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

Vortex of Uncertainty: Josh’s 2017 List

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Is 2017 going to be the year we figure it all out? Probably not but who knows. Is it going to be the year that beats 2016 on the metal front? We won’t know for awhile but I’m very optimistic. Our world as we know it is full of uncertainty and precisely what will happen in the coming days, much less the coming year, can be overwhelming and alarming to think about. But as long as the metal stays, at least, as good as we had it last year we will have a place to hide away for that fleeting moment of bliss. I’ve got many things I’m looking forward to this year but the following list represents those that occupy the highest anticipation level for me at the moment. So, endure one more list and we will see you back here at the end of the year to see if these reigned supreme. Continue reading

Concert Review: Migration Fest, Part 2

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Keeping the recaps and highlights of this past August’s Migration Fest moving along, we move on to our (my) second installment… you can catch the first part here. While the festival certainly jumped out to a good start with the events and bands of both Thursday night at Obsidian and the first night at The Capitol Theater on Friday, there is no doubt that Saturday was absolutely the high point of the weekend. I’ll do my best to recall some of the happenings below. But, ya know, it’s been awhile. And I’ve been busy, because life. No matter! Let us begin/resume. Continue reading

Album Review: Fórn – “Weltschmerz” (EP)

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While the uptick in the number of doom bands makes it difficult to find the diamonds amongst the coal, a band’s opening statement can be what brings listeners back upon successive efforts; if your debut is merely okay, most people won’t give you a second chance. Boston-based Fórn, however, pulled no punches on their harrowing, colossal debut, The Departure of Consciousness, which established them as one of the more vitriolic and downright vicious bands in modern doom/sludge. On their new EP, Weltschmerz, the band continue their solemn march into the iciest depths of the human mind while taking some stylistic turns from their debut. Continue reading