Hey! Listen to Frozen Moon!

Every genre has benefitted from a global perspective, perhaps none more so than metal. Expanding from small pockets in Europe, England, and the US has allowed various subgenres of metal to take form, often times drawing from a band or scene’s unique cultural influences of a band or home. The…

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Feminazgul – No Dawn For Men

There are so many ways in which I can start this review but let me choose the most blatant one: if you think politics don’t belong in music, and especially in metal, you have no idea what you’re talking about. First, music is inherently political because everything is inherently political.…

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Pure Wrath – The Forlorn Soldier

Extreme metal has long served as a creative outlet for bringing light to historical events that many have been left in the dark from. With the globalization of metal we’ve seen these musical dramatizations serve as a means for musicians to share their local histories, especially lesser-known injustices or tragedies,…

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Fluisteraars – Bloem

It’s been unseasonably warm and bright in Chicago recently. Not every day, of course, but over the past few weeks we’ve had a surprising amount of sunshine for a city that’s accustomed to going a week at a time without the clouds overhead breaking. A handful of days have even…

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Hey! Listen to Kassad

In the rapidly populating sea of post-atmospheric-gaze-whatever black metal it usually takes something truly innovative to grab my attention. Kassad doesn’t do anything overwhelmingly unique, experimental or progressive for the post-black metal scene, but by the end of the first track I just had that moment of “okay wow, these…

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