Best of Q4: Manny-O-War’s List

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I feel like Q4 gets a really raw deal. Between October 1 and December 31 a bunch of albums get released. Some of them are stellar and will populate the Holy Grail of lists, the year end list. Other albums may be terrific in their own right but may not rise to the level that gets them on all the end of the year lists. Thus, I dedicated a few extra moments of my less than valuable time to put together a top 9 for the 4th Quarter of 2015. Continue reading

Initial Descent: October 9’s New Releases in Brief

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Looks like Manny-O-War beat us to the punch with his Kowloon Walled City review (link after the jump), but…whatever! It’s Friday! We’re not supposed to care about stuff like this. Especially not when there’s a nice batch of new releases in store. Here’s what we’ve got on tap this week:
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Album Review: He Whose Ox is Gored – “The Camel, The Lion, The Child”

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While Post-Metal may be considered a genre, the mere mention of the term “post” brings most metal heads to rage-filled tears. And it’s understandable, the word ‘post’ means after, thus it  implies that metal is over. That, even worse, this new invention, full of watered down takes on the holy genre of metal is here to replace the greatest of genres. Add the term “gaze” to any word and you will get an even more severe reaction. But hold the line, heads. For He Whose Ox is Gored is here to let us know that all can be OK. On their third release, The Camel, The Lion, The Child, He Whose Ox is Gored prove that post-metal, doomgaze with sludge influences can somehow be a brilliant and beautiful take on heavy music. Continue reading