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THE CRINN – Return With A New Track, Reveal Artwork For Forthcoming Album ‘Shadowbreather’

Posted in Extreme Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on October 21, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Minnesota’s Extreme Metal experimentalists, THE CRINN, have returned with a face melting new track entitled Silent Betrayer!! Little has been heard from the band since the release of their debut full length album, Dreaming Saturn, via Nuclear Blast Records back in 2010. Aside from a few one-off live performances and few and far between social media updates, THE CRINN have been excessively quiet over the last few years.

All that changes with the release of Silent Betrayer, which is taken from their forthcoming album Shadowbreather. Silent Betrayer is now streaming via THE CRINN‘s Bandcamp page, as well as their Official YouTube Channel. The artwork for Shadowbreather has also been revealed and can be seen (below).

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Above: cover art for Shadowbreather

Vocalist John Nelson had the following to say about the upcoming release:It has been a long 4 years since we released our first full length record, Dreaming Saturn, and we are beyond pumped to showcase “Silent Betrayer” from our upcoming album entitled SHADOWBREATHER! The first thing people might notice, contrary to our last release, is that the new album was not formed as a concept. The direction we went with was to write individual songs that are somewhat shorter in length, more in line with our Self-Titled EP. Stylistically we have no rules. We write what comes to us. These songs are a true expression of our experimental nature with a bit of a focus on making our sound meaner and heavier. We really hope you enjoy “Silent Betrayer,” and we will be releasing more news on the album soon!!!

THE CRINN – Silent Betrayer:

Shadowbreather was recorded at Signaturetone Recording with producer/engineer Adam Tucker. A release date has not yet been set.

2014 also marks a decade of existence for THE CRINN, having formed during August of 2004 in St. Paul, MN. From its inception, the band decided to use an explorative writing style, without concern for genre exclusivity due to their frustration with the average and mundane, breakdown oriented metal scene. Their mixture of technical riffs, off-time grooves and jarring transitions has led to the band being labeled as mathcore, techmetal, techgrind, jazzmetal and even noodlegrind. Fans of THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and PSYOPUS owe it to themselves to give THE CRINN a listen!


(Source: RebelPyro Management)

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NOSTRIL CAVERNS – New Album Available For Pre-Order

Posted in Metal, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on August 24, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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From Tridroid Records:

We are happy to announce pre-orders for Nostril Cavern’s Double EP release of Inside the Cell/The Dying’s Last Breath. You can pre-order the album and stream the track The Dying’s Last Breath here:

The album is due to be released on Sept 2, 2014.

A one-man project of Chris Balch, Nostril Caverns play a strange fusion of death, black, grind, mathrock, prog and free improv. Fans of more experimental music such as Mr. Bungle should love the bizarre music of Nostril Caverns.

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TWILIGHT “III: Beneath Trident’s Tomb” – Releasing On March 18th In North America; 1st Track “Lungs” Streaming Online Now

Posted in Black Metal, black metal bands, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , on January 19, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Experimental Black Metal band TWILIGHT will release their new album III: Beneath Trident’s Tomb on March 17th in Europe and March 18th in North America. Be sure to check out the first track “Lungs” here:


1. Lungs (Whitehead/Jameson)

2. Oh Wretched Son (Giannopoulos/Whitehead/Jameson)

3. Swarming Funereal Mass (Whitehead/Jameson)

4. Seek No Shelter Fevered Ones (Giannopoulos/Whitehead/Jameson)

5. A Flood of Eyes (Giannopoulos/Moore/Whitehead/Jameson)

6. Below Lights (Parker/Jameson)

Line Up:

N. Imperial – vocals

Wrest – drums/bass/vocals

Stavros Giannopoulos – guitars/vocals

Sanford Parker – synths/electronics/production

Thurston Moore – guitar/vocals


(Source: Century Media Records)

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* TWILIGHT are from Chicago, Illinois.

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Posted in alternative metal, alternative rock, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on October 30, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Oct. 30, 2013 – The Melvins are streaming Tres Cabrones (Nov. 5, Ipecac) in its entirety via Pitchfork (  Pre-orders for the record are available now:

Tres Cabrones is as close as we’re willing to get to the Melvins 1983 line-up,” explained Osborne, of the 12-song album that reunites him, Dale Crover and original drummer Mike Dillard. “The best part is it’s all new songs. I specifically wrote tunes that would be good for these guys to play and it worked out great. We had no interest in rehashing tunes we wrote 30 years ago and chose instead to simply create NEW songs. It worked out perfectly.”

