Posted by Irmelinis
Release Date: 2 December 2013
Length: 31 minutes
Studio Albums: Rough Sleep EP 2013, two splits
Location: Southampton, UK
Posted by RiffRaff
A lot of times when I would rock out to some Dream Theater in the car with my friends that weren’t familiar with the band, or prog in general, they would often say that DT sounded like video game music. IMO, they couldn’t be more wrong and I was always quick to elaborate my opinion on that. But that did make me wonder, what if DT actually did make music for video games (the 8/16-bit ones), what would it sound like? Well, I think I found my answer to that question on Bandcamp.
Chiptune artist C-jeff has created himself quite the masterpiece in Preschtale. Taking heavy influences from the aforementioned Dream Theater as well as Pink Floyd this album creates some wonderful spacy soundscapes that flow between the chill and groovy to the heavy and hard-hitting to dark and foreboding. Seriously, if Nintendo ever gets around to finally making a quality Metroid game again they need to hire this guy to write the music. It doesn’t take long for the record to kick into full gear and you will quickly forget that the majority of this music was made using old video game systems and a computer. If you’re in the mood for something different and very ‘proggy’ do check this record out and grab yourself a copy (it’s ‘pay what you want’). Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!
Posted by RiffRaff
Floating somewhere in between post-metal, electronica, and groove metal Belgian band Stories From the Lost have crafted quite an excellent record in their latest release, For Clouds. The beautiful ambient sections spearheaded by electronic atmospheres interplay with the build up and release we have all come to love post-metal for. And in those releases big fat groovy riffs punctuated with punchy and hard-hitting rhythms create a unique dynamic rarely heard in post-whatever bands. Being nearly void of all vocals, the songs on the record do an excellent job of painting these sci-fi-ish landscapes that bring images of a futuristic city now in ruins now covered with brightly colored flora and fauna (if you ever played that game Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, exactly that). If you fancy yourself a fan of bands like *shels, Isis, and Russian Circles definitely give For Clouds a listen (and the album is free, so grab a download of it while you’re at it). Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!
Label: Dunk Records