Articles by Liam Savage
Toronto played host to a night of some great technical/progressive metal on a four-band bill.
Satisfying my interest for great progressive metal by adding sludge and atmospheric qualities, I can’t help but succumb to those elements when performed by these talented musicians.
The crowd was into everything presented to them, and gave back their energy to the bands so that they all performed at a top-notch level.
Spock’s Beard give off a great blueprint of how growth and maturity can be a wonderful quality in a bands career.
The Decibel Magazine Tour featuring Enslaved returns to Toronto!
With a weighty and powerful sound that pulls no punches, yet giving off some introspective looks into a deeper sound, the band have given their fans a masterful product.
Unconventional in the truest sense. For me, this is the best statement I can use to define the sound of Mabachus.
Through the six songs delivered by this mature and acclaimed band, we’re given the music we’ve come to expect, and as usual, some surprises along the way.
What Neck Of The Woods are putting out is a culmination of hard work, determination, and a healthy focus on their own musical footprint while not losing site of the road that got them to their finished product.
2017’s version of the Australian five-piece is just as strong as ever, and are looking to show people that they’re still a major player in the prog ranks.
This release gives off a certain haunting aura that really draws you in, and the ambiance takes a solid grip and doesn’t let go until the instruments go silent.
The whole group work together so well to contribute their own unique parts that gel beautifully to create an original and fluid sound.
With their sound firmly rooted in occult rock, the band throws in a heavy doom atmosphere with flashes of progressive brilliance to give us some unique music.
The blueprint for Order Of Voices’ music is to take a less is more approach. To put it simply, they create short and sweet songs with a ton of emotion, warmth, and talent that use up every second of each composition with purpose.
Dan Briggs took time out of his busy schedule to talk to Liam Savage about his musical influences, the creative process, and the general theme behind his new band Nova Collective’s debut album ‘The Further Side’.
The instrumental power-trio plays a stripped-down version of up-tempo prog rock with a jam band type atmosphere. The band’s self-titled debut album brings all this out of the speakers with a live ambiance.
To put it into general terms, this is like a modern take on the classic jazz fusion and prog heavyweights of the 1970’s. It’s reminiscent without veering into copycat terrain.
The formula that the German band possesses is one of being short and sweet. Give us an aural blast, make it abrasive, but don’t be afraid to warm certain edges of the style with your own little subtleties. I find this to be the main formula of their debut album ‘Deadweights’.
At close to twenty minutes of music featured on this EP, I can hear certain aspects in the instrumentation that have potential and can go places, but it seems once an idea starts to take shape, the band move on to something else instead of letting the idea breathe.
The music is dirty and sullen, but with a goal at drawing the listener in to its intoxicating haze of instrumentation.
To listen to Pryapisme is an experience in musical extremes in a lot of ways. The group empties as many styles and ideas into one song as some bands do on an entire album. It can be a challenging listen, but very rewarding at the same time.