Friday, August 26, 2016

Dillinger, Escaped: A Fan's Remembrance of the Dillinger Escape Plan

I'll never forget the first time I listened to The Dillinger Escape Plan.  Some friends were coming into town to visit for a long weekend, and I had a couple hours to kill before their bus got in.  As I wandered around a Borders (remember those?) in the Chicago loop, I found a book to read and decided to buy a CD as well (remember THOSE?).  I had never listened to DEP, but I knew them by reputation, and so when I saw Miss Machine on the shelf, I decided "why the hell not?" and picked it up.  As soon as I got to the el, I ripped the cellophane off and threw the disc into my bright blue Sony Walkman (remember TH... ok I'll stop).  Forty minutes later, I woke up from a thorough, bruising audio beating.  Miss Machine was like nothing I had ever heard.

Friday, August 19, 2016

We'll Do It Live Fridays: Amon Amarth - "Twilight of the Thunder God"

It's been a hellacious couple of weeks for me work-wise; lots of long, brutal days have left me beaten to fuck, the unfortunate result of which is that my blog output has been lacking lately.  I get on the train to come home with every intent to write something, only to arrive home and collapse on my couch, barely able to turn on the tv to watch the Olympics.  Hopefully I'll get my act together sooner than later, and in that spirit, I figured this week's WDILF should feature one of the greatest, most uplifting "FUCKIN' GET IT!!!!!!!!" tracks I've ever heard, Amon Amarth's stellar "Twilight of the Thunder God."  Enjoy it, hope it gets you amped for the weekend, and feel free to share some of your favorite hype tracks in the comments!  Be good to each other; we'll see you next week.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

SubRosa - For This We Fought The Battle of Ages

In my experience, metal of the doom variety has more often than not boasted thunderous walls of guitar and drum rhythms that are so excruciatingly drawn out and slowed down over the course of an album that "serene" is the last descriptor that would immediately come to mind. Cue in SubRosa, a band that I happened to stumble across three years ago with the release of their last album, More Constant Than the Gods. Through harnessing the harmonious vocals of Rebecca Vernon along with layered violin work, I was blown away by how they incorporated these elements with the aforementioned doom metal tendencies. The result is a sound that can be as morose as it is blissfully uplifting. Despite the heavier aspects of SubRosa's sound taking the heft of the experimentation on For This We Fought the Battle of Ages, the spirit of this placid sound is still very much carried on in in their latest effort.

Friday, July 29, 2016

We'll Do It Live Fridays: Porcupine Tree - Anesthetize

I've made no secret of my love of Steven Wilson on this here blog, and while I could gladly type out a few thousand words on Grace for Drowning, his incredible live performances, or what possible awesomeness could await us on his next album, but that's not what this is about.  This is We'll Do It Live Fridays, and you're here for some live music.  So here's Steven Wilson in his previous band Porcupine Tree (who we are also huge fans of), performing "Anesthetize" from their incredible Fear of a Blank Planet album.  Enjoy some proggy goodness, and have a great weekend.

Where Stride the Behemoths: Into the Storm and Wet Teeth, The New Faces of Mastadonian Sludge

It's been long enough, so lets just say it: Mastodon are never, ever going to give us another Leviathan.  Or another Blood Mountain.  Crack the Skye 2 is also tremendously iffy.  The band that made those landmark albums has moved on, and you know what, that's ok.  Accept it.  Embrace it.  Be thankful that Brent, Troy, Brann, and Bill gave you those albums, and be happy for them for moving on, continuing to make the music they want, no matter what anyone else says.  It's not like you can't throw on "Hearts Alive" whenever you want anyway, so that's not why you're upset.  If you're honest with yourself, you'll probably agree that the biggest reason your soul pines for a "return to form" from the 'Don is because you miss that feeling of hearing a new, sludgy, guitar-driven adrenaline shot that is the aural equivalent of the swampy, humid, sweat-drenched dog days of summer.  You want something new that makes you want to crack open a cold one, sit  in a puddle of your own swamp ass on a lawn chair, and rock the day away in a blur, while still having enough moments that wow you out of your stupor.  Well guess what friends: you don't need Mastodon for that.  In fact, Into the Storm and Wet Teeth have all the sludgy filth you need to keep the party going all summer long.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Exclusive Interview - Katherine Shepard (Sylvaine)

 If you've been looking for an alternative to Alcest on your shoe-gazey/dream-poppy/black-gazey/what-ever-the-hell-the-hip-term-is-now-ey black metal playlist, Sylvaine is the perfect cure for that itch. Masterminded by Katherine Shepard, the solo project boasts opulent soundscapes that are just as beautiful and endearing as they are introspectively morose. Through the modern marvel of our time that is "The Internet", I was able to have a chat with Katherine about everything related to the project's beginnings through her latest album, Wistful. It was a fun conversation that brings to light her musical upbringing and the evolution of her tastes.

Along with a track from her new album, listen in on the conversation we had after the break!

Monday, July 25, 2016

The Morningside - Yellow


The soft and bittersweet consonance of post-rock, the droning of depressive doom metal, and progressively-minded arrangements are three elements that shouldn't sonically "play nice" on paper. Moscow's own The Morningside shows with their latest album, Yellow, that not only can the aforementioned elements co-exist in the same thought but that they also can be separate components that make a much greater whole, one that is truly unique.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Ghoul - Dungeon Bastards

Do you want over the top? Carcass worship? Horror movies? If you said yes to all of the above then you will absolutely love Dungeon Bastards; Ghoul's fifth album and first in five years. The band who also moonlights as Necroticism loving band Impaled, have been using Ghoul as their main vehicle for some time now and will be shedding blood with Carcass, Crowbar, and Night Demon in the near future. The band's previous album Transmission Zero was a bit of a disappointment for those who were expecting them to continue along the path established with their classic Splatterthrash.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Revocation - Great Is Our Sin

When it comes to advanced technicality, Revocation are certainly one of the most popular bands that comes to mind. There have been mostly highs and a few lows in the band's catalog, with one particular low being their self-titled release three years ago. With Deathless only a year later, hope was restored to the band's faithful following; a technical album with hooks and some super album art to boot. Great Is Our Sin was then given to us 2 years later and it is primed to be Revocation's magnum opus, but is it really?