Album Review: False – “Hunger” (EP)

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Hunger album art by Stephen Wilson (Unknown Relic)

Every band has to push their creative envelope at some point.  Sticking to your guns is a great thing, but making the same album with exactly the same sound and form again and again can lose it’s impact.  Sometimes it’s necessary to add elements from other genres of music to take things in a new direction.  Sometimes expanded production values are enough to breathe new life into the music.  So what do you do if you’re Minneapolis based black metal act False, who’s shortest track length in their entire discography is nine and a half minutes?  Why, you record a 7″ of course.  And while Hunger shakes the proverbial tree, it enables the band to focus in and deliver some of their best work ever. Continue reading

Rainbows in the Dark: Tanner Garza + Funeral Parlor – “Dark Days”

Tanner Garza Funeral Party Dark Days

Welcome to another edition of Rainbows in the Dark, the column where we talk about things that we love that don’t fall under the metal umbrella.  Rest assured that the album we will be exploring is still heavy, just a different kind of heavy.  Today brings us new sounds in the form of Dark Days, a collaboration between Texas based experimental musicians Tanner Garza and Funeral Parlor.   Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: Akatharsia and Hell or High Watermelon

Receiving the Evcharist

Good evening and happy Friday once more to you all.  Tonight we travel to the Bay area of California for our ritual, with a beer from San Fransisco and an album from across the bridge in Oakland.  The Metal: Akatharsia’s No Generation Without Corruption.  The Booze: 21st Amendment Brewing Company’s Hell or High Watermelon.   Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: Weapönizer and Two Hearted

Receiving the Evcharist

Welcome back true believers.  We’ve got an absolute rager for you tonight.  One whirlwind of an album coupled with one of my all time favorite brews.  Let’s set it off.  The Metal: Weapönizer’s Lawless Age.  The Booze: Bell’s Brewing Company’s Two Hearted IPA.   Continue reading

Album Review: Heresiarch – “Death Ordinance”

Heresiarch - Death Ordinance

New Zealand is often credited as one of the best places to go to seek out the gnarliest death metal available.  Particularly, the trio of Diocletian, Witchrist, and Heresiarch have been giving me exactly the kind of churning blackened death metal that I hold so very dear.  Though Heresiarch’s output has been less prolific than their counterparts, their discography embodies the ethos of quality over quantity.  Now, however, the band breaks silence with their latest and best offering ever, Death Ordinance.   Continue reading