Album Review: Eard — “De Rerum Natura”

We’ve said it before on the podcast (specifically on the most recent episode), but I will echo the sentiments here: the most interesting thing that can be done with black metal is to mix it thoroughly with things that are not black metal.  I could not possibly care less about what wave is the best or any trve kvlt nonsense.  Black metal is never more exciting or interesting than when it is a color on the palette as opposed to the entire painting.  Enter, then, Eard and their unique take on the nature-inspired black metal formula De Rerum Natura.   

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Receiving the Evcharist: Windfaerer and La Sonriente

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: Windfaerer’s Breaths of Elder Dawns and La Sonriente Garnacha 2019.

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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

Initial Descent: February 10 -16, 2019

Endorphins Lost
Endorphins Lost – courtesy of Jon Fett

It’s love week. Cupid, hearts….and all that. Who do you love? I say, who do you LOooOVE?! Whoa, the spirit of Bo Diddley got me for a sec. But, to further his point: we love metal and lists of new metal. We have both, in spades, right here. Keep reading, dear reader…

It’s been awhile since the last really good powerviolence fix but Endorphins Lost repair that missing element on the devastatingly vicious Seclusions – think Choose Your Way with more hate and venom. If you’ve been paying attention, speed metal with a heavy lean towards all things 80s is a very good thing and Chainbreaker do just that, tremendously so, on debut Lethal Desire. Saor don’t exactly break their own mold on Forgotten Paths but they still execute their brand of folk and atmospheric black metal well and if we we’re betting folks, we would bet that this album will be much better when played at Fire In the Mountains Fest. Last up top are the black ‘n’ punk phenoms Truchło Strzygi who offer one of the most seamless mixes of those two genres on Nad Którymi Nie Czuw Żaden Stróż.

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Profile: Sludgy Noise Rockers Night Vapor

Night Vapor

Admittedly, I was taken aback upon my first foray into 1,000 Miles of Mud, the recently released full length from Pittsburgh’s Night Vapor. The reason is simple: this is noise rock and I’m a rabid fan of noise rock. Here’s the kicker: on first blush it seems haphazardly chaotic and sludgy but deeper investigation unraveled an album’s worth of off-kilter and damn FINE compositions. This album takes so many different roads it’s nearly absurd how much it grows on you and how quickly it happens. We recently had the chance to ask the band our set of Profile questions so keep reading to see what they had to say and hit those links to support them by buying a copy. Trust me, you need this after the glut of eoy lists and too much holiday cheer. Continue reading