Do you like spelunking? Fancy mystical landscapes gorging with ancient lore and accounts of witches? Then you need to visit Muotathal somewhere in nowhere-land in Switzerland. The region is home of the famous Hölloch, a world-renowned cave system of a couple of hundred klicks in length. [...]
Progressive Metal is an European affair. Right? This is what the Europeans think at least. And this annoys many American bands to hell and back. But the EU prog nerds have a point. There’s just no real cool prog that emanates from across the pond anymore. The only thing we seem to get these days is preposterous news about how their government behaves itself. Okay, you will find exceptions like the excellent Moon Haven that RMR just recently reviewed. But then, these guys are arguably more on alt-metal territory than anywhere else.
Now think about some Progressive Metal that somehow lost its compass completely and saw the light of day in Isreal. Yep, you heard that right. Coming from the Levant, not a region that we usually associate with Progressive Metal. Looks like some of that metal spirit spilled over from Cyprus and bred some pretty good tunes over there.
So, here comes Scardust with their newest and début full length album Sands of Time. And boy, this is a complex tune. When the strings started sawing away at the very start of something ominously called Sands of Time: Overtures I was kind of fearful of where this was going to go. We found ourselves in the doldrums of operatic bullshit in the past and it did not go well. But then Scardust kicks it up a couple of notches and takes off at a level of complexity far beyond Clock Unwound from Gentle Knife. And it definitely is a refreshing turn away from the masters of djentology of the likes of Leprous and their latest offering Malina. [...]
Methinks that 2016 was not exactly a great year for the alternative and progressive scouts out there. You know, the ones holding the torch, while rushing forward into the unknown. And whilst some them are still out there lurking in the RMR review pipeline, a few made it into the blog. This so happened with The Chronicles of Israfel (correctly spelled, I assure you) and their newest full length A Trillion Lights, Tome II via BOH Records.
The band is actually an (almost solo) project of Dominic ‘Israfel’ Cifarelly (ex Pulse Ultra, Billy Ray Cyrus, Scars on Broadway) with the help of his brother Vincent aka Veloel. Now, almost a decade ago Israfel and the band issued a first record called Starborn. And already then the project was nowhere near lightning fast with the delivery of material, but took a whopping three years to deliver the first goods. The band itself was born in 2004 and the first record released in 2007 only. This here record is their sophomore effort, the mighty black cliff bands often shipwreck on. [...]