MY BEDROOM, PA — I know that normally we do full album reviews here, but sometimes bands or artists will put out these things called singles (I know what you’re thinking, what is this 1988?). So, we here at Bloodrock decided that we are going to make you, our faithful readers, aware when there are new albums on the horizon with a weekly blast of singles. So here are 5 for this week:

 

Eckman Dredge – “Get Away Closer”

So I received an email from the publicist for this artist and it was an interesting sell. I can only assume the Eckman Dredge is a person, and he hails from Montreal, Canada, and that he’s a timid, creative type. So I’m not sure if he plans on touring, or even being known whatsoever. The email states that he has a band perform his music for him, so I don’t know if “he” is fronting a band, if “he” is the band, or if “he” is a character the band is creating similar to what Coheed and Cambria has done.

The bio is as cryptic as the email, here’s an excerpt:

“To Eckman Dredge, the world is a strange and dangerous place. But those of courage can break through its placid surface and peer at the naked mystery of life. They can open their eyes and escape the dull monotony of an existence lived as it is served.”

So, I’m intrigued to say the least.

As far as the single goes, it’s a solid song. It has a great melody, a solid beat, good production, and honestly, any song that’s in “5” (music term, if you don’t know what that means, it’s pretty progressive and awesome), and any band that gets compared to Agent Fresco is worth a listen in my book. An interesting mix of 90’s alt rock and current prog rock/metal makes me eager to hear more from Eckman Dredge. The album is expected in the Fall of 2017.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnUqqPBmWzQ

 

Bison – “Tantrum”

From forthcoming full length album “You are not the Ocean, You are the Patient,” their first full length release since 2014, the Vancouver based Metal band delivers 7-minutes of crunch, groove and just punishment. There’s no trickery here, but there is a lot of musicality in this balls out representation of sludge metal.

I can’t overstate the groove this song produces, my head was bobbing the whole time, even when the slow part hit in the middle. The vocals are actually quite interesting without producing much of a melody in that area, which for me is usually a key to enjoyment.  This band reminds me a lot of Crowbar when they first came out, sludgy, heavy as fuck, but very musical all the same.

I’m looking forward to the July 7, 2017 release of their album. I haven’t gotten into a sludgy band in quite a while, I think this summer might be a good time to re-visit this genre with the new Bison release.

https://youtu.be/4B8S6Nom698

 

VUUR – “Days Go By – London”

What if I said this song is lyrically written about the great fire in London in 1666, from the perspective of the FIRE? WTF? That shit’s awesome!!!

This song is the first single from the yet to be title first release by Dutch Power Metal band VUUR which is fronted by the incredible Anneke Van Giersbergen. When I spoke with Anneke a few weeks back she eluded to this project being a straight forward metal album that’s just heavy, and so far that’s delivered. I mean, it has all the melodic beauty Anneke brings to any project, but lyrically and musically, this music is pretty heavy.

The album is due out in the fall of 2017. If you’re not familiar with Anneke, or just want to hear more, she’s been a very prolific performer in the metal scene for 20 years now starting way back in the late 90’s with The Gathering. More recently, she’s been Devin Townsend’s right hand lady on almost all of the Devin Townsend Project releases.

https://youtu.be/Y3rT-X_zgOg

 

Nad Sylvan – “What Have You Done”

From the album “The Bride Said No,” Nad Sylvan basically created an 8 and a half minute track for two guitar virtuosos, one legendary and the other a contemporary on a legendary trajectory, to just play over one of the most beautiful musical back drops you’ll ever hear.

Vocally it’s a duet between Nad, and Swedish composer Jade Ell, and they are wonderful, but this track is all about what Steve Hackett (Genesis) and Guthrie Govan (The Aristocrats, Steven Wilson) whip out as an ethereal, angelic tapestry of music is unfurled for them to play over. Look, I’m not a guitarist by any stretch, but this was incredible to hear, and moving. The heart wrenched at what I was hearing.

This is a wonderful track from a great, great release. The album is out now, check it out.

https://youtu.be/4B8S6Nom698

 

Steven Wilson – “Pariah”

For me, hands down the most anticipated album of the year is Steven Wilson’s “To the Bone,” due out on August 18, 2017. If you’re not familiar with SW yet, then you either live under a rock, or have zero interest in Progressive Music, because Steven Wilson is hands down the reigning king of the genre.

This track, which I’ve listened to about 10,000 times since its release about 3 weeks ago, is all the things SW does best, it’s poignant, emotional, stunningly beautiful and thought provoking, and it doesn’t even feature any of his technical prowess.

Ninet Tayeb duets on this track with Steven and what can you say, she emotes more than any singer I’ve heard in a long, long while. When this song builds to its apex, if you’re not well up, you may be dead inside.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNTaFArEObU

 

That’s it for singles this week. Check back next Tuesday for 5 more singles. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please email me at TheProgtologist@gmail.com.

 

Written by Chris Elio for Bloodrock Media on June 6, 2017