Exclusivo ad absurdum: Stream Instrumental (Adj.)’s New EP

Australia’s musical scene seems to know no bounds, and, thanks to the talents and efforts of people like Lachlan of Art as Catharsis, they are spread to the outside world. Case in point: I have the pleasure of introducing you to the entirety of Reductio ad absurdum, the upcoming EP from Sydney trio Instrumental (Adj.). The three have made quite a few waves on the Internet when they released their surprising and fresh debut A Series of Disagreements. It was short, but it overflowed with clever musical ideas and precise execution. It was jazzy, progressive, aggressive, mathematical, and, most of all, I couldn’t get enough of listening to it.

Connecting the Dots: Cynic

Welcome to another edition of Connecting the Dots, and today we will be focusing on one of the most influential extreme metal bands of all time – none other than the legendary Cynic! Evidence of their influence is clear from the artists we speak with, for members of Ne Obliviscaris,…

Beyond the Veil: Twelve-Tone Technique

For this week’s Beyond the Veil, I’ll be your substitute teacher. We’re going to look into twelve-tone technique, also called dodecaphony and twelve-tone serialism. It’s a technique used in some of today’s more “intellectual” metal writing. It’s a useful knowledge to possess, as it can add colour to your compositional palette and help you grow as a musician and as a listener as well. So, let’s lift the veil of obscurity on twelve-tone serialism, and let me introduce you to this technique, listeners and musicians alike!

19 – feat. Jimmy Pitts and Tom “Fountainhead” Geldschlager

We have two very special guests today! Jimmy Pitts and Tom “Fountainhead” Geldschlager, who are involved in so many projects that it’s kind of ridiculous. Between them, they’ve worked with Christian Muenzner, Hannes Grossmann, Obscura, Spastic Ink, Scholomance, Nader Sadek, Cerebric Turmoil and many more. Jimmy’s currently playing keyboards for Muenzner’s power metal band Eternity’s End, and him and Tom are currently crowd funding the Pitts Minneman Project’s new album, The Psychic Planetarium on Indiegogo. Top notch prog metal/jazz fusion. We invited them over to have a chat about their projects, but of course it all devolves into talking about a whole slew of topics, and we had a great time!

Really Old Metal Is Actually Pretty Mindblowing

Nowadays, it seems everyone is interested in the newest, most interesting music. The Contortionist have upped the amount of complexity in their new album to 11. Between the Buried and Me have a 15 minute song on their latest album that is a journey across genres spanning countless riffs. But…

Holy Cow! Blotted Science Signed To Basick Records

As if we needed another reason to adore Basick Records, they’ve announced today that they’ve signed instrumental prog metal band Blotted Science. If you aren’t familiar with this band, then take a peek at this short bio and get excited: Featuring the insanely talented guitarist/evil genius Ron Jarzombek (WATCHTOWER, TERRESTRIAL…

Blotted Science Tease New Album

So, Ron Jarzombek’s instrumental tech death project Blotted Science have an upcoming EP called The Animation of Entomology. For the uninformed, the band consists of Ron Jarzombek of Watchtower and Spastic Ink fame on guitars, Cannibal Corpse bassist Alex Webster and now Hannes Grossmann of ex-Necrophagist and currently of Obscura on drums! If…