Album Review: Psudoku – “Deep Space Psudokument”

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Oh, the fine art of avant-garde! All too often launching headfirst into cartoon territory or utterly incoherent and lacking catchy hooks. All those sudden shifts in style and tempo detached from the overall flow and harmony; the price to pay when striving to defy the listener’s expectations and violate the borders of musical comfort zone and keep one constantly guessing where the wrecking ball will land next. Leave it to the avant-grind spaceball unit Psudoku to snicker at such lethal snares with the adroit madness captured within its latest release Deep Space Psudokument, delivered from the future for our enjoyment and deciphering. Continue reading

Sepulchral Saturday: Voidthrone – “Spiritual War Tactics”

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At immense risk to my metal cred, let it be known right off the bat that I’ve never learned to appreciate or enjoy overly dissonant metal. That is why I approached the assignment to review Voidthrone’s debut album Spiritual War Tactics with slight unease and trepidation.  Although I respect its cerebral nature and modus operandi of challenging the listener, in my ears dissonant metal usually devolves into a quasi-academic exercise in frustration that sounds marvelous only at the level of grand theory. The lack of catchy riffs, meaty hooks and cathartic release evokes a feeling of experiencing colossal constipation when suffocating in an overcrowded New York City rush hour subway train with failed AC on the warmest day of summer, while the tie around your neck begins to feel like a noose and you can hear your fellow passengers grinding their collective teeth in anger and frustration. Hence this young destruction crew, formed in Seattle, Washington in early 2016, faced an unenviable challenge of dispelling my prejudice and convincing my sonic sensibilities. Could they hope to succeed where scene veterans have largely failed? Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist – Fides Inversa and Hyper Predator

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Greetings, trve warriors! The blessed weekend is once again upon us and calls for another pairing of metal and malted beverages. As brother Vincent is currently on vacation (in other words, marauding Denver’s breweries), I have the honor and privilege to serve this week’s offering. Without any further ado, let’s get to business! The Metal: Fides Inversa’s Rite of Inverse Incarnation. The Booze: Off Color Brewing’s Hyper Predator. Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist – Aversio Humanitatis and Smoke on the Porter, Fire in the Rye

Receiving the Evcharist

Greetings, dear readers! To ramp up our collective response to the deluge of excellent metal and inventive craft beer unleashed upon humanity, I’ve enlisted to provide heavy artillery support to Vincent in his unending quest to form heart-throbbing, liver-caressing unions of prime representatives from both realms. So, let’s begin the campaign with a veritable Tsar Bomba, shall we? The Metal: Aversio Humanitatis’ Longing for the Untold. The Booze: To Øl’s Smoke on the Porter, Fire in the Rye. Continue reading

Satisfy My Erratic Whims, 2017 – Zyklonius’ Anticipated Albums

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Following a phenomenal metal year that I went on record declaring the best in recent memory, 2017 sure has a lot to live up to. Without any unnecessary prefacing, I present to you my veritable murderers’ row of bands I expect to slay and decimate with their upcoming releases. Continue reading