Monthly Archives: July 2016

On recovering native reading habits, and Mrutyunjay: Conqueror of Death by Shivaji Sawant

One of the unfortunate realities of the socio-economic class to which I belong to, here in India, is that with age we grow progressively estranged with our native languages, in particular when it comes to dealing with them in the written word. Exclusive … Continue reading

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Acanthrophis – Twilight of the Vanquisher’s Reign EP (2016)

Hear Twilight of the Vanquisher’s Reign here Along with the classical call-response mechanism in music, Acanthrophis also employ something which I liken to a relay dynamic. Call-response at the intra-riff level would imply that the first phrase would end on a … Continue reading

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Brutal death metal and fine dancing

In Jane Austen’s Emma, the pragmatic Mr. Knightley holds discourse on the relative virtues of the art of fine dancing with the novel’s scheming protagonist. In Mr. Knightley’s opinion, dancing is undoubtedly an act of primal release but at the … Continue reading

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Uruk – Battle Hymns EP (2016)

Battle Hymns is a new black metal recording from the United States that creates a rich and swirling mood of epic conflict, without resorting to either overt dissonance or shapeless white noise. Progressive in both technique and internal song evolution, Uruk succeed … Continue reading

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Ten years later, putrefaction still in progress

Putrefaction In Progress was a real assault on the senses when it was released ten years ago. Last Days Of Humanity were always a goregrind band a cut more extreme than most others, but on this album, they morphed into … Continue reading

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Uncommon transitions on The Red In The Sky Is Ours

The Red In The Sky Is Ours is rightly acknowledged as one of the  greatest accomplishments in metal. Few albums…scratch that, no album in memory comes close to rivaling its delicate experiments in balancing technique, contrapuntal composition, and explosive feeling. Many … Continue reading

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