Cortez’s third full-length album shows a certain spark that was merely hinted at the Boston group”s previous releases. This is immediately established with the opening”No Escape,” which comes crashing in with a template more in line with Classic Metal than their usual Stoner Rock. I find myself reminded of Cauldron or Castle as the driving tempo sustains a reverb-friendly production job with a slew of flamboyant guitar leads, gritty bass, and chanted vocals to go around.
As of this writing, the music world continues to be in a state of suspended animation as the Coronavirus outbreak – particularly in North America – dashes any hopes of returning to music venues anytime soon. We’ve bungled the pandemic so poorly here in the states that our moron President and many of his colleagues have been diagnosed with the disease due to failure to follow social distancing measures. Having fans in attendance is starting to seem like a thing of the past, so more and more artists will start turning to live-streamed performances.
So, this album is called A Somber Preclusion of Being (Independent), huh? Cool, I’ll give this Vacant Eyes band a try. They’re from Massachusetts too? Great, I like supporting artists from my neck of the woods. What’s the worst that can happen? About seventy-five minutes have gone by and I think I may need a nap. The brain can only take so much.Continue reading
The Acacia Strain is back with a new album, Slow Decay (Rise Records), are as pissed as ever despite their last LP being released (checks notes) just last Winter? If memory serves, It Comes in Waves dropped rather surprisingly at the end of December. Okay then, on to Slow Decay. Hold up, most of these songs have already been released in the form of singles throughout the year.
Chalk it up to me partaking more in the reefer these days and revisiting professional wrestling as a hobby again, but I feel like I took a chair shot to the back of the skull. Why am I feeling discombobulated? Have you tried listening to Blood Incantation‘s Hidden History of the Human Race (Dark Descent)? No? Then why don’t you go to your nearest highway and attempt to run across during rush hour traffic? Best of luck.Continue reading
Cannibal Corpse, Power Trip and Gatecreeper are currently taking part in one of the most brutal tours to ever hit the States. Last night they absolutely destroyed New York City, and show no signs of slowing down until the tours ends on December 8th. To help get you more excited for the remaining dates, or if you just want to relive the insanity, we have amazing footage from their recent show in Boston. Continue reading
Kirk Hammett’s world-renowned collection of horror and science fiction memorabilia will be on display from August 12th through November 26th at Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. Continue reading
How cool is this!? Kirk Hammett’s world-renowned collection of horror and science fiction memorabilia will soon be on display at Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. Continue reading
Over the years of American music, I am always proud to mention quite the list of bands from Massachusetts, my home state. However, I get to add another band to that list, Beverly, MA experimental post-rock group known as Caspian. This instrumental outfit just released quite the killer album entitled Dust and Disquiet (Triple Crown Records). From start to finish, Caspian puts you on an emotional, yet satisfying, journey. After my first time listening to Dust and Disquiet, I was completely blown away and even embarrassed that I had never heard of this band who is just a few miles away from where I live!
It was extremely hard trying to narrow down my favorite tracks across this pilgrimage of an album. ‘Arcs of Command’ is a perfect example when trying to explain the structure of a post-rock/metal song. The song starts off calm and slowly builds on itself up until the climax of the song, running on all cylinders. Then, they come off the gas pedal just a bit towards the end before a big finish. ‘Echo and Abyss’ is another great example of this as well, except one of the elements that comes in during the build-up is actually some vocals, something I did not expect when hearing this band was instrumental. Having said that, I think the vocals certainly fit for this track. ‘Darkfield’ is yet another prime example of this song structure as the first few seconds of the track sound as if a train is starting and slowly gaining speed of a station. This track also dips into the electronic elements a bit more than the rest of the tracks on the album but it allows for the album to stay fresh all the way through.
Dust and Disquiet is an album that will certainly be in my album of the year internal discussions/battles I am certainly going to have after this great year in music. Caspian has put out one of the few albums in my young life to allow passages where I can bang my head and then follow up with pulling my heartstrings yet there are no vocals or lyrics. This album just does not have a single blemish and will stand up in its genre for years to come. Moving forward, when I mention bands from MA I enjoy, Caspian will make the cut for sure.