Hey! Listen to Ashbringer!

Technically, I could have made this post one of our Heavy Delinquency posts. Not because so long has passed since Ashbringer released their most recent album, Absolution, but because it’s really too damn good to have waited so long to write about it. Regardless of the name of this post, I am here to correct this issue: Absolution is one of the best atmospheric/folk black metal albums I’ve heard out of the US in a while now. Even though the band hail from Minnesota, their sound is best compared to greats from the Pacific Northwest, like Falls of Rauros or…

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Release Day Roundup – 11/8/19

Editor’s Note: I’m glad to welcome longtime reader Remi VL as a regular guest contributor to our Release Day Roundup posts! He submitted several of the albums listed below. Join his Facebook group for more recommendations. -Scott Murphy Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to our Editors’ Picks column: Friday release days open the floodgates and unleash a seemingly endless stream of quality new music. But while some of our Editors and Contributors sit down gleefully each week to dive into this newly stocked treasure trove, others find themselves drawing a blank at the end of the month due to…

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Death’s Door – October 2019

Greetings, hellions! I’m occupying the throne in Jonathan’s stead this month, so gather ’round, grab a chalice, and let’s chat. There’s plenty to cover. We have a few months left this year to consume as much death metal as possible, and our dark overlords down below have yet to turn off the floodgates. As you’ll see by our extensive “Further Listening” section this month, we could have written about any number of albums along with our main selections from October. It’s a good problem to have…until we’re faced with finalizing a top 10 (25? 50?) later this year. It’s going…

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Iapetus – The Body Cosmic

There’s a genre of science-fiction that’s all about love. Or, rather, it’s about the human emotional landscape in general, magnified against the vast canvas of space. Emotions become grandiose, cosmic even, the only bridge we have across the relative emptiness of the galaxy. You’re actually familiar with the genre; in recent years, it has started to make its impact known on Hollywood, with titles like Interstellar, Arrival and Ad Astra channeling this theme to the big screen. In reality, this thread of science-fiction has actually been informing movies all the way back to the 60’s and 70’s, with 2001: A…

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