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Interview with Laurentian Tides and their full set from the In The Wake Of The Great Collapse album release show.
I’m immediately transported to a world of shadows and fire, bleak and hostile.
The rest of the album, and the rest of the opening track, is this weird hybrid of experimental Black and Death Metal.
Bloodshed. Violence. Darkness. Madness. Sorcery. And that’s just the music.
Ekpyrosis rises from the deepest pit of the void, a creature unleashed to slither forth upon the unsuspecting masses.
The band does not reinvent the wheel, but firmly implants themselves as a worthy entry into the annals of grindcore done well, done in an interesting manner, and done with fury and passion.
What Gourmand do so well on this album is to seamlessly mesh weirdo, technical death metal with strange time signatures, bizarre riffs, and the like on one hand, and seriously emotional, passionate music on the other.
With this invitation, so begins the profound existential apocalypse of The Solace of Death…
The raw atmosphere of the album truly enriches the overall experience and only serves to fuel the nightmarish sounds that spew forth, as minute after minute you are absolutely torn to shreds from the sheer violence.
Dark Fortress both digs deep and imagines large on this hour long effort. With black metal as their vehicle, they ride through the cosmos and traverse the wide spaces between atoms, all of it in the service of understanding our insignificance.
The theme of the release can be summarised as a series of ideas on transhumanism stemming out of an initial inspiration from the Fritz Lang film Metropolis (1927).
Unlike many splits, this particular one shows consistent excellence. Kudos to Everlasting Spew for recognizing an opportunity to put together two bands that would mesh so well together, yet each show their own personality.
Angry, disturbed, ominous, triumphant…this album is all of those things, and more.
I’m still not sure I fully understand what’s going on here, but I know that it speaks to me in deep and meditative ways, though the sound itself is harsh and disturbing.
Good experimental/disparate music NEEDS to have good melodies, as Frank Zappa taught us, and Lucius Fox not only gets that, but they hammer it home with head bobbing goodness.
Interview and live set from the incendiary Chicago hardcore band Racetraitor.
This is a very strong release.
If you haven't heard it yet, The Forlorn Soldier is a masterful EP by the Indonesian one-man project Pure Wrath. Recently, I was able to catch up with Ryo, the man behind the magic, to ask him a few questions. Read on, and be sure to check out his music. ...
Dead Hour Noise truly has something for everyone and Sleeping Dogs is the most bold, complete, and exciting debut I’ve heard in a long time.
I present to you, Mulla, a raw black metal band from the country of Iraq. Their release, مَوْلَى is something that will cut you down to the core.
…every song on this album is pretty damn good and for the most part, stick in my head, with driving guitar riffs, and a creative rhythm section, long after I have stopped listening.
thankfully, this is a bonafide Psychotic Waltz record, still anchored in large measure by the extraordinary vocal (and flute) stylings of Devon Graves (formerly known as Buddy Lackey).
One thing I do know about Sutekh is their first release, Force Of Will, is black metal to it’s core and it doesn’t care if you know about it or not.
Hailing from Finland, long a home of controversial bands, and choosing to make attacks on the Islamic faith the subject of their music, the band Curse Upon A Prayer has long been viewed as problematic. I decided to dig in to see if they were indeed worthy of censure....