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Edge Of Haze
18 Feb. 2015

Edge Of Haze


Bio: Edge Of Haze started as a small project called Damage way back when all of us were still kids. One member at a time the band kept on growing from two buddies kicking it with some easy metal goodness at a rehearsal place to a five-piece squad that it is now. When I joined the band in 2011 the final lineup was ready and we began focusing on our first album, later on to be named Mirage (2012).

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Entheogen
18 Feb. 2015

Entheogen


Around year 2009, two planetoids – one from a stoner rock group called MG Pistol Rock, the other from a math/post rock group called Imakandi – collided and melted all but their metal core. The result is Entheogen – a homogenous mixture of math/sludge with a pinch of post- and stoner rock. After years of evolution, erosion and gigabytes of organized noise enough matter had broken away from the moons to create a debut album, scheduled to see its first sunrise in the second half of 2013.Bio: Matej: Entheogen started as merging of groups MG Pistol Rock and Imakandi in 2009, but band members know each other since high school. At the time we were playing in different bands and projects and when you are from a small town, you soon get to know more or less all the musicians, so thats how we became friends and started collaborating in the music field and even performed in one project for local poet community in the same line-up as current Entheogen. Matija and Matic used to have high school rock band Skink and after their breakup we used to get together at their ex-bands rehearsal space and jam a bit. I started collaborating with Matija before that in a experimental electro project 667: The Neighbor of the Beast and at the time me and Sergej were playing in a math/post-rock duo Imakandi. About 5 other musicians were involved in our jam sessions that we used to call Stone Sessions. Band MG Pistol Rock was born out of this sessions and after two concerts and line-up change Entheogen was born.

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Clutter
09 Feb. 2015

Clutter


Bio: Clutter’s a progressive metal band from Portugal started by me, Gonçalo Crespo (guitars/production/songwriting). It started as a studio project, a collection of my home recorded songs that eventually came to life with the help of some friends. After a small period of peaceful growth with the release of the first EP, “Emergence”, the band went through some hard times and all members left. With an album on the oven, I got new members to raise the band back up and, finally, things started rolling again, with renewed strength and a lot of dedication. The band’s formation is now solid with Sergio Ferreira (drums), João Vendeirinho (vocals), Diogo Barbosa (guitars) and Miguel “SakE” Pessanha (guitars). The spot for a bass player is still being studied.

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Glass Hammer to Release 17th Album
28 Jan. 2015

Glass Hammer to Release 17th Album


Glass Hammer confirm the release of their 17th album on March 31st. ‘Breaking Of The World’ is the follow up to 2014’s ‘Ode to Echo’ and respected studio engineer Bob Katz calls it the band’s “Most progressive album yet”.

 Steve Babb and Fred Schendel are joined by Carl GrovesKamran Alan ShikohAaron Raulston and Susie Bogdanowicz.

Babb tells us, “It is certainly (IMO) the best sounding Glass Hammer album we’ve released in years. The songwriting was really focused, and our current line-up has genuine chemistry. That’s just my opinion of course. The fans will decide for themselves very soon. But I think they’ll be very happy with The Breaking Of The World.”

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Dissona Back in the Studio
21 Jan. 2015

Dissona Back in the Studio


Progressive metal band Dissona has officially entered the studio to begin recording for their second album. The album is slated for a mid 2015 release and will feature 10 full-band compositions as well as 2 instrumental tracks. Dissona’s self-titled debut was released in 2012 to great critical acclaim and this second release aims to surpass it in every way possible. The self-titled album from 2012 is available for free digitally or for purchase physically at their Bandcamp page. Keep up with the bands studio progress and updates at their Facebook page.

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In love with the AudioPlastik album!
13 Jan. 2015

In love with the AudioPlastik album!


