In honor of the Harrowing of Hell, where Christ destroyed the place and released the souls waiting there for relief, I present you the Spanish progressive doom band Orthodox. Noisy metal bordering weirdly on free jazz, this is a bit of a score for me. The music is brutal, loud, but there is something comforting in this kind of sludge.
Stvannyr consist of 2/3 of the post-rock/atmospheric metal group Realm of Wolves, but this project might actually be heavier. We’ve come to expect some fine instrumental tracks from István and his crew, and this album is no exception. The guitar playing is clean, sharp, excellent in terms of metal music (which is not my cup of tea normally, making this album that much more exceptional). It’s crisply recorded, and loud enough
Post-rock music keeps branching out into fresh territory, which makes musicians practicing this dark art a pleasure to enjoy.
My favorite avant-prog couple surprised me recently with a release I completely managed to bypass. It looks like Amadine and Santiago Fradejas’ project, 6 (Seis), was recorded in their original home of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The music sits squarely inside the progressive metal genre, with powerful-but-restrained musicianship, a Floydian feel with vocals which would not compare unfavorably to James Hetfield of Metallica. You can hear touches of jazz here and there as well. Both musicians have come a long way, but you could already hear the raw beauty in their sound from this decade-old project.
Post-rock, math-rock, prog-metal… Not quite sure how to describe Kolt, a band out of Skopje, Macedonia, but I like their energy a lot!