Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Exclusive Interview: Zhrine

This past Sunday, Durf and I moseyed on down to Reggie's in Chicago's South Loop to check out a concert of the heaviest order. Boasting Ulcerate as the headliner, the show also featured Iceland's Zhrine. Being pretty big fans of the band's debut full length, Unortheta, we were determined to sit down with them for a chat about their very first tour ever.

Check out the interview after the break!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Cokegoat - Drugs and Animals

The world is a strange and arbitrary place, one in which the rules can suddenly shift on you, and common, everyday occurrences can leave you scrambling in confusion as you try and go about your day.  This past week in the US has certainly been... something, and I fear it will only get worse from here, and those arbitrary rules will continue to shift and swirl into something that will resemble our old way of life in some sort of close but not quite right Stark Trek-esque alternate reality.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Clouds - Departe

A few weeks ago, I was perusing No Clean Singing, as any self-respecting member of the human race should do daily.  On this particular day, I came across a stream of a song from a band I had never heard of, which is not an entirely rare phenomenon for me when exploring their wonderful site.  The band was Clouds, and the song was "How Can I Be There," from their then-upcoming release Departe.  I was hooked, and listened to it for the rest of the day.  I then learned that Clouds had released a previous album, Doliu, so I then started listening to that.  Hooked became obsessed, obsessed became Facebook stalking the band for any hint of new music from Departe, and I dove headfirst into the rabbit hole that one encounters when they find a new band that they really, really enjoy.  On Tuesday, November 1st, I woke up at 4am for work, and before my coffee had even finished brewing I had purchased and downloaded Departe.  Did it deepen my obsession with Clouds?  Or is Departe a sophomore slump album, and will I have gotten deliriously excited over the course of two weeks only to suffer a tremendous disappointment?

Friday, November 11, 2016

Animals As Leaders - The Madness of Many

As long as music continues to exist, there will always be a market for musicians who can play their respective instruments at god-like speeds in varying styles. For many of these often progressively-minded bands who successfully corner this market, technicality is harnessed as the hook that piques the ears of a first time listener and ultimately keeps them coming back for more. Instrumental act Animals As Leaders became such a band with the release of their self-titled debut in 2009. From that point forward, regardless of how much I ended up liking or disliking their subsequent material, knowing the capabilities of Tosin Abasi was enough reason to warrant at least a few honest listens. With The Madness of Many, the band continues in the slightly different path established with their last album, The Joy of Motion. But while this path favors technical flourish over heaviness, The Madness of Many dials it in much more smoothly than their previous effort.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Ulcerate - Shrines of Paralysis

 Unwavering and brutal; this is the brand of dissonant death metal that New Zealand's Ulcerate has been putting out since their inception. Yet, these descriptors always seem to fall short of fully portraying the devastating nature of the band's sound. The Destroyers of All, the band's 2011 release, set an amazingly high bar, but with Shrines of Paralysis, Ulcerate's death metal chops - along with their dialed in songwriting sensibilities - culminate into what could quite possibly be their most complete offering to date.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Red Fang - Only Ghosts

Since 2009, Red Fang has consistently put out some of the catchiest tunes in heavy music.  Blending thick, crunchy riffs with infectious, ear worm choruses in a high energy setting, Red Fang, Murder the Mountains, and Whales and Leeches have helped Red Fang carve themselves a distinct niche; in a stoner genre that often brings to mind hour-long songs and couch lock, Red Fang write songs that get you off of your ass and banging your head.  Their latest album Only Ghosts, does not deviate from this overarching formula, but tweaks it enough to keep things fresh while somehow upping the fun factor.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Exclusive Interview : Bruce Lamont (Brain Tentacles)

This past Saturday, Mick and I were fortunate enough to sit down with Bruce Lamont, he of many other bands but currently of Brain Tentacles. BT was in town on their tour with Intronaut and Gorguts that was passing through Chicago, and so over beers we took the opportunity to chat with Bruce about Brain Tentacles, his musical inspirations, songs he'd like to cover, how Luc Lemay is the nicest guy in the world, and many other things!  Check out our interview below!  Also be sure not to miss Brain Tentacles on tour with Gorguts and Intronaut; words do not do this show justice.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Opeth - Sorceress

I'll cut to the chase. If you're the breed of Opeth fan that refuses to believe the band has done anything of substance since their 2008 album, Watershed, then their latest album will not change that opinion. On the flip side of that coin, if you are, at the very least, unoffended by any of Opeth's post-Watershed material, then you would probably be interested to know that Sorceress is among the strongest of their recent output. With the recent transition from Roadrunner to Nuclear Blast Records, it seems that Akerfeldt and co. have found a new wind; maybe not the wind we've not so-secretly been hoping for for the past five years, but a welcomed one nonetheless.