Orienteering, aside from being incredibly boring, is also incredibly hard. For those who aren’t Bear Grylls reading the signs of the setting sun in the west, drinking urine and checking compasses really won’t do! Similarly at times the listener can get lost, particularly in the treacherous environment of Prog. Banding together to deliver something entirely different we welcome Nova Collective, our metaphorical compasses to help guide us through the labyrinthine layers of Prog.
The idea of dualism in human nature is one as old as time itself. The concept of the ying and the yang, without one, you cannot understand the other. Once more returning back from the undead studio Six Feet Under unleash their study in the art of balance, Torment.
A lot can happen in ten years. Celebrating their decennium this year, Whitechapel commemorate the moment with their brand new ripper Mark Of The Blade. With subject matter ranging from personal issues to the more inclusive fierce fan base the band have developed. Regardless of whatever genre you might be in, to be carrying on for ten years deserves a pat on the back. However Whitechapel are special kind of entity, one that has since grown with each release. Pushing their sound forward, whilst remaining the same. Getting flack for the incorporation of (shock horror) clean vocals on their latest album, it seems that these are just minor issues that fans will of course get their heads around. Catching the band on their Never Say Die headline run of shows we were able to speak to guitarist Ben Savage about just what Mark of The Blade means to the band and of course their fans.
- Iamthemorning – Lighthouse
- Myrath – Legacy
- Touche Amore – Stage Four
- Ghost/Aeon – Metanoia
- Meshuggah – The Violent Sleep Of Reason
- Avantasia – Ghostlights
- Gojira – Magma
- Devilment – II : The Mephisto Waltzes
- The Dillinger Escape Plan – Dissociation
- Periphery – III : Select Difficulty
- Opeth – Sorceress
- Epica – The Holographic Principle
- Katatonia – The Fall Of Hearts
- Twilight Force – Heroes Of Mighty Magic
Returning back to the vanguard of Death Metal, Revocation wasted no time this year in delivering their calculated masterstroke of Metal once again. Like clockwork the band put out albums every two years. Deciding instead go for a more well rounded approach this time, Dave Davidson decided that thematically the record would center around humanity and its varying degrees of idiocy in its idea of humanity in itself. However this was also the first record not to feature long time drummer Phil Dubois-Coyne. Enlisting the help of one Ash Pearson of previous 3 Inches of Blood fame, the drummer in a word totally floored everyone. From the fluttering Jazz style beats to the all out blasting that Revocation are known for Pearson truly stepped up his game.
What a way to celebrate Metal Blade’s 35th anniversary.
Creating somewhat of a notoriety among the Death Metal scene in the US, Rivers of Nihil are fast becoming a leading band in the revolution of modern Death Metal. A revitalised sound, each album is anchored in the hallmarks of the Death Metal charm, yet with their latest album, 2015’s Monarchy Progressive elements have begun to infiltrate the band’s sound. On their first ever European tour, we were lucky enough to be able to speak to Rivers of Nihil guitarist Brody Uttley. Though you would imagine both western territories of Europe and the US would be similar each is a very different ordeal. Frought with new challenges on the road we spoke about everything from David Bowie to the four songs the band have written for their brand new album and the importance of the seasons in Rivers of Nihil’s thematic tapestry.
The idea of friendship is something that can sometimes get lost in translation in the creation of music. Born from their touring time together at Rockstar’s Mayhem Festival, the unlikely combination of George Fischer, Adam Dutkiewicsz and Shannon Lucas formed a bond built on those most sturdy of things Metal. Bringing together their musical outputs the band at long last release their first foray into the unknown as Serpentine Dominion.
Intensity has become a indispensable element of Death Metal. Known for its sheer sense of ferocity, tip toeing trepidatiously on the outskirts some are pulled into the maelstrom that is the epicentre of Death Metal. This where the men are separated from the boys, sticking to its steadfast foundations we see the arrival of Abnormality’s Metal Blade debut, Mechanisms of Omniscience.
More than halfway into our list we now invite you to look at today’s Album of the Year. Bare in mind none of these are in order but are merely part of our countdown!
Evolution within a band can be one of the most important elements in their trajectory to greatness. Having released their brand new album Monarchy this August, Rivers of Nihil have been turning more than a few heads. Not only receiving critical acclaim but also the recommendation from Metal head’s the world over the band have begun to realise their full potential. Able to speak to guitar mastermind Brody Uttley, we sat down with the guitarist to speak about the brand new album, what the guitarist’s opinion of the current state of the Death Metal scene is in and what it’s like to incorporate the idea of seasons into a theoretical concept.
Having previously been able to speak to Between The Buried And Me mastermind on the eve of their brand new album Coma Ecliptic we were lucky enough to speak to Dan yet again. Delving deeper into the process of Coma Ecliptic and what elements the band employ to create a record of such grandeur we sat down with the bassist on their recent London date prior to their pitch perfect show. Turn on the “Node” and step into “The Coma Machine”…
Prog. A very small word for an incredibly vast genre, the building blocks of virtuosity, experimentation and downright quirkiness all coming under the same umbrella and it’s current state couldn’t be healthier. Breathing new life into the often overlooked stuffy seventies ideology Prog is very much alive and kicking. Throughout it’s lifespan two big hitters have been both the UK and the US. With the English bands being some of the most important in the primal stages of Prog, acts like Pink Floyd, Yes and Genesis to name a few. Nevertheless America has also got it’s foot firmly in the pool with the likes of the archetypal Dream Theater, Kansas and one Between The Buried and Me bringing the movement of Prog firmly into the Modern day.