Axial Lead – Of Infamous Credentials

Happy New Year! With 2015 upon us, there is one retrospective task I absolutely don’t consider a chore! My favourite music site Prog Metal Zone publish a Top 50 albums list for the year just passed, and I take it upon myself to work through it to see what I’ve missed across the year.

The list is alphabetical and the first album on it I’d not heard is at #6 from Axial Lead and it’s a corker, well apart from the small nit that the lack of capitalisation in the title “of infamous credentials” pointlessly does my noggin in! Very progressive with both a heaviness but also quirky jazzy avant-gardism that makes it extremely listenable to. Heck it’s even a concept album around the memories of an escaped convict lost at sea, who washes up on the shores of a utopian island city! All clean vocals so nothing too scary, so why not take a listen!?

Illuminati – The Core

In lieu of the various posts I’ve got in draft about books I’ve finished recently and importantly my visit to the Balfron Tower, here’s a quick music post instead. Another of the Top 50 albums list from Prog Metal Zone, this is a slice of rather awesomely complex progressive jazzy death metal from the band Illuminati from Romania. I knew I was going to love it within about 15 seconds! Just like the other Illuminati of folklore, these guys seem to be very well connected since there are guest contributions from a remarkable list of people from notable progressive metal bands, including members of Atheist, Voivod, Cynic and Pestilence!