“Forgotten Paths” by Saor is a damn good album. Saor is a band that sounds like no other yet borrow from plenty of elements that folk and black metal bands utilize in their own sound. Saor uses atmospheric black metal, Celtic folk and traditional Scottish instrumentation and writing to forge it’s own sound and remain unique among the sea of atmospheric blackened bands out there. Wildly expressive, emotional and beautiful, Saor has always been one of those bands that stuck out to me with its expansive sounds and catchy riffs and imagery. This is definitely one of those bands you listen to while out on a hike, enjoying the scenery and breathing in the air….enjoying life. Saor would make that experience even greater. Of course, you don’t need to be outside to enjoy Saor’s music, it’s perfectly fitting and fantastic anywhere you are.
Let’s make this short and sweet. Several of my colleagues have already unleashed their end of the year lists and you should definitely check them out. It’s good to read up and check out others lists as their taste in music my be a little different than your own and it could lead you down a path where you discover something amazing. But for now, here is my 10 metal albums of 2018!
2018 was messy and ugly, and proved to be fertile ground for all kinds of messy and ugly musical ideas to grow in. There were a lot of great records released this year, and here are the ones I really vibed with and kept listening to with time. Also threw in some that let me down because this is the internet so you have to complain about at least a couple things.
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In Svbterranean’s Album Dissections, artists break down the construction and/or lyrical themes of their records track by track.
Pittsburgh noise rock weirdos Night Vapor have officially released their new full-length album, 1,000 Miles of Mud, today via Corpse Flower Records. With its discombobulating mixture of sludge grit, noise rock angularity, and unabashed eccentricity à la Captain Beefheart and The Residents, 1,000 Miles of Mud is an odd, engaging, and bludgeoning release throughout. To celebrate the release, we invited the band to participate in our Album Dissections series to breakdown the record track by track. Check out what they had to say after the break. Continue Reading
The eclectic duo of Ray Suhy (ex-East of the Wall, Six Feet Under) and Steve Honoshowsky (Daughter Vision, No Use For Humans) craft hallucinogenic prog rock with their Gematria project. The band’s unique writing method involves the use of its namesake, gematria, which is a Qabbalistic numerological system that relates words to numbers, as well as the works of Aleister Crowley for rhythmic and melodic ideas. This very ambitious and esoteric approach to writing is reflecting in the band’s bizarre sound, as one can imagine. Continue Reading
French experimental drone outfit FOUDRE! perform a transcendental sonic ritual on their newest release, KAMI 神. Continue Reading
Thoren‘s Gwarth I is a dissonant, cacophonous swirl of sound that shrieks, writhes and groans with the intent of causing cerebral harm. Continue Reading
Gorycz craft a grim and sprawling opus with their debut full-length record, Piach.
Comprised of former and current members of Aeon (PL) and Non Opus Dei, this Polish quartet use their collective backgrounds in experimental black metal to their advantage and create a punishing, unique sound. On their 36-minute, six-track debut, Gorycz combine elements of dissonant black metal, sludge and post-metal into a bleak and battering sonic assault. Continue Reading
Giardia meld jazz, doom and black metal into an eclectic and hallucinogenic bombardment of sound on their new full-length, FARM. Continue Reading
Extreme music is an odd and fickle thing, constantly changing and moving through various trends and phases, constantly picking one subgenre has it’s acceptable choice to get in to the group, before slowly fading them into the background of life when it becomes apparent. You then name drop the band, letting people know that you knew and liked a certain band and a certain type of music before it was cool, making you cool for a time, until ultimately that band falls behind the curve, leaving you to find another band and another subgenre to exploit for selfish gains. I mention this because we are all guilty of it, and at the same time, it is the way we expand as people, learning about new ideas and bands, and help to create cornerstones for what we create ourselves. Continue Reading