Album Review: Surut — “Surut”

I think there is a formula for what can grab my interest in music.  Sure, I’ll take my traditional death and black metals, but I agree with some other distinguished members on staff when I say that genres are almost always more interesting when they are blended.  Unlike some other members, however, I will always gravitate towards almost anything that is blended with hardcore.  Sorry, I’m a kid from the Midwest who peaked in the early 2000’s.  It’s just a part of my DNA now.  When Surut came along with their self-titled debut, I knew I was on the hook.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Ploho — “Phantom Feelings”

We had an interesting discussion come up in our group chat the other day, specifically concerning vocals.  Not only do I have no problem with a language barrier between myself and the lyrics of a song, often times I prefer it.  I don’t tend to get too hung up on lyrics and phrases, with some notable exceptions.  I’m more of a sucker for a good melody, and if the vocal melody is solid, I can listen to someone sing about just about anything (within reason, of course).   Enter, then, Ploho and the Siberian trio’s new post-punk opus Phantom Feelings.

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Album Review: Tribulation — “Where the Gloom Becomes Sound”

Tribulation - Where the Gloom Becomes Sound

Here we are again with another collaborative review, and this is one we have been looking forward to for quite some time.  Tribulation is a band that we both thoroughly enjoy, from their creative songwriting to their spooky swag, and we have both been enamored with their live performances over the years as their stage presence is otherworldly.  When the news first broke about a new Tribulation album to kick off 2021, we had a feeling that this year would start off alright.  Where the Gloom Becomes Sound is everything we expected it to be and more.  

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Album Review: Eximperitus — “Šahrartu”

They might not be household names yet, because holy hell what a name, but Eximperituserqethhzebibšiptugakkathšulweliarzaxułum, better known as Eximperitus, have certainly made a name for themselves in the death metal scene, both from their cutting-edge technicality as well as their buck-wild aesthetic choices.  On their newest release, Šahrartu, the band seeks to take everything that they have built their brand on and turn it up to eleven, while deepening the mystery and enigma surrounding them and the world they are building up.  Oh yeah, and maybe change the face of death metal while they’re at it.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Jon Mueller — “Family Secret”

I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: one of the reasons I love doing this column is for the chance to get a bigger sense of how different types of music is made.  With metal, it has its moments where the boundaries get pushed, and the genre is certainly no stranger to innovators, but oftentimes you need to go pretty far out there to get into some really creative artistic processes.  Even as far out as we have gone, I have never encountered a process quite as unique as Jon Mueller used on his newest release Family Secret.

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