Receiving the Evcharist: Hvile I Kaos and Franziskaner Weissebier

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: Hvile I Kaos’ Black Morning, Winter Green and Franziskaner Weissebier.   Continue reading

Album Review: Obsequiae – “The Palms of Sorrowed Kings”

Obsequiae - The Palms of Sorrowed Kings

Black metal has an identity problem, and it’s exhausting.  The community froths at the mouth to validate, accuse, hoist aloft or otherwise dismantle what it means to be black metal in the current age.  But then I look at the rolling fields and crumbling ruins in broad daylight that note the arrival of a new Obsequiae record and I breathe a sigh of relief.  Here is a band unconcerned with status, with genre, with any kind of presence (seriously, beyond a Metal Archives listing I couldn’t find anything) in the community other than to carry high the singular sound they’ve been refining for three albums now.  And now the consumer of music can turn from the maelstrom and rejoice, for The Palms of Sorrowed Kings stands as the clearest, finest example of the kind of thing Obsequiae and no one else is doing in metal right now.  Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: Dawn Ray’d and Restless Nights

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: Dawn Ray’d’s Behold Sedition Plainsong and Boulevard Brewing Company & Modern Times Brewing Company’s Restless Nights.   Continue reading

Album Review: Abigail Williams – “Walk Beyond the Dark”

Abigail Williams - Walk Beyond the Dark

Abigail Williams have long been a perplexing band as they never seem to settle on one particular sound. Ken Sorceron, the only constant member and band front-man, seems to go wherever the music takes him. It’s no surprise that after loving 2012’s Becoming, I didn’t like their 2015 follow up, The Accuser. So here we are in 2019 with Abigail Williams’ Walk Beyond the Dark, easily one of the most creative black metal albums I’ve heard in ages.

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Album Review: Schammasch – “Hearts of No Light”

Schammasch - Hearts of No Light

The question is immediate, wet and dripping on the lips of everyone familiar with the avant-garde black metal leanings of Schammasch: How do you follow up Triangle?  How do you find something else to say after delivering a critically acclaimed triple album that seemingly touched on every aspect of a genre, heady and expansive and mystical in its aural presentation?  The way out is through, as the man once said.  By simultaneously expanding their sound and distilling its essence, Hearts of No Light does in one album what Triangle did in three: explore dark avenues of philosophical yearning by way of even darker, brooding atmosphere and winding black metal roads.

In short, it’s a killer, a worthy and mesmerizing new offering from one of the best bands putting their stamp on the genre. Continue reading