Goatcraft – Yersinia Pestis

Press releases in general are typically excessive affairs, but those accompanying new music can be particularly unbearable. Take, for example, the opening promo blurb for Yersinia Pestis, the latest “necroclassical” offering from Goatcraft. Apparently, Lonegoat created his solo-piano project because he was “disappointed by a stagnating metal scene incapable of renewing its original spirit and sheer power.” Setting aside this mindset’s removal from reality (especially considering the album’s release on the excellent I, Voidhanger Records), it’s also an interesting assertion considering the musical response that Lonegoat feels is fit to offer. It would seem obvious for someone with this opinion to then go ahead and attempt to fix the “problem” directly by creating metal with these supposed qualities. But instead, Lonegoat created an album that not only rests within a discernible comfort zone, but heavily relies on the music which he critiques.

MAKE – Pilgrimage Of Loathing

Without using Google to assist and therefore name this bizarre phenomena, everyone knows what happens with any kind of cable. Whether it’s a guitar lead, headphones or the plug for your blow up girlfriend, against the grace of all things holy that shit will tangle it self to death when no one is around to see it. This is actually relevant to MAKE. Pilgrimage Of Loathing is a lot like that. After the first few listens, this review was heading towards a pretty grim place – not grim in a positive light either. Like those headphones, over time the weaving of other elements contrived to paint this moody, riff heavy record into something infinitely more pleasing. Somethings really do just need time to breath and a second opinion.

Hey! Listen to Mammoths On Giants!

A lot of the bands I usually like to highlight during a Hey! Listen To article are bands that haven’t made a lot of headway into the mainstream, but nonetheless have a few albums under their belt. Of course there are always exceptions to that latter rule, like my support of Ukranian thrash band Hellcome or the folk metal outfit that I refuse to shut up about, Goatspsalm, and, in this entry, Turkey’s Mammoths on Giants.

Post Rock Post – Dream the Electric Sleep

This post on Dream the Electric Sleep’s Heretics is conveniently timed with the release of their third album, Beneath the Dark Wide Sky, set to release later this month. But back to the business at hand – Heretics. The strength of Dream the Electric Sleep lies in the contrast between the layered, soaring vocals, the muddy hypnotism of the repetitive rhythm section, and in the jarring moments when that carefully constructed hypnotism is suddenly broken. With this pattern operating as the base of Heretics, the band is able to successfully experiment because they can always return to the refuge of that soporific rhythm.