Nine Circles Ov… February 2016

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It’s not just rumor that I listen to an asinine amount of music. Previewing almost every single promotional album that comes through the door fits in with my obsessive personality. February 2016 really tested me. No less than one hundred and forty-two albums came through our rotating doors. And one hundred and forty-two is the number of albums I clicked play on to test them and suggest for review. So I’m a bit tired in an auditory sense. But I digress. In today’s post we will run through a bunch of larger releases that I hope no one missed and then feature nine smaller releases that are top notch. February was a great month. And another sign that 2016 is headed in very much the right direction. Continue reading

Album Review: Pogavranjen – “Jedva Čekam Da Nikad Ne Umrem”

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The band’s name Pogavranjen simply doesn’t exist in the Croatian language. The members, in a drunken stupor created the word to describe someone who has morphed into a were-raven-like creature. Hailing from Zagreb, Croatia Pogavranjen creates some very experimental, progressive stylings. On their new LP Jedva Čekam Da Nikad Ne Umrem, their third full-length to date, Pogavranjen are themselves morphing into some indefinable, non-existent creature. Soaring over generic categorization and easily pinned down music, Pogavranjen succeed in not only experimenting but captivating. The music is essentially darkened soundscapes enhanced by elements of pyschadelic, jazz and metal. Never formulaic,  Jedva Čekam Da Nikad Ne Umrem remains as an off-kilter yet centered work of art. Continue reading