As soon as I walked into The Riot Room, Arsis took the stage. The technical and progressive style they have with their brand of death metal translates well on stage just as is does on my headphones. Arsis was a tight and heavy band throughout their whole set, however bassist Noah Martin stole the show for me as his energy and playing was just captivating. With such a diverse night of metal, they put on a great tech/prog death metal show! Continue Reading
“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.
In Svbterranean’s Album Dissections, artists break down the construction and/or lyrical themes of their records track by track.
Back in November, indie folk artist Crosby Morgan released her new EP titled Rain Games for the Natural Born Pariah. In comparison to her Patrons of Silence EP that was released back in May, Rain Games for the Natural Born Pariah sees Morgan delving deeper into her ambient influences to produce an acoustic-driven, atmospheric sound that is reminiscent of the more brooding of Low‘s material and the more stripped-down moments in Chelsea Wolfe‘s discography.
Crosby Morgan was kind enough to take part in our Album Dissections series to talk in depth about the stories behind the songs. Check out what she had to say below. Continue Reading
Necromishka engulf listeners in sprawling, dreary soundscapes on their debut release, The Space Between Us. Continue Reading
Orphaned Land are back with their 6th full-length album Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs. So why is the village noise enthusiast reviewing an album by Israel’s premier Progressive Metal band? Cause this noise head was and still sometimes is a prog head. Just beat me up and stuff me in a locker already.
Frost Giant is a folk/melodic death metal hybrid of energy and music inspired by Norse mythology. The Harlot Star is a confusing album of sorts due to the music being so damn good and serious to moments where they are clearly just goofing around and making silly tunes. Combine Alestorm, Ensiferum, Turisas together, mix them all up and add a dash of Volbeat and voila! You get The Harlot Star by Frost Giant! In all seriousness, The Harlot Star was an enjoyable listening experience. Brimming with great songwriting, good production and solid performances from everyone involved. Continue Reading
Epic folk metal is the genre that Ensiferum is listed under and rightfully so. Ensiferum have always been a band to create rather impressively fun music while maintaining a sense of fantasy and awesomeness to it. There is also a lot of catchy song writing when it comes to this band and they bring that sense of musicianship along with their new album “Two Paths“. This new album has that nice stylish flow about it that makes it folk, melodic and incredibly metal. Expect a damn good album this time around!
Myrkur is an interesting act and I have enjoyed quite a bit of her music over the last few years. Not all, but a bit. When I saw today that she had performed a piano-based rendition of the King Diamond classic “Welcome Home,” I was curious as to how the overall cover would sound. Also, I was worried as to the backlash regardless of my feelings towards it. Luckily for me, I think it’s pretty good. Although it does make me think of the scene in Clerks II featuring this track. Anyway, check out the track below.