Friday, February 28, 2014
Monday, February 10, 2014
Full-on band collaborations seem to be a rarity in extreme music these days. Splits don't count, as typically those aren't collaborations but merely each band releasing their material on one side of an album. Sometimes you'll see lone musicians combine talents, like Steven Wilson and Mikael Akerfeldt's Storm Corrosion, or a vocalist will embark upon a different project with other musicians, like Chino Moreno of Deftones joining Isis (R.I.P.) for Palms, but rarely do you see the full creative process of two bands working together to create something unique. So it was definitely exciting when late last year I caught word of a long-gestating project between mysterious drone titans Sunn O))) and chameleonic metal band Ulver. Sunn O))) has long been a favorite of mine for their intense, suffocatingly oppresive ambience, and while I'm not as familiar with Ulver, I knew that they were a band that began with a black metal album before moving through genres and mixing things up, never content to stagnate. Two bands that place full emphasis on creating music that appeals to them, with seemingly little to no regard for commercial or critical success, working together... why yes please, I WOULD like to listen to that! Terrestrials, the album that resulted from the bands' collaboration, is a breathtakingly dense album that is content to move glacially for most of it's thirty-five minute runtime, but when it opens up, it rewards the listeners who traversed the audio fog.
Friday, February 7, 2014
I've been trying to complete this review for the better part of a week, and it's really not going so hot. I keep trying to figure out and rationalize why that is, whether it's been my work schedule, the Super Bowl, whatever number Polar Vortex this is, sheer laziness... nothing is off the table. Well, that's not quite true. The one thing I haven't considered is that maybe I'm just not into this record, and I really try hard to only review records about which I have something to say.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Monday, January 20, 2014
Yesterday, Durf and I sat down for a little skype chat with Ryan Wenzel, guitarist for instrumental duo Tempel. Durf wrote a review for their debut self released album, "On the Steps of the Temple," in September, but this black metal oriented act has enjoyed some well deserved recognition as of late. After the break, take a listen to our interview with Ryan where we dig into everything you'd possibly want to know about Tempel and more.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Friday, December 20, 2013
Hey, remember when the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup this year? Yeah, that was pretty cool. Also of importance, particularly in relation to things this publication actually cares about as a collective, there were a staggering amount of fantastic albums in heavy music this year. I toiled with what to include in my Top 15 for quite awhile, but while there's plenty of excellent releases I've left off, this is the group of records I not only felt the most strongly about in a positive sense, but also that I feel deserve the most cred. On to the goods, children.
Oh, and it's good to be back.
2013 has been one heck of a year for all of us...mainly because we relaunched Brutalitopia earlier in the spring and are now back in full force with a renewed sense of purpose. Thanks to everyone who's made that possible by supporting us in their respective ways.
And now time for everyone's favorite time of year...the end of it. Check out what albums I thought were awesome enough to recognize after the break!
Thursday, December 19, 2013
2013 was kind of ridiculous. Between all the weird shit that took place to some truly stellar music releases, I think this year is definitely one for the books. I'll be weighing in with my non-metal picks sometime next week, because fuck Christmas. ON TO LE LIST...
Hard to believe it's already December and time to look back on the past year, reflecting on the changes we've made, the adventures we've had, and most importantly, the albums we've listened to and really, really enjoyed. Below are my Top 15 Albums of 2013; if you correctly guess which album is Number One before looking, I will mail you a cookie. And don't forget to agree/disagree/tell me how full of shit I am in the comment section!