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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Kaleidobolt – Bitter

Here is one of the indelible facts of music: as time moves on, that which is considered heavy, experimental, ground breaking, or any other choice of adjective which is used to denote the “novel”, will wear thin its welcome. Progressive and psychedelic rock is a fantastic example. There were days…

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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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