Monthly Archives: January 2014

Changes In Mood: Peste Noire and Guns ‘N Roses

These two bands, poles apart in every respect imaginable, illustrate, through two specific songs and two different approaches, how changes in tone, texture and mood within the same piece can serve to elevate the merely good to the sublime. The … Continue reading

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In Black Metal: Beherit, Demoncy, and Profanatica

Beherit, Demoncy, and Profanatica have released some of the best black metal of the last ten years. Beherit‘s comeback Engram effortlessly slides back into a pre-full blown electronic frame of mind, doing an impressive balancing act between the band’s various … Continue reading

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Church Of Disgust – Unworldly Summoning (2014)

Texas’ Church Of Disgust seem uncertain of the direction they want to pursue on debut Unworldy Summoning. The ponderous low end allies this album with the Incantoclone camp but the music here is of a brighter variety, choosing wider intervals … Continue reading

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The Great Indian Metal Circus

Sounds without feeling, energy or aggression From money hungry brains and not from the heart Fortune, fame and glory are their obsessions Salesmen, deaf to music, blind to art – Kreator, 1989 There is a curious phenomenon at speed in … Continue reading

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Orator – Kapalgnosis Review (2013)

The onus to be constantly creative, as an ideologically and technically straitjacketed musical style like extreme metal evolves over time, lies firmly on latter day practitioners, a responsibility to avoid falling into predictable ruts whilst retaining the spirit of the … Continue reading

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Retrospective: Savatage – Hall Of The Mountain King (1987)

Savatage‘s Hall Of The Mountain King is rightly considered a gem of mid 80s American heavy metal adventurism. Along with the likes of Queensryche, Fates Warning, and Crimson Glory, Savatage gave birth to an intensely melodic, tastefully crafted strain of … Continue reading

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Genocide Shrines – Devanation Monumentemples EP Review (2012)

Aside from inventive use of portmanteau, Genocide Shrines offer little of novelty on their debut EP. The riffs here, simplistic as they are,  lie buried under an overwhelmingly reverb-soaked production, a bane of more than one modern band working the … Continue reading

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