Receiving the Evcharist – Ungesehen and El Gose

Receiving the Evcharist

Hail and well met once again.  We have a good selection of treats to kick your weekend off with tonight.  Let’s dive right in.  The Metal: Ungesehen’s Unaussprechliches Entsetzen.  The Booze: Avery Brewing Company’s El Gose.   Continue reading

Album Review: False – “Hunger” (EP)

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Hunger album art by Stephen Wilson (Unknown Relic)

Every band has to push their creative envelope at some point.  Sticking to your guns is a great thing, but making the same album with exactly the same sound and form again and again can lose it’s impact.  Sometimes it’s necessary to add elements from other genres of music to take things in a new direction.  Sometimes expanded production values are enough to breathe new life into the music.  So what do you do if you’re Minneapolis based black metal act False, who’s shortest track length in their entire discography is nine and a half minutes?  Why, you record a 7″ of course.  And while Hunger shakes the proverbial tree, it enables the band to focus in and deliver some of their best work ever. Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: Akatharsia and Hell or High Watermelon

Receiving the Evcharist

Good evening and happy Friday once more to you all.  Tonight we travel to the Bay area of California for our ritual, with a beer from San Fransisco and an album from across the bridge in Oakland.  The Metal: Akatharsia’s No Generation Without Corruption.  The Booze: 21st Amendment Brewing Company’s Hell or High Watermelon.   Continue reading

Album Review: Twilight Fauna/Evergreen Refuge – “Procession of the Equinox”

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Over the course of a few albums you begin to take the measure of a band by the steps they take on their musical path.  Some bands are explorers, never content with where they were, always looking to try something else, move further.  Some find their place and stick to it, content to tread the same rhythm over and over again (lest you think that’s always a bad thing, I’ll simply leave you with a “Hey! Ho!  Let’s GO!).  But between the balance of standing in place and grasping for something just out of reach is the band that refines, that chances upon something and digs deeper, finding the hidden corners and unexplored nuances of the terrain they commit to.  And it’s this thin space that Twilight Fauna and Evergreen Refuge have been residing in over the course of multiple albums and side projects, and their latest split Procession of the Equinox demonstrates how subtle shifts and expansions of sound can reap huge rewards.   Continue reading

2017 Mid-Year Report, Part Deux: Managing the Overflow

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*there is no Immortal in this list.  I just really like the pic.

The style and format of the Nine Cirles ov… articles is such that we limit ourselves to nine entries on whatever topic it is we’re blathering about.  It’s a blessing and a curse: it really helps hone down what you want to cover but, as in the case of this week’s mid-year favorites it can really kill your groove, particularly when there’s so much awesome to cover in the first half of the year.

And man there’s SO MUCH GOOD STUFF OUT THERE.  Someone on Twitter mentioned how he dug the list for the simple reason that none of my choices would have made his list.  Now, after you pick yourself up off the floor in shock that sometimes (rarely, admittedly) social media can be a sensible and warm community, revel in the fact that this just reinforces the amount of quality out there so far in 2017.  So, you all good with a second course?  Let’s dig in… Continue reading