Over the last few years I have become a huge fan of black metal, but there are always bands and albums that slipped past me or I slept on for whatever reason. This has happened a few times now, but I plan to make amends and I have fallen madly in love with a lot of newer black metal. The first one I want to talk about is a release from last year by a Portland, Oregon band called Uada. Continue Reading
Philadelphia’s Cleric have produced one of the most mind-boggling, unabashedly weird extreme metal releases of the year with Retrocausal.
From the eclectic metalcore of 2003’s The Underling, to the Botch-meets-Mr. Bungle zaniness of 2010’s Regressions, Cleric have always been a band that sidesteps genre cliches and chooses to carve out their own singular, oddball path within the scenes. Call it experimental metal. Call it avant-garde metal. Listeners can label it whatever they choose, but they should know that Cleric will find a way to avoid being pigeonholed, that much is for certain. Continue Reading