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Album Review: James Norbert Ivanyi – “The Matter Circumvention”

Album: The Matter Circumvention Band/Artist: James Norbert Ivanyi Location: Sydney, New South Wales Date of Release: 16th January, 2015 Genre: Progressive Instrumental Reviewer: Erised (abuse me on twitter @Giaccattack) For Fans Of: Plini, Sean Ashe Why he isn’t famous: Give it time, TRUST me Well, I seem to be listening and reviewing quite a bit of Instrumental Prog lately, what with the whole Helix Nebula, Polyphia, Hung etc. that has been flying around and I must say I’m really happy about this. This genre is up there with my absolute favourites, and it’s no wonder when there are such utter craftsmen prevalent within the trope. Let’s have a bit of a looksy into what makes this album a cracker, shall we? When it comes to this style of music, it is always interesting to see what the artist is looking to achieve with their release. In a genre absolutely brimming with virtuoso technicians and total musical geniuses, it’s almost like the only limitation on the music is what they happen to dream up. What I really noticed about The Matter Circumvention was just how functional everything was. There didn’t seem to be any erroneous sections, licks, riffs, transitions; everything was there to wholly and solely serve a purpose. Whether it was James channelling TesseracT in “The Quixotic Ideal”, dishing out his best pentatonic licks with a more modal twist in “Malevolent” or dialing back the tech to settle into a hypnotic groove overlaid with some exquisitely exotic scale choices in the title track, everything is engineered to deliver a semi-psychedelic haze to what is otherwise a precise and calculated...

Album Review: Periphery – “Juggernaut: Alpha/Omega”

Periphery have been an omnipresent force in the prog metalcore realm since their first album released in 2010 – band founder Misha Mansoor has served as producer on several of the genre’s albums, and the other members are all famous in their own right, whether it’s simply for their craft (Matt Halpern), their involvement in other projects (Spencer Sotelo, Mark Holcomb, Nolly Getgood), or just simply being the nephew of someone exceedingly famous (Jake Bowen). This makes whatever they decide to do extremely important, and the band’s decision to release a concept double album has created hype of hugelargic proportions. In my humble opinion, the band has delivered on all fronts, but not without some disappointments in the “could’ve been” area. Since their inception, Periphery have changed from a chugga-chug ambidjent project posting demos on the internet in the late 2000s to a full-fledged prog metal band with heavy elements of metalcore, post-hardcore, and pop music in general. If you weren’t onboard for “Periphery II”, “Juggernaut” likely won’t change your mind (unless your issues were relatively small), as it’s more of the same poppy atmosphere and less of the techy downtuned riffs, though god knows THOSE are still around. But there’s also a lot of style experimentation – jazz fusion, death metal, and various forms of electronica are all utilized on a semi-normal basis, and range from being seamlessly integrated into the music to being tacked on to the ends of songs like gluing a top-rate dildo onto an already particularly throbby penis. If this all sounds a bit schizophrenic, rest assured that the songcraft is, for the most...

Song Review: Transcend The Realm – “Witness The Demise”

Song: Witness The Demise 
Band/Artist: Transcend The Realm 
Location: Location
 Date of Release: 31st July 2014 
Genre: Death Zazz Reviewer: SoulDoubt
 For Fans Of:The Faceless, NEW Job For A Cowboy & Mastodon 
Why They Aren’t Famous:My only guess is that its because they’re relatively new, from what I can tell, and as such do not have the industry presence yet. But with good marketing and song writing like this it shouldn’t be too long. Progressive Death Metal is becoming a very crowded these days, the distinction between Tech and Prog being a grey area and the propensity of musicians within these styles to embrace an over indulgent and self satisfying displays of musical masturbation makes it hard to stand out from the crowd. There is a tendency to lose the heart and feel of a song amongst the relentless sweeps, blast beats and shred. It is difficult to find a balance of melody and emotion in a song played at ridiculous tempos and/or time signatures, it is rare, for even some of the greats to find that nugget of soul within the song and not douse it with excessive technicality. However this track for me has that brilliant balance, the heart, the heavy and the exceptional musicianship. Transcend The Realm have managed to infuse virtuosic levels of technicality, with groove, dynamics and melody. This creates rather than a The Faceless-esque onslaught of chaotic guitar wankery, they managed to infuse what, to my ears has a Mastodon inspired ominous rolling groove and chord pattern, before entering into the familiar chaos, of the tech death norm. Insane sweep and tapping patterns...

