Long Distance Calling – TRIPS

Allow me a personal note for a minute; I did not expect to like this album as much as I did. Long Distance Calling were always one of those bands that I almost liked but did not quite manage to fully embrace. Their sound seemed obvious to me and the last album, Nighthawk, did nothing much to assuage that. Their definition as post rock always seemed erroneous to me, my mind wanting to catalog them as simply another progressive, instrumental band. Sure, they had some good track on Avoid the Light, “The Nearing Grave” with Jonas Renske (Katatonia) was my favorite, but nothing was really awe inspiring. However, it would be a good idea to keep the above quote in mind before pressing play on their latest album. While it should be obvious by now that this band has been undergoing changes for some time, what with the addition of a vocalist to their last album, the extent of their transformation is perhaps not readily apparent from the cover of TRIPS. This album is an intriguing experiment in what happens when you take your core sound and throw it out the window, instead focusing on the dynamics and interactions that existed beneath it.

PHOTOS: Decibel Magazine Tour 2016 ft. Abbath, High On Fire, Skeletonwitch, Tribulation—April 8th, 2016 @ Metro, Chicago, IL & April 12th, 2016 @ Webster Hall, New York City, NY

Hi, friends! We’re back again with another sick Decibel Magazine Tour in our photographic ranks! Last year, we were blessed with an At The Gates headlining tour alongside their first album in nearly twenty years! This year, the mighty Abbath, following his split from Immortal, brought his icy winds from…

*prognotes: The Dear Hunter’s Act IV: Rebirth In Reprise (Part I)

Welcome back! In case you missed it, earlier this week I put out my initial post for this mini-series, in which I essentially brought us back up to speed to where we were in the story of The Dear Hunter and provided some thematic and historical context for Act IV. I’m not going to rehash all of that here, so if you haven’t read that yet you should do so! I’ll be working through the first five tracks here, so if you’re ready to dive head-first into the actual music and songs of this incredible album though, let’s go spelunking!

26 – Someone Stop Chris Barnes

Straight out of the gate with the terrible new Six Feet Under track! We’re doing it live! But wait! There’s more! More music from Schammasch, Haken, Plebeian Grandstand, Be’lakor, Lacuna Coil, Gojira, DESPISED ICON and Toyomu, who remade Kanye’s The Life of Pablo without hearing it! What else is there? Drama! Adult Swim are trolling Metalocalypse fans! Disillusion are back! Muse drones are crashing and burning! St. Vitus bar is being interviewed! Singer of The Story So Far kicks a fan off the stage! Sumerian and Basick are both 10 years old! We discuss the upcoming releases from Fallujah and First Fragment! There’s even more! BALLS DEEP: August Burns Red! Then we talk about albums that we were late to the party on, including WRVTH, Good Tiger, Opeth and Rivers of Nihil! Excitement! We have a pretty extensive “cool people time” section as well!