The big cool scientific news this week is that physicists have finally been able to use gravitational waves to detect the presence of a gigantic black hole way out in the ether. As something of an aficionado of science myself, I do think this is extremely awesome, but I’m also pretty sure there’s a simpler explanation for the disturbance of spacetime felt. Someone was probably just listening to Protosapien, the new offering from Brazil’s Jupiterian. Heavy doesn’t even begin to cover how profoundly this one bangs, in a way that few other doom bands have been able to achieve.
Sometimes you want to listen to an album that pushes the boundaries of what metal is capable of by incorporating interesting and innovative instrumentation and songwriting. Sometimes you want to listen to an album that stirs the soul and seeks to provoke deep introspection and provide a resonant message. Sometimes you want to listen to an album so stupid dumb heavy that you forget how to do math. If you’re like me and you have almost no use for times tables in your daily life anymore, then Perth, Australia, natives Xenobiotic’s sophomore album Mordrake will treat you just right. Continue reading