Love Letter – Cobalt’s Gin

I distinctly remember where I heard Radiohead’s Kid A for the first time. It was on a road trip, driving with my parents and siblings to Yellowstone National Park. The mostly desolate and flat landscape surrounding most of our seemingly interminable drive from Colorado and through some of the most boring scenery in the country perfectly matched the sparse, cold and impersonal nature of the music I was hearing. Yet as I listened more intently, playing the record on repeat as the landscape began to morph from typical Midwest blandness to a magisterial wood, the music seemed to evolve with…

VIDEO PREMIERE: Timewaves – The Sickle Is Drawn

Honestly, I just want an excuse to talk about Timewaves. They’re great. I love Nordic progressive metal, and this scratches that itch. Combining that dark, fresh sound with heavier vocals and orchestral keys leads ends up being quite fun. They’re releasing their debut Resilience this year, and trust me when I say, it’s worth waiting for. If you’re into Leprous, but want something more aggressive, like earlier Opeth with more theatrics, then check this out. I present to you, “The Sickle is Drawn”.

114 – Deep Down, Every Genre Is Melodeath

I’m sick this week, so excuse the voice and rambling. But hey, rambling makes for a fun podcast! Specifically, we ramble about promos that get sent out way too early, bands that lose their spark over time, and those weren’t even really topics we intended to discuss! But we also talk about new music, like Tesseract, Augury, Augury, Barren Earth, Howling Sycamore, and Glorior Belli. We also speculate about The Safety Fire and Psyopus making comebacks. Finally, Apple Music surpassing Spotify in the US. In cool people time we talk mostly Altered Carbon, light spoilers included. Enjoy!

Good Tiger – We Will All Be Gone

In certain circles, such as the ones the blog runs in, The Safety Fire are legends; their blend of alternative rock, progressive metal and sheer musical genius will always have an echo. And so, as Good Tiger release their second album, We Will All Be Gone, the comparisons are inevitable; while the first release by the project enjoyed the grace of being the first, the sophomore release is well and truly chained to a narrative and that narrative will get compared to The Safety Fire no matter what anyone does. Which might be a shame, since the projects are so different in their approach to progressive metal and aim to accomplish different things, not to mention the obviously massive influence of one Elliot Coleman, a legendary figure in and of himself.

8 Track: Coheed And Cambria

It’s been a while since we’ve posted an 8 Track post, so let me remind you what this is all about. The idea is to choose 8 tracks from a band’s career that exemplify their growth and their style for those who might not be aware of them at all or just aware of a very specific part of their career; as such, the series works well for big names, especially those with diverse discographies. Thus, Coheed And Cambria are a natural choice for this type of list. They’re a huge band but also one with a deep back catalog containing work that might not necessarily be familiar or appealing to modern day fans. This also makes this post especially difficult; do you curate it heavily and risk the bias of an editor showing through in the choices, potentially missing parts of the band’s career, or do you let the staff run wild and risk the post lacking a clear narrative?

Kvlt Kolvmn // January 2018

Welcome to our first installment of Kvlt Kolvmn in the Year of Our Dark Lord 2018! We’ve missed you. Let’s talk about black metal. 2017 was not a watershed year for the subgenre like it was for death metal. While there were a number of quality releases throughout the year (including impeccable ones by bands like Bestia Arcana, Thantifaxath, Dawn Ray’d, Dodecahedron, and Jute Gyte), there was no definitive movement that set black metal apart from years previous. It was a quality year with some high quality releases and little else. What can black metal do to spark a resurgence…