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Roundtable Review: Karhide – Remember Remember


Release Date: 2 December 2013

Songs: 7

Length: 31 minutes

Genre: Alternative/post-rock/electronic/instrumental

Studio Albums: Rough Sleep EP 2013, two splits

Location:  Southampton, UK

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Stream of the Week – Zaius – Divided By Tides

a0925384199_2This is something I am going to try to do regularly, but as you know life will more than likely get in the way…more than once. Matt has posted numerous streams in the past in the form of Tales From Bandcamp which I felt I never had time to participate in, so I am going to make time.  There is way too much music out there going unheard and in my world, that’s just sad.  Streams are a great way to share music with you that you can listen to anytime or purchase if you like it that much. This weekly forum for streaming music isn’t taking the place of any other type of stream any one of us might do at any time.  I just wanted to personally single out a band and let you know about them and I thought Friday would be a good day for that.

The first of such bands is called Zaius.   Their three track EP, Divided By Tides was released in April 2013 and is available for purchase (name your price) or stream it at Bandcamp.  I suppose the thing that immediately caught my attention was they left out one crucial element…the vocals.  Yeah, this four-piece based out of Chicago, IL is an instrumental band.  While that may bore some people, I find it a luxury in metal especially since these three tracks pack enough instrumentation that you forget the fact that there is no clean, growling, or screaming of any kind to take away from the intelligence behind this score.  The progressive nature combined with an ambient presence allows the music to sink in and really let your mind wander.  If this was their goal, then I would say mission success.  The music does get a bit heavy from time to time, but nothing that detracts from their more subtle sound.  I think you should check it out.  Go ahead, I dare you.

Check out their facebook page here.

Album Review: Arms Of Tripoli – All The Fallen Embers EP

Despite post-rock’s relatively short 15-year time in the commercial spotlight, the genre has seen a dramatic increase in width and breadth, as many talented musicians make their own mark on the legacy. Sometimes these musicians come together, and the resulting bands make fascinating soundscapes, the likes of which become whispered reverently by acolytes of the genre: Mogwai, Tortoise, Godspeed You! Black Emperor. But what if these musicians were to exist as a collective, contributing around a framework laid out by a core group? This, by way of introduction, is the case with LA quintet-plus-others Arms Of Tripoli and their début All The Fallen Embers EP. Just shy of half an hour, the musicians carve a familiar yet individual style across 6 tracks, naming Tortoise, Shipping News and Rodan as influences.

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Album Review: Amadeus Awad – Time of the Equinox

Lebanese musician Amadeus Awad is a guitarist, lyricist, and composer representing the Middle Eastern rock/metal scene…which I have to say is lacking.  Let’s see if Awad can put his music on the metal/rock map.  His latest album, Time of the Equinox, is loaded with melodic guitar.  It’s no surprise that his listed influences are Joe Satriani, Michael Schenker, Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Richie Blackmore, and David Gilmour.  I guess right on two of these before I saw his list just based on the incredible guitar work I was listening to.  You can easily pick out these influences throughout the 50+ minute album. That’s not to say Awad isn’t creative enough to make his own unique sound.  What I am trying to say is that his music is top-notch caliber work.  He obviously learned well from his influences and honed his craft to perfection; it is evident throughout the entire album.

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Theme Thursday – Fundamental Instrumental

Call it a filler, call it a waste of space, or call it bits and pieces of leftover music.  Better yet, call it art.  However you want to describe an instrumental metal melody, they seem to be part of many artist’s repertoire.  You can usually find an instrumental song at the end of an album or at the beginning and sometimes somewhere in the middle where it seems purposeful.  An instrumental can be used to set up the feel of an album.  Just ask Ensiferum about that, they do it well.  An instrumental can be used to close out an album; a nice subtle way to say “until next time my friends.”  Chimaira’s last two albums were closed out with instrumentals…damn good ones too.

One might think that a prog band is more likely to produce instrumental songs.  Actually, a wide variety of metal genres produce instrumentals some more than others.  Maybe prog tips the scales a bit more than most, but you can find instrumentals in just about any genre even in death metal.   Some bands surprise you with an instrumental.  Check out Megadeth’s Dialectic Chaos off the album Endgame.  Megadeth isn’t a band that mass produces instrumentals.  It was a nice surprise to hear one from them.

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