Throttlerod – Turncoat

Let’s get it out of the way nice and early so that this review can continue to be productive. When it comes down to it, no matter who you are, Lynyrd Skynyrd was a fucking tight band. You can try to pretend you don’t like them or don’t feel a…

Warm – The Human Exemplar

Grunge is not a genre which I enjoy. However, many of its elements can be incorporated into other styles with pleasing results. The most successful of these, to my ears, are the vocals. Something about that raspy Chris Cornell dynamic just gets me going, reaching into places of excitement and lazy wonder. When you take these and you overlay them into metal, mostly the slower, more fuzzy sub-genres, you get an instant match. In the honey-rich lows of such bourbon infused drawls their lives a tension which meshes beautifully with feedback and deep drum rolls. Here, then, is where I introduce you to Warm. The band does, and has been doing since 2011, exactly what I just described. Their brand of stoner is reinforced with a vocalist who has learned well the lessons of the 90’s and their rock.

Whitechapel – Mark Of The Blade

Whitechapel have become synonymous with deathcore. Just by mentioning the name you are mentioning a band that has made one of the greatest records in the genre, with a couple others high up on the list as well. Over the years, especially since A New Era Of Corruption, the band has worked a lot more death metal into their sound, full embracing it with Whitechapel and continuing it, to the dismay of some, on Our Endless War. However, Whitechapel’s 6th studio album is set to release today, and quite frankly, this album not only marks the biggest change in recent memory for the band, but also brings with it a bevy of expectations that they must reach in order to please their fans. So, do they do it? Do they reach the bar they set back in 2007 while working on This is Exile, or do they take the path most do down the line, which is churn out music as if it’s on an assembly line?

Internal Suffering – Cyclonic Void Of Power

There’s a community out there that relies heavily on unadulterated, disgusting death metal. This community thrives in the filthy, festering nature of music that eschews production values in favour of bowel bursting guttural vocals and snare sounds so shitty, they stop being shitty. Those who belong in this particular group of…

Sarabante – Poisonous Legacy

Hardcore and punk increasingly become difficult genres to write about. There is a certain complacency within these genres that above all out, no matter how generic the record may be, passion can carry it to the top. After all, it was a founding principle of the genres and is still…

Dark Suns – Everchild

German progressive band Dark Suns certainly aren’t a household name, but over the past decade and change and over five albums they’ve managed to carve a solid niche for themselves in the space of dark, moody rock with heavy influences from the bygone era of classic 70s progressive groups. Their first three albums are…

Wayfarer – Old Souls

Upon first look at Wayfarer’s third release, Old Souls, the most striking feature is, perhaps, the drab nature of the album art. A grainy plain of sepia lies in the middle, bookended on the far side by an ominous range of blackened mountains, next to which sits the band’s logo…

Rïcïnn – Lïan

For better or worse, Lïan is the kind of album which takes just one track to illuminate the entirety of what it has to offer. The album’s collection of “dark neobaroque” compositions is the latest offering from Laure Le Prunenec, who lent her vocals to Blood Music’s Öxxö Xööx and Corpo-Mente before securing her own spot on the label under the name Rïcïnn. And when it comes to investing in Lïan, it will behoove of listeners to use opening track “Uma” as a barometer for their potential enjoyment of the following nine songs. For the aspects of “Uma” that succeed – and the many more that don’t – set the tone for Lïan and outline exactly what ails the album as whole.

Swans – The Glowing Man

The Glowing Man caps off a four album musical victory lap from a reinvigorated Gira, who convened a group of new and old collaborators at the turn of the decade to culminate Swans’ mission statement. A moderate re-introduction arrived with My Father Will Guide Me up a Rope to the Sky (2010), an admittedly great album that struggled with its reliance on ideas from Gira side-project Angels of Light. Yet, any early detractors scurried away once Swans unleashed The Seer (2012), easily one of the greatest albums of the decade and century thus far. Gira and crew’s experimental capabilities and limitless mindset led to a magnanimous statement of mood, sound and anti-structure that leveraged every aspect of Swans’ three-decade career in the most effective way possible. The Seer seemed inimitable, and To Be Kind (2014) proved that point correct – by demolishing Swans’ already desolate structure and rebuilding it in an adjacent, bastardized fashion.

Paranoid – Satyagraha

As once famously stated by Kurt Cobain, then later used to “famously” open Pg.99’s Document #8 lp, punk rock should be “playing what you want, as sloppy as you want, as long as it’s good and has passion.” Of course in the grand context of punk this sentiment rings true.…