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It’s like water skiing behind a speedboat down I-94 into Detroit. Strange, almost unfathomable, but undoubtedly a good time.
…definitely far removed from my typical black/death/grind trinity, but it is exceptionally moving, which is ultimately what makes music meaningful to me.
Schultzie interviews Linnéa Olsson of Maggot Heart.
On this release, Kaliya can run you down with speed, rumble over you with power, and often does both simultaneously. Behold the brutal velocity!
…a melodic/raw black metal duo from Anchorage, and I believe their setting is extremely important to how their music seems so effortless, when talking about how coldness and organic nature of their sound.
“Nuages orageux” examines that moment when the clouds have gathered and we welcome the coming storm.
What will be unexpected is the utter anguished beauty of Dikter om döden.
The album is an exceptionally intense listen, certainly in the running for the best and most visceral release in this style this year.
Please don’t sleep on this Album Of The Year contender from some of our most promising local talent.
Dissonance and psychedelia and brutality..oh, my…
Allow the three tracks to guide your exploration to the primal void and find what truth is to be had there.
It connects on all the different levels, from the group harmonies, the synth patches, and of course the bass tone.
Like all great punk rock, the band asks difficult questions, calling out the ills of society, but also deals with personal issues, like those we all deal with.
Their second full length, Mercy Machine is a fever dream of shattered glass mazes, mounds of heavenly trash bodies, and deep red flowers in full bloom.
Come for the Dungeons & Dragons. Stay for the didgeridoo.
It makes sense that music about said reality should have some edge to it, and this does. In the end, this album is magnificent and majestic, while still directed and aggressive, a pitch perfect balance and a masterful release.
It’s as if Derhead has distilled rage and pain, beauty and misery into a concentrated form.
The riffs are chunky and the grooves have a good momentum to them, but this kind of music is usually all about the lyrics and the emotion behind their composition and delivery.
Listening to Putrefying Cadaverment is more like actually being present for the kill.
They have created symphonic metal which is subdued enough to accent the essential darkness of their sound, instead of overwhelming it.
It races forward like a thoroughbred on the hunt, but has so many interesting and unique flourishes, time changes, and unexpected twists that it is clear the band are thoughtful composers.
…it’s low-fi powerviolence in the style of California bands like Despise You but done up Detroit style, with all the added filth, fury, and weirdo tech-y sounds that the Dirty D would bring to such a table.
While the band is musically ugly, confrontational, and catastrophic, it is ultimately just the Mad Max vehicle for their message.
For how filthy and low the tones are on this EP, they never sound muddy or fuzzed out.