Album Review: Tethra — “Empire of the Void”

 

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Melodic death/doom quintet Tethra, hailing from Novara, Italy, return with their stellar third full-length, Empire of the Void.  It focuses on two vast realms explored through lyrical themes and creative instrumentation; the boundless internal plights of human nature and the breadth of the human soul, and the expansiveness and surreal wonders of space.  Its track titles hold a celestial theme while its instrumentation evokes heavy human emotions.  While mainly exemplifying doom metal, the band is also a master of death metal and many compositions are a delightful death/doom hybrid. Continue reading

Album Review: Angellore — “Rien Ne Devait Mourir”

Finally re-emerging from the shadows after four years of silence and hard work in the studio, Angellore is releasing their third full-length album.  Rien Ne Devait Mourir perfectly presents the French band’s unique metal infused blend of gothic, doom, post-rock, and folk.  Angellore’s signature sound paints scenes of venturing around old world France, floating through historic graveyards, and wandering down cobblestone paths into sacred natural spaces. Continue reading

Album Review: Izthmi — “The Arrows of Our Ways”

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In his 1946 book, Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl explores how one could possibly stay sane and focus on the positive while a prisoner in Nazi Germany.  Ultimately, he comes to the conclusion that “love is the ultimate and the highest goal to which man can aspire.”  On their full-length debut The Arrows of Our Ways, Seattle, WA’s Izthmi sample a reading of Frankl’s work and continue the search for meaning through embracing love against all odds, while blending searing black metal and crushing doom with a healthy dose of melody. Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: Atavisma & Void Rot and The Calm One

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: Atavisma & Void Rot’s Split and HopTea’s The Calm One.

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Album Review: Blessed Black – “Beyond the Crimson Throne”

Up and coming doom metal band, Blessed Black, made a powerful kick-down-the-door type of entry into the metal scene with their debut two-track EP Beyond the Crimson Throne and now return to flesh those two tracks out into a full length album of the same name.  The group, formed in 2017, is comprised of four very skilled musicians from Ohio.  Since the band’s start, they have worked tirelessly to develop their sound and produce a pretty killer debut album.  Beyond the Crimson Throne showcases the musicians’ technical talents through catchy riffs, guitar and vocal harmonization, crisp drum lines, and bass lines that beg for head banging. Continue reading