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

Album Review: Wode – “Servants of the Countercosmos”

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Seems like it was just over a year ago our editor was extolling the virtues of Wode and their cold take on the classic black metal sound on their debut LP.  I listened to it all spring and into the summer, and its precision and adherence to a strict code of freezing precision and brutality left enough of an impression that it made my end of year list for 2016.  Now the formula that worked so well is tweaked ever so slightly, that cold warmed by the dark earth of the grave with their second album, Servants of the Countercosmos.   Continue reading

Album Review: Jordablod – “Upon My Cremation Pyre”

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It’s always an interesting experience when what you think an album will sound like and what it actually sounds like end up being vastly different.  When I took the promo for Jordablod‘s debut album, Upon My Cremation PyreI thought based on the logo, promo pictures, and label associated with them, I had this band pegged for that ugly blackened death metal that is commonplace now.  Not that I would have minded if that were true, but I think the fact that Upon My Cremation Pyre was almost the opposite of what I was expecting contributed a lot to why I love this album as much as I do.  The sense of having the rug pulled out from under me made me appreciate all the unique touches the band puts here even more. Continue reading

Second Circle: Mountains Crave and Device

Second Circle

In Dante’s Inferno, the second circle begins the proper punishment of Hell, a place where “no thing gleams.” It is reserved for those overcome with Lust, where carnal appetites hold sway over reason. In Nine Circles, it’s where we do shorter reviews of new (ish) albums that share a common theme.

Here’s the way it usually works.  Our illustrious editor gets in dozens and dozens of promos each week that he puts up on a Google doc for the writers, who converge like a pack of wild dogs,  starving and scrabbling to get a cut of the juiciest meat.  That’s how it usually works, but every so often you just come across something else, whether it’s an obscure band you found in you Bandcamp collection one day because of a label subscription with an AMAZING cover or a surprise drop from a band saying goodbye.  In this edition of Second Circle we’re stepping away from the promo box to alert you, however briefly, to the wonders of Mountains Crave and Device.  So let’s find those comfortable pants you wear when no one’s watching and dig in… Continue reading

Sepulchral Saturday: Isenordal – “Shores Of Mourning”

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I’m going to go ahead and proclaim Isenordal‘s debut, Shores Of Mourning, one of my better new discoveries to emerge in 2017. It may still be early in the year — and my personal lackadaisical approach to new music hasn’t helped either — but don’t let any of that take away from how impressive and transcending this neofolk/funeral doom project is. Dark and addicting, Isenordal have created something that will continue to mesmerize us long after the first several spins have elapsed. I would not be surprised in the slightest if additional praise resurfaces as we approach this year’s conclusion. Continue reading