Album Review: Twilight Fauna/Evergreen Refuge – “Procession of the Equinox”

twilight fauna evergreen refuge split

Over the course of a few albums you begin to take the measure of a band by the steps they take on their musical path.  Some bands are explorers, never content with where they were, always looking to try something else, move further.  Some find their place and stick to it, content to tread the same rhythm over and over again (lest you think that’s always a bad thing, I’ll simply leave you with a “Hey! Ho!  Let’s GO!).  But between the balance of standing in place and grasping for something just out of reach is the band that refines, that chances upon something and digs deeper, finding the hidden corners and unexplored nuances of the terrain they commit to.  And it’s this thin space that Twilight Fauna and Evergreen Refuge have been residing in over the course of multiple albums and side projects, and their latest split Procession of the Equinox demonstrates how subtle shifts and expansions of sound can reap huge rewards.   Continue reading

Album Review: Twilight Fauna – “The Year the Stars Fell”

twilight-fauna-stars-fell

Push away the tags, move past the labels and niches of “Appalachian metal” and “black/neofolk” that have been used to describe Twilight Fauna and artist Paul Ravenwood over the years. The concept of music recalling and communicating a sense of place, of community and time is well and good and entirely accurate, but there’s another layer to what Ravenwood is unraveling for the listener in Twilight Fauna’s latest, The Year the Stars Fell. By weaving his musical heritage into his own personal history Ravenwood exposes a raw nerve of grief and tragedy, a painful narrative buried deep under a foundation of feedback waiting for someone to take the time to dig.   Continue reading

Donuts & CANTO: Tool, Astronoid, Marduk and more!

tool-band-photo-2017
Tool

March 14, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from yesterday:

  • Leading off…break out your wallets and your splooge: Tool announced a 10-date tour through the northeast U.S. and Canada. The tour will begin in May, and that smell you’re sensing is a cauldron of new-album rumors that will be heated to a nice boil between now and then.
  • Speaking of tour dates, Astronoid announced a series of headlining shows in April and May, bookending their upcoming trek supporting Ghost Bath. Tickets are available here. And this just in: we don’t care if you don’t consider them metal. Nobody cares.
  • Marduk guitarist Morgan Steinmeyer Håkansson has offered his thoughts on the recent cancellation of the band’s show in Oakland over public safety concerns. (Read: because Antifa.) Presenting without comment, because… a. I really don’t care about Marduk, and b. I really, really don’t care what the internet would have to say in response. NEXT!
  • Remember Jesper Strömblad from good In Flames? (Okay, I guess he was still there when they started to become bad In Flames, too.) Welp, he and fellow former-good/bad-In Flames member Peter Iwers have a new project called CyHra (capitalization theirs) that’s begun recording a new album. Color us interested?
  • A little less than three years after supposedly calling it quits, Nachtmystium has, apparently, been booked for Louisville Deathfest. For now, anyway.
  • You guys, I’m beginning to think Paul Ravenwood doesn’t sleep. Noisey is streaming his seventh album as Twilight Fauna (which has only existed for six years) ahead of its release on March 24. What’s more, our own Josh Thieler drums on the record!
  • And finally, Crypt Sermon dropped a doom-laden cover of the title track from Mayhem’s De Mysteriis Dom Sathanasas part of Decibel magazine’s flexi series. They call it “De Mysteriis Doom Sathanas,” and you can (and should) check it out below:

So, I kind of love that. Anyway, that’ll do it for now, but check back this time tomorrow for our next edition!

Keep it heavy,
Dan

Best of 2016: Paul Ravenwood from Twilight Fauna

Nine Circles Best of 2016 Standard

Today we have the pleasure of featuring a Best of 2016 list from Twilight Fauna‘s mastermind Paul Ravenwood. These lists are always fun but having the opportunity to see what an artist of Paul’s caliber has been listening to and subsequently loved enough to do this is a treat for us and will be for you as well. You know how these things work so read on — after the jump — to find out what he has in store. Continue reading