Album Review: Voland — “Voland III: Царепоклонство – Il culto degli Zar”

I tend to appreciate albums that have a historical take, especially when they derive a lot of their musical inspiration from a specific point in time or dedicate their runtime to talk about a certain country’s history. While there are bands that look at various wars or use their music as a way to criticize their neighbor’s policies, I don’t think I have encountered as much tragedy and strife in any country’s history as I have read about Russia. While the late 19th to the early 20th century was certainly not a great time if you were alive then, Russia’s history at that point was filled with so much blood that it comes as no surprise that everything about it just seems to be dark and filled with suffering. However, despite this, there is something both beautiful and fascinating about Russian history, especially when the focus is on its monarchs and the people who both loved and hated them. This brings me to Voland III: Царепоклонство – Il culto degli Zar (“Carepoklónstvo (translated as basileiolatry, the act of worshipping kings) – The cult of the Tsars”), Voland’s third EP that remains fixed in explaining and discussing their ongoing fascination with Russian history.

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Album Review: Cathexis — “Untethered Abyss”

Ever since I became part of the Technically Inclined podcast, I have become increasingly aware of the various flavors of tech death and how each band that plays under that genre has their own way of playing it. Because of this, I have opted to start reviewing more tech death, as I feel the genre does not get enough love unless it is combined with either a progressive or melodic touch. This brings me to CathexisUntethered Abyss, an album that stays true to the tech death sound with a few flaws in between.

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Album Review: Thy Catafalque — “Vadak”

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I will say this again, louder this time: Tamás Kátai has one of the most impressive and extensive musical catalogs, standing on par with the likes of both Devin Townsend and Colin Marston, which makes him one of the hardest-working musicians in this industry. Also, to no one’s surprise, I am here once again talking about my love for Thy Catafalque and how ecstatic I was when I heard that the band was releasing a new album. Having loved last year’s Naiv, I knew Vadak was going to exceed my expectations and further show how music can be expanded across textures, sounds, and atmosphere into a cohesive experience worth its runtime – a true avant-garde metal staple.

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