Best of 2021: Corey’s List

Best of 2021

Is that it? Am I the last one? Dang. Again. Wait, maybe one more to come… Anyway, I guess I’ll start this off on my soapbox as always, by noting that I truly cannot comprehend where we are as a society. Well, I suppose I can, which is even more frustrating. If 2020 wasn’t a brutal enough year (not in a good way), 2021 seemed to serve as an appropriate encore. Seemingly everything we experience in life has been weaponized for political gain in one way or another, a global pandemic has been widely accepted as an endemic thanks, in part, to widespread misinformation, and, just as bluntly, climate disasters resulting from human activity are on the brink of running rampant for the duration of humanity’s remaining existence… however brief that may be. And those are just my three favorite, non-personal, items to discuss in our corner of the universe. It sucks, and I’m burnt out. Optimism has completely faded at this point, and I’m ready to run screaming into the woods. But hey, cheers to 2020, right?!

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Initial Descent: August 1 – 7, 2021

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Ah yes, the glorious return to the real world. Zero sarcasm in that…or not. Definitely was a much needed break that went by way too fast, but here we are with another new release list that’s sure to strike an arc with everyone. And, it’ll give me the swift kick in the ass I need on my first day back to reality. Score. First up we’ve got the masters of bleak blackened doom, Krigsgrav, with yet another stunner, then we’ve got death metal from Decrepisy and a vinyl edition from Perilaxe Occlusion (both of which I highly recommend), then we’ve got an intense mix of noise, black metal, and grind from Vessel of Iniquity, and of course, a ton more to follow. Happy hunting.

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CANTO: Krigsgrav, Lacuna Coil, Hooded Menace, and More

Alright, let’s see if things normalize a bit this week. Not likely.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Interview: Justin Coleman of Krigsgrav on “Leave No Path to Follow,” Getting Personal, and Capturing Moments in Time

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The singular beauty of Krigsgrav and their latest Leave No Path to Follow is how it updates the template of classic Peaceville doom and forges a deeply personal connection with the listener – no easy feat in this day and age of instant music access.  It’s no secret how much we dug the album, but the constant evolution between albums and the choice to look inward with the new one had us curious to dig deeper, so we reached out to Justin Coleman (guitar, vocals) to give up the ghost on the making of the album and the path the band has and will continue to tread.  Be sure to check out the new album with the embed contained within and turn it up loud as we get into the details.   Continue reading

Album Review: Krigsgrav – “Leave No Path to Follow”

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I could do a lot of poetic waxing here to set the mood for Leave No Path to Follow, the new album from Texas blackened doom merchants Krigsgrav, about how their mid-paced melancholic mix of metal was not only a chance to get some alliteration in this review, but also describes the thick atmosphere they bring to the table.  I could mention the sterling cover of “Brave” from Katatonia’s Brave Murder Day and how that really stands as a touchstone for what the band can do.  And I’ll probably talk about all that in greater detail in the main part of this review.

The clearest thing I can say about the album and band is this:  I never heard of them before, got the promo, took a listen, and immediately went and bought the rest of the band’s discography.  It’s called striking a nerve, and it struck all of mine.  So let’s do this.   Continue reading