Zombi – 2020

As synthwave hit its stride over the past few years, it’s largely been a flood of the club-friendly, dancy variety. Acts like GosT, Carpenter Brut, Com Truise, Dan Terminus, and many, many others have carried the mantle, populating the scene with producers who fit a generally homogenous archetype. Somewhere along the way, the “band” approach to this style got left in the dust. It’s as if synth rock has been erased from possibility. It’s peculiar that the influence of older groups like Goblin or Trans Am haven’t seeped into the bigger synthwave hivemind, even as prog and post rock are…

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Titan to Tachyons – Cactides

Sometimes, the only soundtrack for my present moment is an album that can do all the talking. By that, I mean the kind of records full of dense jams that are effortless to vibe along to, especially since each new listen always seems to offer a new perspective. If you’ve ever listened to albums like Can’s Tago Mago, Iron Butterfly’s In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, or King Crimson’s Larks’ Tongues in Aspic, you know exactly what I’m talking about. With their excellent full-length debut Cactides, we can now add Titan to Tachyons to the list of modern purveyors of this stylistic niche, such as…

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Doomsday – July 2020

A warm and friendly greeting to you all, you Heaviest of Bloggers! I thought I’d mix up my greeting this month a little more than I have been recently. There’s more need for some friendly mental health check-ins from us all as we continue down the horrible bullshit-lined road that is the year 2020. On my own front, I’m dealing with the world at large; my own unemployment and the associated feelings with that; and my all-too-serious fear of a crappy neighbor and the dangerous people he’s bee inviting to his apartment. Part of my own trepidation about life right…

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Hey! Listen to Synthvvitch!

I’ll be honest with you: post black metal hasn’t really been doing it for me lately. It might be that the genres which the sub-genre draws from to modify black metal, namely shoegaze and emo, aren’t really my cup of tea to begin with or the unbelievable hype that has surrounded the genre for a few years now. Whichever is the case (probably a combination of both, as these things usually go), I just haven’t listened to the genre a lot lately and, during the few rare times that I did, I didn’t really enjoy it. But all that has…

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