Rainbows in the Dark: Deine Lakaien — “Dual”

Well, wouldn’t you know it, we’ve got ourselves a double header here.  And what better to round out this double feature than with a double album, appropriately titled Dual.  It might be a coincidence that we’re running this today, but it’s no coincidence that German darkwave pioneers and masters Deine Lakaien are commemorating their thirty-five-year career and tenth overall release with a sprawling double album of new work and ingeniously imagined covers of a breadth of artists that may just leave you scratching your head.  Rest assured, if anyone can handle it, it would be the masters of the craft.

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Rainbows in the Dark: god|screaming|breathing — “19-1-2019”

Imagine it: you’re wandering through the Appalachian forests, or maybe the Mohave desert or the ruins of an East Coast metropolis, or wherever the post-apocalypse collapse of the United States has taken you, and you turn on your Pip Boy to listen in to whatever radio frequencies still work.  Amid the static and the garbled transmissions broadcast over the spectrum, you find a lone guitar, gently strumming through some folk chords, not really playing anything intentional, but more for the sake of drawing a peaceful mood amid all the chaos.  That’s exactly what god|screaming|breathing and their newest offering 19-1-2019 is.

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Album Review: Cannibal Corpse — “Violence Unimagined”

Fans can always rely on Cannibal Corpse for consistency as the band has been dropping mind-blowing, instant-classic death metal album after album over their 32 years of existence.  Every record follows a similar formula that is timeless and never grows stale.  Each is unique, but no one sticks out of the band’s discography as an outlier as they fit together like a puzzle.  From the sound to the overall feel to the cover art by Vince Locke, Violence Unimagined, the 15th and latest release, is a Cannibal Corpse album through and through.  It is another slam dunk by this legendary band and one of their best (quite possibly THE best) album to date. 

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Album Review: Bewitcher — “Cursed Be Thy Kingdom”

“The Devil is always ready to make the deal…” says Bewitcher frontman M. Von Bewitcher.  Just as Ralph Macchio before them, the band made a pact with Satan a long time ago, ostensibly trading their souls in for killer old school thrash meets classic heavy metal riffs and a successful career that seems only to climb higher as time goes on.  Still, it’s been a long strange road that’s brought the band to their Century Media debut Cursed Be Thy Kingdom, and it hasn’t been without struggle, but this offering sees them put out their tightest and most expansive release yet.

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Album Review: The Lion’s Daughter — “Skin Show”

The Lion's Daughter - Skin Show

There is definitely something to be said for a band avoiding stagnation.  Change is eternal and unavoidable, and to remain in place for an extended period has the potential to make for boring music without passion or excitement.  On the other hand, with change comes risk, and metal is a notorious genre for having fans intolerant of change.  Of course, you could always go the route of The Lion’s Daughter and completely stop giving a fuck about what people think, just do you, and make maybe the most drastic change imaginable, as perfected on their newest banger Skin Show.

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