Written by: The Administrator
If you, dear reader, have A. frequented our humble halls with some regularity, and B., have a remarkably keen memory, you may recall prior coverage/adoration of one Rick Massie.
Over the past few years, this one-man outfit from the wilds of the Yukon consistently presents a healthy blend of rock, prog, and metal, whether in the form of an ode to Halloween, a foreboding single, or across the breadth of an expansive album. Each Rick Massie moment features a very different sonic and aesthetic backdrop, but the intentionality and sheer quality remains consistent.
For further proof, look no further than today's track in question, a largely faithful cover of the mighty Opeth's "The Moor." It officially comes out on May 20th, but until then, you can listen to your heart's content at ye olde Sleeping Village. Check it out below! As always, we'll meet ye on the other side.
Written by: Chuck
“How did we get here” is the question I often asked myself when listening to The Human Exemplar, the superb third release from Massachusetts’s post/progressive band Warm. It’s not that I suddenly lost my grip on reality, rather, the band was just extremely adept at transitioning seamlessly through multiple complimentary styles in a way that allowed me to drift along without questioning the conviction of their direction. Indeed, the appeal was that throughout the entire album each stylistic reference felt deeply authentic. From the heavy grunge syrup, the stoner riffs, the long progressive instrumental sections, the “post” feel to it, and even the occasional Neurosis-worship, it all feels right and it all rings true. Throughout all of it, the band never strays too far in any one direction, or stays too long before confidently pulling the themes together and moving along.
This all got me super stoked to be able to premier their track "Time & Blood" off their new album The Phos Nimitta. Listen below!
Written by: The Voiceless Apparition
Hello everyone! Welcome to 2022. I feel like it's been a while since I've been here to provide you all an album review. I know that the 200 Stab Wounds album wasn't that long ago, but so much has happened since then. Thank you for sticking around with me, and with the Sleeping Village. We're kicking off the year with a new album from one of my favorite bands of all time, Amorphis, with their latest album Halo. Not much has changed in the Amorphis camp, with the exception of them leaving Nuclear Blast Records and signing with upstart label Atomic Fire Records. Now that we have that out of the way, let's dive in.
First thing you'll notice with this album is that it is HEAVY. This possibly one of the heaviest albums in Amorphis' discography. They've dialed back on the symphonic elements and went for an outright progressive assault on their folk and melodic death metal sound. The songs are more concise than on previous album Queen of Time, but pack more into these 4-5 minute run times. "Northwards" begins on a typical Amorphis note with big double bass patterns and Tomi Joutsen's signature growls and epic clean vocals backed by grandiose choir vocals, and a tasty mellotron solo in the middle of the song.
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