Supermachiner – Rust

Supermachiner Rust:

A little something old, a little something new. This is a 2 CD re-release of Supermachiner’s first, and only, album “Rise of the Great Machine”. Supermachiner was the side-project of Jake Bannon from Converge. Rather than make just another Converge clone, Bannon decided to ambient metal-like music that was about machines’ place in society and their rise as sentient beings. It was an enjoyable album. So now it’s be re-mastered so it sounds even creepier than it did before. All this is just the first disc. The second is disc are bonus songs and remixes. These are good, but one can see why they didn’t the cut. Fans of Converge should check this out, but so should anyone into experimental music.

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Animals As Leaders – Self Titled

Animals As Leaders Self Titled:

So if you’re in a prog-metal band, what do you do for a side project? Why a prog-metal instrumental album of course. Tosin Abasi, of Reflux, is an incredibly gifted with the guitar. There are parts of this album that will cause any guitarist to be impressed. The trouble is that this sounds like a bad Buckethead album. The playing is technically amazing, but it just feels like showing off So after a few minutes of technical riffing, it just sounds the same and becomes monotonous. If you’re a guitar player, or you love Dream Theater, you may get some enjoyment out of this album. Anyone else should just go get Praxis album instead.

Agoraphobic Nosebleed – Agorapocalypse

Agoraphobic Nosebleed Agorapocalypse:

The last thing that comes to mind when one things of Agoraphobic Nosebleed is females. Well you better start since Kat, from the band Salome, has joined this constantly changing project. Her vocals are fierce enough to hold up with any of the guys, but still it’s a nice change and really adds to the songs. Another big change is the way the band has slowed down. This album seems almost glacially slow compared to Altered States of America, but that’s not a bad thing. Rather songs are usually made up of at least two parts. This adds depth and variety, curing the one weakness the band ever had. Also Scott Hull has been really practicing with his digital work station since the drum beats have never sound better. Also his playing is just top notch on this album. While it was a wait, Agorapocalypse completely delivers and maybe a high point for extreme music in 2009.

Nuggies – Heavy Hit

Nuggies Heavy Hit:

What an awful band name. This what a band who tours with the Kotton Mouth Kings should call themselves. Instead this Vermont based group is an Avant-garde IMD band. Awesome. The only real joy to be found on this two track EP is when the band is heard laughing and giggling during the 7 minutes jam “Heavy Hit.” The band just jams badly for seven minutes and calls it a song. Then they follow it up with song on bleeps and bloops, which is just annoying. The whole thing is just a waste of ten minutes.

Danny Echo – Self Titled

Danny Echo Self Titled:

This is decent Power Pop from Vancouver. It’s hard to name a contemporary band similar to this, but the album does have the feeling of something that early 90s radio would love. The lead singer’s voice is powerful and used well. There are also some great vocal harmonies through this album. Some songs do fall a bit flat, but these are made up for by the good moments, like when the piano is broken out. Also many of the songs are insanely catchy, showing off the bands ability to match good hooks with enjoyable choruses. Definitely a solid full length from a band that will probably be feathered on the soundtrack to a show like S.C.R.U.B.S.