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

Best of 2017: Zyklonius’ List

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Another trip around the sun, another stellar year for metal, with a wealth of riveting riffage, pulverizing beats, blood-curdling growls and blazing tremolos. Verily, this is an era of abundance, where it is impossible to stay on top of the deluge of top-shelf metal released every week. Best of all, quality seems to go hand in hand with quantity. If there ever was an antithesis to the contemporary temptation for instant gratification and disposability, every album I included in my mid-year stocktaking exercise ended up on my end-of-year list, having continued to impress and astonish me as time went by, testament to the spectacular songwriting, boundless creativity and killer riff delivery of the bands that conjured up these stunning works of art. And just when I thought things could not get any better, both seasoned veterans and hungry newcomers arrived, bearing gifts of seismic impact. I hope the following releases enrich your life, even if only with a fraction of the effect they had on me. Now, dig in! Continue reading

Album Review: Thantifaxath – “Void Masquerading as Matter” (EP)

Thantifaxath - Void Masquerading as Matter

For this review of Thantifaxath‘s Void Masquerading as Matter both Vincent and Zyklonius share their thoughts and strangely, no arm wrestling or game of knuckles were involved to decide who would go first. If this happens in the future we’ll bring you the footage. Anyway, make sure you stick around and read both takes. Continue reading