Is there any way to argue that My Dying Bride, after more than two decades of doom and gloom, have earned the crown and throne as the kings of the genre? I can’t find any viable argument to support otherwise. Their new EP, “The Manuscript” is a genre, and a band, at it’s finest.
The music induced acid trip you’re about to go on isn’t like any you’ve experienced before. At least I doubt it. Once you’ve invested 45 minutes into the spacey, airy haze that is “Necrocosmos,” your head will be in a different place entirely. Thank you, Gallileous, for taking us on a much needed mindtrip.
Hard to believe the month of May is nearly behind us. Almost five full months in the books, and we are chugging right along on our journey through the 2013 metal scene. This week taught us not to make assumptions for any reason. The new Infinita Symphonia album left us scratching our heads, while the boy band look of Polyphia almost made us pass on what turned out to be a gem. Shade Empire is sure to make some of the best in the business jealous, and Churchburn fooled us into thinking we had them figured out before ever hitting play. And lastly, the stereotypes of French weakness were quickly extinguished by the new Eibon opus, “II.” And that is why you have to listen before you decide.
There is epic; and then there is EPIC. It isn’t all about track length, but how much organized chaos and doom you can cram into that frame. And France’s Eibon, with their sophomore album, have packed a lifetime worth of hard nosed riffs and screaming vocals into songs of intimidating length. “II” is a fucking death blow.
Don’t try to judge this book by its cover. Churchburn may have a name and artwork that conjures up some intense feelings, but their music will do much more, if you give it a chance. On their new self titled EP, they put doom, death, and black metal in a blender, and give you a swig of the protein shake that is formed.
With the release of their 4th album, Shadow Empire have taken the next logical step from good band to great. They’ve ironed out the kinks, rounded off the edges, and released an album that would make others in the genre jealous. Move over Dimmu Borgir. Step aside Fleshgod Apocalypse. “Omega Arcane” is a juggernaut.
The old LV syndrome, or Lead Vocalist Syndrome for those who don’t know, may have led to the demise of the position. With the recent influx of instrumental metal and rock bands, vocals may go the way of the dinosaurs. And Polyphia, with their “Inspire” EP, are proof positive that lyrics don’t make the man.
Italy’s Infinita Symphonia turned a lot of heads with the release of their debut album some two years ago. But as quickly as they made us believe Italy was the home for true progressive power metal, they make us second guess that notion. Their new, self titled album lacks the edge of their debut, and pushes them from the front, back into the pack.
Today is the day we like to thank our mothers for carrying our lazy fetus-asses around for nine months, birthing us, and putting up with our shit for God knows how many years. I suggest we celebrate not only our own mothers, but the headbanging mothers across the world. To do that, I sat down in a brief period of rest to discuss the albums of the week, the mixed bag that we call our content.
With Spotify now all the rage among downloaders (both legal and otherwise) and music fans of all kinds, it seems to the perfect time to slow down and reevaluate where our money goes when we pay for music in various forms. While their premium subscription may seem like an end to piracy, there is more math at play that needs to be explored, and a better way to pay artists must be found.