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Album: Circles – Infinitas

October 2nd, 2013

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Circles
Infinitas
Basick Records
14 October 2013

by Ruth Booth

No matter how much stock we put on what’s inside, first impressions count. For former Future Hits subjects, Circles, their last EP The Compass established them as an earthier Periphery, sort of a Pendulum-y djent or a prog Enter Shikari with more bass-dropping. So, when their debut album Infinitas kicks off with flute, soft vocals and spine-chilling bar chimes, alongside one of the most triumphant anti-hero lead-offs you’ll hear in 2013, you get the sense someone wants a do-over.

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Album: Misery Signals – Absent Light

July 17th, 2013

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Misery Signals
Absent Light
Basick Records
22 July 2013

by Tomas Doyle

It’s been some five years since Misery Signals last committed their distinctive brand of melodic heaviness to record. While much has changed in their particular corner of the musical landscape in that time, the anticipation for Absent Light is still, if not at fever pitch, then certainly at a simmering summer sweat. That the band’s star remains as high as it has in their half decade of absence is in no small part due to 2008’s Controller being a masterclass in textured, expansive, intelligent metal, conceived with the loftiest of ambitions and executed with a finesse that few have matched before or since. Yet, as with all prodigal sons, there are questions over the impact time apart will have – will Absent Light herald progression or a stoic adherence to the templates of previous glories?

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Album: The Algorithm – Polymorphic Code

November 16th, 2012

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The Algorithm
Polymorphic Code
Basick Records
19 November 2012

by David Keevill

The sterile, self-enforced world of djent is becoming locked into a coma of its own creation, with a vast swathe of bands owing a soulless homage to the palm-muted riff. Yet waking like some Walter Tevis antihero into this drearily antiseptic world, a collection of bands have seen how barrages of arrhythmic but vacuous guitar parts can form part of a much more interesting whole.

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We’re streaming the ENTIRE 7 Horns 7 Eyes’ debut album, Throes of Absolution, for you to listen to for FREE

April 20th, 2012

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We first started banging on about 7 Horns 7 Eyes over a year ago, when their brand of prog-inclined-but-still-moodily-crushing metal caught our attention with sufficient force for us to violently thrust our Future Hits column in their direction. So when the chaps over at Basick Records dropped us a line and asked if we’d like to host a European-exclusive (insofar as anything on the internet is “exclusive”, these days) stream of their debut album, Throes of Absolution, the weekend before it even goes on sale, we…well, you can guess the rest, can’t you? Why are you still reading this? Click that [Read More] link now and go and listen to it!

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Album: Uneven Structure – Februus

November 4th, 2011

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Uneven Structure
Februus
Basick Records
31 October 2011

by David Keevill

Okay, take your hand and cup your balls. Feels good, right? Now do the same, but do it holding a dozen metal tacks. Yep, now you have a bleeding scrotum.

Hard as it is to believe, the French ‘djent’ quintet, Uneven Structure have evoked the same kind of dichotomy from their first full-length offering, Februus. Being at once completely immersive and all-encompassing, whilst also strangely uncomfortable and jagged, this is unsettling and complicated music that provides a startlingly rewarding listen.

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Album: Aliases – Safer Than Reality

July 25th, 2011

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Aliases
Safer Than Reality
Basick Records
15 August 2011

by Tomas Doyle

They say familiarity breeds contempt but one wonders what preconceptions many listeners will have of Aliases on hearing that they feature Graham “Pin” Pinney on guitar, a man who in a former life plied his trade as part of spastic dissonance merchants SiKth. Of course once the SiKth fan boys have wiped the spermatozoa from their trousers they will realise that Aliases are very much their own beast and that Safer Than Reality has more than enough fire power to blow lazy comparisons to former projects clean out of the water.

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Album: Chimp Spanner – At The Dream’s Edge

April 19th, 2010

Chimp Spanner
At The Dream’s Edge
Basick Records
12 April 2010

by Andy Parker

Chimp Spanner isn’t a band – it’s a single man, very much in the Nine Inch Nails = Trent Reznor kind of way. The man in question is one Paul Antonio Ortiz: playing every part on the album, recording every note, applying the polish and recently forming a live band (featuring members of Fellsilent) to tour the record, Chimp Spanner is very much a one-stop shop when it comes to technical virtuoso instrumentalism.

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