When I said to keep the concerts coming, I didn’t expect to see another one so soon.
After taking the chance to see The Ocean and Leprous last month, I headed back to the El Rey Theatre to see a favorite band of mine, Amorphis. Other bands on the bill included Hoaxed, a band from Portland who released an EP last year; Sylvaine, who were on their first North American tour promoting Nova; and Uada, a band who I have listened to before but never got into. Given the range of metal genres across all the bands, I expected more people to continue to show up throughout the latter half of the bill. Thus, as soon as I entered, I headed straight towards the front, parked myself there, and held that spot throughout the night.
Blackgaze is a lot like pizza, at least to me, anyway: even when it’s not memorable, the components put together are still enjoyable. That being said, blackgaze bands, like pizza joints, have popped up on almost every corner and become a dominant force in the musical landscape, so much so that it’s very hard to say that any particular band is doing something truly different, unless you’re actually Deafheaven and you almost completely ditch the black metal part of your sound. MØL bridges the gap towards those forward-thinking blackgaze bands on their sophomore release Diorama by blending influences from across the musical spectrum in ways that straddle the unconventional.
Episode 96 of The Nine Circles Audio Thing covers the fifth full length from Deafheaven, Infinite Granite. Buke once again captains the episode with Hera, Ian, Angela, and Vincent in tow as they break down the album, band, and how this one lands in the trajectory of one of blackgaze’s most enigmatic bands.
Losing L-G Petrov this week hurt like a mother fucker. If there ever was a champion of death metal and loving it, he was it. So, as we always do, let’s turn to music for some solace since there’s some exceptional albums to talk about this week. Do run out, after reading up, and buy all of the ones we chose to speak on and don’t forget to check out the full listing from Monday’s Initial Descent.
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: Hidden Mothers’ S/T and Brävery Brewing Company’s Cranberry Tangerine DIPA. Continue reading