It was another slow week for the metal scene, with tour/album announcements less frequent and a distinct lack of any major controversies. Leading the news this week is the announcement of Between the Buried and Me’s new live DVD/BluRay/CD set in “Coma Ecliptic Live”. Bassist Dan Briggs is a busy man; hot off the heels of last week’s Nova Collective debut and this upcoming live release, BTBAM have also confirmed in an interview that they would be touring for the 10th anniversary of Colors.
In other news, A Lot Like Birds fans can rejoice with the reveal of a new album: Divisi. The album will drop on May 5th, and be the first album without vocalist Kurt Travis at the mic. However, if it’s pure instrumental prog you’re looking for, Scale the Summit has announced a follow up to 2015’s V, In a World of Fear, for May 19th.
Matching the slowness of the news, this week had only a few song debuts, with one very noteworthy track in the form of Mastodon’s new single. Titled “Andromeda”, this marks the third single from the upcoming Emperor Of Sand, due out in a just few weeks’ time. We also got a new song from Kardashev, bringing dark ambience in the seven-minute “Between Sea and Sky”, and “Night Terrors” from Currents, who recently announced that they signed to Sharptone Records. Lastly, we have a new track from Heretoir, “Exhale”, from March 24th’s The Circle.
Strawberry Girls – Italian Ghosts (9.5/10): “Strawberry Girls play music, but how they do so is pure magic. Italian Ghosts will haunt you throughout the day, digging deep into your heart. It just won’t let you down.”
Psykup – CTRL + ALT + FUCK (9/10): “Well-written yet far from contrived, this release sets a pace that few bands half their age would be able to keep, and does so with both accuracy and reckless abandon.”
Sentience – Oleka (9/10): “Aside from [one specific] minor criticism, it has to be said that for a début release, Sentience have absolutely hit it out of the park…this album is an accomplishment in both structure and sound, with each song sounding surprisingly different to the next.
Junius – Eternal Rituals For The Accretion Of Light (10/10): “The band has never sounded heavier or more progressive than on the new record…Martinez and Filoon have, even under trying circumstances, created a monumental record.”
Fit For An Autopsy – The Great Collapse (8.5/10): “When trying to put Fit For An Autopsy into a genre, progressive deathcore might fit best, the reason being that they showed an ability to progress over the years…The Great Collapse could be one of the best records within its genre that we get this year.”
Converge – Jane Live (7/10): “Jane Live might be all we have to tide us over until [their next album], but if it is little more than between-album filler, then it is damn good between-album filler.”
As Seen On It Djents
A duo of videos have been added to the long list of ItDjents TV song premieres, with this week’s contributions from Denmark’s Odd Palace and Cloudbreaker. The first track, “Tools”, is a short, guitar oriented tune that fans of Protest the Hero might enjoy. The second, “Nova”, is an instrumental piece with a bit of thall. Continuing the focus on guitar work, the incredibly talented guitarist Jason Richardson offers his thoughts on his recent collaboration with Luke Holland and debut album in an exclusive interview.
This week also saw the unveiling of a new feature on the site called Spotlight. The series will focus on a single lesser-known artist or group, and our personal experience with their music. For the inaugural piece, we have a Japanese jazz, post-rock, instrumental group: jizue. Finally, March 8th was International Women’s Day, and, to celebrate, we had a showcase of some fantastic female musicians that you shouldn’t miss.
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