Gojira

Gojira is a heavy metal band from Ondres, France. The band was known as Godzilla until 2001. Gojira is composed of Joe Duplantier on vocals and rhythm guitar, his brother Mario Duplantier on drums, Christian Andreu on lead guitar, and Jean-Michel Labadie on bass. The band has produced five studio albums and three live DVDs.
They are known for their environmentally-themed lyrics and have gone from “utmost obscurity” to being mentioned regularly “amongst the genre’s leading new millennium upstarts”.
Gojira – OCEAN PLANET

YES!!! Gojira will be returning with a brand new album in spring 2016! It’s been the better part of a year since Gojira returned to the studio, but the wait will finally be over this spring. In a new clip posted by the French metal band, a mashup of live and studio footage announces the coming of Gojira’s sixth full-length effort.
Gojira – Studio Sessions

Gojira’s sound is not easily classifiable as they blend several styles. Genres that have been associated with Gojira are technical death metal, thrash metal, groove metal and progressive metal. Gojira has been influenced by metal artists such as Slayer, Sepultura, Death, Morbid Angel, Meshuggah, Tool, Metallica, Pantera, and Neurosis.
Gojira – Born In Winter 

The members of the band were raised in Bayonne, a city on the south west coast of France (Pyrénées-Atlantiques/French Basque Country). The surrounding scenic countryside and rugged coastline inspired Gojira’s interest in nature and the earth. Gojira uses its lyrics to spread its spiritual beliefs and concerns for the environment. They also cooperate with Sea Shepherd Conservation Society to protect marine animals, especially dolphins, whales and sharks. Members from Sea Shepherd Conservation Society are allowed to run a merchandise booth at Gojira gigs. In addition, Gojira is working on the Sea Shepherd EP with well-known musicians from the metal scene, including Devin Townsend. All proceeds from that project will go to the organization.
Gojira – Flying Whales (Live at Resurrection Fest 2014, Spain) 

Christy Lee

Scale The Summit

Scale the Summit is an American progressive metal band based out of Houston, Texas. It formed in 2004 and signed to Prosthetic Records. The band is influenced by other progressive acts such as Cynic and Dream Theater. However, unlike most other progressive metal bands, they have no vocalist and play instrumental music. The band gained notice as part of the Progressive Nation 2009 tour with Dream Theater, Zappa Plays Zappa and Bigelf.
In a music industry engulfed in replication and mediocrity, SCALE THE SUMMIT has cemented their position as young mavericks ( the quartet boasts an average age of 22) with their blend of organic and melodic instrumental music.
SCALE THE SUMMIT’s influences aren’t the obvious names you’d expect – The band reveres the technicality of Dream Theater and Cynic – but at the same time, Letchford feels the band has taken strides toward developing it’s own identity. “Our music is very organic-sounding. Since we started writinfg music, we’ve had people talking about how our music takes them on a journey, so we decided to call it “Adventure Metal” It felt better than just calling it “Progressive Metal.”
Scale The Summit – Blue Sun Official video

Scale the Summit – “Stolas” Official Music Video

Scale The Summit – “Kestrel”

Christy Lee

Liquid Tension Experiment 

Mike Portnoy invited Jordan Rudess (keyboard) and progressive rock icon Tony Levin (bass, Chapman Stick) of King Crimson and Peter Gabriel’s band to join him. In his instructional video “Liquid Drum Theater”, Portnoy said that his first choice for the guitar was Dimebag Darrell, but he was unable to join because of conflicting schedules. Two other primary choices, Steve Morse (Dixie Dregs, Kansas, Deep Purple) and Jim Matheos (Fates Warning) were also unavailable. Portnoy then turned to fellow Dream Theater member John Petrucci to fill the position (despite initially wanting to keep the project completely separate from Dream Theater). The combo was formed as a side project to Dream Theater in 1997. Some theorise that Rudess was asked to join Dream Theater largely because of the success of Liquid Tension Experiment. He had already declined a previous offer to join in 1994 and instead became a member of the Dixie Dregs, known for complex, “Southern fusion” instrumental music.
On the live album An Evening With John Petrucci & Jordan Rudess John Petrucci and Jordan Rudess played the song “State Of Grace” from the first Liquid Tension Experiment album. Because this was a live performance by the two ex-members the song was played only with acoustic guitar and piano.

An Evening with John Petrucci and Jordan Rudess/LTE – Hourglass

The Spontaneous Combustion album is the result of the jamsessions that were held during the recording period of the second Liquid Tension Experiment album. John Petrucci is absent from these jamsessions, as he was with his wife who was giving birth at the time. The album was released under the Liquid Trio Experiment monicker but is essentially from the same band.
Liquid Tension Experiment – Spontaneous Combustion

By Christy Lee

A Progression In Metal, The Rise Of Opeth

For all the Opeth connoisseurs out there who share in the adoration of this phenomemal multi genre, multi talented metal band.
The name Opeth was taken from the novel Sunbird by author Wilbur Smith, and was originally spelled Opet (without the “h”). In the book, Opet is the name of the location for an ancient empire which translates to “City of the Moon”.

Opeth is a Swedish heavy metal band from Sörskogen, Stockholm formed in 1990. Though the group has been through several personnel changes, singer, guitarist, and songwriter Mikael Åkerfeldt is Opeth’s only founding member and primary driving force throughout the years. Opeth has consistently incorporated progressive, folk, blues, classical and jazz influences into their usually lengthy compositions, as well as strong influences from death metal, especially in their early works. Many songs include acoustic guitar passages and strong dynamic shifts, as well as both death growls and clean vocals. Opeth rarely made live appearances supporting their first four albums; but since conducting their first world tour after the 2001 release of Blackwater Park, they have led several major world tours.

Mikael Åkerfeldt (guitar, vocals) and Fredrik Åkesson (guitar) of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH are featured in the first episode of FreqsTV’s original series “Into The Machine”, an exploration of modern progressive music. Check it out below.
Opeth on Into the Machine

Opeth fans have been divided ever since the band released two separate albums, Deliverance and Damnation. Some liked the change of the mellow jazzy, metal sounds with clean vocals and others hate bombed the alternative to Mikael’s previous death metal growls. 

Music fans seem to have an adverse reaction to change from their favourite bands, this has rung true for decades with the great cautionary tale of Metallica’s release of the “Black” album, dubbing the band as sell outs and accusing them of going too soft.

With Opeth’s latest release of “Pale Communion,” fans were anticipating a heavier album and were again divided with the first release of “Eternal Rains.” 

The track is the opener to the record and ventures very deep into progressive rock territory with the extended instrumental opening before welcoming ghostly vocal harmonies overtop.

I’m a die hard fan. I find myself returning to the Ghost of death metal’s past, sometimes even further, under the weeping moon to the Moon above, then back to Earth again with Still Life.
Opeth – Moon Above, Sun Below

OPETH Frontman Says The Band Would Be “Pure Death Metal” If They Ever Got Heavy Again.

Opeth frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt was in Metal Hammer magazine, where he spoke mainly about the band’s ventures into a progressive rock sound and how he feels metal lacks rebellion anymore. It’s an interesting read! That being said, the magazine took to their website to post up some quotes from Åkerfeldt about the things they learned in speaking to him, such as how Opeth would sound if they went back to being heavy as fuck!

   “If we made another heavy record, it’d be pure death metal with blastbeats and shit.”

It’s no secret I adore the band’s new direction, but man… how cool would it be if we got an EP of straight up death metal Opeth? He also touches on the backlash from fans.
Opeth – Deliverance – Live at Wacken Open Air 2015 

Written By Christy Lee