Album Review: Aara — “En Ergô Einai”

Folks, it has been a LONG wait for this one.  I can’t tell you how much I’ve anticipated this review ever since “Arkanum” debuted over at No Clean Singing.  I have not been floored by a track like that in a good while, and I think I grabbed the full promo the minute it was available.  After having about six weeks to sit with it, I have only gotten more psyched up to talk about what almost assuredly will be in my top releases for the year, Aara’s sophomore album En Ergô Einai. Continue reading

Album Review: Chrome Ghost — “The Diving Bell”

Wherever you are, whatever your situation is, I hope you’re well and safe.  It’s not ideal times, but I’m looking on the bright side by taking advantage of good tunes and a lot of extra time to listen to them.  One album that I’ve been really excited to dive into is Chrome Ghost’s sophomore full-length The Diving Bell.  Although digitally released last November, the album is getting a physical release via Seeing Red Records.  Whether you’re already a fan or you’re just hearing about it now, do yourself a favor and get the vinyl of this one.  You’re worth it. Continue reading

Rainbows in the Dark: Pirkan — “Pirkan”

You ever get sucked down a weird rabbit hole on YouTube?  There was a point not too long ago where all YouTube recommended to me was videos of Mongolian throat singing.  I have no idea why, but I was curious, so I followed it down and immediately got sucked in by how cool the music sounded.  That same rabbit hole was also how I discovered the first single from Thy Catafalque’s new album, which I was also enamored with.  Put them together and what do you get?  Pirkan’s debut album, Pirkan, which sounds exactly like a weird, cool YouTube rabbit hole. Continue reading

Album Review: Tethra — “Empire of the Void”

 

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Melodic death/doom quintet Tethra, hailing from Novara, Italy, return with their stellar third full-length, Empire of the Void.  It focuses on two vast realms explored through lyrical themes and creative instrumentation; the boundless internal plights of human nature and the breadth of the human soul, and the expansiveness and surreal wonders of space.  Its track titles hold a celestial theme while its instrumentation evokes heavy human emotions.  While mainly exemplifying doom metal, the band is also a master of death metal and many compositions are a delightful death/doom hybrid. Continue reading

Album Review: Grift — “Budet”

It kinda feels like winter is never going to end here in the Midwest.  The skies are still cold and grey and the snow is still coming down, which would make my work commute a real pain if I wasn’t told to work from home for the next three weeks.  I’m a pretty big fan of the snow and the cold, and even though I know it’s not supposed to be here, I’m trying to look on the upside of things.  There’s a beauty in the melancholy, and nobody shows that better than Sweden’s Grift on their new release Budet. Continue reading