Hey folks!I’ve been listening to the debut album of AudioPlastik (previously known as Brave New Sky and Alpha Flood) for the last few days and religiously at that!I should say, with the great taste in music you have, I highly recommend it to you! :) Short of long, I would have given it a 5 star review if I got the review that is but Progradar won the long and arduous wrestling match…
I am pretty sure he will give it a glowing review too!
Actually, Dec Burke (Darwin’s Radio, Frost* ) shared his material with me more than a year ago – and I will forever treasure his trust for it! – and I had the opportunity to hear some of the songs at their earlier stages. The song with which I instantly fell in love was “Tonight” and I am still dying for the song after a bazilion of spins! It does something to me for sure…
Anyways, I will leave the rest to my great author Martin and urge you to go and pre-order the album, like, nao…You can thank me later!
Cheers,
Lady Obscure

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Märchenbilder Release New Single (Updated)
10 Jan. 2015

Märchenbilder Release New Single (Updated)


Hey folks!

It just came to my attention that the symphonic metal band Märchenbilder are releasing their new single, “Surrender” on 15th January 2015!

From their press release

“For this new track, the band has recorded and mixed with Yanic Bercier at WaveTransform Studios in Knoxville, Tennessee, and mastered with Tom Morris at Morrisound Recording in Tampa, Florida.”

“Fans of Blackguard will be happy to hear the guest vocals of Blackguard’s front man Paul Ablaze, recorded at Silver Wings Studios in Montreal, Qc, adding power to the track. Stay tuned to the band’s web page and Facebook page to hear the new single on January 15th!”

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‘The Ones That Nearly Got Away’ (bite sized reviews from 2014)
08 Jan. 2015

‘The Ones That Nearly Got Away’ (bite sized reviews from 2014)


You all know that I cannot write short reviews, they are always in depth and take an album apart to give a track-by-track breakdown of the record. I also try to give a decent biography of the artist involved and a convoluted introduction.

This seems to work when reviewing the type of music that I do, I give the reader a level of intelligence that means they have the time and inclination to look deeper into the music I am reviewing.

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Vihaan
05 Jan. 2015

Vihaan


Artist/Band name: VIHAANVIHANN - Invicta cover art
Title: INVICTA
Release Date: October 7th, 2014
Format: CD / DIGITAL
Label: SELF RELEASED
Genre: PROGRESSIVE METAL
Origin: UNITED STATES (Detroit, Michigan)

TRACKLIST & TIMES:
1. City (4:36)
2. Inflection (7:21)
3. Statue (7:36)
4. Episodes (3:18)
5. Smoke (3:49)
6. Valor (11:06)
7. Perception (9:04)

Vihaan was formed in 2012 by Lorenzo Piccirilli as solo project based just outside of Detroit, MI. The focus is on the music, songwriting, and a range of influences from modern progressive death metal, 70s prog rock, and jazz fusion.

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NIHILISTINEN BARBAARISUUS
31 Dec. 2014

NIHILISTINEN BARBAARISUUS


Band name: NIHILISTINEN BARBAARISUUS
Title: SYNKKÄ TUULI
Release Date: March 26th, 2013 / September 2nd, 2013
Label: HORROR PAIN GORE DEATH PRODUCTION / INFERNAL KOMMANDO RECORDS
Genre: AMBIENT BLACK METAL
Origin: FINLAND (Helsinki), UNITED STATES (Pennsylvania)

TRACKLIST & TIMES:
1. Ylittäen Jäätyneen Pohjoisen (I) (6:03)
2. Ylittäen Jäätyneen Pohjoisen (II) (7:22)
3. Itämeri Anomalia (1:26)
4. Anhedonia (3:46)
5. Arktinen Välisoitto (3:44)
6. Synkkä Tuuli (7:14)
7. Ketamiini (1:22)

LINE UP & CREDITS:

Guitar, Drum-Programming, Co-Composer: Mika Mage (Lawrence’s Creation)
Bass, Keyboard, Drum-Programming, Vocals: M.W.S. (Serpent ov Old, Shadows in the Crypt, ex-Evil Divine, ex-Wykked Witch)
Co-Composer: Manuel Rodriguez

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