Have you ever heard a band for the first time and wondered why something about it sounded so familiar? I had this experience with Aussie progressive/alternative rock band Watercolour Ghosts recently. Gifted to me by Viral Propaganda, Watercolour Ghosts’ self-titled EP forced me to search why I was experiencing déjà vu. Learning that they are a collaboration between several members of different bands like Vespers Descent, Chaos Divine, and Deadspace, I began to understand why. All those bands are currently in my music library. They also have that type-casted aura of an Australian rock band, at least what I expect to hear from all those bands down under. But even though I feel like I’ve heard this sound in many other albums this year, I can’t get enough of it. An enjoyable twenty minutes of music, Watercolour Ghosts creates a good album in their latest EP.Read More »
Changing gears a little from the last few posts on the site, Australian metalcore band Vessel Born will release their debut EP “Stateless” in the coming weeks. Another gift from Collision Course, fans of the genre will surely enjoy the enormity of bass, distortion, and technicality in the album. These five gentlemen from Brisbane have pulled off a fantastic release, filled with intensity and life.Read More »
Progressive/alternative/experimental rock band Quiet Child released their sixth album a couple weeks ago, another contribution to the amazing progressive albums that have filled the airwaves in 2015. Their latest release “The Ever Present Shadow” adds some heaviness to their discography, something only lightly treaded on in previous albums. Following a theme of understanding and coping with anxiety, I can feel the frustration and confusion created with the album, whether through its moody guitar work, passionate vocals, or heavy drumming. If you’re looking for some evocative music, then “The Ever Present Shadow” should be sought after.Read More »
As this site continues to fill up with mentions of amazingly talented bands from Australia, I must stop and thank one band in particular that has opened my eyes to the land down under. If it weren’t for progressive/alternative rock/metal band Caligula’s Horse, I might’ve simply passed over some of my current favorite records, including their 2013 hit “The Tide, The Thief & River’s End.” A modern staple in the alt-prog scene, it only took two albums from Caligula’s Horse to grab the attention of major music label Inside Out Music, who signed them earlier this year. Now with their first release with the label, Caligula’s Horse has released a contender for album of the year in “Bloom.”Read More »
I received an interesting submission to the site the other day, being the first single of Australian post-rock/progressive rock band Moon. With their first album “The Orbitor” slated for an early 2016 release date, Moon decided to release their first song “Sidewinder” a few days ago, the epitome of a teaser.
“Sidewinder” is a four minute instrumental song depicting images and videos of objects in motion, whether it’s the running of a cheetah to the dropping of bombs. An ambitious song, I can definitely hear moments of various influences, from the progginess of Porcupine Tree to the heaviness of The Foo Fighters. I especially enjoyed the freestyle drum solo towards the end of the track, something I haven’t heard in a while.
Overall, I enjoyed the little bit Moon has given me with “Sidewinder.” Although I know hardly anything about the band (including who is in the band), I look forward to what the album as a whole will sound like. Compared to bands like sleepmakeswaves, Mogwai, and Black Sabbath on their site, one can expect short bursts of powerful three to four minute songs using this same formula. You can be sure that I will update you all about “The Orbitor” as more information is released.
Check out the official music video of the son “Sidewinder” below: