46 releases, 7 highlights: this week is packed!
We’re in the middle of September and we’re dealing with an absolute flood of great new releases again. Out of the 46 we found for you today, we picked 7 extremely diverse highlights with new stuff from Somehow Jo, Æries, Reliqa, Titans to Tachyons, Sundrowned, James Norbert Ivanyi & Creature! Come on and dive in, what are you waiting for?
Somehow Jo - Scales and Details
The first time I stumbled across Finnish prog metal band Somehow Jo was around three years ago, when they released the single (and hilarious video) for their song ‘Alcoholiday’, so I naturally mistook them for a fun/parody band. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but I was positively surprised with their new album “Scales and Details” displaying a much more mature and dare I say ‘serious’ own brand of prog metal. You’ll still find the occasional tongue-in-cheek reggae rhythm in songs like ‘When It Falls’, but overall I can’t shake off the idea that “Scales and Details” sounds a bit like a fun and relaxed version of modern Norwegian prog metal bands like Rendezvous Point or Arkentype. The slightly nasal timbre of singer Christian Sauren takes a moment to get used to, but once you got into it you can’t imagine Somehow Jo with a singer that doesn’t sound exactly like that. Despite my initial statement of ‘seriousness’, “Scales and Details” is still quite a fun affair and I can’t wait to see Somehow Jo live on their upcoming European tour with One Morning Left and Crosschains.
Æries - Arcanum
Do you like fat, bouncy riffs, powerful vocals (equally impressive in clean and scream mode), the occasional nasty breakdown and some Unprocessed-like guitar noodling here and there? And all that served with a slick, modern production? Then you’ve come to the right place with “Arcanum”, the debut album from young Cologne-based trio Æries. Emerging at the worst possible of times, namely the beginning of the pandemic, they were able to snatch some support slots for the mighty Jinjer in Germany during 2020 with just a few singles out, which already says a lot about the top notch quality at hand. Now with the album out, they are ready to take on Euroblast Festival in their hometown in two weeks, and hopefully many more stages after that. Djent, proggy metalcore and catchy modern prog metal in a convincing package, that’s what you’ll find in “Arcanum”.
Reliqa - I Don’t Know What I Am EP
Fresh blood from Australia. Releasing a string of singles after their debut album Eventide from 2018, Sydney’s Reliqa are back with a 23 minute EP that doesn’t care about genre conventions or playing it safe. Incorporating both rapand also full on electronic elements into their progressive metal onslaught, not shying away from putting djent and neo-classical/baroque stylings onto the same release, they mix all these seemingly disparate influence to a thoroughly thought through amalgam that just works, despite any misgivings you might have from just reading it on paper. And I think there are several reasons for that: super solid songwriting, top notch performances, a super heavy and slick production and lastly their sheer conviction and confidence with which they create their very own and highly innovative sound. Imagine Spiritbox and Voyager throwing all genre-constraints overboard and making a truly genre-defying baby bastard. Despite the name of the EP “I Don’t Know What I Am” I’m sure they do know who they are. They are Reliqa and they are uniquely awesome. Or awesomely unique. Whichever way you choose, just listen to them.
Titan to Tachyons - Vonals
And now for something completely different… New York based experimental avantgarde jazz rock supergroup of sorts Titan to Tachyons are back with their sophomore effort “Vonals”. Featuring some insane drumming from Imperial Triumphant/John Zorn drum-madman Kenny Grohowski, a double bass attack from Matt Hollenberg (also John Zorn) and the legendary Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Fantômas, Tomahawk) and dissonant guitar antics from bandleader/composer Sally Weaver, “Vonals” is just as chaotic but also jaw-droppingly good as one would expect from such a line-up. If you’re not into jazz/fusion madness or can’t handle your dissonance, stay away from Titan to Tachyons. This is for all those who are craving some crimsonesque cacophonic chaos! And their hunger shall be satiated.
