Album Review: Ufomammut – “8”

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This far along, a band like Ufomammut needs no introduction. Their brand of psychedelic space doom ladened with crushing heaviness has been building steam since 1999. With their latest full length 8, this trio displays why they have been top tier for as long as they have. Doom, stoner and sludge can all be marred by try-hards, repetition and messy production but Ufomammut have, since their inception, been forward thinkers and extremely great songwriters which helps keep their material not only fresh but fully engaging. 18 years on, 8 is another letter perfect example of this. Continue reading

Album Review: Yellow Eyes – “Immersion Trench Reverie”

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Brooklyn, NY’s Yellow Eyes should be a name you’re familiar with by now.  The group has quietly been releasing some of the best and most inimitable black metal the world over since 2012.  Poised now to release their fourth full-length album, Immersion Trench Reverie, the band stands to outdo themselves once more, creating something that lives up to its title well: an album that is both deep and immersive. Continue reading

Rainbows in the Dark: The Dark Red Seed – “Stands With Death”

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I know normally in this column I’ve been talking about ambient releases, but we use Rainbows in the Dark to explore any kind of music that gets heavy without falling into “metal” territory.  One of the more exciting (at least for me) musical trends in the United States is an emergence of bands that take traditional Americana song structures and styling and add in flairs of gothic darkness.  Acts like Wovenhand and King Dude have gotten the attention of the populace at large, and now set to join those ranks is Portland, OR’s The Dark Red Seed with their debut EP Stands With Death.
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Album Review: Moonlight Desires – Just the Hits (1981-1985)

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Sometimes we get so caught up in what’s considered “metal” or not we forget how little genre tags and labels mean when it comes to how music makes you feel.  I’ll admit to getting caught up in discussions over distinctions between metalcore and NWOAHM, how far the “post-” label can go before metal get thrown out all together…but when I take a breath, close my eyes and open my ears, in the end all I want is loud guitars that crunch, a voice that soars, and tight, tight songs.  I know when I take off the black t-shirts and corpsepaint, what I really want is something fun.  I want Just the Hits (1981-1985), and if they’re performed by Moonlight Desires?

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Album Review: Dodecad – “Contempt”

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Noise rock was a logical spin off of punk as the focus was more on the abrasive/aggressive sounds. Much like any genre, noise has seen its share of divisions and branches but still, at its core, the abrasiveness that punk got across through highly charged lyricism, noise rock does with distorted guitars and experimental yet jagged song structures. Missouri’s Dodecad are astute grads of the original, and highly lauded, noise rock class and on their third effort Contempt their aggressive experimentation collides very successfully with a patience we’ve yet to hear in their songwriting. As a result they have an album’s worth of some of the best and most varied material we’ve heard thus far. Continue reading