Fen – The Dead Light

I don’t think there’s music more suited for the winter months than atmospheric black metal. Each year, as the weather gets colder and the snow builds to less-than-comfortable levels, a nice spin through an Alcest, Panopticon, or Wolves in the Throne Room record gives my heart the appropriate amount of…

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Best of 2009

Well folks, it’s that time once again: Album of the Year content is just ahead of us and the list-making engines have already been watered with the blood of magazines and blogs who think the year ends in November. As for us, we’re only getting things arranged and calculated out.…

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Exulansis – Sequestered Sympathy

“Arresting” is a word which should be used for music more often. That is just a convoluted way of saying that I wish more music was arresting. Since music accompanies me pretty much during everything I do, there’s a tendency for even some of the best stuff out there to…

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Hey! Listen to Ashbringer!

Technically, I could have made this post one of our Heavy Delinquency posts. Not because so long has passed since Ashbringer released their most recent album, Absolution, but because it’s really too damn good to have waited so long to write about it. Regardless of the name of this post,…

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Mo’ynoq – Dreaming in a Dead Language

Some music has urgency; it feels like the notes have to keep coming or you’re going to suffocate but the more of them that sound, the more buried you feel. Black metal is the genre which most often elicits this feeling, probably because it’s so fast and abrasive. Something about…

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Doomsday // November 2018

Greetings, heaviest of Heavy Bloggers! It’s that time of the month once again where we delve into the deepest of fuzzy riffs and slowest of bangers. I have to admit, I both love and hate this time of year when it comes to music. Everyone rushes to get their records…

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Kvlt Kolvmn – October 2018

Maybe it’s the change in the weather, or the average day falling into an early, seemingly perpetual night. Perhaps it’s the trees, left barren and naked against the pale sky. Or it could be my own sense of depleted, frustrated exhaustion as the end of the year draws nigh. Regardless…

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Vouna – Vouna

When I tell you that Vouna are signed to Artemisia Records (a name which evokes both important, female, historic figures and America’s Pacific Northwest), the label founded by Wolves in the Throne Room, and that they play self described “Cascadian Funereal Doom”, you should already have a pretty strong mental image of what you’re about…