I’m a sucker for alternative prog-rock. There’s just enough heaviness to satisfy the metal head in me but there is also a vast amount of tones and effects to appeal to the audiophile in me. Seriously, it’s like I’m an addict and the only cure is more interesting and unique sounds. So when I did a bit of reading and checking into A Liquid Landscape, I was immediately intrigued. They cite influences such as Dredg, Porcupine Tree, Sigur Ros, Karnivool, People In Planes, Tool, and more. Talk about an impressive roster of bands to admire, right? But anyone can claim such bands influence them. The question is can they take those influences and make a unique final product? Is Nightingale Express an album that stands on its own merits? READ MORE
Still one of my favorite releases this year, Leprous‘ Bilateral (review) is a prog rock/metal album that is destined to become one of the timeless classics of music. Now, the band has released a video for Restless that is just as weird and twisted as the album. I got a lot of Black Hole Sun vibes from this video in that everything was surreal and nothing could be figured out at first glance. Check it out after the jump and make sure to check out our exclusive interview with vocalist/synths Einar Solberg. READ MORE
Opeth have released a video for The Devil’s Orchard, which comes off their latest album, Heritage (review here). The video is, in my opinion, a masterpiece and represents the song perfectly. It has a wonderful mixture of grindhouse and giallo with a touch of, believe it or not, Disney’s Fantasia (the Night On Bald Mountain segment). A visual treat for any horror fan, I cannot recommend watching this video highly enough. Check it out after the jump and enjoy!
A new Opeth album is always a mini holiday for me. When Ghost Reveries came out, I was at the store when they opened, put the CD in my car and I only stopped listening to it when I had to move it from my car stereo to my computer, whereupon I continued to blast it for the rest of the day. Honestly, I don’t think there is a Opeth song that I haven’t heard at least ten times. So hopefully by now you can understand my excitement and, also, my apprehension upon listening to Heritage. After all, it’s not that I built myself up specifically for this album. Rather, I have built myself up to the idea of Opeth for years, since I first started listening to them. So how does Heritage measure up to my expectations? Find out after the jump.
When I was sent a copy of Memories of Machines ‘Warm Winter’, I was a bit skeptical until I read the guest spots: Steven Wilson, Colin Edwin, Robert Fripp, Jim Matheos, Peter Hammill, and more. Holy prog-rock boner inducing list! Seriously, though, can you think of a guest list that gets your rocks off more than that? So, with a list like that, you can easily understand why I had quite high expectations. But were those expectations met?