alternative metal

Operation: Mindcrime to release “The Key” on September 18th 2015

Geoff Tate’s Operation: Mindcrime to unlock part one Of epic musical trilogy with release of “The Key” on Tuesday, September 18th, 2015 on Frontiers Music srl.

“The Key”, a twelve-song disc featuring such songs as "Burn", "Re-Inventing the Future", "Life or Death?" and "The Fall", to expand minds through music by pondering the discovery of “The Key” that could change the way we perceive the world.

Effa Lente to release “The Effa Lente Configuration: Parts 1-4” on August 14th 2015

Effa Lente is a project conceived by David Alfred Reilly, a classically trained multi-instrumentalist, and the former lead guitarist of Irish doom metal band, Graveyard Dirt. Having worked in a recording studio for a number of years working mainly on music for TV and film, and also having recorded the Graveyard Dirt EP "Shadows of Old Ghosts", Reilly gained a lot of experience and soon felt the urge to challenge himself further and go out on his own, writing and recording as a solo musician. Consequently, he left Graveyard Dirt in 2011 after the release of "For Grace or Damnation" and decided to concentrate on releasing music by himself.

This is the first such release...

Oceans Of Slumber signs with Century Media Records

Century Media Records is pleased to announce the signing of Houston progressive metallers Oceans Of Slumber.

Founded in 2011, Oceans Of Slumber mystify listeners with atmospheric melodies over darkened dynamics that range from the perversely sinister to the adventurously progressive. Creating an undeniably epic wall of sound that has become the Texans' trademark, Oceans Of Slumber caught the attention of the world's largest heavy metal label and will release their "Blue" EP on limited edition vinyl which will be available on August 21st, 2015.

SiXforNinE - SiXforNinE

SiXforNinE – I kid you not, about the stylized mixed case of the letters in their name, are a groovy dirty rock band, which has both some metal as well as alternative leanings in a bizarre amalgam of sounds, where a gazillion of bands could be identified as influences. I’d dare say Metallica, during their “load/reload” period, Monster Magnet in general, Alice in chains and early, non-commercial Soundgarden and in some occasions a few more modern bands, in the vein of Papa Roach etc., more in terms of attitude than actual sound while in other cases, a few more classic Sabbathic-al influences can be traced, mostly in the sort of riffs used, but regurgitated and presented in a completely sick and twisted way and form.

Grenouer - Unwanted Today

Grenouer, were born out of the 90s extreme metal genre, hailing out of Russia’s St Petersburg, but have now evolved their sound into a very groovy alternative metal (P.O.D, Linkin Park etc) that however feels a bit weird. Their chops and production skills are second to none, yet, the predictable style and overall lack of a unique sound, makes them a little generic.
Weirdly enough, in recent years, Alfie Falkenbach, a guy that became synonymous, with putting out a lot of classic metal through the small, but historically important Mausoleum records, seems to have opened up a lot to thrashier and more alternative acts, but seems unable to pull a rabbit out of the hat, with any of his most recent signings.

Klone - Here Comes the Sun

Klone is a French band which took shape in 1995 and has musically progressed over the years since their early days. What I liked about their new studio album “Here Comes the Sun” is that the opener track “Immersion” reminded me of Anathema’s latest era. It’s atmospheric, gloomy and a bit melancholic at places. That thing made me listen to the whole album more eagerly. Unluckily, the album loses its focus at some point.

Tristana - Virtual Crime

Seriously, do not confuse this Slovak bunch with the Norwegian guys, because of the subtle, name difference. They seemingly started out as a power metal formation and in some twenty two years since their conception have only managed some three albums after several demos in Slovak. I have never heard of them before, but on “Virtual Crime” the band is trying to evolve in something that has a lot of modern influences, a pseudo death, gothic, power metal combo, with fairly accomplished players, a mediocre singer, who seems to be a little range challenged, who however sings over some quite decent melody lines…

Caustic Method to release “The Virus” on June 2nd 2015

Pavement Entertainment is set infect the globe this summer with the release of “The Virus” from Central New York's Caustic Method.

Caustic Method has spent a decade committed to filling the void in modern metal with raw unapologetic aggression and passion.

The band's undying work ethic and bullshit-free brand of American metal has seen them share stages with the likes of Hatebreed, American Head Charge, Otep and countless others.

In late 2014, Caustic Method inked a deal with Pavement Entertainment for the release of “The Virus”. The infection spreads on June 2nd, 2015.