Concert Review: Katatonia, The Ocean, and Cellar Darling, 11.10.2022

My last show in 2022, and perhaps for quite some time looking ahead, certainly was a good one. When Katatonia announced a run of North American shows with support from my favorite band in The Ocean Collective, as well as Cellar Darling, I knew that was something I simply couldn’t miss, no matter what else was going on in the world. Well, it turns out I put that stance to the test. The November 10 date at the Worcester Palladium fell in the middle of an unexpected move from the seacoast of New Hampshire to the heart of the White Mountains. Regardless, the long journey on a work night proved more than worth it, and offered a rewarding break from all of life’s other forms chaos. It’s not often an opportunity to photograph two of your favorite bands on the same night emerges, and this experience was certainly one to remember for some time.

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Receiving the Evcharist: Envy and Barrelstone Pinot Noir

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

The Friday Feeling is upon us once more, and today we have a short but extremely sweet pairing for you. Here for your enjoyment is the Seimei EP by Japanese screamo stalwarts envy and a glass of Barrelstone 2020 Pinot Noir to go alongside.

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Initial Descent: October 23 – 29, 2022


First off, big thanks to brother Chris for holding it down for me last week here on Initial Descent. He brought the fire then, and I’m bringing it now. We’ve got the goods to help you get into the Halloween mood with a soul crushing outing from Worm, the next epic step from legendary black metallers Darkthrone, some absolutely extreme deathgrind from Psionic Madness, a rip roaring riff ride from Psychonaut, and a lengthy list of metal for every taste below these top four. So come one, come all and happy hunting. See you here throughout the week.

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Album Review: Lost in Kiev — “Rupture”

lost in kiev - rupture

There is little comfort nowadays. With new Covid variants, the war in Ukraine, and what feels like an incoming recession being the current fears du jour, we are trapped on rafts of our making, untethered and slowly moving towards somewhere we can dock for a time. That fleeting moment of comfort, when we can find it, turns into something we can cling to, until it no longer gives us joy. We are all hanging by a thread, and there is nothing we can do about it. This is the feeling that Rupture, Lost in Kiev’s fourth album, conveys within its atmosphere of dynamic soundscapes, subtle electronics, and eclectic melodies.

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CANTO: Weedeater, Ragana, Lost In Kiev, and More

Back to reality (again!) tomorrow. Until then, I guess I’m watching baseball? Weird.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”