Album Review: Beastwars – “IV”

Beastwars - IV

Sometimes life kicks you in the teeth. Sometimes it kicks you again when you are down. Sometimes it keeps kicking you and you have to fight. Sometimes that fight manifests in an album like Beastwars’ IV — raw, ragged, angry, revelatory, and uncompromising. Sometimes it results in needing an album like IV without knowing it.

Continue reading

Profile: Joe Mills of Stoner Doom Metallers Dayglo Mourning

Dayglo Mourning

This Friday will see the release of a split release, Rope Enough For Two, between two titans of doom / sludge / stoner metal from Atlanta, Georgia: Dayglo Mourning and Bludy Gyres and to put it lightly, these two go for broke in keeping it hazy and heavy. Dayglo’s side sounds like a graveyard jam night with the biggest amp stack available and Bludy’s side — one epic track — is a slog through a psychedelic swamp. Tasty! Anyway, just ahead of this massive split we offered up our set of Profile questions to Dayglo Mourning’s guitarist and vocalist Joe Mills so head below to see what he had to say and visit those links to snag your own copy. Continue reading

Unholy Divers: Eyehategod

UnholyDiver-EHG-f

It’s been over a year, but welcome to the second edition of Unholy Divers, a sort-of new series where we immerse ourselves in the discographies of bands we should be more familiar with, but for whatever reasons, just aren’t.

To quickly re-state the purpose here: there’s only a finite amount of time we have for our existence, but a quick glance at Metal Archives shows the number of bands to nigh infinite.   Hell, it seems the amount of genres they don’t cover is just as large (sorry, all things that end in –core).

We all have our blind spots, it’s just some are more glaring than others.

Unholy Divers is our attempt to close the gaps. Each column will take a deep dive (*rimshot*) into a different band’s catalogue with the aim of giving ourselves a better sense of what the cool kids have been talking about all this time.  

So without further ado, let’s go down South and wade into the sludge of… Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: Un and Hazy Little Thing

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: Un’s Sentiment and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company’s Hazy Little Thing IPA.   Continue reading

Album Review: Thou – “Magus”

Thou - Magus

Love them or hate them, Thou have been one of the most recognizable faces in underground metal since the band’s inception in the early aughts.  Whether you’re a fan of their “punk by way of doom metal” musical stylings, the starkly confrontational anarchist lyrical themes the band employs, or the irreverent humor they employ across social media platforms (and occasionally printed on merchandise), there is no other band that carries themselves the way Thou has, and their commitment has earned them devotees by the score.  We all know what happens when well established and well loved acts have a pivoting moment, though.  This moment comes for Thou on their newest full-length Maguswhich may surprise long time fans of the band, but for those with open minds, shows Thou at their most powerful and affecting. Continue reading