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Five at 5 – Vol. 43

Keep Calm and Five at 5.

8 Mar, 2013

Akshay Gite

Bassist of Petrichor

The Indiecision Five at 5 is our attempt at sharing our musical tastes with you, and showcasing music from around the world. Each weekday at 5pm sharp, one NH7 writer or staffer will bring you five songs he/she is listening to on the day. Metal-hardened social media demon Akshay Gite unleashes his five furious tracks upon you.

1. Head with Wings – ‘Time Will Never Leave Me Be’
Head with Wings’ recent release Living With The Loss is full of gentle dark clean guitar melodies combined with vocalist/guitarist Josh Corum’s beautiful wails that reinforce the EP’s theme of loss. The songwriting is particularly mature on ‘Time Will Never Leave Me Be’ as they shift time signatures and tempos whilst keeping the melodies intact. The chorus will keep echoing in your head long after you’ve forgotten about this song. The smooth juxtaposition of all the instruments in the song is quite commendable as the band has been together for only a year.

2. Polyphia – ‘Impassion’
Djent is not dead. I admit there is an abundance of snotty djent kids chugging breakdowns in their basements’ on their 8-string guitars, but Polyphia from Dallas are not quite the same bunch. Their song ‘Impassion’ is packed with Heavy djent grooves with melodious licks and motifs that will remind you of a Steve Vai solo. Mid-way, the song also moves into an minimalistic electronic space effortlessly only to bounce back again. This instrumental band is currently looking for a vocalist. Things should get even more interesting if vocals get added into the mix when their album comes out in April.

 3. Octopus – ‘Ethereal Mind’
Into The Void Of Fear by Octopus is undoubtedly the best metal album of 2013(yet) in my opinion. Octopus is a  progressive instrumental metal band from Chile with the most amazing incorporation of jazz and saxophones alongside technical crunchy riffs. The Meshuggah groove influence is quite evident and their riff transitions are pure genius. I absolutely loved the sound of the drums and immaculate snare hits throughout Into The Void Of Fear. I wish more bands come up that explore the heavier side of jazz metal like Panzerballett or Atheist.

4. Steven Wilson – ‘The Holy Drinker’
The Raven That Refused To Sing and other stories represents Steven Wilson at the height of his creative genius. This particular song is a progressive masterpiece. The mellotron themes and haunting crescendos in this song are interspersed with brilliant basslines and vocal harmonies that will give you goosebumps. You know what to expect when Steven Wilson works with Alan Parsons (of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon fame) to produce an album. Steven Wilson proves that he is modern progressive rock’s sole protagonist who continues to paint everlasting aural classics with emotions that only become visible once the paint cracks.

5. Pryapisme – ‘Un Druide Est Giboyeux Lorsqu’il Se Prend Pour Un Neutrino’
This is one of the reasons why the Internet and drugs should never be used together. But, insanity needs music too. And this is as close as it gets. I think it’s quite beautiful and goes on to push the barriers where Psyopus left off. It is really difficult to describe this song’s video with words. But here goes nothing – Nyannyannyanfacemeltcokeheadonnightmaresonacidmindcontrol. Go on. Watch the whole thing.

Check out previous editions of Five at 5 here, and stay tuned for more picks from NH7, Monday through Friday.

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