Swamp Witch have come a long way from their 2011 EP Gnosis. That album’s fuzz soaked psychedelia showed promise, and the follow up Slithering Bog doubled down on the psychedelic elements. Well, Dead Rituals decided that what they needed was more fuzz. Thick, heavy, slow, driving, drowning fuzz. And I am 100% here for it. Continue reading
Gone are the theatrics and bombast of previous entries; gone are the constant choir and strings sections. In their place is a pure album that is melodic, technical, and groovy. The finger-style interludes are more thematically embedded. A new bassist absolutely destroys. The first two minutes makes the opening pitch: welcome to Apoptosis, a perfect Allegaeon album.
Sometimes you listen to a new album from a band and wonder what went down in their lives to cause such a drastic change. Enter Town Portal’s Of Violence. Something about math rock, to me, has always had trouble ever sounding anything other than upbeat and, if not happy, then at least contented. Yet Of Violence manages to sound dark, eerie, and foreboding. Where The Occident was a triumph of soaring delights and feelings of overcoming diversity, Of Violence sounds like the fossil record of an event that left an indelible scar. Continue reading
From the first few minutes of Pantheon MMXIX by Ultar, you can already tell that this is a completely different beast from 2016’s Kadath. Building on their previous sound, they roll in clean vocals, more intricate songwriting, and a tighter production. Yet at the same time, they double down on the black metal elements; screams to make your soul shiver, and dissonant passages that take you back 20 years. With such an excellent follow up, it’s obvious that Ultar is a major player in the future of post-black-metal.
I have a couple bones to pick with the debut self-titled album by Tempel. The first bone is that no, it is not Tempel, the excellent post/death/black-metal band that released 2015’s epic The Moon Lit Our Path. The second is that after I got over my disappointment… I was annoyed to realize that this album is a pretty god-damn good album that liberally borrows from countless metal genres. Continue reading