Sepulchral Saturday: Nòtt – “Nòtt”

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Painting a sharp, icy portrait of atmospheric black metal, the debut of Nòtt hits on everything I like in the genre: precise and clear production with a vibe that treads a multi-fractal tightrope between DSBM, traditional second wave aggression, and the more post-black leanings of more modern practitioners of the velvet sonic.  In fact, you can call Nòtt, getting a physical release courtesy of Ossian Records after a digital release this past January a grittier, more frost-bitten version of what Amiensus has been doing lately, which makes sense when you realize the one-man assault is the product of James Benson, taking time out from his other bands to exorcise some gnarled demons.   Continue reading

Sepulchral Saturday: Nod – “Mountain Void” (EP)

Nod - Mountain Void

Continuing the birth of the underground music scene in Columbus, Georgia, upcoming stoner doom metal band Nod manages to form a subtle landscape that you couldn’t find in the book of Genesis. With their new EP, Mountain Void, the band exemplifies the kind of psychedelics that isn’t all that airy while managing to maintain the perfect balance of wind and ground. Continue reading

Sepulchral Saturday: Isenordal – “Shores Of Mourning”

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I’m going to go ahead and proclaim Isenordal‘s debut, Shores Of Mourning, one of my better new discoveries to emerge in 2017. It may still be early in the year — and my personal lackadaisical approach to new music hasn’t helped either — but don’t let any of that take away from how impressive and transcending this neofolk/funeral doom project is. Dark and addicting, Isenordal have created something that will continue to mesmerize us long after the first several spins have elapsed. I would not be surprised in the slightest if additional praise resurfaces as we approach this year’s conclusion. Continue reading

Sepulchral Saturday: Voidthrone – “Spiritual War Tactics”

Voidthrone - Spiritual War Tactics

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