Skeletonwitch – The Apothic Gloom

When I interviewed Ohio extreme metallers Skeletonwitch back in April, as they were winding their way across the country on the Decibel Tour alongside Abbath, Tribulation, and High On Fire, bassist Evan Linger briefly mentioned in regards to The Apothic Gloom, a release still shrouded in mystery but held aloft…

Ion Dissonance And The Power Of The Unannounced Single

There are many ways of building hype to your album release: interviews, trailers, artwork teases, social media games. Singles. Lots and lots of singles; some bands release as much as five or six before the album even hits. Take a look at Vektor for example. They released no less than five. Now, was it effective? Depends on who you ask. Some listeners found the ever increasing riffs train to be enticingly indicative of the next album, hinting at a magnificence that would only reveal itself with full release. Some others found it to rob a lot of the magic from the first listens, essentially making the album familiar before they ever pressed play on the full thing. There’s no real way to know which party outweights the other (or if that title belongs to a third, largely unphased by either option group) and so, labels and bands must guess, more or less, which approach is right for them.

However, some cases practically scream the methodology an album release should use. One of those cases is the cult classic, a band that takes underground as part of their identity and relies on a niche, limited group for their support. Thus, their momentum is based on educated obscurity, on people “in the know” and on ear to mouth methods of communicating. Need an example? How about Ion Dissonance?

Hollow Crown: A Tribute To Tom Searle

It’s become rather acceptable that at this time in my life, musicians that I knew who played music from the 60s, 70s, and even 80s, will pass away. David Bowie, Prince, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston are all names that come to mind when I think of “gone too soon”.  However, when I woke up to…