Czech proggers Mindwork release Cortex!

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Whoa, somebody woke up alright. After a lengthy hiatus of some eight years or so, the Czech band Mindwork instigates a return from the dead. A warm-up round of sorts, but one that comes with a thunderclap and some highly technical specialties to boot.

Their newest EP Cortex presents a wild mix of fractalized Progressive Metal with a goodly portion of pretty sophisticated tech death. Somewhat of a mix of the late Need without the growls, Opeth, and a dose of the fractals of Frozen Sands.

It’s interesting how a number of prog outfits currently drift towards the … [...] Click to raid more!

Red Cain – Kindred: Act II (2020) – Review

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For a while, I was very worried. These bad quality sound tidbits of Red Cain‘s Kindred: Act II that I had the displeasure to find throughout 2020 sounded so Amaranthe, I almost hit a depression worse than Covid. I mean, I love the talented Elize Ryd, but the stuff this particular band struts often sounds like a hangover grown stale.

So, I was ready to sacrifice everything to the mighty Cthulhu1) only to avoid that yet another talented band would start to surf the sickeningly sweet wave of the Pop Metal mainstream. Because – you see – … [...] Click to raid more!

Revenience – Daedalum (2016) – Review

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The wheel of the Devil. Ha! At last, I finally uncovered a means to invoke the Lightbringer, right?

But, nope. Meant by this is the Zoetrope, also called a Daedalum. A round device with slits that create the impression of moving images once actioned.

As the lore goes, the device saw the light of day in the 1800s. Patents by several crafty bastards followed quickly, all claiming glory for themselves. So, in essence, intellectual property disputes really are nothing new.

Now, the Italian band Revenenience named their debut album after the device. Early filmography in metal, that’s quite a novel … [...] Click to raid more!

Marche Funèbre – Einderlicht (2020) – Review

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Marche Funèbre. Ah, ’tis so decadently funeral, this Chopin thing.1) The name of the band brings classical heavy hitters to mind. Soaring melodies full of sorrow. And all that to bury one more lost soul.

So, did RMR suddenly cross those terrible waters of the river Styx and went full-bore classical? Never in life, or anywhere thereafter2).

Straight off the bat, Einderlicht‘s melancholy ways make themselves known. We were quite smitten by their knack to project doom. A sound not unlike Draconian, yet without the female touch.

The band – this time – … [...] Click to raid more!