Album Reviews

Posted Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 11:04am by Ian Beabout
Änglagård: Prog på Svenska – Live in Japan

The legendary Swedish symphonic proggers return with a new lineup and a new live record.  How does it hold up? Read on ...

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Tags: Änglagård, Änglagård, The Crimson ProjeKCt, King Crimson, Genesis, Dun, symphonic prog, progressive rock
Posted Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 10:06pm by Clayton Michaels

One of the things that I love about music is that no matter how much time I spend listening to (and obsessing over) it, I likely won’t ever do more than just scratch the surface of what’s out there. The happy result of this is that pretty much every year there’s at least one band that isn’t even remotely on my radar that releases an album that completely knocks me on my ass. This year, that band is Portland-based psychedelic drone/doomsters Megaton Leviathan, whose recently released Past 21 Beyond the Arctic Shell has quickly become one of my favorite albums of the year.

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Tags: Megaton Leviathan, the Cure, My Dying Bride, Pink Floyd, Nick Cave, drone, doom, progressive doom, psychedelic doom
Posted Friday, October 17, 2014 - 8:09pm by Clayton Michaels

Thus far, 2014 has been an outstanding year for fans of black metal. Starting back in January with Murmur’s stellar self-titled record, this year has seen excellent releases from both more established bands (Cormorant, Agalloch, Lantlos, Woods of Desolation, Krieg) and relative newcomers (Bastard Sapling, Barghest, Mutilation Rites, Barbeleth, Myopic, Torrid Husk, The Great Old Ones, Emptiness, Thantifaxath). Add to that list a pair of releases from September: Panopticon’s Roads to the North and the self-titled debut EP from Myrkur.

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Tags: Panpoticon, Myrkur, black metal, USBM, lo-fi black metal, progressive black metal, Burzum, pagan black metal, folk metal, hipster black metal
Posted Friday, September 5, 2014 - 1:52pm by Clayton Michaels

Upstart Baltimore-based Grimoire Records first came to my attention a few months ago when Highpriest’s excellent Shift EP landed in my inbox (which I reviewed here). Now they’re on my radar again with Crawling Mountain Apogee, the forthcoming split from Myopic and Torrid Husk, which I’ve been listening to almost non-stop for the last week. If you’ve slept on Grimoire Records thus far, it’s time to for that to change, because they are quickly becoming a label worth paying very close attention to.

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Tags: Myopic, Torrid Husk, Grimoire Records, progressive black metal, Watain, post-rock, Isis, neurosis
Posted Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 2:56pm by Clayton Michaels

We might as well get this out of the way up front: if you were among those who were hoping against hope that Mikael Åkerfeldt would steer the band back towards death metal on Pale Communion, you’re going to be very disappointed, because Pale Communion completes the transformation begun on 2011’s Heritage. It’s time to accept it—Opeth is no longer a death metal band. And this is a very good thing.

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Tags: Opeth, progressive metal, prog rock, mellotron, Goblin, Mikael, Åkerfeldt, Crosby, Stills & Nash

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