Hail Spirit Noir – Eden In Reverse

With music, as in every facet of life, expectation creates a breeding ground for disappointment. Albums often clear the bar fans continuously raise, of course, but they can also hit it straight on or miss the mark entirely. I’m not suggesting that we can’t hold the artists we love to…

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Xazraug – Unsympathetic Empyrean

Metal has a penchant for the transcendent. As an avid music consumer, it’s a rare occurrence for a record to stop me dead in my tracks and demand my complete, undivided attention. No working. No multitasking. No casual listening. Instead, on first listen, complete and total surrender to a wave…

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Hey! Listen to ZILF!

There’s a specific sub-group of bands that I listen to when I want something can only be categorized as “chaotic”. Think SikTh in their wilder mode, Psykup, Freighter or, hell, Frontierer when you really want to get into it. Most of these bands have a certain punk attitude to them,…

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