Receiving the Evcharist: Voidsphere and Willy Vanilly

Receiving the Evcharist

Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations.  Drink from the cup of heresy.  This week’s offering: Voidsphere’s To Call|To Speak and Alpine Beer Company’s Willy Vanilly.   Continue reading

Album Review: Skyeater – “The Maw of Time”

skyeater the maw of time

When one thinks of Los Angeles and heavy metal music, there are a few choice acts that immediately come to mind.  From the various Black Twilight Circle acts to long running death metal act Sadistic Intent, the scene here is perhaps not as large as in some other metropolitan areas, but is filled with its own unique takes on the genre.  Poised now to stand tall among some of the best this region has to offer is Skyeater, who are now releasing their awe-inspiring debut album The Maw of Time.   Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: Malsumis and Angel City Brewing’s Oolong Saison

Receiving the Evcharist

Welcome back brethren. It’s been a great week for music, but I hope you’ve got room to jam some more.  Tonight’s program is going to be a good one, I promise, so let’s get into it already.  The Metal: Malsumis’ Spirit Decay.  The Booze: Angel City Brewing’s Oolong Saison.   Continue reading

Profile: Mike Lamb of Sojourner

Sojourner - Mike Lamb
Mike Lamb

Empires of Ash, the debut full length, from atmospheric black metallers Sojourner was released last year via Avantegarde Music and recently saw a cassette reissue via Fólkvangr Records. And if you count Saor and Summoning as favorites from this genre, there’s no better time to get in on the ground floor with the epic take Sojourner has to offer. Gruff vocals and frantic tremolo work earmark the bands black metal side but it’s the synth, melodic chords and angelic vocals that set this band — and album — apart. We recently had the opportunity to catch up with Mike Lamb (drums, guitars, piano, synth) for our Profile set of questions and he was more than generous with his answers. Keep reading to see what he had to say. Continue reading

Album Review: Somnium Nox – “Terra Inanis”

Somnium Nox - Terra Inanis

Chances are if your album cover has budding skull flowers and a skeleton bird overlooking an ominous moon, you have some level of black metal going on.  For Australian band Somnium Nox, you have a whole lot of black metal going on in the form of their debut LP Terra Inanis.  Enveloping their atmospheric black metal in a wash of darkness and buried menace the band and album provide a spectral, haunting soundscape that reinforces Australia as a country to be reckoned with when it comes to extreme metal.   Continue reading