Friday, April 26, 2013
Persefone - Spiritual Migration (2013)
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Deep Purple - Now What?! (2013)
The Ocean - Pelagial (2013)
The Ocean's latest release sees them at their most progressive and varied while still retaining their trademark heaviness and sweeping atmospherics. It's a kind of concept album with each track representing a deeper section of ocean than the last (similar to Precambrian which explored geologic time scales). The instrumentation is excellent with some nice indirect references to early Mastodon, and the vocals, both clean and harsh, fit perfectly. I'm not sure if it's actually my favorite Ocean album as I need more listens to see how it ranks, but it's definitely up there. Along with the new Cult of Luna and, most likely, the upcoming Mouth of the Architect album, this is a sure contender for post-metal album of the year. It's great to see how such a talented band have progressed their sound so much and I'm looking forward to seeing what they do in the future.
L'Ordre du Temple - In Hoc Signo Vinces (2007)
Summoning - Old Morning's Dawn (2013)
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Lustre - A Glimpse of Glory (2010)
Monday, April 15, 2013
Skepticism - Stormcrowfleet (1995)
Friday, April 12, 2013
Amorphis - Circle (2012)
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Moon - The Nine Gates (2013)
Along with the new Paysage d'Hiver album, this underground gem is a sure contender for black metal album of the year. Much like Xasthur, it's eerie, haunting and otherworldly with almost inhuman vocals, dark atmospherics and an overall doominess. The main difference between the two is in the lyrics. Whereas Xasthur focuses on depression, Moon is an occult project with such track titles as "Sabbat" and "Astral Blood." The music in this case matches up with the themes perfectly as it is not so hard to imagine this mysterious, arcane music as some kind of ritual meant to conjure up a demon. In any case though, this is a spellbinding, darkly beautiful album that will hopefully gain more recognition in the metal community.
Falls of Rauros - The Light That Dwells in Rotten Wood (2011)
It's been a while since my last black metal review so I might as well do one for this beauty. Falls of Rauros are yet another atmospheric black metal band, but they seem to have a slightly more subdued approach than usual with gorgeous folk passages a la Agalloch and October Falls as well as solid, doomy riffs and excellent vocals. It's pretty much everything you could ask for from an atmospheric BM band so I highly recommend this one. I'll definitely be looking into the band's other two albums.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Iron and Wine - Ghost on Ghost (2013)
Abyssal - Novit Enim Dominus Qui Sunt Eius (2012)
Anciients - Heart of Oak (2013)
And out of nowhere comes a phenomenal band with an extremely impressive debut album that is sure to win them prominent touring spots and much metal press coverage. But besides those external factors, "Heart of Oak" is an incredibly well-written, hard-hitting album that blends together a whole host of great influences including Opeth, Agalloch to a degree (especially in the folk parts and harsh vocals), Baroness, and especially Mastodon. This means that there is a good deal of heavy, punchy riffs as well as beautiful, intricate melodies that's sure to please pretty much any prog fan. At the same time, I can't help but think that the band might be exhibiting their influences too obviously, and that there's not enough innovation. However, that's really a minor concern of mine with the music as good as it is. But you can judge for yourself and let me know what you think about that. Anyways, this is a band that, in my view, have hit it right off the bat with this album. Check it out as soon as you can. Last note: The album art is some of the best I've seen in a while. Hats off to the band for that too.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Byzantine - Byzantine (2013)
P.S. Thanks to H.P.L. on TheRushForum for recommending these guys to me!
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Shining - One One One (2013)
Altar of Plagues - Teethed Glory & Injury (2013)
Ghost - Infestissumam (2013)
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Volbeat - Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies (2013)
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The Knife - Shaking the Habitual (2013)
Koenjihyakkei - Angherr Shisspa (2005)
Corrupted - Paso Inferior (1997)
Elder - Dead Roots Stirring (2011)
Blut aus Nord - Ultima Thulee (1995)