In the liner notes to They Don’t Sleep Anymore, the third full length from Chris Pandolfo, aka Clouds Collide, he concludes with “Unintentionally, It’s far and away the most personal album but I am confident it will find a way to connect to people.” That confidence is well-founded, because like his previous albums, and like so many pieces of art that deal with the intensely personal, those details impart a universal connectedness trivial generalities never could hope to attain.
It also helps that They Don’t Sleep Anymore is fantastic; far and away the best (in a series of great things) thing Clouds Collide have released. Continue reading
You know the drill by now and you also know we’ve missed a couple weeks. Oops. Anyway, we take a look at a couple, or more, albums from this week’s crop of new releases that struck a chord for whatever reason. The looks here are short and sweet but might help slide your hard earned cash one way or another. We’re here to be a blessing. Maybe. Dive in and if something strikes a chord with you, please go support it by simply clicking the links in the embeds. Or, visit Monday’s Initial Descent. Easy-peasy. Continue reading
I’ve heard it spread around these here metal parts that post-metal is over. That the time of slow, mood-driven and spacious metal that mixes emotive, crooned vocals and oodles of atmosphere is for the birds. To argue the contrary may I present Kindred Spirits, the latest album from Arctic Sleep as evidence that – rather than post-metal being a dead genre – it is in fact insincere and pigeonholed music of any kind that is (and should be) on its way out to the door, the better to make way for the kind of forward thinking and expansive music this band have been traversing since their debut over a decade ago. Continue reading
Falls of Rauros is a band that’s always been on the periphery of my awareness. I’d check out an album now and again, kind of dig it, but move on quickly. When I saw that their new album, Patterns in Mythology, was announced by Gilead Media, alongside the new False and Yellow Eyes (absolutely top of their game black metal offerings), I perked up. I try not to assume quality based on label, in general, but Gilead Media has a hell of a track record. So I wasn’t surprised (or maybe I was), when Patterns in Mythology blew me away.
Let’s start with a statement: there was no reason for False to make this album. And by “this album” I mean Portent. There are plenty of reasons for the Minneapolis black metal six-piece to record a second full-length, but they could have easily stayed the furious course they were on and kept things as they were, and I’m sure they would have been just fine. Instead, and maybe to no one’s surprise, they took all the rage and fury and bound it with majestic melodies and structure, which rather than keeping the songs shackled to the ground, allows them to fly. All of which goes to say Portent is the best thing False have done to date. Continue reading