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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Album Review: I Declare War -We Are Violent People By Nature

Posted by on Nov Mon, 2015 in Album Review, Deathcore, New Releases, Technical

Album Review: I Declare War -We Are Violent People By Nature

This album is living proof that life imitates art, and vice versa. The furious, hateful music reflects a world being crumbled by politics, propoganda, and society itself. Hope gives in to misanthropy and despair. The lyrics are spoken by both the forsaken and the forsaker.  Having been betrayed by our fellow man, we exact revenge, and thus continues the vicious cycle of violence which will ultimately be our demise. Vocalist Jamie Hanks has a formidable … read...

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Album Review: October File -Monuments

Posted by on Oct Tue, 2015 in Album Review, Cult Classics, Hardcore, Metalcore, New Releases, Punk

Album Review: October File -Monuments

Monuments is a fitting title for the 20014 release by October File, a colossal jewel which captures the band at their zenith. This chimerical beast is a culmination of hardcore, post punk, and industrial influences, making a musical juggernaut of monstrous proportions.  Although they are a relatively obscure band, they have withstood the test of time thus far and have remained a thematic powerhouse for over a decade.  October File have the boastful confidence, and … read...

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Album Review: Orange Goblin -Time Travelling Blues

Posted by on Oct Sun, 2015 in Album Review, Blues, Cult Classics, Doom Metal, Punk, Stoner Metal

Album Review: Orange Goblin -Time Travelling Blues

Sink your teeth into this tasty slice of stoner metal.  Although the band Orange Goblin keeps their music chilled out with a classic blues structure and sludgy tempo, the heavily distorted guitar riffs and gruff vocals result in a sound that is gloomy, doomy, and altogether ‘shroomy. The 1998 album Time Traveling Blues is defined by dreamy, distorted noisescapes of altered guitars, giving way to aggravated punk riffs, while screamed vocals remain constant and at … 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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