Posted by RiffRaff
Some years ago I remember checking out an album by Oak Pantheon (2012’s From a Whisper), digging it enough to buy it, and then it kinda got lost among the mountain of mp3s on my player. Basically, it was a good album, but not memorable enough to really solidify itself in my consciousness. The band name stuck more with me than the music. Luckily, remembering the band name and associating it with something pretty quality I clicked on the preview for the new album, In Pieces, over at Bandcamp and an hour later left with more than just a killer band name fixed in my head.
Crafting an absolutely enthralling collection music, Oak Pantheon have delivered one of the most engaging atmospheric black metal albums I’ve heard to date. Each track strikes balance between hypnotizing and ferocious, Earthly and astral. Twists and turns that flow seamlessly rock you into a meditative state like laying back on a boat on an isolated sea. This album is a journey; a journey that will leave one changed. Outstanding instrumental performances to boot!
If you dig on bands like Vattnet Viskar, The Atlas Moth, Panopticon, and Agalloch, In Pieces is a must. If you just love well crafted music regardless of genre, this is a must. It will be a serious album of the year contender for me! Go give it a listen and a purchase if you enjoy it! Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!!
My heartiest congratulations go to the winners in all of my categories. So does my deep gratitude to all of the finalists and winners for making such great albums in an excellent year for all the types of modern music I love. To you good folks who’ve been following my hit parades, I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing some of your picks included in my lists, and I hope you also found something new to explore.
Keep on rawkin’.
Posted in Best of 2015
Tags: Alkaloid, atmospheric black metal, Big Big Train, Cassandra Wilson, Cattle Decapitation, Classic Jazz, Coming Forth by Day, death grind, Epistemology, Experimental Metal, Indie / garage rock, Keep of Kalessin, Macrocosm Microcosm, Mammal's Best of 2015 – The Winners, Mother of Illusion, PAUW, progressive death metal, Psychedelic Rock, Subterranean Masquerade, The Anthropocene Extinction, The Great Bazaar, The Malkuth Grimoire, The Pulse of Mourning, The Trousers, Thrash Black Metal, Thurisaz, Wassail
So much good metal has come out during the year to date that it’s impossible to listen to all of it. In black metal I took a long time to select the 15 best albums I’ve heard this year, then narrow that down to the five I like the most up to now.
Those who know me won’t expect my top picks to be old-school, aggressive, scrotum-busting tirades of fury and deafening thunder. Because my taste is influenced by my love of prog rock and other non-metal, I tend to prefer the melodic, symphonic, progressive or atmospheric forms of the various metal genres. As for my taste in black metal… hey, blame Dimmu Borgir.
Posted in Album Reviews
Tags: Arktos, atmospheric black metal, avant-garde black metal, Beautality, Black Metal, Carnival of Flesh, Ebonillumini, Einfallen: A Tale Ov Torment & Triumph, Mammal’s most recommended new albums, Mother Augusta, Post Atmospheric Black Metal, Stories from a Fallen World, symphonic black metal, The Burning Sun of Despair, The Pulse of Mourning, Thurisaz
By the way, elephants don’t have four knees. That’s a common misconception among people who are interested in knees and/or elephants. Like other mammals, they have knees on their hind legs, not the front pair.
Dark Metal Cat slept last night with one knee on my ear. When I try to move him he bites me. No elephants have ever done that.
It’s jolly to end my 2007 metal year with different types of favourites among favourites. My top three songs of the year are by Myrath (Tunisia), my favourite band from my continent of Africa; Thurisaz (Belgium), my favourite atmospheric black metal band; and Riverside (Poland), for many years my favourite prog metal band and also one of my top bands of any genre or style.
I hope you’ll find upliftment in the darkness and blackness of a couple of today’s selections. Here’s some related information to uplift you — proof that you’re probably more intelligent than average. A study reported in The Guardian in 2007 revealed that a disproportionate number of members in the National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth listed metal as their favourite music.
The Academy is a body of students who rank in the top 5% in academic achievements. Thus the brightest of the bright love metal the most.
Release Date: May 6, 2014
Length: 36 minutes, 3 tracks
Genre: Atmospheric/pagan black metal
Studio Albums: This is their debut
Location: Michigan, USA
For fans of: Moonsorrow, Opeth, Summoning, Windir, Bathory, Caladan Brood
And extremely rewarding.
Release Date: April 30, 2013 on Profound Lore Records
Tracks: 9 Length: 49 minutes
Genre: Atmospheric Black/Post Metal/Industrial
Previous releases: Through The Cracks Of The Earth EP 2007, Sol EP 2008, White Tomb – debut album 2009, Tides EP 2010, Mammal 2011
Recommended for fans of: Wolves In The Throne Room, Blut Aus Nord, Fen, Deafheaven, Krallice
“Eternity in the midst of profound dusk, projected endlessly through this void
As a veil, as an aura, as an apparition, to awaken the world from its dream of itself”
Release Date: June 25 2013 on Relapse Records
Length: 48 minutes
Genre: Post rock/Industrial/Black/Ambient
Previous releases: Debut full-length ‘Drenched Lands’ 2009, ‘Territories’ 2010, ‘The Crystal World’ 2010, ‘The Clearing & The Final Epoch’ 2012, ‘New Dominion’ 2012
Recommended for fans of: Ambient, post rock, drone, industrial, experimental, atmospheric black metal
Release Date: July 9, 2013
Length: 80 minutes, 2 discs
Genre: Atmospheric depressive black metal (with many acoustic parts)
Previous releases: Neurasthénie, 2006 (under the name Niflheim), Il Était Une Forêt…, 2007
Recommended for fans of: Alcest, Agalloch, Sombres Forêts, Drudkh, Lantlôs, Forgotten Tomb