Album Review: Surut — “Surut”

I think there is a formula for what can grab my interest in music.  Sure, I’ll take my traditional death and black metals, but I agree with some other distinguished members on staff when I say that genres are almost always more interesting when they are blended.  Unlike some other members, however, I will always gravitate towards almost anything that is blended with hardcore.  Sorry, I’m a kid from the Midwest who peaked in the early 2000’s.  It’s just a part of my DNA now.  When Surut came along with their self-titled debut, I knew I was on the hook.

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Second Circle: Spirit Adrift and Kneel

Second Circle

Heavy is a state of mind and today’s Second Circle is a tale of heavy from two different ends of the spectrum. Spirit Adrift’s Enlightened In Eternity is a tale of modern day, straightforward heavy metal and Kneel’s Ailment is a tale of jagged heavy that comes out of society’s current level of pain and anguish. This piece aims to find the common ground between two albums and this common ground is the ‘heavy’ but these are vastly different albums from vastly different corners of the universe. So, without further ado, let’s discuss.

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Album Review: Svalbard — “When I Die, Will I Get Better?”

Svalbard - When I Die Will I Get Better

Beautiful and harrowing, angry and demanding, blistering yet hopeful, Svalbard’s When I Die Will I Get Better? is a triumph of creativity and authenticity. If you draw a Venn diagram of post-hardcore, shoegaze, and feminist treatise, this album would land smack dab in the center. It isn’t quite any of those things, but it is a brilliant album worth listening to this very instant.

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Receiving the Evcharist: Terminal Nation and Hawaiian Lemongrass Seltzer

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: Terminal Nation’s Holocene Extinction and Ola Brewing Corporation’s Hawaiian Lemongrass Hard Seltzer.
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