Album Review: Phal:Angst — “Whiteout”

The great strength of the post rock/post metal genre lies in it’s malleability. The genre thrives on its ability to incorporate traditionally non rock influences, such as film scores, electronic music, dub, or modern classical, into the traditional rock band set up. Once incorporated, the idea is that these sounds can stretch or transform the traditional ideas of a rock song. A band like Godspeed You! Black Emperor might turn an album into a symphonic piece with the song becoming movements in the piece. Meanwhile Sumac with each album seem to leap further and further into freeform noise. Even a band like Mogwai, who at this point are more of an alternative rock band than post rock, still utilize weird time signatures and aggressive volume in their music.  All of these bands still utilize the traditional rock band set up (guitar, bass, drums) but they’re moving the structure of the rock song and album into entirely new territories. Phal:Angst’s new album, Whiteout, however, bills itself as “industrial post rock.”

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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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Album Review: Dead Register — “Alive”

Dead Register - Alive

Sometimes too much time can go by, and you forget just how damn good something is until you finally get that taste again. Sometimes it’s just the freshness of something you haven’t consumed in forever, and maybe after a few indulgences the flavor begins to fade. Conversely, sometimes it’s Alive, the long awaited sophomore album from Atlanta’s Dead Register and I want to go back to their debut to see if it was as good as I remember but I can’t because that would mean I have to stop listening to this album, and that is not something I’m willing to commit to.

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Album Review: MONO — “Pilgrimage of the Soul”

Well, this was *supposed* to be a Rainbows that went up two days ago, but, you know, life and stuff.  Still, I would be absolutely remiss if I didn’t move things around to make time to talk about another notch in the belt of 2021 being one of the best years for post-rock in recent memory.  But then again, you probably already had an idea that a new MONO album was going to be good.  Anybody who wasn’t expecting that has probably never listened to MONO, but hey, you’ve got to start somewhere and Pilgrimage of the Soul is as good as anything they have ever done, which is to say it is utterly astonishing.

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Receiving the Evcharist: Unreqvited and Peryton

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: Unreqvited’s Beautiful Ghosts and Ogopogo Brewing Company’s Peryton.

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