Rainbows in the Dark: Midwife & Vyva Melinkolya — “Orbweaving”

When one thinks of spider webs, many people will often think of a nuisance, i.e. the phrase “cleaning out the cobwebs.” Many others will often associate them with set decorations for a haunted house or horror movie, something to inspire fear and dread. But every web you see is the home that a living creature has made for itself, a microcosmic world happening right under your nose. If we think of these webs as a community unto themselves, would we be able to see ourselves in the tiny creatures that made them? Orbweaving could be thought of both as the act of creating these almost invisible ties that bind worlds together, as well as the result of the community those ties hold together via the vision of Midwife and Vyva Melinkolya.

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Receiving the Evcharist: Death Goals & Herja

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. When life gives you a surplus of alcohol and a fantastic album to review, you make a Evcharist out of them. Today we will be exploring the kaleidoscopic hardcore of Death Goals’ A Garden of Dead Flowers alongside Groenfell Meadery’s Herja.

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Album Review: Dawn Ray’d — “To Know the Light”

What can you do to keep the fire burning? From the microcosm of dealing with severe burnout in a world where wages are stagnant for the majority of the working class while workloads are ever increasing, to dealing with larger fears surrounding geopolitical turmoil and legislative attacks on the rights of society’s already marginalized, the question of how to find the purpose to keep going every morning becomes a refrain echoing in the back of the heads of so many of us, myself included. Musical artists certainly find themselves in the same position, especially those whose raison d’etre puts them hand in hand with a struggle for a better, more just world like the UK’s Dawn Ray’d. When your message feels more and more vital as every day goes by, how do you find the determination to not just keep your art going, but put out something that feels fresh and invigorating? If you’re Dawn Ray’d, you go completely back to the drawing board, and give us To Know the Light, an album that is not just a reinvention of the band themselves, but a reinvention of what black metal, folk, and protest music can be in this day and age.

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Album Review: Downfall of Gaia — “Silhouettes of Disgust”

Downfall of Gaia - Silhouettes of Disgust

I will have to open this review up by admitting that Downfall of Gaia‘s Ethic of Radical Finitude fell off my radar. It was an album that I heard a lot of people I know sing praise of, and it’s not an album I would call ‘bad’ in any way, but it fell a little flat on my ears, which I thought strange since on paper the band’s kind of sweeping post-black metal is usually very much my thing. It was familiar but didn’t do anything that set itself apart much from other bands making the same kind of music; it was missing a kind of spark of originality. It brings me the utmost pleasure to say that on their follow-up album Silhouettes of Disgust, Downfall of Gaia have very much found that spark and made an album that captivated me from the very first note.

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Album Review: Majesties — “Vast Reaches Unclaimed”

I am not shy of being vocal on and around this site about not liking melodic death metal. This, however, is not entirely the truth, and is an oversimplification of my larger feelings on the topic. You see, I do love a lot of melodic death metal…just next to nothing that the genre is putting out in recent years. Give me a little Jester Race or Slaughter of the Soul though, and I am very much in my happy place. The classic sound of melodic death metal’s early incarnations have so much soul and life in them compared to the kinds of overly dour, riffless fare modern melodeath bands seem content to carbon copy from one another ad nauseam. Enter Minnesota’s Majesties and their debut release Vast Reaches Unclaimed, which pulls directly from the lineage of those halcyon days of the subgenre’s beginnings to remind one and all what melodic death metal should be.

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