Currently based in the Yucatán Peninsula (Mexico) the alt-rock project of Scott Kannberg – Spiral Stairs – is set to release the LP We Wanna Be Hyp-No-Tized on the 22nd of March.
Working with a stretch of other musicians, on the basis of the first track to surface from the album and also the first of the ten on the LP (available on bandcamp), which appeared less than twenty hours ago, HYP-NO-TIZED, it looks set to be a release of twists and turns anchored by fulsome, warming, rock’n’roll.
The catchy HYP-NO-TIZED opens with an expectation of a freestyle jazz number prior to the rootsy-beat kicking in with the trumpet become absorbed within the infectious, winding guitar, chorused vocal and double time drum-kit which launches on the listener on to the dance floor.
The Germany / Mexico based darkrock trio Exploded View will be releasing the LP Obey on the 28th of September.
The first track to surface from the ten track album (available on bandcamp) Raven Raven, the antepenultimate on the release – unleashes a brooding menace that looms through the room in a dystopian burrow of electronica and percussion casting dark shadows through which the hyperphysical vocal and veiled guitar surface to transfix the listener.
The Mexican progressive-metal quintet Anima Tempo are currently working on their second LP.
The first track to appear from the tentatively pencilled in album, was itself made available as a stand alone single on the 18th.
Primal Symmetry showcases yet a further indication that metal has travelled far from its roots of purely loud and fast to constructs of immense prowess and why what was a self evident genre has fractured in to so many sub categorisations. Whilst earsplitting volume and blurring speed still has plenty of space in my listening repertoire, what is equally welcome is the more qualitative approach where melody comes first and Anima Tempo are at the vanguard to what should perhaps best be generically described as nu-metal – where the layers of songs are at the heart of the compositions.
The Mexican alt-rock quartet The Candelights are working towards the release of the LP …Say Please!.
A couple of tracks have surfaced from the forthcoming album both of which are marked by the heavy stepping bass-drum pedal which booms through room around which the guitars swivel in gazey-glitter while the bass guitar delivers the flow of the compositions with a retro-vocal giving the songs a timelessness. I Want You is dipped in ’70s brit-rock.