“Making the Tres Cabrones record was a real treat indeed. It’s a trip down memory lane complete with debauchery and ultra violence, ” said Dillard, who left the band in 1984 only to be replaced by Crover.

“After 30 years we release a record with the (almost) original line-up of the band,” added Crover. “I’ve always felt that drummer Mike Dillard was one of us. It’s great that he’s still a piece of the puzzle!  Plus, I get to see what it’s like being the bass player in the Melvins! Tres Cabrones indeed!”

The Melvins annexed Big Business band members Coady Willis and Jared Warren in 2006 for (A) Senile Animal and the quartet has remained in this incarnation for four additional releases including Everybody Loves Sausages, a covers album released this spring. Not ones to relax, the Melvins introduced Melvins Lite, a version of the band that teams Osborne and Crover with Trevor Dunn (Tomahawk, Mr. Bungle). Melvins Lite released their debut album, Freak Puke, in 2012 and subsequently embarked on a 51 date/51 State (including DC) tour of the United States. The band most recently celebrated their 30th anniversary with a six-week North American tour.

Up next for the band is a short stint in Australia with Helmet, a performance at the Meredith Music Festival on Dec. 13 and a recently announced New Year’s Eve performance with Mudhoney at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, Calif.


December 06     Fremantle, Australia @ Metropolis

December 08     Brisbane, Australia @ The Hi Fi (w/Helmet)

December 09     Byron Bay, Australia @ Northern Hotel (w/Helmet)

December 11     Newcastle, Australia @ Cambridge Hotel (w/Helmet)

December 12     Canberra, Australia @ Anu Bar (w/Helmet)

December 13     Meredith, Australia @ Meredith Music Festival

December 15     Sydney, Australia @ Hi Fi (w/Helmet)

December 16     Adelaide, Australia @ The Gov (w/Helmet)

December 17     Melbourne, Australia @ Hi Fi

December 18     Hobart, Australia @ Brisbane Hotel

December 31     San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall


(Source: Speakeasy PR & Marketing)

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ORBWEAVER – Full EP Now Playing; New Video Posted

Posted in experimental metal, experimental rock, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on August 17, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Floridian psychedelic noise weavers, ORBWEAVER, recently dropped their brain-fraying Strange Transmissions from the Neuralnomicon EP upon unsuspecting masses. Christened “twitchy, trippy tech death” by Invisible Oranges, the five-track Strange Transmissions from the Neuralnomicon is a harrowing, multifaceted sound voyage through modulating realities recorded at Miami’s Pinecrust Studios with Jonathan Nunez of Torche and mixed/mastered with Brian Elliot at Mana Recording Studios (Hate Eternal, Cannibal Corpse, Goatwhore, Exhumed).

ORBWEAVER spiral’s through the realms of psychedelia, noise, and a warped interpretation of Death Metal. Shifting between these erratic, trance-like elements, the foursome produce cosmic pandemonium reminiscent of a Zappa-esque brand of controlled chaos. Strange Transmissions from the Neuralnomicon was released earlier this month in alimited run of 100 cassette tapes via Primitive Violence Records:

Also available on CD direct through the band. The record is also available digitally via their official BandCamp page where you can twist your cranium to Strange Transmissions from the Neuralnomicon in full. Point your browser here:

ORBWEAVER was forged n 2010 by guitarist/vocalist Randy Piro (ex-Hate Eternal, Gigan) and drummer Mike Pena. Together they recorded a self-titled, three-song demo. Shortly after, lead guitarist Sally Gates (ex-Gigan) and bassist Jason Ledgard joined the fold. Mike Pena parted ways with the group in 2013, and was replaced by drummer/percussionist Scott Spasiano.

