torsdag 6. september 2012

The Contortionist - Intrinsic - 2012

Band: The Contortionist
Album: Intrinsic
Country: USA

Release date: July 17, 2012
Label: Season Of Mist
Genre: Progressive Deathcore
Existed since: 2007


I began listening to this band just before the summer, with their previous release Exoplanet, which i think had some killer tracks n solid punch to it. This release is a total different experience. Its more ambient n softer, but still has some great deathmetal blended in.
I think lotsa deathcore band this days r widening their perspective n r looking for influences in different places, not only deathmetal n techdeath. I mentioned ambient before, but in some places on this record i even hear house influence n by that i dont mean the drumming n bass, but the sound. In the beginning of this millenium i was totally into the electronic scene n i dont know if they have listened to the same stuff i did, but i just wanna throw a electronic duo name out who i digged so much, Crazy Penis...crazy name, i know, but they were so good.
But there r a progressive techdeath band i hear lotsa influences from on this album n thats Cynic. Been a while since i listened to the Focus-album, but there r lot of Traced In Air here.
For ppl who like their deathcore hard throughout, this is not for u. If u looking for great melodies, relaxation n hardness, go check it out.

Album musicians:
Jonathan Carpenter - vocals, keyboards
Robby Baca - guitar
Cameron Maynard - guitar
Joey Baca - drums
Chris Tilley - bass

  1. Holomovement
  2. Feedback Loop
  3. Causality
  4. Sequential Vision
  5. Geocentric Confusion
  6. Dreaming Schematics
  7. Anatomy Anomolies
  8. Cortical
  9. Solipsis
  10. Parallel Trance

Previous records:
  • Shapeshifter(ep), 2008
  • Apparition(ep), 2009
  • Exoplanet, 2010

T.R.A.M. - Lingua Franca - 2012

Band: T.R.A.M.
Album: Lingua Franca
Country: USA

Release date: June 28, 2012
Label: Sumerian Records
Genre: Jazz fusion
Existed since: 2011


Great melodic n relaxing debut album from 4 talented guys. I havent listened that much to either Mars Volta or Suicidal Tendencies, so i cant say if it resembles those band, but i rly like Animals As Leaders debut, n they do have some similarties, except there r no metal here.
I would say that they taken much of their influences from the 70s jazz/rock fusion scene, but i cant point to which band excatly. All i can say, is that this is my kind of jazz, since im a big fan of those early bands, like Bacamarte, Sloche, Mahavishnu Orchestra n so on.

Album Musician:
Adrian Terrazas - saxophone, flute, bass clarinet, percussion
Javier Reyes - guitar
Tosin Abasi - guitar
Eric Moore - drums

  1. Seven Ways Till Sunday
  2. Consider Yourself Judged
  3. Endeavor
  4. Hollywood Swinging
  5. Inverted Ballad

Related bands:

The Faceless - Autotheism - 2012

Band: The Faceless
Album: Autotheism
Country: USA

Release date: August 13, 2012
Label: Sumerian Records
Genre: Progressive Death Metal, Technical Death Metal
Existed since: 2004


The first 3 songs of this album, called Movement, reminds of the nordic metal scene with some Devin Townsend influence put in. The first maybe finnish, the second swedish and the third norwegian. Since i am norwegian i recognize the norwegian band influence the best, with lotsa Enslaved, a bit Dimmu Borgir/Sahg, a few vocal lines ala Roy Khan, former Kamelot vocalist and Ihsahn.
I really like the guitar work on this album, some of the solos are just orgasmic.
Accelerated Evolution got loads of Devin Townsend influences in it, n its also named after his 2003 album.
Also lots of Opeth influences throughout the album, n even a bit Alcest put into the mix.
Overall a really good album, n highly recommended if your into either of the influences i mentioned above.
As a negative i would say they doesnt got a clear enough voice/sound of their own, n sounds as a mixtures of different bands in the prog/death/tech scene.

Album musicians:
Geoffrey Ficco - vocals
Michael "Machine" Keene - guitars, vocals
Wes Hauch - guitars
Lyle Cooper - drums
Evan Brewer - bass

  1. Movement I: Create
  2. Movement II: Emancipate
  3. Movement III: Deconsecrate
  4. Accelrated Evolution
  5. The Eidolon Reality
  6. Ten Billion Years
  7. Hail Silence
  8. Hymn Of Sanity
  9. In Solitude

Previous records:
  • Akeldama, 2006
  • Planetary Duality, 2008