EP Review: Parallellism by Ot-un-et-ir

Posted by on Feb Tue, 2016 in Album Review, Doom Metal, New Releases, Progressive Rock, Stoner Metal

EP Review: Parallellism by Ot-un-et-ir

Ot-un-et-ir is a New Mexico based band with a downtempo, sludgy sound so thick that you could cut it with a knife. Their first release, Parallelism, is album length at 58 minutes, but is considered a single piece. (For convenience sake, I will refer to it as an EP.) The music is extremely heavy-footed with the drums and bass, droning alongside each other with slow and sweet riffs. The rhythm is similar to that of … read...

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Concert Review: Bathhouse, Heatdust, Thou, and The Body at The Cave

Posted by on Oct Sat, 2015 in Concert Review, Death Metal, Doom Metal, Grind, Hardcore, Progressive Rock, Punk, Stoner Metal

Concert Review: Bathhouse, Heatdust, Thou, and The Body at The Cave

This is Déjà Vu all over again. Didn’t The Cave host a nearly identical line-up a few months ago? However, this show was cut off halfway through the double-set of Thou and The Body (Yar didn’t even  get to perform at all). Regardless, this was a worthy concert. Here’s what you missed: Bathhouse were coarse, blunt, and louder than hell. The guitars and vocals were agitated, noisy, and distorted. Although the music was extremely chaotic, … read...

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Album Review: Octaveleven – This Hyperlink

Posted by on Oct Sun, 2015 in Album Review, New Releases, Progressive Rock, Technical

Album Review: Octaveleven – This Hyperlink

This music is as bizarre and moving as a delirious fever dream.  Octaveleven is multilayered, very experimental and progressive, with spacey keyboards that might be more comfortable in an Atari game. The best songs had the  dissonant urgency and impatience of a boss battle, with musical tension mirroring a climactic showdown.  In the haystack of disharmony, you occasionally find a needle of melody. Some of the refrains are catchy despite themselves, and the percussion anchors … read...

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Concert Review: Oka Tygra at Molly’s Lounge

Posted by on Sep Mon, 2015 in Concert Review, Progressive Rock

Concert Review: Oka Tygra at Molly’s Lounge

For the first day of Santa Fe’s fifth annual AHA Festival of Progressive Arts, our city traded some of our local bands for those in Denver. Hence came Poets Row, The Still Tide, and Oka Tygra to Santa Fe, performing at Molly’s Lounge. Although I initially felt like a fish out of water (what the fuck is “Shoegaze”, anyway?) our neighbors to the North proved that their underground music scene is a force to be … read...

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Album Review: Amorphis – Under The Red Cloud

Posted by on Sep Sat, 2015 in Album Review, Death Metal, Folk Metal, Melodic Death Metal, New Releases, Progressive Rock

Album Review: Amorphis – Under The Red Cloud

Amorphis seem to get more and more conceptual with each release, straying ever further from their death metal origins. Instead of the anger and aggression that usually characterize metal, this album has a darkness defined by sorrow and melancholia. What they sacrificed in metal fury, they compensated with the robust simplicity of folk, which has a heaviness all its own.  Lead singer Tomi Jousten has a panoramic voice, spanning from death metal growls and black … read...

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Five Reasons Evangelo’s Is The Best Bar Ever

Posted by on Aug Fri, 2015 in Blues, Progressive Rock, Punk, Venue Review

Five Reasons Evangelo’s Is The Best Bar Ever

Bacchus lives, and his home is Evangelo’s. This bar is, in a word, authentic. There is no pretentious “scene” that it is trying to emulate, nor is it a sleazy dive bar. Bikers and yuppies alike party and mingle within these walls.  Although the establishment attracts many curious tourists, Evangelo’s patrons are usually local regulars. Here are five reasons why we love this place: I: The History The bar is named for its founder, Angelo … read...

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Concert Review: Xaedus, Rockfox, Blinddryve, and 3 Weeks Later At The Underground

Posted by on Aug Tue, 2015 in Concert Review, Death Metal, Melodic Death Metal, Metalcore, Progressive Rock, Technical, Thrash

Concert Review: Xaedus, Rockfox, Blinddryve, and 3 Weeks Later At The Underground

Santa Fe is notorious for its sleepy Sunday nights, when everything closes early and the city is like a ghost town. Thankfully, we had some heavy fucking metal to break the mold and draw a crowd for a night of mishief. This is the madness that ensued: Xaedus is a new band on the scene, but boasting experience in bands like Soul To Rest and Oscillation, many of the members are seasoned veterans. They had … read...

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Concert Review: Abrams, Suspended, And More At The Cave

Posted by on Jun Sat, 2015 in Concert Review, Death Metal, Grind, Hardcore, Progressive Rock, Stoner Metal, Thrash

Concert Review: Abrams, Suspended, And More At The Cave

  Metal is loud, The Cave is cool, something something skateboards, you know the drill. The opening band was Torn Between Worlds, who have new material in the works. One track in particular, so new that it is still untitled, fucked my shit up. The aggravated, distorted guitars and intense gutterals were the epitome of power and fury.  There are some songs with a beat so fast and syncopated that you shouldn’t even try … read...

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Concert Review: The Lymbs, Kinky Fingers, and more at Ghost

Posted by on Jun Sat, 2015 in Blues, Concert Review, Progressive Rock, Surf Rock

Concert Review: The Lymbs, Kinky Fingers, and more at Ghost

Ever go through a rough patch when you listen to so much metal that eventually nothing is heavy, brutal, fast, or fucked up enough to impress you? This has been my plight recently, and this show was the perfect palate cleanser to neutralize my tastes. Although this concert was neither heavy nor metal, there was enough variety to keep me hooked. Surf rock, blues, jazz, folk music, and a plethora of other genres defined the … read...

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Concert Review: Phobia at The Underground

Posted by on Jun Thu, 2015 in Concert Review, Death Metal, Grind, Melodic Death Metal, Progressive Rock, Technical

Concert Review: Phobia at The Underground

The Underground at Evangelo’s is the best bar in the world, and Kronos Creative has never promoted a bad show. When two titans collaborate, you get this: Torn Between Worlds opened the show. The acoustics of a cramped dive bar auger well for their fast, loud, caustic sound. They performed with all the power and fury of their namesake. Genre-wise, this band is all over the damn place. Death metal, grind, and hardcore all clash … read...

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