Receiving the Evcharist: Fange and Satanic Tea Company’s Dead Splendor

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

You already know what it is.  Or, actually, maybe you don’t, because once again I’m going off the beaten path to bring you something unexpected, but nonetheless delicious.  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 offerings: Fange’s Pantocrator and Satanic Tea Company’s Dead Splendor.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Future Faces — “Euphoria”

I almost skipped the intro for this one because life is extremely busy right now, and I’m crunched for time while writing this.  Sometimes I feel like it almost costs more energy to slow down and take a breather than it does to keep up with everything, but if there’s one thing that music lets me do it’s that, and that is kind of the whole point of Future Faces’ debut full-length Euphoria.  It’s really an album about taking a second and letting it all hit you, absorbing the full spectrum of beauty and vastness that we inhabit. 

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Album Review: Fange — “Pudeur”

If you’re familiar with my work around here, you know that I have a specific philosophy when it comes to death metal.  I like my death metal like I like my steak: thick, beefy, juicy and I need to be left sweating and nearly comatose after consuming it.  That being said, there’s always room for improvement on the original recipe, a little twist of seasoning to zhoozh the whole affair up.  Enter Fange and their fourth full length Pudeur, who effortlessly take the tried and true death metal formula and pepper in a whole mess of electronic noise goodness. Continue reading

Album Review: Imperial Triumphant – “Vile Luxury”

Imperial Triumphant - Vile Luxury

Every once in a while, an inventive style of music full of creative vitriol and an album representative of its sound and ethos comes to encapsulate the character and essence of New York City, captured in time and place. Like music, the City keeps on evolving, mutating, shedding its skin and confronting its internal parasites as part of a grand struggle between a glorious past, the crossroads of the present and the paradigm shift and rebirth looming on the horizon, so bright and violent that it burns retinas. In 2018, Imperial Triumphant take up the torch and joins this lineage with Vile Luxury. Continue reading

Initial Descent: July 8 – 14, 2018

Imperial Triumphant
Imperial Triumphant

Here we are, again, with Initial Descent and why so soon you ask? Well, Initial means “existing or occurring at the beginning” and since we don’t have too many Sunday posts today is the beginning. Hence, “Initial Descent” and Saturday just ain’t it anymore. Feel strongly one way or the other? PLEASE, leave it in the comments and tell us how you feel and what you like or dislike.

Moving along, this week we have NY’s extreme avant-garde black / death metallers Imperial Triumphant triumphantly return (yep, I did that) with their third full length Vile Luxury, Churchburn are back with their doom laden second full length None Shall Live…The Hymns of Misery, Seattle’s duo Pound offer up their debut Pound which will make heads spin from the dazzling display of technical virtuosity and Deafheaven come gazing back to explode the internet on Ordinary Corrupt Human Love. 1..2..3.. has it started yet? No worries, it will.

Again, let us know if you dig the new Monday edition but whether you do or don’t, hang around and check out all the other killer stuff that’s out this week. Also, the playlist will return on Saturday so stay tuned for that and we’ll be seeing you here throughout the week. Continue reading