Make a recommendation to a fellow member of The Infinite

June 23, 2021 12:13 PM
I already gave that album a rating, but I'm definitely up to giving it a full review, a nice revisiting of a melodic prog-metal/rock offering that was a few years gone from me...
June 23, 2021 12:24 PM

Daniel, Xephyr, and Saxy, perhaps you guys would also dig Voivod's 1991 twist into the mainstream that is Angel Rat. It's not as bad as some people think! You might find a lot of beautiful guitar and broad vocal hooks to expect in prog-rock/metal that fans of Pain of Salvation, Riverside, and the softer material of Devin Townsend should hear...


July 07, 2021 03:22 PM

Pain of Salvation: I first heard Pain of Salvation probably 10 years ago when I randomly stumbled upon Be and was blown away because I hadn't heard anything like it before. It was theatrical, heavy, strange, and progressive in a different way than something like Dream Theater. I left them behind as I listened to more stuff though, since the theatrics and their overall style wore thin; I never really had a strong urge to go back to any of their records even if I enjoyed them in the moment. 

The Perfect Element I rekindled my respect for this band though, especially after their lukewarm 2020 release Panther. Pain of Salvation normally makes my eyes roll a bit due to some of the singing and songwriting choices, but this one feels like they got it all just right. Everything fits nicely together and while it's still eccentric and all over the place, it has a nice sense of progression that I didn't get from their other albums. I still like In the Passing Light of Day just as much due to it having great individual songs, but The Perfect Element is more of a full package that really exemplifies who Pain of Salvation are and their strengths as a band. 

4/5

Voivod: I've read some opinions that say Angel Rat is a grower and I'm inclined to agree, but I don't see it growing any more on me past the third listen. You can never really know what Voivod is going to do from album to album, but I certainly wasn't expecting this. It's slightly thrashy, slightly punky, slightly rocky, slightly proggy...it's a lot of things but at the same time it's a pretty simple and straightforward album. Most of the songs are pretty high quality once you get past your initial expectations of a Voivod record, but I don't know if this album is the massive, underrated sleeper hit that people are starting to claim it is. 

3/5

July 07, 2021 11:36 PM

Good small reviews, Xephyr! I would also recommend the Altesia song "Hex Reverse", it's amazing and maybe that would get you up to listening to its album Paragon Circus.

Daniel and Saxy, after reading your reviews for that Altesia album, I decided to take a small sneak peek of the album before getting to the review by listening to the song shared in the Track of the Day thread, and like I said, it's amazing! The description said "For fans of : Haken, Opeth, Dream Theater, Between The Buried And Me, Leprous, Steven Wilson, Porcupine Tree…", and I can totally understand when it sounds as if they took at least one piece of each band, formed into a unique mix. Anyway, I'll recommend the album to myself, and with you two really enjoying this album, you two would have no trouble checking out my two other recommendations; Voivod's Angel Rat and Pain of Salvation's The Perfect Element I (though the latter is now just for Saxy, since Daniel is the one who recommended it). Please tell me what you think!

August 05, 2021 11:44 PM

Glad you enjoy my Infinite feature release submission for this month, Daniel! It's great to find an often overlooked album that turns out to be a stunning masterpiece, but now it's time go deeper into Leprous' discography roots with Aeolia, which is a demo, but with the big amount of original material making this album longer than most Leprous albums, it really should be considered an actual studio album. A prologue in their discography! Though it's not as perfect as Tall Poppy Syndrome, Aeolia would delight you with more of Leprous' jazz-ish progressive metal. Xephyr and Saxy, I highly recommend Aeolia to you two as well, but please feel free to tell us what you think of Tall Poppy Syndrome in the August Infinite feature release thread.


August 28, 2021 03:03 AM

Nevermore - "Dead Heart In A Dead World" (2000)

Xephyr, I think this one might be something that you'd enjoy.

August 28, 2021 06:16 AM

Surprisingly, I've struggled with Nevermore quite a bit and never really got what all of the hype is about, so I'll see what I think about this one on Monday. 

August 31, 2021 03:02 AM

Ænigmatum - Deconsecrate

I've been coming across a few melo-tech death hybrids in recent weeks and I found this one to be one of the more fascinating. I kind of wish it was more unique sounding, but the production is exceptional for as gritty as this can get. Xephyr, Daniel might want to give this a try.

https://listen.20buckspin.com/album/deconsecrate

October 20, 2021 08:18 PM