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Lights and Perfections, by The Burial.Lights and Perfections, by The Burial. in Editorial
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The power of art really is a force to be reckoned with. To have you look at something and be intrigued by it, wanting to know more about it's story. Soon all you're doing is staring at it intently, as if it were a really attractive person.
Maybe I am delving too much into the album art cover of Lights and Perfections by The Burial, but I have to say, it truly is amazing.
The Burial is a progressive death metal band, and this is their sophomore release. Now, I hadn't even heard of this band until I was looking at upcoming releases, and saw this artwork, along with two tracks available for listening pleasure, so of course I had to take a listen.
The album starts of with 'Lights' which is woven with so many grooves and bounces, the urge to not headbang becomes obsolete. This band may suffer from what many 'elitists' consider to be a very incestuous sound with metalcore, due to the songwriting choices, such as bands like The Faceless. With that being said, the catchy riffs and impre
fin, by John Talabot.fin, by John Talabot. in Editorial
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What makes you want to groove? Is it the rhythm of a track? The way the bass, drum, and other instrumentation come together that just gets you praise evolution for being able to snap your fingers, move your hips, or any other involuntary movement when stimulated by a good tune?
John Talabot is a music producer out of Barcelona, making this his debut album under the name, although this not being his first indenture into the music scene. He spent his time as a DJ in the 2000's making dance tunes, eventually shifting his musical capabilities into another sound as the scene began to die out years later locally.
Enter IN, his first output and follow up to the Families EP that came out last year, in which I had forgot to include into my lists last year, due to not giving the EP enough spins to truly enjoy it. Now it's the beginning of the year, and this is no time for excuse. This album is comprised of 52 minutes of slow tempos, mixed into his lush, and warm tr
Eclipse, by Veil of Maya.Eclipse, by Veil of Maya. in Editorial
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There will always be genres of music that no one enjoys for some reason pertaining to their taste, or what turns them off about that said genre stylistically. This can be said without a doubt for the deathcore genre. Although started with an intention of a very dark and technical standpoint (see the band The Red Chord), it's been muddled down to a mess of universally-toned guitars spouting out the same chord progressions and breakdowns, messily complimented with vocals that never really make or break the band. Throw some formulaic drum techniques and you have a very tired and dying genre.
Enter Veil of Maya, a 4-piece deathcore band hailing from Chicago, Illinois. Eclipse is their fourth album, and while sticking to a certain formula, people tend to look past the fact that the formula they stick with, is very invigorating from the likes of Whitechapel, Oceano, and Chelsea Grin. They break the mold of so many cliches, it's overwhelming. It's pretty progressive, to be honest, which is a
L'enfant Sauvage, by Gojira.L'enfant Sauvage, by Gojira. in Editorial
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Gojira is a French groove metal band that incorporate hints of death metal, ironically categorized sometimes as 'life metal' due to the fact of the lyrics covering subjects such as life, spirituality, and ecological themes, and the fact that when they want to write something heavy, you best believe it's going to be devastating. Gojira have a knack for being very versatile in what they write or play, changing it up from being consistently fast to slow and dark.
Back in my review for that recent The Mars Volta LP, I touched down on the subject of a liking only a few tracks from a bands discography. Another case in point that's even worse from my point of view, wasGojira. Their earlier material wasn't bad, but it definitely didn't stand out until the released From Mars to Sirius back in 2005, which is something you may want to listen to first, followed by the 2008's rather disappointing The Way of All Flesh, to see how much of an overhaul they made in the four years i