Yautja – Songs of Lament

For some strange reason, country music’s Mecca has spawned some of the most sinister new extreme music, presented to you by Yautja. A fitting name if there ever was one; their musical aesthetic is as deadly as it is alien and otherworldly. You’d be hard-pressed to find another band with…

8-Track: Swans

Few bands are as acclaimed and influential as prolific New York no wave legends Swans; fewer still have earned this status more than once in the span of their career. Over the course of thirteen albums and two periods (1982 to 1997 and 2010 to now), Michael Gira and a…

Kylesa – Exhausting Fire

It’s really no secret that metal is slowly but surely starting to experiment more with the softer side of sounds. When combined with ‘traditional metal’ parts, the dynamics become more extreme; bands like Deafheaven and Neurosis switch between crushingly heavy metal segments and soft, lilting ambience with the drop of…

InAeona – Force Rise The Sun

Genres are fickle beasts. We crave proper tools for identification and organization, and more often than not, things fall neatly into place. However, when a piece of media aligns itself too comfortably with a single set of established confines, it’s taken as generic and derivative. We’re all guilty of it.…