Album Review: Emptiness — “Vide”

Emptiness - Vide

The experience of awaiting new music from a band that previously released your album of the year can be foreboding, especially if the band in question is known to be an unpredictable shapeshifter. The tug of war between trepidation and giddy excitement can become overwhelming and begets deeper questions: how do you even categorize or approach something that defies expectations and convention at every turn? Is it even fair or useful to compare their new release with previous ones? In the case of Vide, the sole clear answer is that only Emptiness could have conjured up this hypnotic album.

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Receiving the Evcharist: Fractal Generator and Adroit Theory Brewing Company’s The Death of Civilization in Slow Motion I

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

Receiving the Evcharist is our feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations. Drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offering: Fractal Generator’s Macrocosmos and Adroit Theory Brewing Company’s The Death of Civilization in Slow Motion I. Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

Receiving the Evcharist is our feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations. Drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offering: Fractal Generator’s Macrocosmos and Adroit Theory Brewing Company’s The Death of Civilization in Slow Motion I. Continue reading

Best of 2020: Zyklonius’s List

Best of 2020

In 2020, time became a melting flat circle and the concept of eternal recurrence became far too real, mundane and inescapable. Thankfully the high quality of metal released during the year provided solace, perspective and inspiration that helped endure the blizzard of blurring days, weeks and months. Time lost all structural integrity and meaning also in the sense that you will find full-length albums, EPs and even single-track releases on my list, owing to their excellence, innovation, enjoyability, distinct identity and sound as well the evolutionary leaps the featured bands took. The fact that I could omit from my list so many fantastic releases, from the likes of Afterbirth, Havukruunu, Mare Cognitum & Spectral Lore, Serocs, Sweven, Wake and Wills Dissolve, is simply indicative of the sheer quantity of stellar-grade metal in 2020. The list is long and full of flowery prose elaborating why these particular releases resonated with me, so enough with the prefacing.

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Receiving the Evcharist: Chepang and Sloop Brewing’s Turbo Speed

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

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 offering: Chepang’s Chatta and Sloop Brewing’s Turbo Speed. Continue reading

Album Review: Oranssi Pazuzu — “Mestarin Kynsi”

Oranssi Pazuzu - Mestarin Kynsi

Once again, Oranssi Pazuzu’s oneironauts have emerged from Wastement, their base of operations for psychedelic voyages into one’s inner self, and unleashed their latest opus Mestarin Kynsi to illuminate and mesmerize in these dark, uncertain times.  Continue reading