Album Review: OBSEQUIAE Aria of Vernal Tombs

Posted by | May 19, 2015

Minnesota metal troupe Obsequiae’s 2011 debut, Suspended in the Brume of Eos, was a gift from the Metal Gods that deftly managed to satisfy two of the greatest needs of its time. First off, it was a very, very good melodic death metal record at a time when that genre had been written more or less written off. More impressively, it was a quality folk metal album that managed to be catchy and accessible without leaning on eye-roll-inducing genre tropes like fiddles and beer hall chants

| May 19, 2015

EP Review: HAKEN Restoration

Posted by | December 22, 2014

Yes. London’s Haken really like Yes. That much has been evident since they burst on to the progressive metal scene back in 2010 with their debut album, Aquarius. As the sands have clunked through the hourglass, the sextet has used a big ol’ Yes-shaped lasso to round up as many sub-genre bits ‘n’ bobs, throwing in some metal glitter, a la Dream Theater, into the fray.

| December 22, 2014

Album Review: SEIZURES The Sanity Universal

Posted by | October 22, 2014

Seizures are…a lot of things. Difficult to classify but still worthy of squeezing between genres. The Dana Point, CA unit started back in 2010. Their first full-length, Antipathy, was released in 2011 and the band has become relentless since. A split with the excellent Columbian Necktie and now The Sanity Universal. Playing a style that falls between Dillinger Escape Plan, The Carrier and Lewd Acts.

| October 22, 2014