Receiving the Evcharist: Drawn Into Descent and Founders KBS

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

I really enjoy my trend of jumping in on this content once every other month or so. It’s a good opportunity to put my drinking to use. Something like that. We’re still in stout season up here in the great white north, and I had a couple delicacies sitting in my fridge waiting for such an evening. The trick, however, was finding an album to enjoy while… enjoying it. And it really wasn’t that hard. Let’s get into it. Tonight I’m serving up (for myself, obviously) Drawn Into Descent’s The Endless Endeavor and Founders KBS. Continue reading

Album Review: Mo’ynoq – “Dreaming in a Dead Language”

Mo'ynoq - Dreaming In a Dead Language

USBM feels like it’s in a good place musically right now.  Depending on what your appetite is, you can trawl pretty much any region of the United States and find a unique scene where geography, community, and culture roll into a diverse assortment of styles.  Moving just a bit south from the current scene in the Northeast, Mo’ynoq have constructed a blistering, raw collage of influences on their full length debut Dreaming in a Dead Language. Continue reading

Album Review: Realm of Wolves – “Oblivion”

Realm of Wolves - Oblivion

Every so often an album comes along seemingly out of nowhere so that its mark is made even more indelible because of its previous anonymity to a particular listener. For me, Oblivion is one of those albums.  I would encourage anyone reading this review to stop, go listen to the embed below, and then return for the remaining synopsis.  Okay, now that you’ve heard what I’m talking about, lets continue with the review.  Realm of Wolves are a Hungarian band that formed this year.  Even though that’s what the bio indicates and based on what I’m hearing, they must have been doing their black metal woodshedding for some time now. Earlier this year they released an EP, Shores of Nothingness, and now follow it with this debut full length. Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: Anomalie and Stoneface F-Bomb

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

Or as Nergal would probably write it: Vvvvvvvvv vvv Vvvvvvvvv.

Anyway. Hey everyone. Here I am. Stepping in for whatever that guy’s name is that usually covers this post. Steve something? That sounds right. Quick reminder, Receiving the Evcharist is that weekly feature where we allow our collective alcoholism to take center stage and use the pairing of a metal album to justify our self-destructive ways. So on that note, let’s talk about things I like a lot depend on: alcohol and metal. Ahem. This week’s stuff: Anomalie’s Integra and Stoneface Brewing Co.’s F-Bomb. Continue reading

Nine Circles ov…”Fixing” The Metal Hammer 40 Best Black Metal Albums…Ever?

fixing black metal

* 8/29 mea culpa: After some robust discussion online I’ve added a new paragraph addressing in part the thorny issue of including “problematic bands” in a list such as this.  Providing proper context is always important, and I failed to do that.  The fault is mine, and I hope the added commentary helps clarify the choices made.

Ah, social media…where would we complain and spit our vitriol over “Best Of” lists if we didn’t have you? Last week’s ire in a buttercup came from Metal Hammer‘s list of “The 40 Best Black Metal Albums Ever” — a post that at its heart really just outlined 40 really good to great albums influential to the genre over the course of three decades. Compiled and with commentary by Dayal Patterson, a man that knows a thing or two about black metal, the article (I’m guessing titled by parent company Louder/Future Pic to generate more clicks — successfully) instead served as fodder for other sites to call out and complain over as well as get the always sensible metal community to froth at the mouth over what was and wasn’t on a list that in all reality serves as a pretty nice introduction to the early evolution of a now expansive and diverse genre.

Well, for this edition of Nine Circles ov…. we show that we’re not above our own cheap commentary, even if it’s at our own expense…   Continue reading