The COVID-19 Meta-Resource Guide For Musicians

There’s no point in sugarcoating it. COVID-19 – or its more commonly referred classification “coronavirus” – is creating a situation worldwide unlike any we’ve seen in the better part of a century. There is the public health crisis side of it that we are in no way qualified to speak…

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Hey! Listen to Vredehammer!

In spite of its primal origins, modern black metal has largely become associated with atmospheric and ethereal textures. Then there’s Vredehammer who hit like seventeen Mack trucks riding a fiery avalanche into battle. Ironically, the Norwegians’ long-awaited third album Viperous, which dropped last week, sees the band experimenting by adding…

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Skyforest – A New Dawn

Another day, another album where the album cover simply screams what the album is like. Arriving amidst the deluge of fantastic black metal that’s already releasing in 2020, Skyforest add a brighter tone to things, as A New Dawn’s cover will quickly tell you. The music is the same, “meeting”…

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Ritual King – Ritual King

As I spend more time with the genre, and grow more disillusioned with it, I find myself asking what exactly draws me to stoner metal, rock, blues, and, most of all, their current iterations. After all, the last decade has seen these genres rise to ascendancy, ushered in by bands…

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What’s Up Punks – January 2020

Welcome to another god damn new year and the mea culpa/house cleaning edition of this here column. A bit of housekeeping, first. I’ve decided to make this thing a bit more compact for the new year. Gone are long-winded descriptions of albums and the multitude of links to individual songs.…

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Hey! Listen to Tiny Moving Parts – breathe.!

So, confession time: I have owed you all this glowing recommendation for this tremendously bright, angular slice of Midwestern autumnal ennui since late this summer. Why is it coming now when there’s snow on the ground in the places that generated this soundtrack to an albeit energetic fit of depression?…

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