Best of Q4: Manny-O-War’s List

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I feel like Q4 gets a really raw deal. Between October 1 and December 31 a bunch of albums get released. Some of them are stellar and will populate the Holy Grail of lists, the year end list. Other albums may be terrific in their own right but may not rise to the level that gets them on all the end of the year lists. Thus, I dedicated a few extra moments of my less than valuable time to put together a top 9 for the 4th Quarter of 2015. Continue reading

Album Review: Temple of Baal – “Mysterium”

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It can take a band some time to find its footing. For France’s Temple of Baal it took about sixteen years. What put them over the top was finding their own sound—which is heavily atmospheric and very conducive to methodical and stress relieving head banging. The touches of atmosphere on Mysterium combined with excellent production and more restraint than Temple of Baal have previously shown makes for a fantastic foray into an abyss of dark occultism. Continue reading