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Album Review: Our Oceans – Our Oceans

Are you ever surprised by an album from its opening note onward? It was in sheer amazement that I played Our Oceans debut self-titled album for the first time. Why you ask? When you take members of progressive metal bands Cynic and Exivious, and members of black metal bands like Dodecahedron, one doesn’t think to call such a collaboration “artsy,” “cheerful,” and “classy.” Their newest collaboration called Our Oceans is indeed artsy and lighthearted, filled with post-rock atmospheres, jazzy bass grooves, and alternative, clean guitar arrangements. No unrelenting blast drum beats, surprising time signature changes, or headache-inducing scream vocals to be found in this album, which honestly is quite refreshing. I believe you all will agree with me that Our Oceans is something special.Read More »

Album Review: Bauda – Sporelights

Chilean progressive rock band Bauda has released their third album “Sporelights” just a couple weeks ago, but it is the first album I’ve ever heard of them. Gifted by Viral Propaganda PR, I’ve been enjoying their music for the past several weeks, letting its seemingly simplistic passages become the soundtrack to my day. For this reason I haven’t written about the album weeks ago when it was released, because the word seemingly didn’t sit right with me. It wasn’t until after several listens did I discover the entire depth of the album. Textures consistently build upon each other, whether it’s through the layered synthesizers, effect-driven guitar arrangements, or dominant mid-range vocals. The music on the album is extensive, so much so that the listener might experience a completely different feeling with every listen. In an attempt to stand out amongst talented progressive rock artists around the globe, I feel Bauda has made a strong case in “Sporelights.”Read More »

Concert Review: And So I Watch You From Afar/Mylets/Blis

I had been anticipating this concert all week. Having never seen a performance at The Casbah in San Diego in the past, I became baffled at the thought. How has such an avid concert goer as myself never been to this venue in the past? Having sat under flight paths towards Lindbergh Field for nearly thirty years, this little venue has never hosted a band I wanted to see enough live. So I guess congratulations are in order to And So I Watch You From Afar, the passionate post-rock band from Northern Ireland for dragging me all the way out to downtown San Diego.Read More »

Single Review: Moon – Sidewinder

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.

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Check out the official music video of the son “Sidewinder” below:

Album Review: And So I Watch You From Afar – Heirs

I’ve been listening to the post-rock/math rock band And So I Watch You From Afar lately. It’s a band I’ve recognized on the Internet because of their lengthy and intriguing name, and a band I’ve been recommended numerously through iTunes and Last.fm. I admit that I hadn’t heard any of their albums before picking up their recent album “Heirs,” so some research was necessary. Another band featured on this site from the label Sargent House, I discovered the chaotic song structures, heavily overdriven sound, and instrumental nature from their prior albums. Upon my first listen of their newest album “Heirs,” I couldn’t help but reminisce on what they released previously, thinking of that classic line from the movie “This Is Spinal Tap”: these guys turn it up to eleven.Read More »