Receiving the Evcharist: Fórn and Casa de Fruta 1940 Pilsner

Receiving the Evcharist

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: Fórn’s Rites of Despair and Gordon Biersch Brewing Company’s Casa de Fruita 1940 Pilsner.   Continue reading

Initial Descent: September 16 – 22, 2018

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Krigsgrav

Weekend is gone. I’m falling short on words so let’s just get to the week that is in new metal…

Don’t mess with Texas they said, somebody did and now Krigsgrav is back for revenge on Leave No Path To Follow and they’ve one upped themselves again here, no small feat since Waves of Degradation was a killer and likewise for The Carrion Fields but their brand of black metal laced with doom and gazey corners is a full on epic beast to behold. Fórn have been through all kinds of hell over the past two years and it shows in every pained note of Rites of Despair – this is a tremendous doom album that tests wills while keeping anticipations high for what’s to come next, highly recommended but you knew that so buy it already. Following on the heels of Sumac’s free form, on the spot collab with Keiji Haino is Love In Shadow which keeps that feel going but is a return to what they do best: crush souls with a bombardment of cerebral sludge. Last up in the top slots is Wisconsin’s Prezir with their war ready take on gritty yet memorable black metal on As Rats Devour Lions and the blood flows freely, just sayin’.

Jump in below, enjoy everything and stay as long as you like. We’ll see you back here throughout the week. Continue reading

Still Looking Toward the Horizon – Vincent’s Anticipated Albums of 2018

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With 2017 not even over yet, it may seem strange to already be writing about what’s to come next, but such is the nature of reviewing music: the delicate balance between making sure you revisit your favorites from a particular year and keeping an eye out for upcoming releases.  With my end-of-year list mostly finalized (and coming to you all after I resuscitate myself from the madness of the holidays), I have some time to think about what comes after this.  With that being said, this list is being published a little earlier than last years’, only because several of these releases are (to my utmost glee) dropping in a matter of weeks.  Without further ado, here is what’s on my radar for 2018. Continue reading

Vortex of Uncertainty: Josh’s 2017 List (Revisited)

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I’m revisiting my initial post for what I was looking forward to from 2017 to see if those picks stood the test of time and if they were all I had hoped for. I don’t plan on going into too much detail as some of these may or may not be included in the impending EOY festivities. This year was definitely not the year we figured it all out and in fact it created more questions than any year I can remember. I do think 2017 was at least as good as 2016 on the metal front and in some cases was better, everyone will feel differently here but that’s my two cents. Metal was indeed my safe place to get away from all the bad this year held and I ran to it often. Without further ado, let’s see how these fared… Continue reading

Satisfy My Erratic Whims, 2017 – Zyklonius’ Anticipated Albums

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Following a phenomenal metal year that I went on record declaring the best in recent memory, 2017 sure has a lot to live up to. Without any unnecessary prefacing, I present to you my veritable murderers’ row of bands I expect to slay and decimate with their upcoming releases. Continue reading