Orphaned Land are back with their 6th full-length album Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs. So why is the village noise enthusiast reviewing an album by Israel’s premier Progressive Metal band? Cause this noise head was and still sometimes is a prog head. Just beat me up and stuff me in a locker already.
Back in October, Arizona weirdos The Oxford Coma released the follow-up to their well-received 2015 LP, Paris is Mine, titled Everything Out of Tune. Much like its predecessor, Everything Out of Tune continues to build upon the band’s eclectic sound; a mix of psychedelic rock, grunge, stoner, progressive rock and many others. To promote this eccentric album further, the band created a lyric video for the track “Patterns of Thought”, which we at Svbterranean are proud to present to you. The track is an interesting mashup of acid-laced desert rock vibes and angular, jagged guitar work, which is set to video clips with anti-Trump sentiments. If you like catchy, oddball tunes, or dislike Number 45, check out the clip after the break.
Purchase Everything Out of Tune here.
Finnish progressive metal quartet Edge of Haze are set to release their third full-length album, Deluge, tomorrow, November 10. In anticipation of its release, we at Svbterranean bring you an exclusive stream of one of the catchiest cuts on the record, “Perfume”. The track weaves together jarring rhythms and “djent”-esque grooves, with shimmering “proggy” atmospheres and earworm melodies and hooks. Fans of Tesseract, Periphery and the like, take note.
Check out the track after the break and purchase the record here.
Brooklyn’s metal obsessed post-hardcore band Husbandry are embarking on a 2 week tour across the US with fellow New York weirdo rockers Moon Tooth. Starting in Philadelphia, PA on 11/1 and returning to Amityville, NY, on 11/16, the 6000+ mile trek takes them as far west the infamous Viper Room in Los Angeles.
With a few stretches in the van as long as 15 hours, we thought it would be interesting to get Husbandry’s take on life on the road with a multi-part tour journal. Follow Arnau Bosc (bass), Jordan Usatch (guitar), Carina Zachary (vocals), and Andrew Gottlieb (bass) on their epic journey across the United States.
Their new 5-track EP Bad Weeds Never Die, is out 12/1 on Aqualamb Records, but is available early from the band on tour now. Pre-orders for the 120+ page book/cd combo are also available at http://aqualamb.bandcamp.com
Photo by John Mazlish
Back in June of 2016, NYC’s Infinite Spectrum
delivered their sophomore LP, Haunter of the Dark
; a progressive metal opus that rivals the material of acts like Dream Theater
and Symphony X
. In honor of Halloween, we at Svbterranean bring you the official lyric video for the track “The Stranger Things I’ve Learned”, which is taken from the H.P. Lovecraft inspired album. The prog ballad is set to an enthralling set of images, curated by Wayne Joyner, that hint at the occult and things Lovecraftian. The band had the following to say regarding the track: Continue Reading
During my first year of university, I landed a bit of a dream part-time job when I got hired at a His Master’s Voice (HMV) store in downtown Ottawa. For those unfamiliar, HMV was at one point a well-respected music retailer known for their extensive selection of compact discs and vinyl. Near the start of my time employed there a record called Antenna by Boston based Cave In was released. The record received a perfect review in Alternative Press who subsequently compared it to Loveless, Mezcal Head, and You’d Prefer an Astronaut. An afternoon of work for myself around this time would include playing the record in the store while customers shop. My curiosity went from just that to total awe based on the high quality of their songwriting, guitar playing, and music.
Combining the raw aggression, angularity and heart of 90s post-hardcore with a healthy dose of progressive flair, NY in 64 craft dynamic, ever-evolving tunes full of pulverizing riffs and melodic flair. On their newest full-length recording, The Gentle Indifference of the Night, the band hit harder than they have before and forge seemingly endless intricate sonic passages across 30 minutes. Devoid of lyrics, NY in 64 tell engaging stories that most words wish they could tell.
Svbterranean recently caught up with bassist Tom Schlatter and guitarists Justin Hock and Chris Alfano to discuss the new record and future projects.
Photo by Kimberly Tam-Rheam
The fifth and final full-length record from Swedish band Burst is a bit of a Metalcore anomaly. More on that in a second. When a couple of the folks from Svbterranean mentioned the idea of doing a Metalcore column series my initial reaction was that I very much wanted to participate, but then it dawned on me: I’m not exactly up to speed with the genre these days. I think the last Metalcore release I actually listened to was Hot Damn by Buffalo legends Everytime I Die. So I did what any middle aged music nerd would do, I started googling “classic Metalcore records.” Much to my surprise, Lazarus Bird made many appearances in best of lists. It’s surprising because Burst to my ears heavily leans towards the progressive rock/metal sphere with their “song within a song” aesthetic (one that very much reminds me of Norwegian masters Enslaved.) Be that as it may, trying to dispute genres and pigeonhole music is a generally futile endeavor and Lazarus Bird is a bloody gem of a record. Complex, varied, and completely memorable.
Iranian progressive rock 5 piece Mavara have a long and storied history. Formed in 2001 by keyboardist/producer Farhood Ghadiri, the band quickly solidified themselves as a premier act of their ilk in their homeland. The band received accolades in their native land and played the prestigious progressive rock festival “Teheran Avenue.” The band’s first English language album Forgotten Inside was released in 2009 with the band subsequently relocating to the United States. There they released 2013’s Season of Salvation.
GROUPOEM have quite a storied history. The legend goes that from 1983 to 1986 the band cut their teeth in the Toronto punk rock circuit, went on a North American tour in 1987 and then dissolved the same year.
25 years later the band has reformed. Their new offering Dirt Church is a culmination of 9 tracks the band recorded in 1987 and 9 that were captured after their reformation. Subjectively, I wish there were more bands like this. GROUPOEM exhibit many of the tropes of punk and alternative, but the way they present it is unique and ultimately fresh. The stream of conscious type lyrics and masterful guitar playing and arrangements really set this band apart from the herd.