Taking over The Netherlands this weekend, Complexity Fest brings together the best in deathcore, death metal, progressive and other kinds of extreme music under one roof kicks off tonight. Running at the venerable Patronaat hall in Haarlem, NL, Complexity Fest features Carnifex, The Faceless, Oceano, Sikth, John Frum, Aversions Crown, Dodecahedrone, Blanck Mass, Dodheimsgard, Vola, Three Trapped Tigers, and many more. Tickets are on sale now at the link below.Continue reading
Since the release of their début album Route One Or Die (Blood And Biscuits) half a decade ago, Three Trapped Tigershave become quite a niche and almost cult act. Far from a household name, but those in the know are all too aware of how spectacular this band has proven in such a short space of time, carving a unique sound of their own which shows familiar nuances and wide influences that blend so seamlessly.
On album number two, Silent Earthling (Superball Music/Century Media) have managed to maintain their new, signature sound mostly familiar but still sound vibrant, urgent and fresh. With a notably more ‘rock’ feel than its predecessor, this still shows the wide spectrum of styles as before, just with an arguably different focus, perhaps due to the embrace from the forward thinking rock fraternity (including a support slot to Deftones) and the signing to metal/prog heavyweights Century Media/Superball.
With a core that ranges from the near math rock take of instrumental progressive rock akin to The Fierce & The Dead and, at times, the softer electronic rock of the likes North Atlantic Oscillation, Silent Earthling also shows dynamic and experimental electronica influences from the likes of Vangelis and Brian Eno. Toss in some near drum and bass elements and subtle Hip Hop basslines and you have a wonderfully vibrant mix, which is bursting with character and imagination, and fits together so seamlessly.
Superbly textured, fluid and atmospheric, Silent Earthling is a versatile and deep record but one that is still hugely accessible and far from daunting, and is incredibly fun and immersive from the off. It has been a long time coming for a new album from these guys, and with this follow-up they have proven they really are a name to trust, and with an album that should appeal to so many, it’s about time they hit more people’s radar.
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It doesn’t happen very often that one of my favorite bands comes playing in a venue only 30 minutes away from me, so when I caught wind the Deftones were playing in Groningen I really had to see them. The Oosterpoort itself is one of the most prestigious venues here up north, so that gave some additional grandeur. Continue reading