Reviews

Brilliant, not only a great Periphery release, GREAT Music

Periphery - Clear [Other]
January 28, 2014 - Sumerian Records
10
10

Great tunes and great vibes. The music is surrounded by a positive vibe, pretty hard to describe but after listening to this music in the morning, you can't simply have a bad/sad day.
One of the cool aspects: the EP is definitely not a Misha-djenty centered release; each song was written by a different member.
It's not just a collective effort, it's also a good way to discover individual talent.
And, guess what? There are a lot of complementary talents here!

My ranking would be:

Mace-DO(wnload)-nia

350teric - Ritual [EP]
December 11, 2013 - self-released
9
9

Well what can i say?! WOW!! This new album "Ritual" is absolutely sick. It's got great rhythms, catching leads and some solid drumlines. 350teric has released a truly great EP!!

Track 1: Majka Zemja has a really exotic feel to it with use of some sweeping synth and clean guitars, a real heart felt piece which opens the album up brilliantly.

Fantastic EP with roots in Tech Death such as Necrophagist

Aethere - Demons [EP]
November 7, 2013 - unknown
9
9

Aethere has managed to forge an extremely heavy, well-executed and beautiful mix of Technical Death Metal in the likes of Necrophagist or Beyond Creation and Djent. It feels like a journey, steamrolling down a mountain in the most brutal and relentless vessel one can dream of, crushing everything in its path and crumbling the landscape itself.

The Last Days Of Mankind - Preserve

November 1, 2013 - unknown
8
8

Southeast London metallers 'The Last Days Of Mankind' made their way onto the scene early this year and have already left their mark on the technical metal community with a constant update of their creative songs. These updates don't only show something new for them each time, but also something new for the technical metal scene as a whole.

Humanity's Last Breath

September 24, 2013 - Rogue Records America
7
7

Humanity’s Last Breath can be described as a hybrid of Vildhjarta’s atmospheric riffs, and The Acacia Strain's vocals circa 2006 – which, considering that Vildhjarta is practically the lovechild of Meshuggah and Opeth, is a pretty impressive and rare find.

Circles - Infinitas

Circles - Infinitas [Full-length]
October 14, 2013 - Basick Records
8
8

An abundance of technical riffs, electronic embellishments, and rhythmic syncopation that’s bound to impress any musical being from one aspect or another.

Progressive metal fans are, alas, treated to the release of Australian band Circles' debut album, 'Infinitas'! It’s been a long time coming from the band’s beginnings in 2010 - which saw their 'Prelude' EP quickly find it’s way to the audio devices of many music-loving Melburnians. A few more releases, international tours; and we have ourselves a set of tunes that are well-worth the wait.

Novallo - Novallo E.P. Review

Novallo - EP [EP]
September 1, 2012 - unsigned
9
9

Introduction

Let me be clear about this, this band is almost out of the system. Their Facebook page is cancelled, no website and just this EP on Bandcamp. Yes, they are hard to come by, but when I found this, sometime at the end of January 2013, I was completely blown away. At the time, I was relatively new to the Djent scene, knowing just a couple of bands, Periphery and Corelia among them and even now, after months of digging for new bands, they still sound incredible.

This should be heard!

Rook - Unfinity [EP]
July 7, 2013 - Unsigned
9
9

I stumbled across this release originally on SSO and thought I would give it a listen based on the fact the the artist is always helpful to people in the community there. I was pleasantly surprised with both the production and the compositions.

Mouth of Swords - The Safety Fire

September 2, 2013 - Inside Out Music
9
9

Let me start by saying one of the first things that attracted me to The Safety Fire was their unique blend of Indie, metal and progressive. Aside from having well groomed mustaches and a great fashion sense, these gentlemen hailing from London are superb musicians. Mouth of Swords, their sophomoric followup to Grind the Ocean, continues their progression as a band while still maintaining there signature sound.

A Lustrous Release

Hateure - A Lustrous Danseur [Full-length]
January 2013 - Unsigned
10
10

I'll start by stating I honestly think many people who AREN'T from the Philippines probably haven't heard of these guys. After stumbling into this band, I have to say they're a pretty interesting find.