I don’t like being told what to do. Unless it has to do with my overall well-being and tenacity, I am not someone who takes authority well. Thus, imagine when, randomly looking through the promo pile, Bellrope’s album name immediately caught my attention. At first, I thought of the title as a mere tongue-in-cheek reference; after all, what does an album know about my headspace at any given time? Well, as it would turn out, You Must Relax not only lives up to its tongue-in-cheek title, but its overall appeal lies within the chaotic yet claustrophobic mix of sludge and noise. Continue reading
In Dante’s Inferno, the second circle begins the proper punishment of Hell, a place where “no thing gleams.” It is reserved for those overcome with Lust, where carnal appetites hold sway over reason. In Nine Circles, it’s where we do shorter reviews of new (ish) albums that share a common theme.
In sharing a common theme, Louisiana’s WOORMS and India’s Orchid are out there on the spectrum of tripping the light fantastic. One does it with mind melting sludge and noise while the other does it with mind challenging technical ecstacy in the form of the avantgarde and extreme. So, for this Second Circle we’re taking a look at Slake and Miasma and how it would be best to take both in separate listening sessions so complete brain corrosion is avoided. Continue reading
Any time there’s an opportunity to hear an artist try their hand at Townes Van Zandt I’m always interested. Now, if said attempt is actually good, even better. Such is the case with Crawling for Carrion on their upcoming two track EP, Rake and Roads. Bonus points here for a good cover of Portishead’s Roads as well. Doom and sludge make for an interesting re-imagining of both tracks but it’s the emotionally charged chords of Rake that make the price of admission worth way more than what will be asked. Just ahead of the EP’s release, we spoke with mastermind Chris West to gain some insight into the band. Read on to see what he had to say and be sure to seek this one out or just hit the links within. Continue reading
Megaton Leviathan felt like a secret, something I discovered browsing through Bandcamp late one evening that none of my friends knew about. Funeral cosmic doom that embraced so many disparate elements to craft a forlorn style of music that spoke directly to the frightened receptors in my brain. After a sizable gap in time Mage has fallen to the cold, hard ground to remind me that buried in the dark is a lush sense of melody and decay. Continue reading
I could do a lot of poetic waxing here to set the mood for Leave No Path to Follow, the new album from Texas blackened doom merchants Krigsgrav, about how their mid-paced melancholic mix of metal was not only a chance to get some alliteration in this review, but also describes the thick atmosphere they bring to the table. I could mention the sterling cover of “Brave” from Katatonia’s Brave Murder Day and how that really stands as a touchstone for what the band can do. And I’ll probably talk about all that in greater detail in the main part of this review.
The clearest thing I can say about the album and band is this: I never heard of them before, got the promo, took a listen, and immediately went and bought the rest of the band’s discography. It’s called striking a nerve, and it struck all of mine. So let’s do this. Continue reading