Album Review: Pernicion – “Seek What They Sought” (EP)

Pernicion - Seek What They Sought

It would seem that Pernicion come from a long line of no bullshit, balls out, death metal lineage. And on their latest EP Seek What They Sought, the band seek (no pun intended) and destroy. Now, when discussing what constitutes ‘no bullshit’ there’s many different avenues to be considered but the biggest here: this band is no frills, no showboating, no solos and no overdubs. It’s just go in there, roll on it, and record it. Period. And respect to them for pulling it off so damn well. Continue reading

Album Review: Joyless Euphoria – “Dreaming In Ultraviolet”

Joyless Euphoria - Dreaming In Ultraviolet

Blackgaze can be joyous, although I don’t go looking for it very often. While my tastes tend to go for the atmospheric and off-kilter, I sometimes find something that catches my eye that really makes me want to sit and listen. Whether it’s how the album sounds or how it’s constructed, my brain always tries to fill in the gaps of what makes something tick. In the case of Joyless Euphoria’s Dreaming In Ultraviolet, what made me sit down and take notice was how inherently colorful and joyous it is. Even though the genre it comes from is not known for its levity, this album has something that makes me want to get up and weep in joy. Continue reading

Album Review: Graves – “Liturgia da Blasfémia”

graves - liturgia da blasfemia

Anyone else in the mood for primitive, lo-fi black metal?  Graves comes out of Portugal, and their debut album Liturgia da Blasfémia is exactly that.  Thick, cavernous black metal that howls and drools evil all over the carpet when you let it into your house.  Production that sounds like the engineer had tentacles instead of fingers.  But still with just enough clarity that the intent doesn’t get lost in a wash of reverb and candle smoke.  Know what I mean? Continue reading

Album Review: Seer – “Vol. 6”

Seer - Vol. 6

Since their inception back in 2014, Vancouver’s Seer have been a major force in the epic narrative department even if their music didn’t always follow suit. If there’s ever been a case in doom metal of “been there, done that” it’s the first four Volumes in this series that screams it. But with Vol. 5 being a jaw dropping realization that they might have finally sniffed their sound, Vol. 6 takes that realization and seals it in granite. Simply put, this is the band’s finest hour as they weave yet another grandiose tale. Continue reading

Album Review: Soen – “Lotus”

soen - lotus

Soen have always played in that space that blurs the distinctions between genre classification: are they metal?  Rock?  They’re certainly progressive, but are they so progressive to be considered “progressive” metal?  Or rock for that matter?  The good news is that on fourth record Lotus continues to not care about labels, opting to let the emotional core of their music carry through.  Others can opt to argue what it sounds like; to these ears, it simply sounds like Soen. Continue reading