Browsing articles tagged with " avantgarde"
Jan 10, 2014

Dominique Lenore Persi – Stolen Babies


Interview by Laura Medina

California-based alternative, experimental rock band Stolen Babies is fronted by the beautiful Dominique Lenore Persi on vocals and accordion and is backed by twin brothers Gil and Rani Sharone on Drums and bass. Their dynamic, unbreakable bond that these three have and the passion and love they share about music is the number one reason why Stolen Babies is here to stay!! Stolen Babies made became an instant household name with the release of “There Be Squabbles Ahead” in 2006 with their upbeat single and animated video clip for “Push Button.” With the release of “Naught”, their second full length album, has received positive reviews and continues to do so even after a year of being released via No Comment Records. “Second Sleep” is their latest single taken from “Naught” and marks their triumph return as one of the best bands that has come out of Los Angeles, California to date. To say that Stolen Babies is one of those bands that once you hear a song of theirs, you’ll instantly become hooked and wanting more. I got the chance to sit down and have a lovely, nice chat with Dominique during their last stop on the With A Vengeance Tour with Otep and New Years Down in West Hollywood. Here’s what she had to say when I sat down with her before their hometown live set at the legendary Whiskey A Go Go!  Continue reading »
Oct 31, 2013

I Left the Planet – “I Left the Planet” EP (2011)

Label: Adversum

Review by Luisa Mercier

Alexander Nordgaren, already member of the Norwegian black-avant-garde metal band Fleurety, is the mind behind the project I Left the Planet. He has been joined by other Fleurety collaborator : Ayna Beate Johansen on vocals, Per Amund Solberg on bass and Mari Solberg on saxophone. The present release is a 3-track EP which might be compared to the main project Fleurety because the members are always the same, but has its own features of course. There are no black metal hints, nor the electronic which can be found in Fleurety. The avantgarde of I Left the Planet is more leaning on the jazzy/prog side. You can hear it starting from the opener “Diamond. Hazard”, a short track with chubby riffs and a long instrumental break enriched by the saxophone played by Mari. It is a nice mix of metal and jazz made even more effective by the weird, but versatile vocals of Ayna. Continue reading »

Oct 28, 2013

ElupiA – “Wilderness” MINI ALBUM (2013)

Independent Release

Review by Davide Torresan

ElupiA is a symphonic metal band coming from Japan. As initial description it could be too much generic, but there are two interesting elements you should know. The first one is the unusual and unexpected presence within the line-up of two keyboardists. By one side this choice contributed to strengthen the rhythmic section, while by the other it has enriched the band sound.

“Wilderness” is their debut (mini) album with which they look out to the renowned metal scene of the Land of the Rising Sun. The second feature of this group through which it stands out from the other clone bands of the European acts like Nightwish, Within Temptation and Epica, is the ability of mixing classical music, rock, electronics, little hints of jazz (listen to “Risky Wine”) and, sometimes, techno. Continue reading »

Oct 18, 2013

Phavian – “Meridian II” (2013)

Independent Release

Review by Tony Cannella

The progressive/avant-garde metal band Phavian returns with their third album “Meridian II”. The band first came on the radar in 2009 with their debut “Kiena”. After releasing an EP (“Foreword”) in 2011, they released the epic “Meridian I” a few months later and have now released the follow-up.

The acoustic, melancholy of “Adam’s Ale” begins the 6-song, 39-minute album on a beautiful note. Lead vocalist Elizabeth Matson shows what a diverse singing style she has and fits in perfectly with the music. The opening song clocks in at almost 3-minutes and is followed by two 8-minute tracks. “Purl” is next and is a nice mid-paced song, with tempo changes that goes from heavier, guitar driven and back to the acoustic style of the first song – in fact, it is almost like an extension of the opening number. Continue reading »

Oct 18, 2013

Phavian – “Meridian I” (2011)

Independent Release

Review by Tony Cannella

The Los Angeles, California based Avant-Garde Progressive metal band Phavian released their debut in 2009, followed by the previously reviewed “Foreword” EP in 2011, now these musical wizards return with their sophomore full-length album “Meridian I”. For a prog release the album last only 37-minutes and features 6-songs. I liked the previous EP, maybe a tad more than this one, but “Meridian I” displays some serious musicality and shouldn’t be dismissed.

The band is only too eager to show off their musical chops like in the heavy, pounding instrumental opener “Slate”. Phavian also plays with various tempos as the next track “Cobalt and Crimson” demonstrates with its slow, heavy and dreamy pacing, and also the introduction the clean vocals of Elizabeth Matson. Continue reading »

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