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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Lesoir – Mosaic

Among the small pleasures of listening to music, it’s satisfying when an album title perfectly encapsulates the narrative played out in the track list. Such is the case with Lesoir’s fifth album Mosaic, a collage of art rock and prog highlighted by a theatrical delivery and themes of mystic whimsy.…

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Ground Patrol – Geophone

Since I passed my 5-year mark with Heavy Blog late last year, I’ve been reflecting on my own philosophies on and experiences with music. Formally reviewing music has been a significant hobby of mine for at least a decade across multiple channels. With this being my third review of a…

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Legendry – The Wizard and the Tower Keep

The prospect of revivalism, as we’ve discussed on the site many, many times before, is a double-edged sword. With every attempt to recreate the magic of older bands or scenes that have fallen by the wayside comes the possibility that the alchemy falters; any time eyes are turned firmly backwards,…

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Ecstatic Vision – For the Masses

Last October I went to the Days of Darkness festival in Baltimore, MD to see Blue Oyster Cult play alongside a number of esteemed metal, industrial, and hard rock acts. Among the other bands on the lineup were Philadelphia psych rockers Ecstatic Vision, a rising star in the heavy music…

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Apprentice Destroyer – Permanent Climbing Monolith

I’ve always gravitated towards multi-instrumentalists with an array of sonic interests. Artists who extract unique ideas from a kernel of creativity always tend to mix flavors with each side project. A great example is the collective work of Kevin Hufnagel and Colin Marston (who just released another excellent Dysrhythmia album),…

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Hashshashin – Badakhshan

After five years with the blog, there are a number of posts I still look back on fondly. My interview with Lachlan R. Dale still ranks among my all-time favorites for a number of reasons. First, and most obvious, was the ability to connect with the man behind two of…

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Hey! Listen to Teeth of the Sea!

Driving home from Whitby in North Yorkshire on a gloriously sunny Sunday was definitely a strange time to channel cyberpunk beats and severe monastic soundscapes through my sun-baked earholes. But, combining what initially seem like opposed and contrasting musical environments can often lead to weird and wonderful states of mind,…

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EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Worship at the “Shrines of the Wakhan” with Hashshashin’s Psychedelic Middle Eastern Post-Rock

With my current schedule being as tight as it is, there has to be something compelling about a release to warrant one of my verbose, 1,000+ word reviews; the days where I’d publish near daily reviews on Sputnikmusic during college are long since gone. This occasionally results in more of…

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