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

Album Review: Glassing – “Spotted Horse”

Glassing - Spotted Horse

I can’t recall how I stumbled across the first single from Spotted Horse by Glassing, maybe a friend’s recommendation or a random Bandcamp find, but I do know that “Lobe” grabbed me instantly. Raw emotional anger is my catnip, one of the few things that laser focuses my attention, and that 1:47 packed a whole lot. Yet despite the in-your-face post-hardcore nature of the track, the album holds a secret: it’s actually a wonderfully complex post-rock album. Continue reading

Profile: Maxime Ingrand of Post-Rockers Lost In Kiev

Lost In Kiev

What do you want from post-rock? Is it cinematic in nature? Atmospheric? Grandiose but completely unique to a specific band? To include mountainous stories behind the music? Why choose when you can have it all with Parisian’s Lost In Kiev. Ever since 2012’s Motions the band – across two full lengths – has put to tape some of the most astounding and awe inspiring post-rock that not only has heart and soul but an endearing sense of self and depth. And on Persona, to be released later this month, they continue this trajectory but with shorter and more pointed songs. To gain some backstory on the band we recently reached out to guitarist and synth player Maxime Ingrand so head below to get the scoop. Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: Envy and Rubus Red

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: Envy’s Alnair in August and Hangar 24 Brewing Company’s Rubus Red.   Continue reading