Dauþuz – Die Grubenmähre

Welding the wretched, misanthropic flayed-flesh rawness of depressive suicidal black metal with the ringing, hypnotic, and varied textures of atmospheric black metal, Dauþuz have succeeded in recording one of the best black metal albums of 2017 in Die Grubenmähre. After the lulling notes of the acoustic intro “Remincere”, Die Grubenmähre…

Hey! Listen to Empathy Test!

Those who would wish to view time as something clean and well defined are going to find their lives a lot harder the more we push into the 21st century. It seems our ability to reproduce and re-approach the past is only exceeded by our appetite to do so. In the process, we make not only the present weirder, filled with a pastiche of influences and movements, but also the past as we rediscover nuance in the place where once clear narrative ruled. The ongoing retro movement in music (now much bigger than “just” retrowave) is a good example. It seems just such a bringing of the past into the present but it is more than that; it also re-frames our understanding of the past and what it contained, creating something new that is neither here or there.

Empathy Test, a synthpop/darkwave duo out of London that have been active since 2013, are a great example of this.

106 – Colors Me Surprised

End of the year, so there’s not a lot of news! Shokran covering Linkin Park, Arkona teasing a new album, a new Portal track, Gene Simmons getting banned from Fox News. Decibel’s weird top 40 of the year. Then we discuss why I didn’t enjoy the new Xanthochroid releases and what merit they may have regardless. We introduce a new segment: “Game Changer”, then we discuss Between the Buried and Me’s Colors and how it, well, changed the game. Finally Eden plugs his love letter to Iron Maiden’s Powerslave. Cool people time, including the Korean Netflix show Stranger, then five movies Eden saw at a sci-fi festival, and the superhero simulator Megaton Rainfall. Enjoy!