Label: Lorna Vista Records (USA), Spinefarm/Rise Above (Europe)
Release Date: Aug. 21st, 2015
Genre: Doom Metal/Psychedelic Rock/Pop
Studio Albums: Opus Eponymous, Infestissumam
Location: Linköping, Sweden
Release Date: 24 Jul 2015
Length: 64 Minutes
Genre: Thrash/Power/Progressive Metal
Studio Albums: Symphony X (1994); The Damnation Game (1995); The Divine Wings of Tragedy (1997); Twilight in Olympus (1998); V: The New Mythology Suite (2000); The Odyssey (2002); Paradise Lost (2007); Iconoclast (2011).
Location: NJ, United States
Ever so rarely an album comes by that encapsulates the soul band. From a group’s particular style to even their namesake, these albums showcase all that is and has propelled them into the leaders of their genres. Seventh Son of a Seventh Son from Iron Maiden, Pelagial by The Ocean, and Panopticon by Isis are some examples of records that lay in this very small group with both fan and critical praise being forever lauded upon them. But the big daddy of them all belongs to Scenes from a Memory by Dream Theater. It is of my opinion that no other album sums up a band as perfectly as that record does. The music connected to the narrative, the ‘dream’, which is played out through the album, the ‘theater’, is executed so perfectly and passionately I had never thought no other album could ever achieve the multitude of musical accomplishments as deftly as it has done. That is until Between the Buried and Me unleashed their latest record, Coma Ecliptic, unto the masses for me to listen, absorb, and consume ravenously.
Release Date: 7 April 2015
Length: 54 minutes
Genre: Progressive Folk Metal
Studio Albums: Olden Tales & Deathly Trails (2012)
Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Here’s a fun one for you guys. Parts sword swinging, beer swilling folk metal, nut crunching death and black metal, parts Opeth-ian prog dynamics, and parts shatteringly beautiful nature metal. Pretty much, for me, everything this record does check off on my unwritten list of this that make me love a record.
I really don’t have much to say other than I just wanted to make you all aware of this kick-ass batch of tunes. Great songwriting that is brutal, beautiful, and above all, absolutely fun to listen to over and over again. Well worth the 7 clams. Fans of Opeth, Ensiferum, Turisas, and Eluvetie should not skip this one. Don’t think, trust me, buy it!!!!!
Give it a spin and let us know what you thought.
Label: Nuclear Blast
Release Date: 6 March 2015
Length: 54 minutes
Genre: Extreme prog/Viking/black metal
Studio Albums: 11 previous
Location: Bergen, Norway
It always soothes my soul when I come across a chunk of proggy, shoegaze-y post-metal that has a truly original sound to it. For as much as I like the genre, I have to admit lots of themes do tend to get rehashed and repeated. Build up, crescendo, trippy section, atmosphere, atmosphere, rinse and repeat (not necessarily in that order). Here we have the newly released record Far Above the Pines by one man band Dust Sculptures, and while he does follow the structure a bit, there’s something about his sound that feels unique to the genre. Maybe its the weird electronic sections, the heartfelt clean vocals, the emotional punch of the heavier bits,or that melancholic atmosphere that somehow allows just enough light through to make the whole thing feel really uplifting. Whatever it is, this album is unlike anything I’ve heard before.
If you fancy bands like Isis, Deafheaven, Porcupine Tree/Steven Wilson, Skyharbor, Pink Floyd, or *shels I really recommend giving this record a listen even though none of those bands sound remotely like the album in this post. As always, if you like what you hear, be a great human being and toss the artist some spare change and buy a download of the album, and be even more super by sharing the recommendation with friends you think will dig the music. Let me know what you think of Dust Sculptures down in the comments. Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!
Album Review: Blind Guardian – Imaginations From The Other Side
Release Date: April 5th, 1995
Length: 1 hour 8 minutes
Genre: Power Metal
Studio Albums: 9 plus 1 compilation album
Location: Krefeld, Germany
A concept band that plays proggy sludge metal about slugs. How novel. And like most novel things, I’m all about checking stuff like that out. What else I’m all about, when a record/band with a novel concept turns out to be freaking great and flat-out kicks some metal ass. Packed with elephantine riffs, slimy solos, viscous rhythms, and pissed off vocals this record is turning out to be one of the more interesting, varied, and engaging records I’ve heard this year. At times it sounds like Revocation played through a pool of sludge, at others kind of a blackened Mastodon; always kicking ass. Oh, and those song names and lyrics, genius!
If you’re hankering for something cool to listen to, do yourself a favor and give Gastronomicon a spin, I promise you won’t be dissappointed. The record is also ‘pay what you want’ if you happen to be on a budget (though, even if you’re poor as dirt, you’ll be cool enough to toss the band a few bucks instead of nothing, right? Right!?). Enjoy some Slugdge 🙂 Peace Love and Metal!!!!!
Album Review: Fallujah – The Flesh Prevails
Label: Unique Leader Records
Release Date: July 22nd, 2014
Genre: Progressive Death Metal
Studio Albums: Leper Colony (EP – 2009), The Harvest Wombs (2011), Nomadic (EP – 2013)
Location: CA, USA