As I said in the first part of this series, so much great music has been arriving at Metal State this year that it’s impossible to review everything. Yet it would a crime, not merely an omission, if we failed to bring the best of different types of music to your attention. Therefore, here’s another selection of superb bands with new or recent albums that deserve all the attention they can receive.
This episode covers some of the slightly more obscure sub-genres of progressive rock. It’s one of those occasions when I wear my Other Music cap. If you don’t already know, I ostensibly came on board Metal State to review and write about non-metal bands as well as the numerous flavours of metal that tickle my fancy and other parts. We will gloss over the real truth, which is that the Metal State team invited me to join them because I am irresistibly cute and charming, like a favourite garden gnome.
Calling fans of Porcupine Tree and Airbag – if you like them, I believe you’ll like Empty Yard Experiment (EYE) very much too.
EYE is a multinational band that formed in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, in 2006. The line-up is Bojan Preradovic (vocals and rhythm guitar), Mehdi Gr (lead guitar), Kaveh Kashani (bass), Gorgin Asadi (keyboards) and Josh Saldanha (drums, percussion and backing vocals). They’ve opened for big-name bands including Metallica, Evanescence and Anathema.
The band can’t actually be pegged to a single genre such as post rock. That label gives some idea of “sounds like” but they have developed their own, highly evocative and emotive style.
There isn’t a lot of info out there about this internationally blended quartet, so let’s let the music do the talking because with Utopium, the music is what it is all about. The nine-track self-titled album isn’t very long, but the music contained therein is more than enough to alter your mood. Utopium is light on vocals and heavy on their indie/alt rock musicianship. The band has been a way for a while prior to the release of their new album. Utopium formed in the late 90s and released a couple of EPs and full-length albums throughout the years. Their new self-titled work was released 28 April 2014.
For fans of A Place to Bury Strangers, Mogwai, My Bloody Valentine, Slint, The Jesus And Mary Chain…
Length: 17 minutes
Genre: Post rock/metal/electronic
Previous releases: Acadia 2010, Rough Sleep EP 2013, Remember Remember EP 2013, two splits
Location: Southampton, UK
Recommended for fans of: Pelican, Jesu, Mogwai, Russian Circles, Mono
Description: A while ago we reviewed one man project Karhide’s previous release and I loved it, it certainly left me wanting more. I didn’t have to wait long; all of a sudden another Karhide promo turned up! I have to say, this EP was a nice surprise. It’s just as good, if not better than the last one. Its heavier and faster nature will most likely be more appealing to other metalheads as well.
Release Date: December, 2013
Length: 54 minutes
Genre: Post rock
Studio Albums: 1 previous album
Release Date: 21 February 2014
Length: 48 minutes
Genre: Post Rock / Math Rock
Studio Albums: All the Fallen Embers (EP)
Location: Los Angeles, USA