Thursday, March 28, 2013

metaghostin' Vol. XVII — Iniquitous Uniquity

Iniquitous Uniquity - 40'53"

  1. Cnestorial / Krallice / Krallice (2008)
  2. Jim Jones / Taking Meds / Demo (2013)
  3. Summer Devon / Piles and Piles / Premonitions (2013)
  4. Out of Reach / Lydia's Sleep / Wires (2012)
  5. Harmonize It / Vasquez / EP426 (2013)
  6. Fish pt. 2-3 (Actual Fish) / The Slaughterhouse 5 / Alban B. Clay (2013 - Unreleased)
  7. Interlude#1 > Pirol / The Season Standard / Caudle Cameo (2006)
  8. Effervescent / inside//outside / inside//outside (2013)

Name your favorite Borges villain here:

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Hikes - Friends (2013)

Last time on the Swords....

My last words were based on my reaction to their song "Shepherds Clock" which I had some pretty strong feelings about :) Now we are have a full length to fully grasp what this Texas group is laying down.

What I enjoy about these guys (and gal) is that there is an incredibly honest mashing of folk/folk rock and math. To my own bias however I feel they do their best work when the math is out in force....and unfortunately thats not very often. But the great news is without the overt tapping and awesome drums this functions as a gorgeous folk rock record. The low points though are realistically minor because this is a very enjoyable first outing for these guys. "Trophy Lives" is another incredibly well balanced track just like the aforementioned song. Its incredibly admirable to see a band doing something left of center and succeeding at a high level.  Everyone is going to really take a liking to this and its a damn crime that more people aren't trumpeting their praises.


ps its free guys so really there's no excuses ;)


Monday, March 25, 2013

The Season Standard - Caudle Cameo


Forgive me on this as we are working a bit backwards but I was unaware that this german prog math group had a demo before my previously posted full length.

In my opinion this is a much more raw take on the group and is certainly the more impressive choice. Make sure to check my impressions of their full length above as well.

Polar Horse - David Powell Lives in a Box

Attention caught....

Slightly jazzy. altogether mathy

Really need more than one song to make a proper assessment but I enjoy the ideas and can see this being shaped into something incredibly solid.

Your on watch horse.


Snort - Ron (2013)

I've been sitting on this a bit because im a bit torn. In the span of a song there a many different ideas and rhythms.  It ends up feeling a bit like idea's are thrown at the wall and what happens to stick..sticks. The more and more I take the time to listen though there is a lot of heart and that honestly is the deciding factor sometimes.  The restless nature of the band does lend itself well to not being pegged to hard on any one area. off kilter art rock cozy's up nicely with post rock style math which in turn moves to some more straight forward rocknroll (though not often)

Have to say that the main riff in "Option Tank" gets stuck in my head A LOT. Its so deliciously angular yet anthemic.


Sunday, March 24, 2013

Pilgrimage - EP (2013)

Solid state four piece from sunny Florida. I say sunny because in upstate New York we are still in the throws of this death winter, such is life.

Pilgrimage melt genres like a 3 cheese pizza of deliciousness. Structure wise and pacing goes to post-rock. math rock and post hardcore sensibilities round this beauty out. Not overly technical but certainly no slouching here and theres a fair bit of twists and turns to keep your brain alert for predators. Vocals make their presence known and are generally powerful and add a powerful dynamic to the proceedings.

The influences on the shoulder are many but its clearly well loved and cared for by these gentlemen. Worth a gander to be sure.