Hail Spirit Noir – Eden In Reverse

With music, as in every facet of life, expectation creates a breeding ground for disappointment. Albums often clear the bar fans continuously raise, of course, but they can also hit it straight on or miss the mark entirely. I’m not suggesting that we can’t hold the artists we love to…

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Elder – Omens

A new release from a beloved band is a chance to once again reconsider the question of identity. Like any artistic endeavor, an album is, on many levels, an expression of personality and a many-pronged statement of values, method, and taste on the part of those involved in its creation.…

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Tech Death Rapidfire – Sutrah & Svengahli

There are a few things I’m excited to accomplish with this post, beyond highlighting yet another couple of excellent death metal releases. First, from a practical standpoint, this is an efficient means of covering two short EPs that are still absolutely worth your time. It’s the same reason I created…

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Editors’ Picks – September 2019

September ends and with it, Summer fully dies. Especially where I’m presently at, the East Coast of the United States, the first brushes of Autumn are being felt. To be honest, there’s no better time of the year for metal; sure, Winter is black metal’s eternal domain but Autumn lends…

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Release Day Roundup – 9/6/19

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…

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Earth – Full Upon Her Burning Lips

The quintessential difficult decision is almost always a “lesser of two evils” situation. In music, this typically manifests in an artist’s path forward; do they forge ahead along the charted path, or divert into untrodden territory? We can look at bands like Opeth, Kayo Dot and Ulver as examples of…

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