Reviews

'Intrinsic': what lies beneath?

The Contortionist - Intrinsic [Full-length]
July 17, 2012 - eOne / Good Fight Music
9

Looking below the surface is something which comes naturally to most people who listen to progressive music, but The Contortionist are one of those bands who are anchored so far down in todays ocean of sound that you have to really spend some time scouring the sea floor to find any clues as to how they come up with their oddball riffs and grooves, huge, expansive melodies and beautifully catchy clean guitar work, all rounded off with interesting and profound lyrical themes and beautifully crafted dynamics.

'Intrinsic' for the casual listener

The Contortionist - Intrinsic [Full-length]
July 17, 2012 - eOne / Good Fight Music
8

Caught between a seemingly torrential current of music wholly inspired by your favorite technical death metal giants like The Faceless and Necrophagist, a bottomless lyrical theme antiparallel to that of secular humanists Being, and open-water ambient chugging breakdowns like the oft-mimicked Periphery, you will be forced to put this album on repeat; if only, however, to wrap your head around it.

Glass Cloud 'The Royal Thousand'

July 2, 2012 - Basick Records / Equal Vision Records
8

Since I first heard of Glass Cloud back in November last year, I knew this was a band to look out for, if only for the presence among their ranks of 8-stringed evil genius Joshua Travis of The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza. Everyone familiar with his guitarwork knows his innate ability to constantly surprise listeners with driving intrincacies and low-end dark grooves. Co-founder of the band is also former vocalist of Sky Eats Earplane Jerry Roush, a metalcore band that is quite at the antipodes compared to Joshua's main act.

My Perspective on Perspective

May 21, 2012 - Century Media Records
8

So it has finally arrived! The long awaited new EP from TesseracT, and "new" is just applying to the new catalogue of albums begun with their new vocalist Elliot Coleman (Sky Eats Airplane, Zelliack, Of Man Not Of Machine (OMNOM)). The hatred of former vocalist Daniel Tompkins' absence is clear in the thousands of hate filled comments generated by online users who can muster up enough energy to rant for a few sentences about the "good old days" of TesseracT and how "TesseracT sucks because Elliot Coleman is singing in it".

TesseracT in a new perspective

May 21, 2012 - Century Media Records
9

Unplugged, hypnotizing, powerful, moving and groovy are only a few words that spring to mind when analyzing TesseracT's new creation 'Perspective'. This 5-track EP can be perceived as the calm before the storm (read: the follow-up to 2011's 'One'), but more than that, it's a musical experiment inspired by an acoustic session in New York last year. The five-piece left their comfort zone, stripped three known songs of their electric skin and approached them from a new perspective.

TesseracT - Perspective EP

May 21, 2012 - Century Media Records
10

Under new conditions yet still using their same ideals, TesseracT's new EP 'Perspective' stands in a class of its own. The UK based band has had much activity over the past year, including the induction of new vocalist Elliott Coleman. With the acceptance of a new member into the band, many wondered how it would affect their overall sound. 'Perspective' puts all those questions to rest and showcases musical composition in its purest form.

Visions - 'Home'

Visions - Home [Full-length]
July 18, 2011 - Basick Records
9

Visions are a very British Metal band. Their debut full length ‘Home’ combines elements of the best of British Metal since the turn of the century in a style which is tasteful, emotive and dynamic; somewhere between early Architects and SikTh, but perhaps with hints of other European bands like Gojira. These elements are so cleverly fused together that despite the obvious influence of their fellow-countrymen the music feels fresh, new and original, without stepping on anybody else’s toes.

Structures - 'Divided By'

Structures - Divided By [Full-length]
October 25, 2011 - Sumerian Records
6

There’s a problem a lot of people have in the Djent scene. It’s something people don’t really like to talk about; they’re embarrassed about it and think they’re the only ones but it’s actually a very common problem and you can find it in almost any style of music. The problem is this: you like a few Djenty Metalcore or Deathcore bands like Born of Osiris, Veil Of Maya or After The Burial and want to find more without wading through the vast sewers of unoriginal medio-core.

Hypno5e: 'Acid Mist Tomorrow'

Hypno5e - Acid Mist Tomorrow [Full-length]
March 23, 2012 - Season of Mist
9

After the release of 'Des Deux L'une Est L'autre' back in 2007, there were high expectations for this sophomore album of French avant-garde metallers Hypno5e. The unique blend of crunching and ambient sounds shown on their debut effort reaches an even higher level on 'Acid Mist Tomorrow'.

Soul Cycle II: Instrumental Djent at its best

Soul Cycle - Soul Cycle II [Full-length]
April 24, 2012 - Unsigned
8

Soul Cycle's second album, 'Soul Cycle II', is very balls to the walls. It didn't take more than 25 seconds to get me caught in their thread. I listened to the song, 'Against the Iron', and straight away knew I had to download this. An instrumental melodic eargasm from these guys. Every song had me begging for the next. Catchy as all hell riffs and solos shows what you can do with djent music. 'Soul Cycle II' is a delicious 11-track album, released on April 24th 2012.