Album Review: Realm of Wolves – “Oblivion”

Realm of Wolves - Oblivion

Every so often an album comes along seemingly out of nowhere so that its mark is made even more indelible because of its previous anonymity to a particular listener. For me, Oblivion is one of those albums.  I would encourage anyone reading this review to stop, go listen to the embed below, and then return for the remaining synopsis.  Okay, now that you’ve heard what I’m talking about, lets continue with the review.  Realm of Wolves are a Hungarian band that formed this year.  Even though that’s what the bio indicates and based on what I’m hearing, they must have been doing their black metal woodshedding for some time now. Earlier this year they released an EP, Shores of Nothingness, and now follow it with this debut full length. Continue reading

Album Review: Architects – “Holy Hell”

Architects - Holy Hell

Sometimes when discussing a bands newest release, it’s crucial to speak about their history to provide the reader with a proper understanding of what they are getting into.  Architects were formed in Brighton in 2004 by twin brothers Dan and Tom Searle.  Through their formative years they mixed and matched various styles of metallic and hardcore musings until they really found their footing on 2014’s fantastic Lost Together//Lost Forever.  Following up with the monstrous All our Gods Have Abandoned Us, Architects were on a mission that seemed unstoppable.  Then, tragedy struck the band in 2016 with the untimely passing of founding member/guitarist/main song writer Tom Searle.

No one would have blamed Architect’s for calling it a day after such a loss.  However, they have soldiered which brings us to their eighth and latest album, aptly titled Holy Hell.  It represents a band rising up from the darkest depths imaginable.  Putting iron to forge, Architects have manufactured a musical amalgamation that unfolds in waves of visceral anger, desolate sadness and in venturing to such depths, finds catharsis. Continue reading

Album Review: Sylvaine – “Atoms Aligned, Coming Undone”

Sylvaine - Atoms Aligned, Coming Undone

Every so often you come across an album draped in vivid details and haunting melodies that it makes you forget what you were doing.  Those are the kinds of albums that make you miss your exit when driving or forget where you were going all together.  The introspective listens on a cold winters day while drinking coffee (or whiskey) type albums.  Sylvaine’s third full length album, Atoms Aligned, Coming Undone, is one of those albums. Continue reading