Monday, October 18

Tag: Progressive Metal

(Album Review) “Omega Kaleid” by Gizmachi
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(Album Review) “Omega Kaleid” by Gizmachi

Founded in 1996 (oh my goodness they're the same age as me!) Gizmachi grew to make a name for themselves among the local Orange County, NY, hardcore/metal scene. The band have an interesting backstory. The band caught the eyes and ears of Slipknot percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan and signed to his label, Big Orange Clown (a subsidiary of Sanctuary Records) for the release of their debut, The Imbuing, in 2005. From 2005-2006, GIZMACHI spent time on the road supporting The Imbuing, including high profile festivals such as Ozzfest and Rock AM Ring in Europe before going on an extended 16-year hiatus. Following their break, the band GiZmAcHi have returned with a powerful new album in 'Omega Kaleid'. Opening with 'Winter', I'm greeted with a clean guitar lead and soaring vocal line. It's i...
(Album Review) “IV – Revelation” by GOD
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(Album Review) “IV – Revelation” by GOD

God IV – Revelation Review This 22-track release is available completely free of charge! But fans may support if they wish. The progressive metallers have a unique twist with their instrumentation through their use of bass guitars. The number of tracks by God represent the 22 chapters of the Book of Revelation in the Holy Bible. “The album takes you on a cinematic, thematic, progressive metal journey in many styles of metal from the opening chapter of Revelation, to the fall of Lucifer, the depths of Hell and the Abyss, the antichrist, to judgement and absolute death in the Lake of Fire – The Second Death, to the grandeur of the Messiah, His throne, the Book Of Life and the finality of Eternity itself.” Revelation gently immerses the listener into the album. The tones and texture...
(Single Premiere) “Mercurial Inventions” by FIGHT THE TORNADO
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(Single Premiere) “Mercurial Inventions” by FIGHT THE TORNADO

Releasing on Friday 29th May, Mercurial Inventions is the new single from progressive metallers Fight The Tornado. Hailing from the UK, Fight The Tornado combine progressive metal and djent with a wide variety of external musical influences. Mercurial Inventions brings an atmospheric blend of synths and strings before hitting in with heavy seven-string guitars. The mixture of Lindzi’s clean and Jonny’s harsh vocals are used to convey the mixed feelings that someone experiences once they realized they have been betrayed, with the more melodic chorus and bridge expressing more melancholic aspects. The single releases with a lyric video ahead of the release of their debut EP, Maelstrom of Thought, which lands on 26th June 2020. The six-track EP goes on a journey of the mind, explor...
(Album Review) “All Birds Deserve to Fly” by KADIMA
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(Album Review) “All Birds Deserve to Fly” by KADIMA

All Birds Deserve To Fly is the debut album from Kadima, the brainchild of Seattle-based guitarist Aidan Israel. The album is deeply conceptual born from Aiden’s personal experiences with mental illness and his beliefs. "‘All Birds Deserve to Fly’ is a concept album detailing mental health struggles and my spiritual connection to Judaism,” says Israel. “When one writes music, they’re meant to rip themselves open and expose themself to the world. The concept of KADIMA is meant to guide our light to a new level of spiritual understanding and wisdom. I am beyond honored to share this with you all as it truly means the world to me.” Here and Where, opening with a spoken word section performed by Aiden, gently draws the listener into the intimate emotional aspects of this album; it immedi...
(Concert Review)  SONS OF APOLLO Live at Gramercy Theater in New York, New York (2/6/2020)
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(Concert Review) SONS OF APOLLO Live at Gramercy Theater in New York, New York (2/6/2020)

They say talent begets talent. When you start with a core of extremely talented musicians they tend to work with likeminded and like-talented artists.This is especially true when it comes to the members of Sons Of Apollo. After recently releasing their sophomore album MMXX a few short weeks ago, the band went out for a short tour. I was lucky enough to catch the Sons of Apollo show at the lovely Gramercy Theater in NYC. Show openers Mass Extinction Event were a showcase of guitar sweeps and arpeggios not seen this side of Yngwie Malmsteen. More interestingly both guitarists play lefthanded.   Kicking off support was Tony MacAlpine. I have to say this was a particular highlight for me having never seeing him live before. And like SOA, Tony surrounds himself with some GREAT musici...