I’ll be honest here: I’m feeling a little burned out on heavy music as of late. Not that there hasn’t been a long list of stellar heavy releases this year, not that I’ll never go back to it, but I just feel tired of loud and aggressive when everything outside the music world is almost unbearably loud and aggressive. I need a break, something that does a better job of helping me escape and take my mind away to a better, more peaceful place. Enter Hagathorn and their debut release Hartworld, which rings incredibly close to what I need.Continue reading
It’s been a really good week for me on the “I get to review awesome albums” front. I’m still reeling from Aara’s new release and next week is going to feature some bangers as well. Your boy is truly blessed, and even though you might be looking at this page and saying “oh my god, not another folk album,” please know that Forndom’s Faþir isn’t your average folk album and also, you’re not my real mom and I don’t care. It rules. It’s time for Rainbows in the Dark, featuring the best of all things non-metal and metal-adjacent. Continue reading
It kinda feels like winter is never going to end here in the Midwest. The skies are still cold and grey and the snow is still coming down, which would make my work commute a real pain if I wasn’t told to work from home for the next three weeks. I’m a pretty big fan of the snow and the cold, and even though I know it’s not supposed to be here, I’m trying to look on the upside of things. There’s a beauty in the melancholy, and nobody shows that better than Sweden’s Grift on their new release Budet. Continue reading
It’s been quite a long time since we’ve brought you something from beyond the world of metal, but like the mighty halogens and the noble gases, we’re back with something less metallic in nature but just as compelling and righteous. Blood and Sun’s sophomore release Love and Ashes is an album that I could not pass up the chance to review, and it’s a perfect excuse to bring back some content that hasn’t been getting a lot of love in these hallowed halls recently. This is Rainbows in the Dark, featuring the best of all things non-metal and metal-adjacent. Continue reading
New week, new set of circumstances, new opportunities, and new metal which is the one reason we’re here. As some band once said ‘nothing else matters.’ And with that, let’s get on with it.
This week will be remembered for many reasons, I’m sure, but the biggest of which is whatever you thought you knew about Lord Dying forget it and make way for their new, more progressive, more classically psychedelic, and more fantastic look on Mysterium Tremendum – talk about surprises, it’s nearly impossible to tell this is the same band but make no mistake, it IS amazing. Then we’ve got black metallers Murg who moved mountains with their debut Gudatall but return to grab the sky and move it too on Strävan, it’s everything that was great about their debut, just better and particularly so in the memorable songwriting department. Next is everyone’s favorite droners Sunn O))) (say it with me…sun) who return with another slab of frequencies on Life Metal that are so heavy you can feel them, or breathe them – points if you know where that came from and if you missed out on RSD, now’s your chance. Last up top but certainly not least is Spotlights who prove that post-metal as a tag is limiting seeing as how Love & Decay is so much more with its power, haunting melodies, and wisps of granite destroying heaviness – ‘iron tone in a velvet glove’ was part of the promo accompaniments and it couldn’t be more accurate.
Beyond that you’ll just have to explore for yourself. Get in there… Continue reading