Song Review: “Could’ve Would’ve” – Coves

Song: “Could’ve Would’ve” Band/Artist: Coves Location: Adelaide, South Australia Date of Release: 07/01/2015 Genre: Post-Hardcore Reviewer: Ouroboros For Fans Of: At The Drive In, Quicksand, Neurosis Why Aren’t They Famous:They’re from Adelaide which is also how they grew without popular influence I’m guessing. One of my favourite review subjects at IPHYB last year, Adelaide’s “Coves”. Return smack bang at the beginning of 2015 with a new single “Could’ve Would’ve” which explodes with more post-hardcore angst than last year’s “Brothers” did. With barely a second and a half filtered riff fragment to introduce the song. “Could’ve Would’ve” erupts into a breakup story that is only too familiar but delivered with this intensity, quickly reminds the listener of why it stings no matter how many times you hear it. Coves are a band who have already proven before that they have no need for pretense of dressing up the intention of what they shove down the listener’s throat. The production handled by Lachy Pitcher, ably stuffs enough gelignite into the guitars and bass to cause a grating, destructive riff that shines with enough character to accompany the lyrics. Drum production is top billing with a cracking snare and thick pounding kicks. A bit of air behind that snare will bring those single hits right to the front of the mix OK I didn’t mean for that to rhyme…um..anyway.. The intense but short delivery with only a few fragmented contemplations for lyrics, wrapped around the repetitive mantra of “I never had the guts” – evokes comparisons to Post-Metal overlords “Neurosis”. It’s definitely that vocal delivery and the tight mathematical sharp guitars that grate along side...

Album Review: The Helix Nebula – “Meridian”

Album: Meridian Band/Artist: The Helix Nebula Location: Sydney, New South Wales Twitter: @THNOfficial Date of Release: 29th August, 2014 Genre: Instrumental Progressive Reviewer: Erised (abuse me on twitter @Giaccattack) For Fans Of: Intervals, Plini, Polyphia Why they aren’t famous: They are getting there, but I can only assume that somewhere along the line one of their members sexually assaulted a goat and people have long memories. So, it’s been a while. What have I been up to? Well, in amongst working a million hours at my regular day job of being a billionaire space cowboy, I have been doing a whole bunch of recuperating from said hours. The important thing is that for my first review back, I have a truly inspiring album for your listening pleasure. No beef here kids, but trust me there will be very soon. The good thing about Instrumental bands is that the music needs to be REALLY interesting in order to compete for your attention and beat out the vocally inclined competition. The Helix Nebula totally understand this, and have painstakingly crafted an album so chock-filled with riffs and solos that if you were to enter it in a stick-shaking contest, it would comfortably walk away with the top gong without breaking a sweat. It’s kind of pointless expending my stock of superlatives describing just how wonderfully talented every single member of THN is, because anybody with an interest in this genre probably already knows who they are and what they are capable of. Instead, I will dip into what specifically makes THN stand out, or at least sit comfortably amongst their peers....

Ten Best Album Releases of 2014 According to The Astr0naut

Written by: The Astr0naut inb4 ‘gawd all these artists are fucking shitty’ or ‘they aren’t br00talz enough’ Fuck your opinions, cunts. Every artist on this article deserve every bit of exposure they are getting, except maybe #9. Almost every artist is a completely different genre than the one before it. 10. Danger Silent – Re Align Danger Silent is a band that’s been hanging out in the local scene for a couple years now. Although the band was primarily based around its one main member, Chris Vaughn, who writes all the music, there appear to be more contributing members now. With this release, there are very cool instrumentals throughout the entire EP, which leaves a lasting satisfaction through the slightly autotuned vocals. The autotune is cool though because this particular sound is very reminiscent of the ‘good old days’ of metalcore and post hardcore, ranging from the 2009-2012 days. 9. Slaves – Through Are We Are All Equals Now obviously this is only here because of Jonny Craig. The entire instrumental ensemble of this band is boring as fuck and is not something I would have been able to dig if there was any other vocalist. Jonny truly shines through here, and this is a good band for him since it showcases a moderately okay sound and his impressively soul based vocals. Also the lyrics in this album are pretty shitty, but they’re really cool for the life of the angsty teenager, and that’s kind of what it’s for anyway. 8. Random Forest – Random Forest Here’s one of the best Post Rock releases of the year. As a...

