Album Review: Imperial Triumphant – “Vile Luxury”

Imperial Triumphant - Vile Luxury

Every once in a while, an inventive style of music full of creative vitriol and an album representative of its sound and ethos comes to encapsulate the character and essence of New York City, captured in time and place. Like music, the City keeps on evolving, mutating, shedding its skin and confronting its internal parasites as part of a grand struggle between a glorious past, the crossroads of the present and the paradigm shift and rebirth looming on the horizon, so bright and violent that it burns retinas. In 2018, Imperial Triumphant take up the torch and joins this lineage with Vile Luxury. Continue reading

Album Review: Hukutus – “Oksitosiini”

Hukutus - Oksitosiini

It has to be the tap water. Something uniquely peculiar in it makes the creatively inclined denizens of Tampere, Finland experience a transformation into trickster gods possessed by mischievous glee and an endless stream of weaponized ideas to introduce cosmic chaos and animalistic frenzy into everyday corporeal reality. Having done my university studies in this affable city, I have experienced first-hand how seemingly respectable would-be-intellectuals and future white-collar go-getters make rampaging beasts of themselves. Administered by the madcap collective Hukutus, Oksitosiini provides an aural encapsulation of this rambunctious metamorphosis. It is one hell of a ride without brakes or safety belts. Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist – Slugdge and Skillet Donut Stout

Receiving the Evcharist

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: Slugdge’s Esoteric Malacology and Burial Beer Company’s Skillet Donut Stout. Continue reading

Album Review: Kosmogyr – “Eviternity”

Kosmogyr - Eviternity

I sometimes wonder how you ensure the necessary creative interaction to achieve quality results in songwriting, if bandmates are separated by multiple time zones, deprived of the opportunity to occupy the same location in the space-time continuum to trade and refine ideas with blossoming spontaneity. Is it more likely that the end results be bereft of organic authenticity and passion? Or will the practical challenges and hurdles to artistic achievement imposed by the circumstances inspire the band to overcome them and achieve excellence? In the curious case of Kosmogyr’s debut album Eviternity, within minutes you will know the correct answer with resounding clarity. Continue reading