Here’s the thing about black metal, particularly black metal in the vein of the second wave: there’s so much of it. So if you’re going to play it, or pay homage to it, you’re going to have to do something to stand out because when you get down to it most people are going to be perfectly content to go back to the 5-10 albums that made them love the genre in the first place. And for about a song and a half the new self titled album from Barshasketh appeared to tread similar ground. But like the best the genre has to offer, there are strange and sharp hooks on Barshasketh that come out and refuse to let go, resulting in a real grabber of an album as well as a fitting use of the eponymous title. Continue reading →
Another week, in the middle of winter, has passed. It’s cold. It’s raining, again. Lots of stuff broke this week. I am not amused.
Thankfully WOORMS was there to spice it up a bit with Slake, aka: a twisted journey through nervous wrecks of unhinged sludge and doom with an enormous amount of originality and personality – YES. A self titled album generally signifies some sort of statement or change and in Barshasketh’s case it’s simple: between the drumming and atmosphere, Barshasketh is the most fully realized their second waveish black metal has ever sounded. Musmahhu’s Reign of the Odious was designed and built to pummel, and it does that very well with gnarly but cleanly produced death metal. So, if nothing else, gnarly and cleanly exist, together, in the same sentence. Last up top is Green Elder and Horse Cult with an AMAZING Split of some of the most beautiful Appalachian folk you’ve ever heard, highly recommended for listening and just life in general.
Lacuna Coil are authors now! They have released their first book (of…?) and it’s called Nothing Stands In Our Way. It’s a celebration of their 20th anniversary as a band, which makes me feel old. Go buy it if you’re into reading and stuff.
Things I like: Devathorn and Inferno. Things I like even more: learning those two forces are combining in the form of a split titled Zos Vel Thagirion. It will be out on December 11th via W.T.C. Productions. Here’s a trailer.
How about a new video from Artillery? This one is for “Pain”, which will be featured on the November 16th release of The Face Of Fear (out on Metal Blade). Look at it!