Album Review: Vouna — “Atropos”

Doom metal is typically comprised of the same elements and instruments to create the foggy dark sound of the genre’s namesake, but some bands like to change the game a bit and add in new sounds and instruments to make unique and dynamic compositions.  While traditional doom metal is one of my favorite things and I adore the classic elements, it is fun to see bands experiment and add their own signature to the genre.  Vouna is a musical project that does just that with their latest release Atropos

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Receiving the Evcharist: Lowen and Pipeworks Brewing Company’s Pineapple Guppy

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

Hello friends!  It is warming up here in Chicago and it is time to break into some summer brews so let’s drink from the cup of heresy.  This week’s offerings:  Lowen‘s Unceasing Lamentations EP and Pipeworks Brewing Company‘s Pineapple Guppy.

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Receiving the Evcharist: Sabhankra and ERIS Brewery and Cider House’s Van Van Mojo

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

Hello friends!  Another Friday is upon us and this time I am here to celebrate with another boozy blueberry beverage and some melodic death/black metal.  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 offerings:  Sabhankra‘s Death to Traitors and ERIS Brewery and Cider House‘s Van Van Mojo.

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Album Review: Seth — “La Morsure du Christ”

Intricate black metal is alluring as it satisfies many musical cravings.  There is a rawness in the growled vocals and a beauty in the layered sounds.  There is also an interesting juxtaposition in the furious tempos and almost meditational atmospheric breaks.  French metal scene pioneers, Seth, released what the band is referring to as the sequel to their debut album almost 23 years later, La Morsure du Christ.  This album is a nod to Seth’s beginnings and their original style consisting of blast beat drumming, snarled vocals, rhythmic and melodic guitar, and expertly combined sounds.

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Receiving the Evcharist: Meridian Dawn and Saugatuck Brewing Company’s Blueberry Maple Stout

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

Hello friends!  We made it through another week and that definitely deserves a cheers.  It is time to drink from the cup of heresy.  This week’s offerings:  Meridian Dawn‘s The Pagan Poetry EP and Saugatuck Brewing Company‘s Blueberry Maple Stout.

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