Blog Archives

Mammal’s most recommended new albums: Core


Main categories 2

Two-thirds of the way through the year, I find that the four unreviewed ’core releases I’ve enjoyed the most were all issued in the opening months of 2015. There have been many other good ’core albums in our Inbox, but these are the ones that call to me most sweetly. Two of the four are EPs, not full albums, which goes to show yet again that quality matters much more than quantity in music.

As always, my picks are sub-genres of the melodious and experimental ilk. That doesn’t mean I’m soppy, it reveals that I’m half hippie.

The albums and EPs are listed alphabetically by name of the artist. Any rating of 4 or more on Metal State equates to “Geez, gotta have this!”

Read the rest of this entry

Advertisements

Album Review: Cyclamen – Ashura


a0548267115_10

Challenging, heavy, unpredictable and fun. One of my favourite releases this year. 

.

Release Date: October 13, 2013 on their own label Realising Media

Tracks: 10

Length: 35 minutes

Genre: Not easy to describe. Experimental, prog/math metal, post-rock

Previous releases: Split EP 2009, debut album Senjyu 2010,  Memories, Voices EP 2012

Recommended for fans of:  Challenging, interesting, unpredictable music

Description: On Cyclamen’s Bandcamp page it says: DIY-To-The-Core and I get a sense that those words were written with a feeling of great pride and accomplishment. After hearing the new album and seeing Cyclamen live (and meeting them after the show, such great people!), I understand why. This is a fascinating and very different album, with influences from things and places I can only imagine in my mind.

Read the rest of this entry

What’s Cookin’ In The Inbox (16 Aug 13)


12432558-new-email-message-in-the-inbox-concept-on-white-backgroundFor this edition of What’s Cookin’ in the Inbox, I am bringing you more bands than ever before.  It has been a busy summer for new music both signed and unsigned.  I was always under the impression summers we slow, but 2013 is proving otherwise.  I think I have an eclectic mix for your listening pleasure this time around.  We’ve got bands from all over this pretty blue planet and without further delay, let’s let the music do the talking and start off our journey with a band from Minsk.  Enjoy!

Read the rest of this entry