CONTEMPLATOR release first full length album “Sonance”

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Four-piece instrumental prog-metallers CONTEMPLATOR have released their first full length album: Sonance. Born from members of Nuclear Blast’s Augury and Aeternam, CONTEMPLATOR hails from Quebec City, Canada, and circles around and between traditional genres. From the progressive rock leanings of Uematsu’s RPG video game scores to the angular dissonances of Gorguts, CONTEMPLATOR knows no bounds! From the band: Imagine if Luc Lemay (Gorguts) and Daniel Mongrain (Martyr, Voivod) were Final Fantasy fanboys (SNES/PS1-era, of course), that’s about what we do. Mixed and mastered by Colin Marston (Gorguts, Krallice) with cover…

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Esoteric Affinity: Symbolism and the Fantastic

In this art, scenes from nature, human activities, and all other real world phenomena will not be described for their own sake; here, they are perceptible surfaces created to represent their esoteric affinities with the primordial Ideals. -Symbolist Manifesto by Jean Moréas (1886) My interests lie in fantasy before the idea of fantasy existed. I believe this is where I am walking to with these articles. Being the second article on this time period, there is quite more to discover in terms of visual and cultural zeitgeists?. My purpose is…

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Bandcamp Power Metal Roundup #8

I started this column in January of 2016, which means by #12 I will be able to make an informed decision on the state of Bandcamp power metal for the year 2016. This is important to note the scale of my informed decision as it says nothing about the state of power metal in the year 2016 nor heavy metal in 2016. These article did not hit the big albums from Avantasia, Sabaton, Rhapsody of Fire, nor Fates Warning. Some of these bands will never be on any end of…

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The Devout Homage of Chaucerian Myth

Ready to start upon my pilgrimage To Canterbury, full of devout homage, There came at nightfall to that hostelry Some nine and twenty in a company Of sundry persons who had chanced to fall In fellowship, and pilgrims were they all -General Prologue from The Canterbury Tales Chaucerian Myth was, like most of my discoveries in this genre, by complete happenstance. Paging through Bandcamp, I stumbled on an album cover which was pulled from an illuminated manuscript and had references to the 12th century English poet Chaucer. Enthusiastically, I entered…

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DUNGEON SYNTH DIGEST XIV

Sometimes my friends come over and marvel at my growing tape collection expecting me to give some justification on how tapes are superior in terms of audio fidelity. They expect it to be similar to why people enjoy vinyl. To be quite honest, collecting tapes for dungeon synth is not that cost intensive as tapes have grown into a practical media for this genre. Part of the reason why I enjoy this genre so much is its encouragement of low cost music. Aside from the conversation of what music and…

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