Initial Descent: February 25 – March 3, 2018

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Slugdge

Crossing the threshold of March and this dumpster fire we’re living in just burns hotter and hotter with each new day it seems. Of course each of us can choose how we handle it but it’s infinitely difficult to crawl into a hole and just be. So, we turn to music for an escape. I’ve been doing it for eons and without it…well…I’d surely go insane. Another week and another long list of metal to keep the insanity at bay, thankfully. Kicking things off in grand fashion is Slugdge, the UK’s answer to some of the best progressive death metal you’re likely to hear in the foreseeable future on Esoteric Malacology and somehow this is even better than their last. Next up is Kentucky’s nihilistic and downright vicious doom duo Nest with their debut Metempsychosis. Moving right along with more soul crushing doom is Sixes on their debut Methistopheles and rounding out the opening slots is Oceans of Slumber who do the opposite of crush your soul and instead invite you to search it on their progressive and intriguing The Banished Heart. Just those four alone offer shelter from the raging fires around us but there’s so much more to explore this week and just in time for the weekend. Score. Dive in and enjoy. Continue reading

Album Review: Oceans of Slumber – “The Banished Heart”

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There is a universality in specificity.  By refusing to generalize, by opening up creatively about seemingly unique experiences or environments, we actually allow a level of empathy through the door, inviting others to find the emotion in the beats that are yours but echo and reverberate in similar ways to their own unique experiences.  Time and again, whether it’s in film, literature, or music (yes – even metal…just ask Twilight Fauna) the key to forging a connection is not in speaking in generalities, but in exposing our individual conditions and being open to allowing others to find themselves within it.  Oceans of Slumber have taken a huge leap with their new album The Banished Heart, and in doing so have opened a painful door that grants us the privilege of finding our own lost ways in their dark and brooding narratives.   Continue reading

CANTO: Mastodon, Machine Head, Russian Circles, and More

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1/29/2018. Monday.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Best of 2016: Chris’s List

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End of the year, ladies and gentlemen. The time when lists flow like liquor at an office party, where the online community comes together as one gargantuan digital animal to do what it does best: nitpick, subtweet, and throw so many accusations of pandering, overrated and “hipster” picks that come December 31st we’ll all be sick and tired and never want to do this shit again.

Until next year, of course.  When we’ll do it all over again. Continue reading

Vision ov Hell: Oceans of Slumber – “Winter”

Oceans of Slumber are one of those bands I can’t figure out how I actually feel about them. The talent level is insane. They are progressive—sort of a progressive rock with some harder, grunge-like elements that border on metalcore at times. Because of this, the Evanescence comparisons become unavoidable. That isn’t the point though. The music they create is accessible, intoxicating and, at least on the surface, pretty entertaining. So let’s check out a video for the title track off their upcoming release Winter, due out March 4, 2016. Continue reading