GRID – Decomposing Force

In my quest to appreciate and understand as many genres as possible, one lingering question reigns supreme: what is jazz? That probably sounds overly Socratic, until you start trying to provide an answer. Is it the presence of brass and woodwinds? That’s hardly unique to jazz, and ignores great bandleaders…

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tētēma – necroscape

Is there anything Mike Patton won’t try? My own limited collection of his music includes traditional Italian pop (Mondo Cane), off-kilter alt-rock (Tomahawk), a live album of avant-garde sludge (Millennium Monsterwork 2000), artsy chamber music inspired by Romantic era composers (Romances), and whatever he and John Zorn are doing on…

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Peripheral Cortex – God Kaiser Hell

There’s a type of victory in sports called a “wire-to-wire” win, where one team holds the lead throughout the entire game. Instead of both teams tying and trading leads multiple times or one side staging an epic comeback, the winner dominates the match from start to finish and quells any…

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Fliege – The Invisible Seam

Every year, I grow more impressed by the breadth of new ideas introduced into the world of black metal. I’ve long held the belief that the “blackened” prefix manifests in more unique ways than any other metal subgenre. Even the lightest introduction of black metal aesthetics can significantly alter the…

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Have a Nice Life – Sea of Worry

As important as first impressions can be, they’re often given more weight than they deserve. Lead singles often receive these types of extreme initial reactions, something exacerbated by the seemingly increasing number of pre-album tracks bands release these days. Sure, these songs can be a perfect outline for what listeners…

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Zonal – Wrecked

Collaborations are the ultimate musical wild card, offering up either a pleasant surprise or unfulfilled potential. Fortunately for us, both Justin Broadrick (Godflesh and Jesu) and Kevin Martin (The Bug) have made it their mission to form some of the most intriguing super-duos over the past decade. Broadrick has worked…

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