Release Day Roundup – 1/25/18

Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to our Editors’ Picks column: Friday release days open the floodgates and unleash a seemingly endless stream of quality new music. But while some of our Editors and Contributors sit down gleefully each week to dive into this newly stocked treasure…

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Mono – Nowhere Now Here

For a band that has been around as long as Japan’s Mono has, it’s rather easy to drum up simple and concise narratives surrounding every new release. There’s already a broad body of work and years of building up what the band and their music represent, and it’s rare at…

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Disco Loadout: 2018 In Review

Four years ago, I started to keep a complete list of every band I saw. Three years ago, I began kicking myself for not starting that childishly simple task sooner. Never mind. At least I can tell you exactly what I got up to this year – with one important caveat. A…

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EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Enter Paradise With Morrow’s “Elysium I”

The inbox provideth. Trust in the inbox and it shall show you the way. These are words I whisper to myself when listening to the 50th terrible promo of the day from the blog’s email. I do it because, once in a while, it brings me something excellent. That’s really my main path to small, unsigned bands who are doing interesting things in the spaces of metal and beyond. Take Morrow for example. This unknown band from Seattle wowed me with their take on post-rock, atmospheric black metal and progressive metal with their The Weight of These Feathers. It’s an expansive and ambitious release, blending strings, furious guitars, impressive drumming, varied vocals from two vocalists and amazing, amazing (seriously it’s fucking amazing) bass work. I’m absolutely ecstatic to premiere one of the best tracks from the album today, “Elysium I”. Head on over below to get a taste for yourselves!

Embrace Nature’s Darkness With Spurv’s “Et Blekt Lys Lyder”

It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for emotional music. I listen to music to feel something and it doesn’t matter whether that something is good or bad. However, it’s also no secret that I tend to gravitate towards the darker side of the spectrum, often preferring melancholy to happiness, contemplation to joy and coldness to warmth. Luckily for me (and unluckily for those in my life that have to deal with my moods), there are plenty of bands out there who are more than happy to indulge my penchant for feeling depressed. One of these bands is Spurv, a fantastic post rock group from Oslo, Norway. They trade in the kind of classic post rock made famous by Mono and leaning heavily on those titans for inspiration. They’ve been around for a while and have made consistently convincing post rock in the interim of their career. Now, we’re proud to premiere “Es Blekt Lys Lyder” from their upcoming album Myra!