Here we are at week 6, with a dose of normality to make up for last week.
The Butterfly Effect – Imago
The Butterfly Effect do a great job of pulling off a radio friendly yet clearly prog-influenced sound that carries a tinge of their alt-metal roots amid a sea of mellow rock. And thanks to a fantastic vocalist (who has unfortunately left the band), every song presents something interesting that will leave you craving more. Check out Aisles of White, Gone, and Reach, or just give any of their three stellar albums a listen.
Genre: Progressive rock, post-grunge, hard rock
Sioum – I Am Mortal, But Was Fiend
If you’re interested, you can listen to and download this one for free directly from the band here. To put it simply, this isn’t the type of album that most people can sit down and listen to, as it’s slow, generally quiet, and doesn’t quite have any hooks. However, if you’re the type of person who loves atmospheric instrumental music with a good helping of metal influence tossed in to liven things up, this might be right up your alley. Check out Pillars to hear a good example of the spectrum of sounds.
Genre: Instrumental rock, post-metal, post-rock
EastNewSound – Mindless Act
As a whole, I’d consider this album rather bland, but it does have some things that work in its favor. While the music and vocals are rather boring and static for the most part, the more energetic songs, such as Dear me!, are much more interesting to listen to. The only song I’d really recommend from the album is Dear me!, which is the clear standout, but if this type of music is your cup of tea you might enjoy the rest of the album more than I did.
Genre: Electronic, trance, doujin