Album Review: Symptom – Caverns of Katabasis

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , , , on 09/30/2014 by Al Necro
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Label: Craneo Negro Records & Parasitic Records
Release Date: 2/21/14

Caverns of Katabasis presents as a rather compelling album title from Portland, Oregon doom/death metallers Symptom. Beyond the catchy band name is a concept conveyed with the appropriate music played, like the soundtrack of a ritual in a dark and dingy cave.

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Album Review: Wolvhammer – Clawing Into Black Sun

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , , , on 09/25/2014 by bjl3xy

Label: Profound Lore
Released: 7/8/14

Atmospheric black metal. Rock ’n’ roll. Clawing Into Black Sun, the third album by Wolvhammer rides the line between a melodic style of black metal and classic hard rock. The 2014 release resembles legendary Satyricon more than black ‘n’ rollers Kvelertak, in more ways than one. From the start, vocalist Adam Clemans belches out tortured screams reminiscent of none other than Satyr himself. Bleak lyrics are layered over old school riffs, all driven by solid drumming underneath. There isn’t anything exceptional about individual performances, but the band fits together very nicely and it cohesion is apparent. The mix is fairly standard, with everything audible except the bass.

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Analog Inquisition: Thom Wasluck (Planning For Burial)

Posted in Features, Interviews with tags , , , , , on 09/23/2014 by an_tiarna_dubh

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Why do you love cassettes and vinyl? Do you prefer one over the other?

When I first got into music in the early 90s cassettes were still a very popular format. I learned a lot about album sequencing from them to the point where I still format my non-cassette releases in the terms of an A side / B side because it’s how I enjoy listening to music. I got into vinyl later on and I fell in love with it for the same reason but with the added bonus of a larger area for artwork. I’m not a tone snob/audiofile at all. I enjoy the degradation of sound that comes from a worn cassette and I also like hearing the surface noise on an LP.

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Album Review: american – Coping With Loss

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , , on 09/19/2014 by bjl3xy

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Label: Sentient Ruin
Released: 8/19/14

Coping With Loss is american’s addition to the rising list of 2014 releases in a steadily growing Virginian black metal scene. The duo performs punk infused black metal with drone and ambient influences. This seven track debut opens with a couple of raw, crusty black metal tracks but as the album progresses the music gradually evolves, or rather devolves into a slower, more atmospheric sound. The track listing was certainly designed to create this effect, as eventually the album transitions to pure noise, with the sixth track “Solace in Silence” briefly interjecting to remind us that we are still indeed listening to the same band.

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Album Review: Yob – Clearing the Path to Ascend

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , , on 09/18/2014 by Kit Brown

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Label: Neurot Recordings
Release Date: 09/02/14

Much like the Pacific Northwest from which the band hails, Yob’s seventh LP Clearing the Path to Ascend is saturated, mountainous and grey. Mike Scheidt & Co. has returned with an hour of slowly churning agony, densely-layered riffs and four of the most impenetrable songs of its entire career.

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Analog Inquisition: Nate Myers (Eternal Warfare & Mania)

Posted in Features, Interviews with tags , , , , , , on 09/10/2014 by an_tiarna_dubh

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Why do you love cassettes and vinyl? Do you prefer one over the other?

I don’t specifically think that analog is better than digital, because each one has their own inherent flaws and qualities, but I love tapes and records mostly because they are collectible. They are a direct product from the artist, with included artwork to portray an atmosphere. When you play the physical release, it feels more like you are conjuring the artist’s presence. I keep backups of all my data, but when a computer crashes or you get an MP3 player stolen, it’s nice to still have the record to play.

What was the first cassette you bought? First record?

The first cassette I remember having was a dubbed copy of Brainoil’s S/T album. I used to drive around in high school listening to that tape all the time. The other one that stands out was a dubbed copy of Carcass’ Heartwork. Those two tapes were on repeat in my Firebird for about a year or two.

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Album Review: Krieg – Transient

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , on 09/09/2014 by Kurt

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Label: Candlelight Records
Release Date: 9/2/14 | 10/6/14

Evolution can be a double edged sword. Positively, it can lead to the shifting of a band’s focus to a more refined form, creating growth as an artist. Negatively, evolution can be alienating to supporters, especially in the world of black metal. A world which has come to be known for its staunch adherence to the guidelines laid down in the Northern regions of Europe some thirty years ago. Evolution can also lead to unnecessary and often tiresome attempts at experimentation. For Krieg however, its evolution shows strength, dedication to personal fulfillment, and a disregard for convention that is admirable and executed brilliantly.

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Album Review: Infestus – The Reflecting Void

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , on 09/03/2014 by Al Necro

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Label: Debemur Morti Productions
Release Date: 4/25/14

Infestus is a one-man entity also known as Andras, and his latest offering, The Reflecting Void, may be his most challenging one to date.

It may also be his most satisfying release. Often, one notices the quality songwriting that Andras uses. Tension builds and vitriol is unleashed at crucial moments. Spoken word passages ring true, and clean guitar segments do more than simply accentuate.

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News: An Ending In Fire 2014

Posted in News with tags , , , on 08/28/2014 by Al Necro

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Invictus Productions and Iron Bonehead Productions have thrown down the gauntlet in the metal underground with their one day only event on September 13, 2014 called An Ending In Fire.

An Ending In Fire will take place in Helvete, Oberhausen, Germany, and will feature prominent acts from both labels.

Doors open at 4 pm and ceremonies begin at 5 pm.

Running order

Doors: 4:00pm

OBSCURE BURIAL: 5:00 pm – 5:35 pm

SHEOL: 6:00pm – 6:35 pm

MALTHUSIAN: 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm

POSSESSION: 8:10 pm – 8:50 pm

IRKALLIAN ORACLE: 9:20 pm – 10:00 pm

ZOM: 10:30 pm – 11:15 pm

BÖLZER: 11:45 pm – 12:45 am

You can find more information on the event here.

Also, you can stream samples of the aforementioned acts on both label’s Bandcamp pages here and here.

Bring your friends and enjoy the show. Spread the word!

- Al Necro