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.

Category: Album Reviews

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 19, 2014 - 3:35pm by Gabriel Riccio

King Crimson have a returned with a new lineup, and they played their first shows last week, with a heavy focus on material from the 1970s. This is surprising, as the post-1980 incarnations of KC only ever performed four songs from the ‘70s - ‘21st Century Schizoid Man’, 'The Talking Drum', ‘Larks Tongues in Aspic, Part II’, and ‘Red’, all of which are also being performed on this new tour, alongside seven other songs from the era. Since the band has finally decided that it is time to look backwards in a more traditional manner, I thought it would be fitting to devote a post to discussing the more unusual ways in which the band preferred to look backwards over the past two decades. 

Category: Musicians Corner

Tags: King Crimson, THRAK, Discipline, Red, Larks Tongues in Aspic, Adrian Belew, Trey Gunn, Robert Fripp, Pat Mastelotto, Tony Levin, Bill Bruford, Mel Collins, Jakko Jakszyk, 21st Century Schizoid Band
Posted Monday, September 8, 2014 - 9:40am by Gabriel Riccio

I've been talking a lot about motivic connections in King Crimson lately, so I thought I'd take a minute to point them out in a more unusual context: the title songs for the three Daniel Craig James Bond movies. These songs are very tightly linked in ways you may not have noticed. In case you haven't seen the films, here are the title sequences from all three films.

Category: Musicians Corner

Tags: James Bond, Daniel Craig, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, Jack White, Chris Cornell, Alicia Keys, Adele, Monty Norman, You Know My Name, Another Way to Die, Motivic Connections, Analysis, Theory
Posted Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 12:36pm by Gabriel Riccio

Faith No More have announced that they are now hard at work on their first new album since 1997's 'Album of the Year'. 


Tags: Faith No More, New Album, new songs, Mike Patton, Billy Gould, Mike Bordin, Roddy Bottum, John Hudson, Mr, Bungle, Tomahawk, Fantomas
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.

Category: Album Reviews

Tags: Myopic, Torrid Husk, Grimoire Records, progressive black metal, Watain, post-rock, Isis, neurosis