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Album Review: TesseracT – Altered State


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Your assumption brings to a conclusion of no consequence.
And I refuse to play into your hands for your appeal.”

– Of Matter: Retrospect

A band that makes progressive music has the freedom to be whatever they want. Progressive bands can and should experiment and break boundaries to reach their musical vision. The members of TesseracT were not afraid to do this and took a road less traveled with this album; they once again created something fresh and unexpected (no, I’m not only talking about the saxophone solo) in a sub-genre that has become saturated with unoriginal bands. ‘Altered State’ is a confirmation of their remarkable talent when it comes to creating strong musical structures combined with an intense and emotional atmosphere. If you are a fan of progressive rock/metal and bands like Anathema, Pain of Salvation, Periphery, Karnivool or Tool this album might be interesting to you. The first single ‘Of Mind: Nocturne’ was out already in October last year and it has been a long wait for one of my most anticipated releases of the year.

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Mik’s Top 50 – Intros That Instantly Grab My Attention #25-26


#26 Spawn of Possession – The Evangelist

”Sleeping pills can keep one drowsy, shut out the angst and feel but nothing. Yet to find total closure for terrors of the past, a saddened man now entered the hospital at last”

This intro is filled with energy from the start and makes me want to stand up and play along on my fancy air-guitar. The ridiculously fast and technical riffs and melodies are quite a challenge to follow, but it makes the song so good!

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Videos of the Week: Scarlet, Bohemian Rhapsody (Puscifer Version), and Secular Haze


blinking-ketchup-and-mustard-bottlesI guess you can call this the week of what the actual fuck did I just watch videos.  Less for Ghost’s, err, sorry, Ghost B.C., new video for “Secular Haze” which I just find hella neat, but the other 2, there had to be some kind of drug consumption when planning those out and putting them together.

First up is Periphery’s new video for “Scarlet” off of Periphery II (which I am kind of warming up to after giving it another spin after watching this video).  At first I thought it was going to be a neat, high production sci-fi stuff, with a slightly tongue-in-cheek style (how they opened the spaceship door cracked me up).  As soon as I saw that the spaceship the band was traveling on was in the shape of one of those mustard bottles you find at your local burger shop (not McDonalds, but the good Mom and Pop ones) or diner, slightly tongue-in-cheek was thrown out the window for ludicrous speed, this video is going plaid.  So, without spoiling too much before you watch it cause the WTF factor is half the fun, I just need to ask, mustard or ketchup?  Also, best waste of a record labels advance for a music video since Red Fang and current early leader for #1 video of the year.

Next up is Maynard James Keenan and the band he’s putting too much time into instead of getting that Tool record fans have been clamoring about, for what, more than a decade now.  Puscifer’s rendition of quite possibly the most famous song ever recorded is a very straight take on “Bohemian Rhapsody”.  Maynard’s voice sounds great and fit’s the song well, and the harmonies are done excellently.  But how bout that video.  Using a classic film I can’t name or recognize (but I probably should) Maynard and some chubby dude’s, John Wayne Gacy?, heads are superimposed on the actors.  It’s pretty creepy, and it’s all down hill from there.  If people staring into your soul with a rapist’s gaze while eating eggs disquiets you, you’ve been warned.  Anywho, great and very creative video, just the way I like ’em.

Lastly we have the new video from Ghost for you.  Much less on the WTF factor and has performance footage of the band.  But unlike most performance videos, this one fits the band quite well as they choose for a kind of 70s American Bandstand backdrop that matches that retro sound of the band.  I also got a chuckle that this was released at the same time as the pope’s resignation.  And I don’t know about you, but I am totally hyped for when the new Ghost album lands in March, and this tune just reaffirms my hype.

Concert Review: Dream Theater – Wembley Arena – London


Dream Theater graced London’s Wembley Arena last night (10 Feb 2012). My 5th experience with them was nothing less than astonishing. This also marks the first time I see the band with new drummer Mike Mangini…the dude is a monster! This was also a special treat for me because my companion for the night was my 8-year old son who…totally got into it! Though he did get tired later in the night, can’t blame him it was a late night for him. Today I am listening to Dream Theater and he is remembering what he heard last night. Man, that shit brings a tear to my eye…metalheads in the making 😉

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Themed Thursday-An Introduction to Djent



About a month ago I finally decided to take a look into this strange word that has been popping up all over the place on various metal blogs and sites.  That odd word is “Djent”.  Is it a genre?  Is it a style?  Is it a sound?  Well after a bit of good ol’ online research I have found that is a combination of those 3 questions.  It is an umbrella genre that is used to classify a style of music that uses specific techniques to create distinct sounds.  The music within this “Djent” genre is very diverse going from very graceful to very aggressive often being a mix of the two. While all the music within this new-found genre are often quite different from each other they share 2 main things in common: a focus on percussive sounds and a love for the technical side of things(before the genre term was coined you could say that much of the music contained within would be considered progressive or math metal).

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Video of the Week – Icarus Lives


The only reason I know of this band is because I have heard of them associated with the term “djent” which is completely new to me.  I also heard of this band because they are the openers for the Dream Theater concert I will be attending in Feb 2012.   After checking out some of Periphery’s music on YouTube, I feel this is a perfect complement to open a Dream Theater show.  Periphery is much like Dream Theater in many ways, but a bit more edgy.  This is going to make for a night of seriously good music.  I thought you would enjoy Icarus Lives especially if Periphery is an undiscovered band in your music repertoire.  I hope you have a great weekend.  Enjoy!