A red glow illuminates a path of ash. Lifeless, the only movement in the distance is a dark fog slowly ascending. The sovereigns of suffering, international death/funeral doom act Mesmur, paint a dystopian landscape on their third studio album Terrene. The album beautifully captures complex, heavy emotions through poetic, vivid lyrics backed by heavy synths and guitar, mixed with a hint of softness through cello and flute. Mesmur know how to create something tragically beautiful as Terrene displays raw emotions over the course of an intense yet dreamlike musical journey. Continue reading
Every year is an interesting trip around the sun. New music comes and goes like the ebb and flow of time, and some albums hit us harder than others. 2018 for me was a very rich year in metal, yielding tons of great material from all over the heavy landscape. There was a lot I enjoyed, so sorting the wheat from the chaff for this year has been enjoyable and fairly difficult, which is a testament to all the bands putting out great albums this year. Below is my top 15 list for this year with a brief explanation with each album as to why I picked them. Feel the misery (wait, that wasn’t this year?!). Continue reading
From a prognostication perspective, four out of five ain’t bad as far as picking albums that actually got released (I’ll hopefully see you in 2019, Napalm Death). One thing I’ve definitely come to realize is that no matter the quality of the albums I was most looking forward to at the beginning of the year, it’s always something different that captures my attention when the curtain is finally closed. Maybe I’ll learn my lesson and eschew the whole “Most Anticipated” list next year…
…or not. I heard Darkthrone is supposed to have a new album out.
Anyway, here’s a quick reflection on what I picked and what I thought. Continue reading
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: Un’s Sentiment and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company’s Hazy Little Thing IPA. Continue reading
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