Album Review: Ingested — “The Surreption II”

British death metal veterans Ingested have been spewing out some of the sickest, nastiest death metal for over ten years now, and this year marks an important milestone for the band: the ten-year anniversary of their sophomore effort The Surreption.  However, it hasn’t exactly been a year for much celebration, even if the Manchester foursome want to get out there.  How, then, to best commemorate this experience from the comfortable confines of home while still doing justice to the album?  Completely rerecord and reimagine the whole thing from the ground up, of course.  Enter The Surreption II.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Marius Leirånes — “Langtidsperspektiv”

Hey, wasn’t I just saying that I’m really interested in how countries and landscapes shape the people who live in them and, thus, the music that is created there?  While Norway might not be a new country for me to check off my list, I always find it interesting that there is something intangible that ties all genres of music from a particular place to that place, whether it’s death metal or jazz or electronic music or whatever you like.  In the case of Marius Leirånes, that place is a very specific one, and the stories told on Langtidsperspektiv are the stories of what has shaped him to this day and how that home has played a part in it all.

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Album Review: Erdve — “Savigaila”

Erdve - Savigaila

You already know I love music from around the globe.  I love listening to the way different countries shape the worldview of the people living in them and their own unique metal scene, and after some time of waiting, I can finally put a pin in Lithuania on my map of the world, thanks to Erdve and their stunning new stomper Savigaila.  I don’t often advertise my feelings on an album before the cut, but, then again, I also don’t tend to review albums I think I’m going to hate; this, however, surprised me in the best way possible.

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Album Review: Vouna — “Atropos”

Doom metal is typically comprised of the same elements and instruments to create the foggy dark sound of the genre’s namesake, but some bands like to change the game a bit and add in new sounds and instruments to make unique and dynamic compositions.  While traditional doom metal is one of my favorite things and I adore the classic elements, it is fun to see bands experiment and add their own signature to the genre.  Vouna is a musical project that does just that with their latest release Atropos

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Rainbows in the Dark: Leila Abdul-Rauf — “Phantasiai”

Phantasiai is an album that sets out to answer the age-old question that I physically cannot stop tumbling out of my accursed brain anytime anyone utters the phrase “I’m dying”: “Is it blissful?”  Well, according to multi-instrumental wizard Leila Abdul-Rauf, while it might be like a dream, the answer is a resounding “NO.”  The album is a high-minded journey through ancient philosophy, existentialism, performance art, and much more all wrapped up in dark textures and eerie beauty that showcase her immense talent at a wide variety of musical fields.  Just be careful of how deep you go.

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