The band will continue their stampede through the Sunshine State with another round of live takeovers. Additional shows to be announced in the coming weeks. Can’t make it to Florida? Peep the band’s new tripped out video for “Tragic Orbit: A Doomed Cosmic Star Ship” below:

ORBWEAVER Live Actions 2013:

9/03/2013 Churchill’s Pub – Miami, FL w/ Wintersun, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Arsis
9/14/2013 Will’s Pub – Orlando, FL

10/11/2013 Churchill’s Pub – Miami, FL w/ Kult ov Azazel

11/07/2013 Churchill’s Pub – Miami, FL w/ Dysrhythmia

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Critical Praise:

 “…off-the-wall structureless noise tech that borders on the type of irreverence built by instrumental group Behold The Arctopus with insane space atmospherics.” – HeavyBlogIsHeavy

“Their uniqueness is engaging, but the fortitude of it is what really grasps you. With how immense and bizarre their spacey effects are, you will find yourself dumbfounded by the intensity of it. ” – The Age Of Metal

“…deranged, psychedelic death metal hurdling through space at speeds that make The Millennium Falcon look like your little sister’s moped.” —


(Source: Earsplit PR)

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NEUROSIS – Track From Forthcoming Album Streaming At NPR

Posted in experimental metal, experimental rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on September 20, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

With the new studio full-length from NEUROSIS set to erupt in late October, today the first track of the massive Honor Found In Decay to be made publicly available has been set loose via National Public Radio. The pyroclastic surge of “At The Well” coalesces the emotive and expansive elements of the act into a ten minute hymn, which helps reaffirm why NEUROSIS remain one of the most important heavy acts in existence.

Experience the slow burn of “At The Well” via NPR RIGHT HERE.

The fifth NEUROSIS album to be handled by engineering sorcerer Steve Albini, the hour-long Honor Found In Decay is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated albums of 2012. The seven tracks harnessed within this release capture the unit’s output at its most emotional and diverse yet, forming what the band members themselves are referring to as their pinnacle studio effort. NEUROSIS recently unveiled a visual trailer for the album using imagery shot and created by their own visual artist Josh Graham, and edited together by video architect Kenneth Thomas, who directed their 2007 Given To The Rising documentary. For the first time in the band’s history, intimate details of the handcrafted cover artwork have been made publicly available, allowing the installation to be viewed in motion, not just still photographs. View the trailer and more on Honor Found In Decay AT THIS LOCATION.

Set to see release through the NEUROSIS’ own Neurot Recordings, the CD and deluxe download versions of Honor Found In Decay will be unleashed in Germany October 26th, in the rest of Europe October 29th, and in North America on October 30th, with their previous label home Relapse Records handling the vinyl edition. Preorders will begin on October 15th via Neurot’s webstore HERE.

NEUROSIS confirmed UK performances:

11/30-12/02/2012 ATP’s Nightmare Before Christmas – Camber Sands Holiday Camp, England [info]

12/02/2012 HMV Forum – London, England w/ Godflesh [info]


(Source: Earsplit PR)

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BIG BUSINESS – Kick Off 36-Date U.S. Tour On September 1st In San Jose

Posted in Heavy Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on August 2, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

(Photo Credit: Scott Martin)


Aug. 2, 2012, LOS ANGELES – Big Business kick off a 36-date U.S. tour on Sept. 1 in San Jose, Calif. at The Blank Club.

The Los Angeles-based trio (Jared Warren, Coady Willis and Scott Martin) will release a limited edition 7-inch of  the new song “Wild Kingdom” (b/w a cover of Siouxsie and the Banshees’ “Into the Light”) to coincide with the tour dates.  This is the second release from the band’s own  label, Gold Metal Records, having released the Quadruple Single EP in 2011.

Big Business cross paths with Melvins Lite (Warren and Willis are in the standard Melvins line-up) on a handful of dates: Sept. 2, Sept. 6 to 8 and 15-16.  Other bands joining Big Business on various dates are Federation X, Gay Witch Abortion, House of Lightning (members of Floor, Dove), Skycrawler and Black Cobra.


Tour Dates Are:

