Receiving the Evcharist: Fange and Satanic Tea Company’s Dead Splendor

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

You already know what it is.  Or, actually, maybe you don’t, because once again I’m going off the beaten path to bring you something unexpected, but nonetheless delicious.  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: Fange’s Pantocrator and Satanic Tea Company’s Dead Splendor.

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Album Review: Kardashev — “The Baring of Shadows”

Astute readers of this site might recognize that I have already written some words about Kardashev and their monumental EP The Baring of Shadows.  When I think about the releases that I missed in 2020, The Baring of Shadows was one that made me feel like I needed to actually write something about it, simply because of how hard I was kicking myself for foregoing the chance to talk about music that touched me so deeply.  Naturally, then, when the EP got a major label reissue, I knew I couldn’t let this chance slip through my fingers a second time.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Mortifero — “The Death Ballads”

Mortifero - The Death Ballads

Fresh blood on the scene is always a good thing.  It keeps the older bands on their toes and it brings in new and exciting perspectives, especially if those perspectives come from people who don’t often have their voices heard in the metal and metal-adjacent communities.  However, 2020 was not a year that I thought many new projects would be popping up, but then again, the world is full of pleasant surprises, especially when it comes to Dutch singer/songwriter/bandleader Mortifero.  Her brand-new debut EP The Death Ballads blends a lot of creative influences that definitely keep things fresh.

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Album Review: Spectral Lore — “Ετερόφωτος”

Ετερόφωτος is part of a category of words that I personally adore that have deep, profound meaning but no direct translation from Greek into English.  Literally meaning “Different light,” the closest approximation is “one whose light comes from others,” and it is this concept that Ayloss, aka Spectral Lore, seeks to explore on a very long-awaited full-length release.  Not only does this album explore deep philosophical concepts, it also continues the running build-up in Ayloss’ releases that lay out a full-on personal manifesto for radical self-discovery and fighting back against the entrenched powers that seek to hold us in our place.

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Rainbows in the Dark: NOÊTA — “Elm”

Sylvia Plath, despite being an iconic figure in poetry and American literature, was a relatively unappreciated figure in her own time.  It took her unfortunate and heartbreaking suicide to really draw attention to what a giant spirit and an unmatched gift with words she had, but now her name stands with the greats of history, giving inspiration to so many, inside and outside of literature.  It is from her legacy that the Norwegian/Swedish duo NOÊTA draw inspiration for their sophomore release Elm, the title of which references a poem Plath wrote mere months before her death.

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