Album Review: Ruadh — “The Rock of the Clyde”

I’ve gone on record before about how I like death metal, both in print and on the Audio Thing™, and I will, until the end of time, stand by my assertion that death metal is best when it beats you senseless about the face and head.  Black metal to me is a different story.  I think black metal is best when it is at its most elegant and refined.  I like black metal that uses old-school influences to inform and build on contemporary pieces to elevate the whole affair to a new level.  It’s why I like bands like Saor, Panopticon, Deafheaven, Aara and Falls of Rauros so much.  Enter Ruadh and their sophomore release The Rock of the Clyde, which emphasizes the old school in both black metal and cultural influence, while still retaining a sophisticated sound. Continue reading

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: Spectral Lore & Mare Cognitum — “Wanderers: The Astrology of the Nine”

Spectral Lore and Mare Cognitum - Wanderers: Astrology of the Nine

Do you like black metal? Concept albums? Sprawling epics created by musicians dedicated to their craft? What about space and the cosmos? Did you spend a period of your life obsessed with Holst’s The Planets? Ever thought that what The Planets needed was a complete re-imagining driven by all of the above? Well then, Mare Cognitum & Spectral Lore have got you covered with Wanderers: The Astrology of the Nine.

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Album Review: Izthmi — “The Arrows of Our Ways”

Izthmi - The Arrows of our Ways

In his 1946 book, Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl explores how one could possibly stay sane and focus on the positive while a prisoner in Nazi Germany.  Ultimately, he comes to the conclusion that “love is the ultimate and the highest goal to which man can aspire.”  On their full-length debut The Arrows of Our Ways, Seattle, WA’s Izthmi sample a reading of Frankl’s work and continue the search for meaning through embracing love against all odds, while blending searing black metal and crushing doom with a healthy dose of melody. Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: Sun of the Sleepless / Cavernous Gate and Flying Cat

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

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: Sun of the Sleepless & Cavernous Gate’s Split and Strand Brewing Company’s Flying Cat.

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