Wreck and Reference – Absolute Still Life

Part of the inherent joy and frustration of being a music writer lies in attempting to describe sound to a reader while simultaneously diving deep into the musical memory bank to find appropriate reference points. You like (x band)? Here’s (y band), who sound a lot like (x band)! You’ve…

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Kvlt Kolvmn – 2018 in Review

Welcome once more to Kvlt Kolvmn. It’s that time again. The year has shed its final layer, curling itself into a corner and awaiting its imminent demise. Though, thankfully, not without plenty of bite left. It’s been a doozy of a year for all things metallic, with black metal being…

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Kvlt Kolvmn – August 2018

Greetings once more, lovers of the black. Welcome to Kvlt Kolvmn. The time is ripe for another fresh batch of black metal selections hellbent on freezing your blood and pulverizing your heart into a fine pulp. Thankfully, August offered an abundance of such releases, particularly in the experimental camp. If…

Editors’ Picks – August 2018

August sucks, OK? Even more than its slightly-less evil twin July, August is just a mess. Weather sucks all over and the oppressiveness of summer reaches its true heights. There are days where I almost feel like it’s always been summer and will always be summer, just sun and sun never-ending (and…

Release Day Roundup – 8/31/18

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…

Mamaleek – Out of Time

Anonymity in black metal has always been a double-edged sword. While it’s refreshing to see artists solely focused on their music and presentation rather than themselves as artists, it can also be frustrating to be unable to spotlight bands that truly excel at their craft. This latter point certainly applies…

Experience A Chaotic Black Metal Marathon With Mastery’s “V.A.L.I.S.V.E.S.S.E.L.”

San Francisco “dark music” label The Flenser released some of the most noteworthy experimental music of last year. New albums from White Suns, Have a Nice Life, Planning for Burial,  Botanist, Wreck & Reference,  Mamaleek and Kayo Dot covered a broad range of genres and all helped to establish The Flenser as one of the most eclectic and  exciting labels out there…