Reviews

Wilderun – Epigone

Looking back on Wilderun's discography is a very interesting exercise. Both Olden Tales & Deathly Trails and Sleep at the Edge of the Earth (what hagiographies of the band will know call their "early era a... Read More...

Fit For An Autopsy – Oh What the Future Holds

Oh What the Future Holds finds Fit For An Autopsy with a little more patience, finally hitting their veteran stride in their sixth studio album. Tracks are given ample space to come alive in the pensive, bestial way only Fit can paradoxically achieve, instead of constantly clobbering you with The Big Riffs. It’s a commanding, inspired outing, far removed from the languor of their prior work. So what does the future hold for their direction after Beasts, exactly? 

SOM – The Shape Of Everything

Shoegaze act SOM arrived in 2018 and melted hearts with their debut album The Fall, then blew us away from the stage at POST. Festival the following year. The act (featuring members of Junius, Constants, and Caspian) has been described as "doom pop," which isn't inaccurate; the baseline SOM modus operandi consists of colossal low-end, lush guitar layers, and airy vocal hooks delivered through a wash of delay and reverb, without pretense or complication.

SEED – Dun Pageant

It has been a while since I pointed out the underappreciated and subtle art of album or track names. It's an often overlooked part of making and releasing music for obvious reasons: these naming conventions se... Read More...

Devin Townsend – The Puzzle / Snuggles

Devin Townsend's The Puzzle is certainly going to be a controversial spot in his discography, but ultimately serves a real utility for Devin's psyche and artistic process. These are not your standard studio albums with traditional songs with pesky things like structure. The Puzzle amounts to idea vomit; by Devin's own admission, this was a dumping ground for random emotional impulses that reflected this entire weird period we've experienced the last two years. And honestly, it's kind of incredible the way it worked out.

Cynic – Ascension Codes

Cynic have long achieved legendary status in extreme metal and prog, introducing jazz fusion influences to death metal in 1993 with their monumental debut album Focus. Previously, core Cynic members Paul Masvi... Read More...