Jan 6, 2021
Mr Bungle: Unbelievable
Greg Dulli: Gorgeous
Deathgrave: Local Halloween theatrical fun
Terry Gross: Trippy with a handsome drummer
Moaning (LA), album - Uneasy Laughter
Fearing (CA), album - Shadow
Pleasure Policy (Oakland), album - Forever
KVAEN (Sweden), album - The Funeral Pyre
Revenge by Fire (0:25-6:40)
— Black metal with epic guitar solos and truth-laying vocals creating chomping, rifftastic, scrunch-face metal
album - The Affair of the Poisons
The Affair of the Poisons (8:47-13:35)
— Sniff up this line of pure adrenalin that charges, blasts and rips up your evil soul.
Mr. Bungle (SF), album - The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny
Warbringer (CA), album - Weapons of Tomorrow
Havok (Denver), album - V
Carnosus (Sweden), album - Dogma of the Deceased
Bütcher (Belgium), album - 666 Goats Carry My Chariot
Midnight (Cleveland), album - Rebirth by Blasphemy
HAVUKRUUNU (Finland), album - Uinuos Syömein Sota
Kunnes Varjot Saa (14:08-19:02)
— Medieval ethnic Finnish Viking folk bubbles in a cauldron for drunk warriors. Guitars strum as witches dance to epic soaring intensity and indulgent guitar solos.
ANAAL NATHRAKH (UK), album – Endarkenment
Libidinous (A Pig with Cocks in Its Eyes) (19:54-24:07)
— Theatrical, operatic grind playing with a range of serial killer vocals, riding atop a mountain of structures. Not your grandfather’s grind.
Spectrum of Delusion, album - Neoconception
Xythlia (MN), album - Immortality Through Quantum Suicide
Benighted (France), album - Obscene Repressed
SPECTRAL LORE AND MARE COGNITUM (Portland, Greece), album - Wanderers: Astrology of the Nine
Mars (The Warrior) (24:43-33:10)
— The yin and yang achieved between rage and peace, meditation and torture, vicious and still. A thicket of dense sounds part for clear, majestic black metal moments.
Krallice/Geryon (NYC), album- Wolf/Astomatous
VALDRIN (Ohio), album - Effigy of Nightmares
Basilisk Of Light (34:12-39:07)
— A pool of bloody, dense, monstrous black metal from which no sweetness can emerge.
SNORLAX (AU), album -
Encapsulated Apocalypse (39:38-44:30)
— Towering vocals within a red-hot, blistering furnace of evil.
Cult of Fire (Czech Rep), album - Moksha
...And Oceans (Finland), album - Cosmic World Mother
Naglfar (Sweden), album - Cerecloth
QUESTION (Mexico), album - Reflections of the Void
A Fate Worse Than Death (45:17-51:03)
— Thoughtful, moving death with headbanger riffs. More than you expect.
SKELETAL REMAINS (CA),
album - The Entombment Of Chaos
Synthetic Impulse (51:35-56:15)
— Old school death impact with the violent joy of power in every song.
Ulthar (CA), album - Providence
Undergang (Denmark), album - Aldrig i livet
Faceless Burial (AU), album - Speciation
Puteraeon (Sweden), album - The Cthulhian Pulse: Call FromThe Dead City
PANZERFAUST (CAN), album - The Suns of Perdition – Chapter II: Render unto Eden
The Snare of the Fowler (57:44-1:07:29)
— Cathedral meditation in a stormy, richly instrumented, epic black metal.
REGARDE LES HOMMES TOMBER
(France), album - Ascension
Stellar Cross (1:07:55-1:15:51)
— Brooding, primal, anguished black metal that flips over into something different.
AFSKY (Denmark), album -
Ascension Ofte Jeg Drømmer Mig Død
Tyende Sang (1:16:40-1:24:39)
— Cold, shimmering soulful slicing and soothing, powerful in the melancholy and sweet of disappearing notes as much as the explosive wall of sound.
#2 Album: GAEREA
(Portugal), album - Limbo
— Muscular vocals collapsing into shrieks, guitars propelling each other, and multiple layers of black metal giving way to death metal bold.
Blaze Of Perdition (Poland), album - The Harrowing of Hearts
Silver Knife (Belgium), album - Unyielding/Unseeing
Liminal Shroud (CAN), album - Through the False Narrows