Receiving the Evcharist: Mo’ynoq and Campari Orange

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

It’s been a while since I’ve been back in this saddle. Let’s see if I still have what it takes to knock one of these things out. Tonight’s pairing is a combination of the bracing, the assertive, and the intriguing in the form of Mo’ynoq’s A Place for Ash and a Campari Orange cocktail.

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Album Review: Gaerea — “Mirage”

Gaerea - Mirage

I still think that one of my favorite, if not my actual favorite, moments on the Audio Thing is the episode we did way back in 2018 (back when I was just a fan as opposed to a contributor), where Vince made everyone listen to Gaerea’s Unsettling Whispers, and everyone else on the call ruthlessly clowned him for it.  Okay, maybe my memory is exaggerating it a bit, but I still think about that episode for a lot of reasons.  Not least of which is, despite the fact that I like to see Vince get clowned on, it prompted me to check out Gaerea for the first time, and I was actually quite impressed.  Needless to say, this is a band that has only gotten better with time, and Mirage proves that unquestioningly.

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Album Review: Putrescine / Kosmogyr — “Desolate Tides”

Whenever bands come together for a split, it fulfills two major conditions: it showcases their hard work in a unique way outside of the standard album idea, and it shows whether the two bands in question are able to find common ground in their music or if they’re too wildly different. A split that recently did this was Towards the Nameless Darkness, which found common ground in how both bands approached making black metal. On Desolate Tides, the new split between Putrescine and Kosmogyr, they not only find common ground—one bound by the sonic influences, emotional trappings, and the never-ending cycle of (musical) rebirth—but show a certain camaraderie that I don’t see that often with splits.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Aaron Turner and Jon Mueller — “Now That You’ve Found It”

Aaaah, it feels good to be back at my old station.  While this year has been an absolutely incredible year for metal, I guess I’m taking a page out of my sibling’s book and diving more into the non-metal territory recently.  Even if that wasn’t the case, though, any project with Aaron Turner’s name on it is enough to get my attention, and when he is collaborating with Jon Mueller (whose most recent solo release I had the absolute pleasure of reviewing) you *know* things are going to get weird.  On Now That You’ve Found It, weird is certainly one way of putting it.

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Album Review:  Behemoth — “Opvs Contra Natvram”

Sensational satanists and extreme metal trailblazers, Behemoth, are back with their twelfth studio release Opvs Contra Natvram.  Each of the ten tracks brings hellfire with face melting riffs, abrasive vocals, killer drumming, and all the energy and attitude of a live performance.  The album title meaning “going against the current” perfectly summarizes the intent of this release which is to give a big “fuck you” to the destructive propensities in popular culture and social media.  It would not be a Behemoth album if it didn’t raise a few eyebrows from passersby and act as an righteous piece of rebellion.  This release is something only Behemoth could have created and it is not to be missed.

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