Metal Mondays, Jan. 9th, 2017

Review: Metal Mondays, Jan. 9th, 2017

Written by James Cross

Featured this week on Metal Mondays: Bulgarian operatic metal project Pagliacci, hard rock band Atrium of the Fall, and Arkansas metalcore act Levels.

Consisting of Zhivko Koev (music, lyrics, and keys) and Katerina Simeonova, Pagliacci have released song "Wise Men & Lunatics". The song is from their upcoming album, The Village of Madmen, due out later this year. Each of the four main characters on the concept album is played by a different singer. "Wise Men & Lunatics" features Dimitar Belchev as The Traveler, and Simeonova as Colombina. If you're a fan of metal and musicals as I am, you'll love Pagliacci!

Atrium of the Fall showcase "Hope Without a Crime" from their upcoming debut record, Zipper Mouth, due on February 1st. The song has lots of 90s throwbacks, but at the same time has more modern sounding elements. For example, the mid-2000s guitar lead. I love it, and hopefully you do too!

Five piece progressive metalcore act Levels recently released a video for their song "Slip". The band from Arkansas have a fairly standard sound, but that doesn't mean you can't bang your head to this killer song. Of interesting note is that clean lead vocals are provided by the drummer, which is slightly unusual for a metalcore band.

That's it for now, until next week for another edition of Metal Mondays!