Editors’ Picks – January 2020

You know that feeling you get right before you’re sick? I’m talking the day or night before; you feel your bones start to ache, a sort of cloud descending upon you. It’s like standing in the first few seconds of rain; you can feel the water around you but you’re…

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Catatonic Effigy – Putrid Tendency

The term “metal” is by all accounts a fairly elastic one. The truth of that sentence is obvious when you view the world’s classification of it in culture and conversation. Every metalhead has that story of a friend declaring themselves a devotee of the riff while naming off a slew…

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Kvlt Kolvmn // 2019 in Review

Welcome, friends, to the final installment of Kvlt Kolvmn in the year of our infernal overlords 2019. What a year it’s been. From releases by foolproof genre legends like Mayhem, Blut Aus Nord, and Abbath to seething experimental shots across the proverbial bow from Liturgy and Botanist, this past year…

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Kvlt Kolvmn – October 2019

There’s a three-inch deep pile of snow in my front yard. A blizzard before Halloween. The earth is ready for the ascension of winter’s theme music, covering all in a sea of white, dark, and cold. A perfect atmosphere for our latest installment of Kvlt Kolvmn, which features some of…

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Editors’ Picks – October 2019

If it seems like I always mention how much good music has been released during the previous month that’s because that’s probably correct. The fact is that we’ve been enjoying an insane outpouring of music for years now and these posts, keyed as they are to some sort of “summary”…

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Release Day Roundup – 10/25/19

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…

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Hey! Listen to Thot!

Bear with me here, because Thot are quite a bit out of my usual listening comfort zone and I’m not sure I have the adequate terms and points of reference to accurately describe what we’re getting into here. I’m sure there’s probably a word for what the Belgian act do—although,…

Kvlt Kolvmn – September 2017

Black metal. What does it even mean anymore? The internet kerfuffle over Sacred Son’s album artwork for his eponymous debut once again presents the age old question of what is and isn’t “trve”. For myself, I consider this argument to be a bit superfluous. Technology advances, society shifts, tastes develop and refine, and the definition of whatever is pure in art alters itself with the times. Sure, there are specific tropes that make black metal what it is, but that in no way means that this subgenre does not have room for development while maintaining the sinister core of what makes black metal, well, black metal. I would go toe-to-toe with anyone who claimed that Leviathan, with all its genre-mashing opulence, was any less fundamentally evil and true to the spirit of black metal than, say, Bathory or Mayhem. This may be sacrilege to some, but I’m sticking by it. There is plenty of room in this style of music for madcap experimentation and growth, and stifling that because an album’s art doesn’t include corpse paint is beyond ridiculous. Now that I’ve offended just about everyone, on to the delights of September! Once again, Scott and I have curated a list of black metal records for you that both fall into the traditional format of the subgenre, and also transcend its confines into more experimental territory. As always, please argue, caterwaul, and protest in the comments and provide us with the albums you found the most intriguing in the month of September. Enough exposition. Let’s get down to it.