Receiving the Evcharist: Between the Buried and Me and Johnnie Walker

Receiving the Evcharist

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: Between the Buried and Me’s Automata I and Johnny Walker’s Double Black Blended Scotch Whisky. Continue reading

Profile: Eddie Maestas of Post Hardcorists Fathers


Denver’s post-hardcore / progressive metal juggernaut Fathers released their self titled debut digitally last year and will be reissuing it on vinyl March 30 via Sailor Records. To that point, we have a contest going on right now that is in its final stages where you can win a copy for yourself, go here to get the details and ENTER! Anyway, I didn’t see nearly enough noise about this album upon its initial release so I’m hoping things will change now. Over the course of nine songs the band weaves a story that screams at those who have been abused, hurt, forgotten or otherwise pushed aside and gives wings for them to fly and be heard. A favorite track is hard to come by here, I thought several times I’d settled on mine but it constantly shifted and to the point that I finally relented and just let the whole album be a favorite. Yes indeed it is that good. Chugging ferocity meets emotional depth and it honestly melted my heart down to a throbbing mass of muscle and blood. Just ahead of the vinyl reissue and our contest winding down we had the chance to discuss our Profile set of questions with guitarist Eddie Maestes and you don’t want to miss his responses. Head inside to see what he had to say and by all means support the band. But also, enter to win that vinyl!

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Album Review: Oceans of Slumber – “The Banished Heart”

oceans of slumber - the banished heart

There is a universality in specificity.  By refusing to generalize, by opening up creatively about seemingly unique experiences or environments, we actually allow a level of empathy through the door, inviting others to find the emotion in the beats that are yours but echo and reverberate in similar ways to their own unique experiences.  Time and again, whether it’s in film, literature, or music (yes – even metal…just ask Twilight Fauna) the key to forging a connection is not in speaking in generalities, but in exposing our individual conditions and being open to allowing others to find themselves within it.  Oceans of Slumber have taken a huge leap with their new album The Banished Heart, and in doing so have opened a painful door that grants us the privilege of finding our own lost ways in their dark and brooding narratives.   Continue reading

Album Review: Dead Empires – “Designed To Disappear”

Dead Empires - Designed to Disappear

If you’ve followed along with New York’s Dead Empires‘ last two albums, a couple of things will be evident when approaching third full length, Designed to Disappear: 1) this band is eccentric and unafraid to experiment, and 2) their instrumental approach worked by engaging and challenging listeners, completely enveloping all thought processes over the course of these albums. With this third effort, the band has added a vocalist and my immediate concern was how this would affect their sound, would it be worse? Better? Meh? Or even worse still, lose its gleam? I was quickly relieved of any fears as this effort IS their best to date. Continue reading

Album Review: Dreadnought – “A Wake in Sacred Waves”

dreadnought - wake in sacred waves

The ocean is vast, and full of mystery.  Its vastness and depth cannot be fathomed without external instruments, and we still do not know all that calls it home.  We seek it out on our terms: sunny and blue and close to shore, preferably with a cooler nearby.  Dreadnought use a deeper, darker and more forboding version of the ocean as the template for their third enormous album, A Wake in Sacred Waves, and the result is a mesmerizing and engulfing musical experience.   Continue reading