Like every Hooptober, the first week brings in some of the best films…and some of the worst. On one side of the spectrum you have the emotionally punishing Lynchian warp of Andrzej Żuławski’s Possession and the beautifully fragile horror fantasy of Issa Lopez’s Tigers Are Not Afraid. On the other hand you have, well…Hobgoblins. In between there are various levels of good (and bad) with both Deliver Us From Evil and Dracula’s Daughter, but in the end I have to once again call it a crap-shoot.
So come on in and check out the week’s wares for Hooptober 2019. Watch the creaky step and the things that go bump in the night. Continue reading
To Your Death is no far cry from Christian Mistress’ 2012 release Possession despite the band’s hiatus. In fact, little has changed about their sound. A bit more subdued, and a bit more derivative of Thin Lizzy’s harmonized guitars than Iron Maiden’s, the idea remains the same. The vocal talent (and straightforward lyrical metaphors) far exceeds the backing band supported by formulaic and predictable drums and guitars. Sadly, the bass, which was a standout on Possession has been lost to the mix. To Your Death can be an enjoyable experience on its face but the album is relentlessly overridden and suffocated by gimmicks and derivative songwriting.
Another three months has flown by. Here we are, halfway through yet another year of metal releases and real life. Theoretically, we all should be a few months older and wiser by now but we all know that is a bunch of malarkey. What we are is slightly more confused about what we are, who we are and what our purpose is in this world. Well, I can tell you one thing: a noble purpose is to consume absurd amounts of art. So this year, consume absurd amounts of metal and remember, as always, to Hail Satan!
For today’s Throwback Thursday we are going all the way back to June 5, 2015—quite a jump, I know—to check out Belgian black metal purveyors Possession and their newest EP, 1585-1646. This was an album that we very badly wanted to review but we saved it for a new column entitled “Drinking with Satan,” which Corey will be debuting tomorrow. Except, well, he got drunk…and, being drunk, chose another album. So all the better for us! Let’s jump back three weeks and get our #tbt on! Continue reading