September 01     San Jose, CA     The Blank Club

September 02     Sacramento, CA     Ace of Spades

September 04     San Francisco, CA     Bottom of the Hill

September 06     Seattle, WA     Showbox at the Market

September 07     Portland, OR     Hawthorne Theatre

September 08     Boise, ID     Neurolux

September 09     Salt Lake City, UT     Urban Lounge

September 10     Denver, CO     Larimer Lounge

September 13     Kansas City, MO     The Riot Room

September 14     St. Louis, MO     The Firebird

September 15     Omaha, NE     The Waiting Room

September 16     Des Moines, IA     Wooly’s

September 17     Minneapolis, MN     Triple Rock Social Club

September 18     Milwaukee, WI     Shank Hall

September 19     Chicago, IL     Bottom Lounge

September 20     Detroit, MI     Small’s

September 22     Pittsburgh, PA     Brillobox

September 23     Buffalo, NY     Mohawk Place

September 25     Hoboken, NJ     Maxwell’s

September 27     S. Burlington, VT     Higher Ground

September 28     Cambridge, MA     Middle East Upstairs

September 29     New York, NY      The Studio at Webster Hall

September 30     Brooklyn, NY     Death By Audio


October 01     Philadelphia, PA     Johnny Brenda’s

October 02     Baltimore, MD     Ottobar

October 03     Washington, DC     DC9

October 04     Raleigh, NC     Kings Barcade

October 05     Atlanta, GA     The Earl

October 06     Pensacola, FL     Handlebar

October 07     New Orleans, LA     One Eyed Jack’s

October 08     Houston, TX     Warehouse Live

October 09     Austin, TX     Red 7

October 12     Tucson, AZ     Club Congress

October 13     San Diego, CA     Casbah

October 14     Los Angeles, CA     Down and Out

October 15     Long Beach, CA     Alex’s Bar


For more info on BIG BUSINESS, click not the link below!

(Source: Speakeasy PR & Marketing)




Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on July 31, 2012 by Metal Odyssey



July 31, 2012, LOS ANGELES —  The Melvins’ Buzz Osborne shares the story of the band’s first tour via an animated clip on Pitchfork TV’s “Frames” (

The Melvins will attempt to become the Guinness World Record holders for the first band to tour the full United States and D.C. in 51 days with a tour kicking off Sept. 5 in Anchorage, Alaska and wrapping up Oct. 25 in Honolulu, Hawaii.  The Los Angeles-based band’s exploits will be chronicled on Spin’s website via an ongoing tour diary.

“We figured it was time for us to do something REALLY crazy,” said Osborne. “51 shows in 50 states plus 1 on D.C. and all in 51 days?  Jeez!  I wonder if we can do it?”

The tour, which will feature the Melvins Lite line-up of Buzz Osborne, Dale Crover and Trevor Dunn, also marks the first time in the band’s near 30-year history that they will perform in Alaska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Delaware and Hawaii.

Freak Puke, the debut release from Melvins Lite, was released in early June. “First off, it’s almost impossible for us to convey to people that we plan on having both versions of the Melvins happening at the same time,” Osborne recently told Exclaim Magazine.  “So, for the record, we now have TWO versions of the Melvins, Melvins regular and Melvins Lite… Got it?”


The Melvins 51-Date United States Tour Dates:


(Source: Speakeasy PR & Marketing)

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SURROUNDED BY MONSTERS – Sign To Nuclear Blast Records Worldwide!

Posted in experimental metal, experimental music, Heavy Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on June 8, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Genre defying Denton, TX based Experimental Noise merchants SURROUNDED BY MONSTERS have signed to Nuclear Blast Records worldwide! The band recently wrapped up the recording sessions for their Nuclear Blast debut and are currently in mixing mode. The record is tentatively scheduled for a Fall release.

Check out this video of the band announcing the new partnership here

“We at Nuclear Blast are stoked to welcome a – well, not straight, but certainly forward thinking band like SURROUNDED BY MONSTERS to the family,” stated Markus Jakob, A&R / Promoter at Nuclear Blast Europe. “It’s always been and always will be our biggest goal to keep our roster as diverse and exciting as possible. SURROUNDED BY MONSTERS is a band that will contribute these two elements and we are extremely amazed to be working with them from now on! Keep your eyes peeled, your ears open and LET CHAOS REIGN!”

“We’re very excited to work with a label that’s willing to support a band that is doing what they love no matter how weird or different the music is,” added their most non-heinous guitarist Lee Dudley. “We’re ready to take over the world. WYLD STALLYNS!!!”

“We are all beyond stoked and extremely grateful to get to work with such an amazing label,” added keyboardist Traci Pason. “I’ve never drank so much champagne in my life.”

Their upcoming Nuclear Blast debut was produced by IWRESTLEDABEARONCE guitarist Steven Bradley and was tracked at Infrasonic Sound as well as Bucket of Truth studios in Los Angeles, CA.

“I couldn’t be more excited about working on this album for my long-time friends in SURROUNDED BY MONSTERS,” commented Bradley. “I’ve loved these guys and gal for years now, so I’m extremely stoked and honored to help record their Nuclear Blast debut. Everything so far sounds incredible, and I really think that tons of folks out there are about to discover their new favorite band.”


