Sarke – Bogefod

In a way, Bogefod was a team effort, but certainly not in the way that Sarke intended. Despite being so short, Bogefod is a tedious listen that falls flat in practically everything it attempts to accomplish. It’s the album’s utter blandness that becomes most frustrating; it’s neither well done nor utterly and entertainingly terrible, ultimately feeling like a tiresome waste of time. Hopefully the promises that accompanied Bogefod actually manifest into a separate album worthy of both these grandiose claims and the abilities that Nocturno has proven he has. Until then, Sarke only provide ample reasons to stay as far away from the repeat button as possible.

*prognotes: Mastodon’s Crack the Skye, Part I

*prognotes breaks down and analyses your favourite metal and progressive concept albums lyrically and musically. Read other entries in this series here.  Welcome to another edition of *prognotes! Today we’ll be looking at the crown jewel of Mastodon’s brilliant discography: 2009’s masterful concept album Crack the Skye. Broadly speaking, the…

Hey! Listen to Aluk Todolo!

There’s no need to pay attention to your surroundings during the journey; there’s plenty to be discovered by sitting back and letting the album unravel on its own while it slowly coils around your psyche. I’m not entirely sure how I never stumbled across these guys before now, but once 2016 comes to a close, they’ll immediately land on my running “Anticipated Release” list. Of course, I’m more than satisfied right now with what Voix has to offer and highly recommend it to everyone willing to make the murky trek across the landscape Aluk Todolo have cultivated.

17 – Mixing It Up With Eyal Levi

Welcome back to HPIHC! This week we have a very special guest! The guitarist of Daath, famed producer and now businessman Eyal Levi! He joins us this week to inform us about a lot of production-related questions we’be been discussing for a while, and also how he’s taken a step ahead of the paradigm by building his own service (Nail the Mix) and innovated the process of teaching people about production. Then, Eden and I go into our usual discussions about news, including Skuggsja’s London exhibition, The Iranian metal band Confess facing execution for their lyrics, the 36th anniversary of the Black Sabbath album, and, well, our usual weekly Tidal shenanigans. Finally, we do our opinion time, this week tackling “good for its time” albums and, on a related note, Metallica.