Sundrowned - Glacious EP
Just as idiomatic as the title of their 2019 debut album “Become Ethereal”, Norwegian Blackgazers of Sundrowned are back with a new EP called “Glacious”. Dive into their frosty atmospheric post metal soundscapes that give you as much chills as a comforting sense of serenity and peace. The ethereal sounds of a few layered Cellos in the outro of the title track are just the icing on the cake. Wonderful stuff even for me as not the biggest fan of this type of music, there’s always some exceptions that I somehow always ‘get’. Or do they get me? Probably both. A mutual musical understanding.
James Norbert Ivanyi - The Sine Intimidation
After going acoustic on “Sigil” earlier this year, Australian instrumental solo artist James Norbert Ivanyi gave his guitars some rest, powered up his analogue synths and surprises us with “The Sine Intimidation”, a full on synth affair that harkens back to the psychedelic krautrock jams of Tangerine Dream and the likes in the 70s. The production is very tasty and Mike Avenaim’s drums are the icing on the cake. Have a nice trip (down memory lane), no need to feel intimidated by these sine waves!
Creature - Chimerapolis EP
Completing these wild and eclectic 7 highlights of the week is “Chimerapolis”, the new EP from French one-man project Creature. And it’s a very eclectic one in itself, as it combines avantgarde black metal with French hip hop. Yes, that’s correct. No typo. Just the facts. And oddly enough, it works in a very strange way. Only complaint would be that the drums are programmed again, Baard Kolstad’s guest drums on the previous full length Creature album “Éloge de l’Ombre” elevated the overall sound so much. Anyways a weird little release for daring experimentalists who like to look over their musical event horizon. Très ‘Machiavélique’.
More releases for 16 September, 2022
- Tempus Cucumis - The Story of C and the Lowering Skies (Sept. 11) Bandcamp
- Solár - Atlas (Sept. 13) Bandcamp
- Sublation - The Path to Bedlam (Sept. 13) Bandcamp
- Hegemone - Voyance (Sept. 15, Brucia Records) Bandcamp
- Alberto Rigoni & Michael Manring - Grains of Sand (Sept. 15) Bandcamp
- Dead Void - Volatile Forms (Sept. 15) Bandcamp
- Destrage - So Much, Too Much (3DOT/Century Media Records)
- Virtual Symmetry - Virtual Symmetry (Laser’s Edge) Bandcamp
- Ahasver - Causa Sui (Lifeforce Records) Bandcamp
- Adventure - The Tales of Belle Part 2: Unveiled by Fire Bandcamp
- Babal - WWIBWIL (Who Will I Be When I Leave?) (Melodic Revolution Records) Bandcamp
- Cymbalic Encounters - Cerulean Cathedral Bandcamp
- Kerberos - Of Mayhem and Dismay Bandcamp
- Miscreance - Convergence (Unspeakable Axe Records) Bandcamp
- The Necromancers - Where the Void Rose (Season of Mist/Ripple Music) Bandcamp
- The Black Angels - Wilderness of Mirrors Bandcamp
- Khamira - Undod / Unity Bandcamp
- All India Radio - The Generator of All Infinity Bandcamp
- Lybica - Lybica (Metal Blade Records) Bandcamp
- Scarlean - Silence
- Mycelia - In a Late Country
- Weal - Undivided
- Robot God - Worlds Collide Bandcamp
- Aromatic Ooze - Aromatic Ooze
- Dying Alone - One Man Tragedy
- The Erinyes - The Erinyes (Frontiers Music)
- Crust - Wanderers Bandcamp
- Wolfheart - King of the North (Napalm Records) Bandcamp
- The Murlocs - Rapscallion Bandcamp
- White Hills - The Revenge of Heads on Fire Bandcamp
- Behemoth - Opvs Contra Natvram (Nuclear Blast) Bandcamp
- Spiritus Mortis - The Great Seal (Svart) Bandcamp
- The Mars Volta - The Mars Volta Bandcamp
- Marigold King / Swampworm - Pillars to Unrelenting Suffering / Nahab Bandcamp
- Phobophilic - Enveloping Absurdity (Prosthetic Records) Bandcamp
- Ghosther - Immersion (Doc Gator Records)
- Irist - Gloria EP (Nuclear Blast) Bandcamp
- Nonvector - A Short Trip Home EP (Wormholedeath Records)
- Pink Floyd - Animals (2018 Remix)