Folks, it has been a LONG wait for this one. I can’t tell you how much I’ve anticipated this review ever since “Arkanum” debuted over at No Clean Singing. I have not been floored by a track like that in a good while, and I think I grabbed the full promo the minute it was available. After having about six weeks to sit with it, I have only gotten more psyched up to talk about what almost assuredly will be in my top releases for the year, Aara’s sophomore album En Ergô Einai. Continue reading
Upon the arrival of each new Blut Aus Nord album there’s a moment of questioning. What are we getting this time? Is it the industrial tinges fueled the maelstrom of The Work Which Transforms God? The progressive leanings of the band’s 777 trilogy of albums? Or the lean and mean traditional blasts of the Memoria Tretusta series? Unsurprisingly, the answer is something different, and the results in new album Deus Salutis Meæ are a bit of a mixed bag. Continue reading
A Northern Meadow is a cold and calculating mix of post-punk, post-rock, black metal, and ambient from the Texas band Pyramids. It’s the band’s first solo (non-split or collaborative) full-length since their self-titled debut almost seven years ago, and marks their debut on Profound Lore Records. With guest spots from Colin Marston and Vindsval among others, it’s a highly cohesive, tension-filled album—the main shortcoming being that it sounds almost too mechanically executed.
Wednesday’s here at last, and it’s finally time for us to do our Final Fours! Except not really. Sure, we’re recording our Final Fours tonight for Episode 33, but that won’t be over your way until Friday. Instead, you’ll get three more randomly selected non-Final Four entries from my Top 25 list, and you’ll like it. Or maybe you won’t, I don’t know. We’ll see.
Anyway…today, I’ll be talking about three more albums from three completely different backgrounds, because as I’ve already established, it’s fun to mix things up, sub-genre-wise. So that said, the three Top 25 entries I’ll be looking back on today are: