Clayton Michaels

Posted Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 8:16pm by Clayton Michaels

As a general rule, I tend to like pretty much everything that Sargent House puts out. After all, their roster incudes acts Russian Circles, Chelsea Wolfe, Emma Ruth Rundle/Marriages, Omar Rodriguez Lopez/The Mars Volta/Bosnian Rainbows, Mutoid Man, and Helms Alee, just to name a few. As a general rule, I also tend to really enjoy Japanese post-everything rockers Boris.

Category: Album Reviews

Tags: Boris, Sargent House, stoner metal, doom metal, experimental metal, post-rock, post-metal, drone
Posted Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 9:40am by Clayton Michaels

To call Swans’ latest album To Be Kind a collection of new music is a bit of a misnomer. I saw them about two weeks after their last album, 2012’s The Seer, was released and three tracks that would end up on To Be Kind­—“Nathalie Neal,” “She Loves Us!” and the title track—were already being featured (albeit in different forms) as part of their set. In fact, they played as many songs that would end up on To Be Kind as they did from the album they were touring behind.

Category: Album Reviews

Tags: Swans, experimental rock, no wave, Michael Gira
Posted Monday, May 26, 2014 - 8:54pm by Clayton Michaels

Chances are if you’re familiar with German post-black metal/blackgaze outfit Lantlôs it’s because of their association with Alcest, whose mainman Niege provided vocals on the group’s two very Alcest-sounding previous full-lengths, 2010’s .neon and 2011’s Agape.

Category: Album Reviews

Tags: Lantlos, Alcest, post-black metal, blackgaze, shoegaze, dream rock, Russian Circles, Year of No Light, Jesu
Posted Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 6:26pm by Clayton Michaels

At this point, I don’t think anyone would fault Agalloch if they decided to simply rest on their laurels. After all, their discography has been so consistently excellent that if the band were to just phone one in and make Pale Folklore: Part II, few people would probably mind. This is a band with absolutely nothing left to prove, especially after 2010’s nearly universally lauded Marrow of the Spirit.

Category: Album Reviews

Tags: Agalloch, album review, black metal, post-black metal, post-punk, folk metal, pagan metal, the Cure
Posted Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 10:03pm by Clayton Michaels

There was, quite understandably, a fair amount of concern among fans of San Francisco’s progressive black metallers Cormorant when the band announced that they intended to continue on after vocalist/fretless bassist/lyricist Arthur von Nagel left the band in 2012 to work on the Walking Dead video game adaptation for Telltale Games.

Category: Album Reviews

Tags: Cormorant, progressive black metal, Opeth, Enslaved, Woe, album review

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