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Acrimonious Eleven Dragons
Terminating 5 years of silence, Acrimonious have returned with an album that can be described as both a completion of the half-finished experimentations introduced in Sunyata, and an expansion of the debut album, in which cleverly composed melancholic second wave black metal was blended with discrete death metal elements. This is easily among the best albums to come out this year from the Hellenic black metal scene. Favourite tracks: Satariel's Grail, Incineration Initiator, Elder of the Nashiym, Litany of Moloch's Feast. Stream:
Trial (SWE) Motherless
Listening to Trial's third album, makes me wonder if it's worth it at the end of the day, for all music "journalists" out there, to draw prospective bands from obscurity, so that major labels can "handle" things from there onwards. To the utmost disenchantment of all who already regard Vessels as a heavy metal classic of the '10s, its adventurous/genre-hopping cult, has been largely discarded herein in favour of a straightforward, albeit bare bores classic metal route that downright pales in comparison. The only cut acting as the sole bearer of Vessels' spirit, is the mystifying "Birth", which simply can't carry on its own a
Masterplan PumpKings
Band's europower-meats-melodic-metal-meats-AOR is well placed as expected, but little is there to really catch the attention of ears seasoned in the said sound and/or its constituents.
Ball Ball
Sweden's supply of highly relevant '70s psychedelic/hard n' heavy rock is steadily aplenty, with new outfits constantly popping out. In that respect, newcomers Ball easily rank among the latest hot entries. When it is not drenched in genuine vintage punk/rock n' roll filth (Denmark's Alucarda come in mind), Ball succumbs to dionysian, almost improvisational psychedelic/drone-y ("Satanas")/funk jams, with the deck being recursively shuffled track in, track out. Favorite track: Fyre Balls. The album is streaming at Spotify.
Whatever End A Birth of Loss
Hellenes Whatever End are self-dubbed "progressive doom metal", a tag inadequate to fully describe what's at play in A Birth of Loss. Doom factor is restrained with respect to the progressive metal elements, the latter eagerly leaning towards the tech end of thrash. Despite being wet behind the ears, band knows how to transform its ideas into cohesive (albeit lengthy) arrangements, and the only downside here is the fundamental differences in style between the (good per se) vocals, and the actual music, as well as the sub-optimal integration of the former to the latter in the final mix. Favourite track: Triarchy. Stream:
Sanctorum Crystal Tears Of Silence
The '90s was a period during which tens of hundreds of demos came out from Hellenic metal bands, following the first wave of sparse, shitty for the most part, yet critically needed wave of Hellenic '80s metal albums and demos. And while the majority of those demos were buried by the dust of time for good reason, some of those endeavors can be safely deemed decent, not only in terms of the actual music, but also due to their genuine ability in "teleporting" the listener (especially the Greek native one) to an era in which to record, as well as release remotely decent metal in Greece, was nothing short of an athlos. In that spirit, Sanctorum ha
The Claypool Lennon Delirium Lime and Limpid Green
How is one supposed to make a judgement of an EP of covers to landmark '70s/progressive rock songs? Does the new adaptation reenacts the feel of the original? Does it bring something new to the table? Well, Claypool and Lennon partially succeed on the first requirement, whereas they remain (expectedly?) neutral on the other. "Astronomy Domine" is eloquently covered (although it pales in comparison to Voivod's take), the same goes for the take on "The Court Of The Crimson King". The above said, yours truly is not aware of the other two songs (shame on me, I guess!) but, in the light of the second requisite posited in this short blurb, the take

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  • Conmaniac ya no problem, ill let you know when its up and running would love to have contrib/staffers join as well as inspired individuals!
    August 15 06:25 PM
  • Conmaniac hey dude you ever heard of discord? tryna start a small lil channel for sput writers, curious if ur interested
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  • Jethro42 ...ever!
    August 14 03:02 PM
  • Jethro42 I'm pretty sure the writer is listening to prog in hiding, since his apparent acknowledge of prog. He just tries to shake the foundations for the sake of it. But it cannot shock the prog community, cos we know what we like. Prog is the only rock subgenre that flirts that close with classical music, and its elaborate structures, shift tempos, odd time signatures, epic suite songsand particular, typical instruments using makes prog rock the most sophisticated, colorful and majestic music style
    August 14 03:02 PM
  • Jethro42 Thanks for that article, Voivod, buddy. I've never read anything that is diminishing that much about prog rock and prog rockers hahah. Will re-read with google translation to see if it makes still more impact afterwards.
    August 12 07:16 PM

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