Receiving the Evcharist: Altarage and Eagle Rock Brewery Ginger Saison

Receiving the Evcharist

Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations.  Drink from the cup of heresy.  This week’s offering: Altarage’s Endinghent and Eagle Rock Brewery’s Ginger Saison.   Continue reading

Album Review: Bell Witch – “Mirror Reaper”

Bell Witch - Mirror Reaper

Let us be clear, here at the outset:  if there’s an ounce of honesty to be had when writing reviews, it’s in the unspoken (and often masked) understanding that all of us come to an album differently and subjectively.  Whether my take of an album follows an imaginary herd of writers or not doesn’t matter, nor should it. What should matter is the implicit agreement between you and I – or any writer, for that matter – that what we’re telling you comes from our own experiences coming into the record, listening  to it, and digesting its intent.  I emphasize this because my experience with Mirror Reaper, the new massive single track album by Bell Witch is entirely colored by the time and manner in which I took the album in.

And in that specific set of experiences the album charted a course of darkness allowing me to work through fears and pain and come to a place of peace and acceptance.  It’s a powerful work singular in intent and circumstance, and a signpost in the band’s evolution.   Continue reading

CANTO: Cattle Decapitation, Gwar, The Obsessed, and More

cattle decapitation band

10/19/2017. Last one of these for the week. From me, at least.

I’ve watched it a few times now. Still intense.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”

Album Review: Throane – “Plus une main à mordre”

Throane Plus Une Main À Mordre

French black metal act Throane‘s debut album Derrière-nous, la lumière was one of the most criminally underrated releases of last year.  Its swirling eddies of morose guitar and aching vocals entranced me from the first listen, and I was surprised and a little sad to see that it didn’t seem to make many other year end lists except for my own.  Thankfully, the project is releasing a new full-length, Plus une main à mordreand it already stands to up the ante considerably.   Continue reading

Circle Pit: Albums We Missed, Q3 2017


Here we are at the end of the third quarter, well really two weeks into the last quarter of the year. But, who’s counting? We missed some things that we wanted to cover around their respective release dates — it happens. As we do from time to time, a few of us got together to share some albums that we feel strongly about and that should garner more of your time as a listener. Whether you decide to set aside some precious time for these is up to you but we love them and hope you feel the same. So without further ado, here’s our picks out of what we didn’t cover but should have… Continue reading