(Source: Nuclear Blast News)

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HYPNO5E – Announce 2012 Australian Headlining Tour!

Posted in experimental metal, Extreme Metal, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on April 22, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

HYPNO5E – After much demand, French Experimental Metallers HYPNO5E will be heading back to tour Australia in support of their latest release, Acid Mist Tomorrow (Pelagic/Season Of Mist [Europe]/Truth Inc. Records[Australia]).  Tour dates below – be on the lookout for more worldwide dates soon!

HYPNO5E Australian Tour:

5/11 – Melbourne, AU @ The Tote

5/12 – Adelaide, AU @ Enigma

5/15 – Canberra, AU @ The Basement Bar

5/17 – Gold Coast, AU @ Surfer’s Paradise Beergarden

5/18 – Brisbane, AU @ Tempo Hotel

5/19 – Sydney, AU @ Venom Nightclub


(Source: Team All About The Music – Publicity, Management, A&R)

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MESHUGGAH – Reveals 2012 Release Date For New Album

Posted in experimental metal, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, math metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on January 7, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Swedish Math Metal icons MESHUGGAH have revealed the release date of the bands upcoming new album:

“After a long time of deep soul-searching and intense wrecking of the psyches, the new album is finally done. Soon you will meet this colossus that will pulverize your being. Welcome to the other side on March 27.”

The release for most European countries is set for March 30, 2012.

(Source: Nuclear Blast News)

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TRILLION RED: Two Tongues EP Streaming At

Posted in doom metal, experimental rock, Extreme Metal, Heavy Metal, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, progressive metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 2, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

One of the underground’s most original duos, TRILLION RED, have teamed up with to stream their self-released debut EP, Two Tongues, in its entirety.

 A truly unique blend of hammering ambiance and dark Metallic rhythms, Two Tongues is a release that demands attention. Within the EP lie four sonic stories that pulsate a heavy, ambient and dark vibe. Visit
to experience Two Tongues for yourself.

“Two Tongues EP combines all the dark ambience, progressiveness and flirtations with Extreme Metal…I kept envisioning a trek to the center of the Earth, just a few blocks from the gates of Hell itself…”Metal Odyssey

“Doomy, dark, creepy, ambient… different. If that description interests you in the slightest then check out what this San Francisco outfit has to offer.” –

Two Tongues EP – Track List:

No Visible Help (Hold Tight)

Forging Two Tongues – A Reckoning

Right Over To The Helm



TRILLION RED is a new band in the Metal scene, but its unique style screams out as something new and refreshing amongst the plethora of redundant acts today. The band’s musical background diverges from past garage rock and dark metal bands.  The musical guts and themes to Two Tongues from written from 2007 through 2009 in San Francisco. The EP songs were completed, recorded, mixed, and mastered in 2010


Patrick Brown – vocals, keys, guitar & bass

Max Woodside – drums

(Source: ClawHammer PR)

* For more info on TRILLION RED, click on the links below:

TRILLION RED – Official Website

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ANA KEFR – “The Burial Tree (II)” Progressively Extreme and Resists Metal Boundaries

Posted in avant-garde music, Extreme Metal, extreme music, Heavy Metal, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, progressive metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 9, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

ANA KEFRThe Burial Tree (II) is the follow up to Volume 1, Ana Kefr’s critically acclaimed full-length debut released back in 2009. Both of these albums have been handed off to the Metal world via their own imprint label: Muse Sick. With a May 3rd, 2011 release date solidified, Ana Kefr’s new album is already making more noise than a sold out Arena of Detroit Red Wings fans. Originating from Riverside, California, Ana Kefr combines Extreme Metal with with progressive elements aplenty.

With smart and philosophical lyrics, Ana Kefr may have very well created their own Metal genre, which I’ll call – Thinking Man’s Extreme Metal. Maybe an easier label to blanket Ana Kefr with is Progressive Extreme Metal, only that would be too academic. Making things easier for us all, I’ll take a line from Hard Rock warriors Tesla: Call it what you want. I’m calling Ana Kefr an open book Extreme Metal Band… Metal be thy name.

