Sweden’s Craft has inched closer and closer to “mainstream” on every album. Yes, it may anger those with corpse painted balls to admit this, but it’s true. Many fans, myself included, considered their last album Void a bit of a misstep. It’s not great, this is true, however it’s not the flaming bag of shit that it seems to be widely considered. Sure “I Want to Commit Murder” may be the worst song Craft has ever written, but the album is still…uh, fun? Either way, White Noise and Black Metal (don’t stress the title, this is a Velvet Underground reference, and Season of Mist doesn’t release sketchy shit) is a welcome slide in the right direction, but it isn’t without it’s flaws.
Gatherers craft an infectious and emotionally-heavy post-hardcore opus with their sophomore full-length album, We Are Alive Beyond Repair. Continue Reading
Abstracter engulf listeners in bleak, suffocating darkness on their third full-length record, Cinereous Incarnate.
Crushing sludge, intricate melodies and ethereal atmospheres come together in post-metal harmony on Lesser Glow‘s debut LP, Ruined.
Hailing from Boston and comprised of former members of Irepress, The Proselyte and Black Elm, Lesser Glow are yet another new band to push the boundaries of what is considered “post-metal”. Drawing influence from genre figure heads, while also incorporating elements from 90s underground and post-hardcore, Lesser Glow carve out an interesting niche for themselves within the sludge/doom/post-whatever scenes. Their new record, Ruined, illustrates this by balancing between infectious melodies and crushing weight, subtle complexity and straightforward heaviness. Continue Reading
I used to not really like The Body. I never considered them a metal band, even though that was where they had more or less made their nest early on. I always perceived them as a noise band that got cool among the metal intelligentsia (read: terminally bored scene kids only semi-seriously projecting a love for the most obscure shit possible). I saw them as maybe a particularly dark, doomy, and experimental noise band, but still did not understand the hype. Continue Reading
“Burgeoning Verse” is a collaborative album between Ben Chisholm of Chelsea Wolfe‘s band and Felix Skinner of Wreck & Reference fame. Recorded over a 36 hour session using vintage guitars, bassoons, analog synths and pedals and a guest appearance by Andrew Clinco of Drab Majesty and Marriages to drum on the lead single.
Chicago’s Nequient unleash over 40 minutes of atypical hardcore mayhem on their full-length debut, Wolves at the Door. Continue Reading