Album Review: Ashtar — “Kaikuja”

Creatively captivating black/doom duo hailing from Basel, Switzerland, Ashtar, has returned after five years with their sophomore album Kaikuja.  The band has been in the studio since the summer of 2019 developing their sound and creating this darkly impressive work of art.  The rich and idiosyncratic tracks of this album are layered with intricacies giving each listen new discoveries and appreciation. Continue reading

Album Review: Angellore — “Rien Ne Devait Mourir”

Finally re-emerging from the shadows after four years of silence and hard work in the studio, Angellore is releasing their third full-length album.  Rien Ne Devait Mourir perfectly presents the French band’s unique metal infused blend of gothic, doom, post-rock, and folk.  Angellore’s signature sound paints scenes of venturing around old world France, floating through historic graveyards, and wandering down cobblestone paths into sacred natural spaces. Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: Caspian and Star Jungle

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: Caspian’s On Circles and Modern Times Brewing Company’s Star Jungle.

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Album Review: Lotus Thief – “Oresteia”

Lotus Thief - Oresteia

San Francisco’s Lotus Thief have been bringing their particular brand of mystical, historical melange of doom, space, prog and post rock for a while now, with each release further settling into a dark corner of atmospheric post rock and metal.  With Oresteia, the band feels more expansive than ever, even as that expansiveness leads to the songs losing some impact along the way. Continue reading

Nine* Circles ov…What “Didn’t” Make My 2019 End of Year List (But Should Have)

Best of 2019

* Hey it’s Thursday!  And it’s more than 9!  What else is new?  I hereby fully (don’t) apologize for the late entry that clearly doesn’t at all conform to the format.  Suck it….

I tried to keep my 2019 End of Year list(s) brief…I really did.  But like last year simply too much happens in the span of 365 days to limit advocating and championing the things one comes to love.  And I’m not talking about the release of records.  I’m speaking to the way we change and grow and mutate with every experience, the way what we hold dear or take comfort in stands as a totem or ward against the hate and pain of a world gone mad, a world that grinds away at our compassion, our love, and our fortitude to stand against it while maintaining the core of who we are.  Continue reading