It’s very easy to get caught up in Metal genre labels, with that said, Ana Kefr is not going to punch out at the Extreme Metal time clock anytime soon. Time is on this band’s side. What Ana Kefr brings with their extremity is layers of sounds that are so intriguing, my captivation level had reached an all new high while listening to The Burial Tree (II)… and that was during my initial listen through. What Ana Kefr has convincingly conveyed to my ears, is musical influences do not have to stand out as a bulls-eye within the structures of their songs. Ana Kefr has a keen ability to make their musical mood evolve into a potpourri of tonal originality, regardless if they are not pioneers of Metal experimentalism. Musical influences I or anyone else hears within an album of songs, is undeniably subjective. Still, the fun begins once my perception of sound takes that daringly brave leap. I’ll continue onward…

Between the Metal linings of Ana Kefr’s music, I sense influences ranging from Queensryche to Savatage, with a possible yet legitimately subtle nod to Cradle Of Filth. Do I dare state that quite logically, a reference point may have once been The Electric Light Orchestra when it comes to the atmospheric elements to The Burial Tree (II)? Maybe and maybe not. The Trans Siberian Orchestra epic-like canvas of sound hurls itself straight upon my ears from the sensory presence of The Burial Tree (II). Only this band bestows a much darker, outwardly aggresivemainstream shattering and stormier presentation of music and this album’s non-conforming bark is as muscular as it’s Extreme laden bite. The Burial Tree (II) is a box of puzzle pieces that unloads in my brain, then gets put together fluidly as each song spills forth it’s uniqueness of musical character.

Rhiis D. Lopez creates the feelings and sounds that drive Ana Kefr’s music to such elegantly Extreme profoundness with his wizardry on the keys, not to mention his emotionally Extreme vocals, resulting in that open air journey of the mind I’ve signed on to, before I can even refuse. Around each bend, through the maniacal twists and turns, are those sounds and vibrations that may just go unnoticed after the first six or maybe seven listens of The Burial Tree (II), Ana Kefr is that enterprising of a band. Can Ana Kefr be too complex for their own good? In my Metal opinion, not in this post-Millennium decade.

A thinking man’s Metal will stop me in my tracks, making me realize that there is much more to know and explore about music and it’s infinite possibilities. With a clarinet and saxophone being introduced to the musical repertoire of The Burial Tree (II), Ana Kefr is careful enough to not overstep and become overly creative. Not to dissect apart a need for woodwinds in an already progressively driven atmosphere of Metal, the level of their use substantiates Ana Kefr’s belief in less is more when it comes to not over exploiting these ageless instruments. Devouring an album such as The Burial Tree (II) overnight or over the course of a two week period is absurd. This is an album and a band that just might become your Metal companion for your mind… the big and thick book you can’t push aside.

Expect Blackened Death vocals, searing guitar parts that boils over and gives way to melody, unexpected episodes of calm, with a bounty of synthetic fullness that engulfs the top and background of these 14 songs heard on The Burial Tree (II). All the while, the Extreme Metal direction that Ana Kefr travels never goes astray from it’s determined path of being the equalizer. To put it best, mainstream would walk on the other side of the street upon seeing Ana Kefr emerging from the darkened alley.

Ana Kefr does not present a cut and dry approach, nor do they administer a cut and dry sound to sum up in a tidy album review for Metal aficionado’s on the go. What I will say, is Ana Kefr remarkably joins the highs with the lows, impeccably balancing each song’s tempo and personality to eye popping approval. Those eyes popping are mine by the way. When a band can take me aboard their musical journey, regardless of how Extreme or mellow it may be and bring me to a place I’ve never been before, then that band deserves my Metal commendation. The Burial Tree (II) is a Metal album that encompasses musical elements of various Metal genres. These are intelligent musicians that have given thought to their music and lyric’s complexity and made a fearless album of songs along the way. Ana Kefr shook up my Metal soul with The Burial Tree (II), I’m quite certain they will try to eventually seize it altogether. Metal be thy name, I can’t let it go just yet.

* Album cover art for The Burial Tree (II) was created by the Dutch artist Bianca Van Der Werf and is aptly titled: The Watcher.


Rhiis D. Lopez – lead vocals, keyboards & clarinet

Kyle Coughran – rhythm guitar & vocals

Brendan Moore – lead guitar, saxophone & vocals

Alphonso Jimenez – bass

Shane Dawson – drums & percussion

Track Listing For The Burial Tree (II):




In The House Of Distorted Mirrors


Bathos And The Iconoclast

The Zephirus Circus






The Blackening

The Collector



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