Album Review:  Cavernlight — “As I Cast Ruin Upon The Lens That Reveals My Every Flaw”

Wisconsin natives and sludge/doom metal lords Cavernlight have returned after five long years with a stellar sophomore release—As I Cast Ruin Upon The Lens That Reveals My Every Flaw.  If you are already familiar with this band, you know that they do not skimp on album titles.  As this release’s poetic title suggests, the album is full of angsty darkness that is sure to appeal to neurodivergent metal fans such as myself.  While the tunes are crushingly heavy, there is a catharsis to it resulting in a beautifully expressive album which will resonate with many listeners.  As I Cast Ruin… brings everything Cavernlight offered in their debut while expanding on soundscapes and programming created movements.  There are no dull moments and many unique compositions to make this album one-of-a-kind and an excellent continuation of the band’s journey.

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CANTO: Denouncement Pyre, SVNEATR, Spiritus Mortis, and More

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Whole lot of content these days. It’s a good thing, overall.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Cavernlight, Misery Index, Incite, and More

As of today, long run season is officially upon us again.

  • We’ll lead off with Cavernlight, and their powerful new track. “The Ashes of Everything I’ve Failed to Be” is streaming over at Brooklyn Vegan. That, of course, it taken from their sophomore full-length, As I Cast Ruin Upon the Lens That Reveals My Every Flaw, which drops on May 13th through Translation Loss.
  • Incite revealed a new visualizer for “War Soup”, which features Max Cavalera. Give it a watch here. Wake Up Dead drops on April 8th through Atomic Fire.
  • Alexisonfire have an absolutely massive run of shows upcoming in 2022. Spreading from May until October, they cover most of United States, with appearances at a number of major festivals as well. Get all the dates and ticket information here.
  • Apparently there are quite a few videos to catch up on today, and the next one comes from Kingdom Collapse. Here’s the clip for “Save Me From Myself”, the new single that’s available everywhere now.
  • And Monday will end with some new Misery Index. I guess technically Friday ended with new Misery Index… but I wasn’t around to share it, so obviously that didn’t count. Anyway, here’s “The Eaters and the Eaten”. That’s the latest from Complete Control, which drops on May 13th through Century Media.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Cavernlight, Somali Yacht Club, Undeath, and More

Today was far more tolerable. Absolutely incredible.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Best of 2017: Mark’s List

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It was an honor joining the Nice Circles team this year. I started a series of posts called A Headbanger’s Journey that I hope to continue into 2018.  Late to the party,  I bought an absurd amount of music at the end of the year, much of it from the excellent Nine Circles coverage and I’m just now coming up for breath. In 2016 I went back in time to investigate the early death metal classics of the late 80’s/early 90’s and this year, I did the same with classic punk and hardcore. Both of those genres inform my current listening and are reflected in this list. So, let’s see where the rubber hits the road.   Continue reading