the pAper chAse – Someday This Could All Be Yours prt 1

The pAper chAse Someday This Could All Be Yours prt 1:

Austin Texas’ the pAper chAse are back with the first in a two part follow up to 2006’s Now You Are One of Us. As expected the black humor flows as freely as the blood and gore the lyrics, sometimes sounding like lines from one of the Zodiac Killer’s letters, hint at. Frontman/producer John Congelton’s production work has never sound better, managing to merge the band’s noisy, avant-guard side with it’s catchy indie rock side into a wonderful union. If you’re a fan of indie rock or interesting music then this should be on “albums to buy” list.

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A Dark Orbit – The Voyager EP

A Dark Orbit The Voyager EP :

“Yawn, another dark wave band that should have stopped in the 90s.” I f that was your first thought when reading the name of the band and album, well I can’t blame you. But all is not what is it seems, rather this a metalcore band in the vein of Coalesce. The band plays well and the singer does a good job of matching the music. There is nothing earth shattering here, but it’s different enough so that I can tell this band from the thousand other metalcore bands out there. Though the last track does see the band effectively using drum machines and keyboards to create a sound that Curlupanddie flirted with briefly. This a good introduction to a band that maybe something big in the future.

The Blinding Light – Junebug

The Blinding Light – Junebug

It’s been awhile since The Blinding Light have released something. Yet age has not rusted this thrashing machine. Rather this is some of best material the band has put out ever. The musicianship has increased dramatically since The Glass Bullet EP. Brian Lovro still sounds like Scott Kelly of Neurosis. There are some neat audio tricks on the album, like the panning spoken word on “Void”, that add a unique touch and separates these guys from the thousand other metalcore bands out there. An album that’s taken like 5 years to write, but was defiantly worth the wait.

Amesoeurs – Self Titled

Amesoeurs Self Titled:

Neige from Alcest got together with friends and made created this band. It was an attempt to fuse Black metal with shoe-gaze/post-punk, which seems like a bad idea on paper. Well, the actual results are more hit than miss. What really works on this album is when the music is very atmospheric black metal with female vocals over it. What doesn’t work is when the album goes into post-punk music with black metal screeches over it. Because it’s an ambitious album it’s an uneven affair. Yet the good parts are very good and even the bad parts aren’t that bad. So if you’re looking for something interesting from Black Metal, or any heavy music, and don’t mind not understanding a word (it’s all in French of course) then this is worth your time.

Isis – Wavering Radiant

Isis Wavering Radiant:

One could not be faulted for thinking of this disc as In The Absence of Truth part 2. That’s not a bad thing either. Rather it seems like the musical ideas that Isis developed on In The Absence have been better realized and executed on this disc. There are still heavy parts with the expected thundering growls, but these are tempered with atmospheric passages and singing. Aaron Turner may not be the best singer ever, but he uses his voice well and it compliments the music. One of the best aspects of the new album is the expanded presence of the keyboards. In previous releases the keyboards seemed to be regulated far back in the mix, but here they are up front like they are live. They even seem to be used as a third guitar. Also Adam Jones stops by on two tracks, which is pretty cool. Over all, an awesome, interesting album worth the purchase.

Scryer – Necessary Evils EP

Scryer Necessary Evils EP:

This is an interesting listen. There is gamut of styles on this album, some work and some not so much. The vocals are usually shouted reminding me at times of Refused. The lyrics are at times cringe-inducingly bad, but these moments tend to be followed up by an awesome musical passage so the embarrassment is lessened. Yet sometimes the lyrics are good. Over all Scryer show off good musicianship and creativity all while having a sound that could easily be played on the Radio.

Kaylan and Sambodhi Prem-Cello Cirlces

Kaylan and Sambodhi Prem Cello Cirlces:

Cellos, guitars, keyboards, and various wind instruments drift through these pieces, an album consisting of two musicians taking on various forms of world music. Its a pleasant listen, and these two guys obviously know their stuff. It leans a bit too close to New Age music for my liking, and its unfortunate that some of keyboard lines couldn’t have been played by different instruments. It isn’t without its flaws, but overall this a solid release. Worth picking up for fans of various world music’s and those who want something mellow to relax to.

Rating: 11/15 cellos