Album Review: Waste of Space Orchestra – “Syntheosis”

Waste of Space Orchestra - Syntheosis

How do you describe something that defies description at every turn?  What does ‘avant-garde’ even mean when you are so far removed from your peers that you don’t even seem to notice them? George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel is not necessarily your go-to spirit guide for examining and understanding boundary-pushing psychedelic metal, yet here we are, listening to Waste of Space Orchestra’s monumental Syntheosis and witnessing abstract concepts swirling and coalescing around us. True to Hegel’s dialectical method, concrete meets abstract and both are reconciled to pure absolute during the course of the album, in the sublime manner of an eternally recurring sonic metamorphosis equal parts primal and cerebral. Continue reading

Album Review: Inter Arma – “Sulphur English”

Inter Arma - Sulphur English

How do you measure heaviness?  You can down-tune your guitars to the bowels of Hell, play at the speed of light with the gain turned up to 11, and mimic the sick wailing of a terrified pig in your vocals, but is it heavy?  If it’s anything, heaviness is a state of being, and Inter Arma have been mining that state since their debut.  But their latest slab of concrete Sulphur English just might be their purest expression of what it means to be heavy to date.  Continue reading

Profile: Tom Colello and Salvatore Rex of the Awe Inspiring Doomtroop Sigils

Sigils

One listen to “Faceless” is all it took to hook us completely on Sigils debut full length You Built the Altar, You Lit the Leaves. Pallbearer and YOB are the obvious RIYL jump off points but those only scratch the surface of the emanations from a band that’s endured a world completely devoid of feeling for anyone or anything different from what is tragically considered the norm. These four songs are occult, haunting, lonesome, methodical and strangely uplifting at the same time but always seem to be reaching for the stars like a young kid would reach for understanding of such a large and unknown world. And the fact that the album was recorded and mixed in a house that’s been in guitarist Tom Colello’s family for four generations just lends a personal touch to the proceedings that no one else can even get close to. Ahead of the band’s debut we had a chance to pose our Profile questions to Tom and vocalist Salvatore Rex to get their backstory so head below to see what they had to say and whatever you do, don’t miss this album. Links are included to help out in this endeavor. Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: Primitive Man & Hell and Yeti Imperial Stout

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: Primitive Man & Hell’s Split and Great Divide Brewing Company’s Yeti Imperial Stout.   Continue reading

Album Review: Seer – “Vol. 6”

Seer - Vol. 6

Since their inception back in 2014, Vancouver’s Seer have been a major force in the epic narrative department even if their music didn’t always follow suit. If there’s ever been a case in doom metal of “been there, done that” it’s the first four Volumes in this series that screams it. But with Vol. 5 being a jaw dropping realization that they might have finally sniffed their sound, Vol. 6 takes that realization and seals it in granite. Simply put, this is the band’s finest hour as they weave yet another grandiose tale. Continue reading