Posted by Reggie
Throughout the year, I take all of the albums I like; the ones I think might be Top 15 quality and I put them on a list. In no particular order, they sit until a few months before the end of the year. Then, I start deciding what stays and what goes. Sometimes it’s a tough choice, sometimes I have to listen to a few things again to refresh my memory as to why they were on the list in the first place. But, there is a lot of weeding out, weeding in, and sorting. It’s actually kind of fun and I get to take a break from listening to new things for a short while.
This year, I decided to do a best of (so far) list, just to see where things are going. I haven’t done this before. There have been a small handful of albums that went over well with me and I think they will stay on my list, but overall I have to say that it is not a particularly great year in metal as far as I am concerned. The “wow” factor is just not happening all that much this year…for me. This list is in no particular order. It’s a list of albums I think have the most potential for end-year nods. We do still have a way to go though. Read the rest of this entry →
Posted by Reggie
Release Date: 17 April 2015 (EU); 21 April 2015 (North America)
Label: Agonia Records
Length: 51 Minutes
Previous Albums: Songs to Leave (2002); Springtime Depression (2003); Love’s Burial Ground (2004); Negative Megalomania (2007); Under Saturn Retrograde (2011); …And Don’t Deliver Us from Evil (2012).
If you tried combining black metal, doom, stoner, and a bit of 70s style hard rock, do you think you could do it? What could possibly go wrong? Well, a lot could go wrong. While stoner rock/metal tends to lean on the hippy, happier, beer drinking side of metal, doom is rather moody and laced with melancholy. Not always, but mostly. While black metal is extreme, 70s hard rock is far from it. Combining all of those elements seems hugely challenging to me and seems like it would be difficult to process as a listener. Read the rest of this entry →
Posted by Irmelinis
“Trust me when I tell you
Today I just don’t care if I live or die
I hate you all for giving me the illusion
That someone cares
We’re born alone, we die alone”
This is an album that draws influences from many different styles like doom, black and traditional heavy metal. It’s my first encounter with this band and their obscure, depressive music. It reminds me of Shining’s dark sound and suicidal themes, it has a touch of Katatonia’s haunting, gloomy melodies and a little bit of Woods of Ypres’ heavier songs.