Album Review: Alexisonfire — “Otherness”

I distinctly remember when Dogs, the last release of new material from The Great White North’s own Alexisonfire came out; I remember being so stoked at how raw and aggressive and downright nasty it was and being so excited for what could possibly come next from that EP.  Well, what came next was a breakup and very little else for years on end.  Then came 2019, new material and the hope of a new full-length release, but even then, it still took a few more years to get to this point.  But here we are.  Otherness is more than just an exercise in cashing in on the hype of reforming after a long absence; it is a mission statement and a path forward.

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Receiving the Evcharist: The Grasshopper Lies Heavy and Dog Ate My Homework

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations. Drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offering: The Grasshopper Lies Heavy’s A Cult That Worships a God of Death and Brouwerij West’s Dog Ate My Homework.

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Album Review: Fliege — “The Invisible Seam”

Fliege - The Invisible Seam

I would like to start this review by talking about, as we usually do, Jeff Goldblum.  Ever eccentric, Goldblum’s career has reached a peak of absurdity as of late, allowing his je ne sais quoi to permeate internet, TV and even metal culture.  When Brooklyn’s Fliege released their debut that was entirely based on David Cronenberg’s The Fly and featuring gratuitous samples of Goldblum, it was clear that at least part of the concept was humor.  However, deep down, the songs had merit, and on Fliege’s full-length debut, The Invisible Seam, the band shows they are way more than a joke. Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: Rorcal and Trader Joe’s 2019 Vintage Ale

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations. Drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offering: Rorcal’s Muladona and Trader Joe’s 2019 Vintage Ale.   Continue reading

Concert Review: Yob, Voivod, and Amenra, 4.3.2019

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You may recall my absolute mess of thoughts and words from three weeks ago, where I talked about a couple shows I attended at the end of March. Well, we’ve finally reached the second phase of my 2019 concert review installment thingy. (I skipped the first shows I went to for some reason.) Based on the headline above, you might think this little piece only discusses one evening of metal. But oh how wrong you would be. Well, actually only a little wrong. You see, not only was I fortunate enough to attend the Yob, Voivod, and Amenra show at the Royale on the 3rd, but I also had the opportunity to checkout the Portland date of this tour at Geno’s the night before. Let’s talk about those two nights, yeah?

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