Receiving the Evcharist: Envy and Barrelstone Pinot Noir

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

The Friday Feeling is upon us once more, and today we have a short but extremely sweet pairing for you. Here for your enjoyment is the Seimei EP by Japanese screamo stalwarts envy and a glass of Barrelstone 2020 Pinot Noir to go alongside.

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Album Review: Dream Unending — ‘Song of Salvation’

Dream Unending - Song of Salvation
Song of Salvation album art by Benjamin Vierling

Extreme metal has an orthodoxy problem. I find it most present in black metal, where adherence to the extremely old and cold ways is something celebrated instead of viewed as redundant and wholly unnecessary (laughably so in a genre as much about elitism and shrugging off of herd mentality as black metal oft claims to be). Yet all stripes of metal have their moments of complacency, of clinging to the path of least resistance, even death metal. It’s adherence to form is not nearly as strictly held as black metal, but death metal by and large, I find, is content to be death metal; unchanged and unbothered by change. Every now and then you get an album like Ulcerate’s Stare Into Death and Be Still that radically shakes up the genre and opens up new possibilities, but those albums are few and far in between, and honestly, it’s mostly fine; I find an OK death metal album a lot more enjoyable to listen to than an OK black metal album. But the older I get, and the longer I involve myself in the world of extreme metal, the more of those special, groundbreaking albums I hear, and the more I long to focus my time and patience listening to the music that truly speaks to me. Black metal has no shortage of genre-defying artists these days, and doom can get suitably weird with it too. So where does that leave death metal you ask? Why, in the capable hands of Dream Unending, and the brand new album Song of Salvation, that’s where.

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Album Review: Mord’A’Stigmata — “Like Ants and Snakes”

mord'a'stigmata like ants and snakes
Like Ants and Snakes album art by Derek Setzer

Nothing pleases me more than when an album is refreshingly different from my expectations. Genre descriptors are a great way to get a feel for what kind of album one is about to dive into, but often times they can lead away from the heart of what an album can offer you. Such was the case of expectations versus reality when I pressed play on Mord’A’Stigmata‘s Like Ants and Snakes, and in this case reality came out very much the winner.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Kathryn Mohr — “Holly”

I stake much of my reputation on being someone who adores lo-fi indie music, in case you hadn’t picked up on the number of times I mention The Mountain Goats on a podcast dedicated to music that is decidedly unlike The Mountain Goats. I am a person who loves simple, uncomplicated music that packs a lot of heart, and there is something about the sound of fuzzy, blown out instruments that works with my ears and brain very nicely. It is through this lens that I come to Holly, the new EP by San Jose based experimental artist Kathryn Mohr, which presents a kaleidoscope view of the world through synthesizer, guitar, and vocals.

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Receiving the Evcharist: Gillian Carter and Gray Whale Gin

Receiving the Evcharist 2018


Happy Friday. To celebrate another week down the hatch, I thought it might be nice to revisit this column yet again. This time, we’re spinning Gillian Carter’s Salvation Through Misery and sipping some Golden State Distillery’s Gray Whale gin.

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