It’s getting really hard to tell what’s real and what’s been pulled from a young adult dystopian novel these days. I’m pretty sure we started living in the future about 5 years ago, what with all the rapid technological and scientific advancements coupled with the rise of authoritarian governments and oligarchic corporations spying on and tracking every move we make and everything we say and think. If all this seems overwhelming to you, good news! You’re far from alone, and chief among your allies is Austin, Texas’ Expander, whose new release Neuropunk Boostergang is the perfect soundtrack to the technopocalypse.
In the ever-expanding world of metal, new bands seem to constantly be emerging and stepping up to the plate. DEATHCAVE is here to take a big swing with their debut full-length release, Smoking Mountain. Their is, at times, as haunting as its namesake (the Apache death cave in Winslow, Arizona) with lyrics to match. The general theme here focuses on the inexorable concept of the decay, demise, and death of humans and nature. While the lyrics are enough to sink into a depression, the music is a delightful combination of thrash, doom, and psychedelic metal. While at times haunting and dark, it has some lively high-energy moments mixed into the doomy haze. The trio formed in 2018 and released a three-song, self-titled demo last year. Their music is a captivating combination of metal sub-genres performed by just three skilled musicians. Smoking Mountain is an enticing introduction to DEATHCAVE and their experimental sound. Continue reading
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: Warbringer’s Weapons of Tomorrow and Trustworthy Brewing Company’s T-Shirt Weather. Continue reading
If you aren’t familiar with Rebel Wizard, I regret to inform you that you are required to have a good time and educate yourself immediately. Located at the intersection of black and thrash, this album hoons through the intersection like only an Australian wearing a wizard hat shredding epic solos while car surfing could. Magickal Mystical Indifference is the album that you blast through your open windows while taking corners too fast for the rest of the summer. I agree with the title of the first track: “Heavy negative wizard metal in-fucking-excelsis” indeed.
I don’t think anyone expected the world to be where it was when 2020 kicked off. To even attempt to put into words the surge of feelings around a global pandemic that refuses to go away, a wretched history of systemic racism, brutality, and ignorance being exposed and reckoned with in the streets all over the world, and everything else the first six months has brought to light is reckless and futile for me right now. I continue to watch, listen, and learn as much as I can: to actively be part of a solution instead of passively being part of the problem.
In the moments between there is music, and if there’s even a glimmer of light right now, it’s in how good 2020 has been with regards to metal. So let’s see where my penchant lies as we cross the halfway mark of year that feels like forever. Continue reading