Ben Kuettel

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Last Active 02-23-17 10:04 am
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Soen Lykaia
Soen continue to find their own voice through Lykaia. With many of their contemporaries changing musical direction or halting progress altogether, it's encouraging to hear a new band provide an excellent contribution to progressive metal. Soen used to wear their influences on their sleeve, but have impressively been moving away from this trend and are sounding more original. Lykaia might sound like Opeth, Riverside, or even Pink Floyd at times, but maintains a distinct voice and stands as an impressive, well above average album for fans of Tool, Katatonia, and other similar groups.
Soen Tellurian
Soen Cognitive
David Bowie No Plan
Riverside Eye of the Soundscape
Riverside emerge from the ashes of tragedy with a compilation double-album of instrumental explorations: some old, some new. Past successes "Rapid Eye Movement" and "Rainbow Box" are treated with remixes, and arguably surpass the originals. Ambient bonus tracks of the previous two albums are included as well. As if all of this content wasn't enough for a tantalizing compilation, four new tracks are also present. Two of them, "Where The River Flows" and the t/t, bookend the album, all four comprised of atmospheric textures with a notable absence of progressive rock or metal flourishes the band have become known for. Overall, the minimal showca
Animals As Leaders The Madness of Many
Animals As Leaders shake up their formula a bit with increased technical playing (if that were even possible) and less hooks overall. The result could be described as mixed, but there are simply too many great moments on here to be considered a disappointment. The opener is one of their most fascinating tracks, beginning the first run of more dissonant, darker sounding compositions than on the debut or The Joy of Motion. This trend only lasts for about the first 1/3 of the album however, as it veers back into more melodic and rewarding territory in the middle. The last three songs are the highlights, with less metal elements making f
Blackfield Blackfield V
The songs serve as a series of brief vignettes that together form a sweeping art rock musical concept about the cycles of life relating to the ocean. It cleverly builds to the impressive ending few songs, recalling Porcupine Tree while launching Blackfield back into the hearts of fans who may have been disappointed by WTMDNA and IV.

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  • Mongi123 Portishead is super good man. Incredibly chilled, minimalist and well sung.
    February 9 01:36 PM
  • Toondude10 new Sleepmakeswaves! https://sleepmakeswaves.bandcamp.com/
    February 8 09:29 PM
  • Mongi123 Oh nice man! Yea Tomorrow's Harvest is amazing and sublime.
    February 8 04:54 PM
  • Titan based on your recent Rush thread bumps, i figured you would.....not bad!
    February 3 08:52 AM
  • Titan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DFTAWz_5gU
    February 2 10:12 PM

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