Album Review: Obsequiae – “The Palms of Sorrowed Kings”

Obsequiae - The Palms of Sorrowed Kings

Black metal has an identity problem, and it’s exhausting.  The community froths at the mouth to validate, accuse, hoist aloft or otherwise dismantle what it means to be black metal in the current age.  But then I look at the rolling fields and crumbling ruins in broad daylight that note the arrival of a new Obsequiae record and I breathe a sigh of relief.  Here is a band unconcerned with status, with genre, with any kind of presence (seriously, beyond a Metal Archives listing I couldn’t find anything) in the community other than to carry high the singular sound they’ve been refining for three albums now.  And now the consumer of music can turn from the maelstrom and rejoice, for The Palms of Sorrowed Kings stands as the clearest, finest example of the kind of thing Obsequiae and no one else is doing in metal right now.  Continue reading

Album Review: Jason W. Walton – “Mara”

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Jason W. Walton, familiar to most as the bassist for Agalloch, has quietly been finalizing Mara, a solo project which he began back in 2013. A composition created around various sounds captured throughout Jason’s experiences over recent years, Mara is a two-track EP that manipulates these sounds into something deeply and mysteriously ambient. It’s an experience unlike anything we’ve been exposed to so far this year.

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