Album Review: Marduk – “Frontschwein”

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last, oh…half-decade or so, you’ll be well familiar with the introduction of forward-thinkingness into black metal, and the bands (be it Nachtmystium, Deafheaven, you name it) that have helped breathe new, previously unforeseen life into the genre. And then, there’s Marduk, obstinate as ever, still firing off the classic, grim-and-frostbitten tropes like it’s 1993 on their new album, Frontschwein.

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Just the Tip: Best of 2014 (Dan’s Non-Metal Edition)

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I know this is the metal edition logo. Fucks given? Zero.

It’s the last Tuesday of 2014 and I…don’t have any new albums to share with you. I know, I know, “welcome to December,” right? By now, you’ll all be well aware that Corey and I spent the better part of this month recapping our favorite metal albums of 2014 in a long, incoherent manner. (Hence the graphic you see at the top of this post) That was fun. I’m not sure I’ve done so much writing since my journalism days in college, but…gotta get back into gear somehow, right?

Anyway, with all that said, I did occasionally find time to listen to new non-metal albums in 2014, though Horns Up duties did force me to be a bit picky on that front. The following list (and accompanying Spotify playlist) highlights some of my favorites, and will be just that—a list. (Because I’m busy at the day job and because of the aforementioned load of writing I’ve already done for #Bestof14 and because shut up.) This one’s mine and mine alone—Corey? Listen to non-metal? Fat chance—so let’s jump right into it:

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