero. Cynic. Voivod. And so, so, so many others. I could go on ad nauseum but suffice to say, hard rock and heavy metal as we know it would not exist without…

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The Anatomy Of – Detach the Islands

One of the most exciting releases of the year, Detach The Island’s The Burden To Become Fact is one of the sleeper-hits of the year, blending the magical mayhem of chaotic post-violence with the stuttering, savage rhythmic battery of math metal. I’ve helped premiere music from the record and written…

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Weeping Skulls – Weeping Skulls

Don’t ever try and argue with someone that grindcore is music. It really isn’t. The genre is forever teetering on being one tin can snare from sounding like a washing machine full of cutlery. The “anti-music” logo exists for a reason, after all. Tonality, melody, harmony… all thrown aside for…

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Hey! Listen to Dividium

Uk based melodic tech-metal band Dividium recently released their latest EP, entitled T.H.R.E.E. Having previously supported such acts as Devin Townsend and Tesseract, this EP sees the band more than ready to break into the mainstream, being chock full of infectious yet technical riffs, singalong choruses and huge grooves. In…