Ouroboris Top 20 releases of 2014

This is my pick for top 20 releases of 2014. If yours isn’t on this list. It’s probably because it was shit 1. NOISTRUCT – LIVING STEALTH 2. GRUDGE! – GRUDGE! 3. CARMEL HARRIS SLURRYCUNT – SUCH IS LIFE 4. WHORES – CLEAN 5. BREAKFORCE ONE – I’VE VISITED BREAKCORE LAST WEEK – IT’S ALIVE AND WELL 6. SHELLAC – DUDE, INCREDIBLE 7. CRIPPLING SELF DOUBT – THE END OF MY ROPE 8. CASTRATION PARTY – MUSIC FOR COWARDS 9. CATDOG VS. GREEZUS – SUCH SPLIT – VERY AMAZING! 10. GODFLESH – A WORLD LIT ONLY BY FIRE 11. STRAYCE – BYO FUTURE EP 12. LANA DEL REY – ULTRAVIOLENCE 13. CORPSEBITCH – POWER STEVE: THE STRING BEAST AND THE GATES OF MIDI 14. COVES – OUTCAST 15. M1DLET – MY OTHER HALF 16. JACK THE STRIPPER – RAW NERVE 17. CRN:66116 – MUSIC FOR SERIAL KILLERS TO MASTURBATE TO 18. TIRED MINDS – GOODLIFE 19. PSYKOXXX – COME AND HEAR 20. MANDARK –...

Album Review: HUNG – “Level 2”

Album: Level 2 Band/Artist: HUNG Location: Worcester, UK Date of Release: 14th November, 2014 (that’s right bitchez, this is an exclusive leak) Genre: Progressive Metal/Djent Reviewer: Erised, with input from various other admins (abuse me on twitter @Giaccattack) For Fans Of: Periphery, Polyphia, Intervals Ok bitchez, listen the fuck up. In a first for IPHYB, we have been given permission to “leak” HUNG’s new album “Level 2”, so you’re going to be good little plebs and give it a listen and read our review because Stone Cold said so, ya dig? In all seriousness though, we’ve been given an exclusive right here and to honour that we have decided to do one of our world famous round-table reviews for this album. I will once again act as convenor, with opinions taken from several of our other admins. Let’s do this then, shall we? So what we have hear is a largely instrumental album in the vein of Polyphia or Intervals (pre-Semesky), with 3 songs featuring vocals (2 originals and 1 cover of Owl City’s “Fireflies”). It’s immediately apparent that there is some pretty damn spectacular production and studio trickery going on, with the Periphery-esque intro featuring some gorgeous clean guitars with layered distorted leads building up to the track kicking into gear when the programmed drums enter the fray. HUNG, being a studio project at present, do not possess a drummer, so the entirety of the beats on the album are programmed. I wish I could say it’s not apparent, but it totally is. The drum sound is quite well executed, but some of the fill choices are quite...

Song Review: Decode – “Adjacent”

Song: Adjacent (ft. Jesse Cash of ERRA) Band/Artist: Decode Location: Birmingham, Alabama, USA Date of Release: 29th September, 2014 Genre: Metalcore Reviewer: ERRAsed (abuse me on twitter @Giaccattack) For Fans Of: ERRA (surprise surprise), Parkway Drive, August Burns Red Let me first just say that these guys are total cheats. Listening to this song was like playing Saints Row 3 with all the damage immunities. Why? Because they have Jesse fucking Cash on the chorus, that’s why. The dude is one of the single most talented musicians around at the moment, so having him contribute an entire chorus is essentially musical god-mode. Do I begrudge them this? No. Am I really, REALLY glad they got him? HELL. FUCKING. YES! So now that we’ve got the Jesse Cash sweatfest out of the way, let’s find out if Decode do his cameo justice, shall we? The short answer is yes. Oh my yes, in fact. From the Periphery-esque sampled intro to the slowed tempo shift last chorus, this song hits hard and often. I was actually totally not expecting the strong Parkway Drive influence throughout this song, instead expecting to hear a play by play of every ERRA song ever. What I actually got was an interesting blend of Parkway Drive/August Burns Red with a more modern twist. There are a couple of throwbacks to PD’s track “Anassasis (Xenophontis)”, not sure if it was intended or not but it was pretty cool to hear. The vocals and instrumentation are both of a similarly high calibre, so rest assured that Jesse is in good company here. The screamer has no small amount...