Album Review: Sólstafir’s Endless Twilight of Codependent Love

Iceland’s Sólstafir have for the past 25 years straddled genres including black metal, post-rock, and shoegaze. Singer and guitarist Aðalbjörn Tryggvason says he feels “privileged being able to mix all my favorite genres and get away with it.” With Endless Twilight of Codependent Love, the band’s seventh album, they don’t merely “get away” with incorporating… Continue reading Album Review: Sólstafir’s Endless Twilight of Codependent Love

Album Review: Pallbearer’s Forgotten Days

Forgotten Days, Pallbearer’s fourth album, is heavy in more than one sense. Placing the actual music to one side momentarily, the lyrics deal with some serious and difficult themes and concepts. Joseph D. Rowland (bass, harmony vocals), who wrote many of the words, talks about the songs often being a kind of dialogue with his… Continue reading Album Review: Pallbearer’s Forgotten Days

Album Review: Kariti’s Covered Mirrors (Aural Music, Sept. 18th)

Mourning. It is a process that we all have to deal with in one way or another throughout our lives. It is a sorrowful and painful experience but it can also involve cleansing, rejuvenation and acceptance. Mourning is the dominant theme of Kariti’s debut album Covered Mirrors. Kariti is a Russian-born artist living in Italy… Continue reading Album Review: Kariti’s Covered Mirrors (Aural Music, Sept. 18th)

Album Review: The Call of The Iron Peak by The Devil’s Trade

I have heard a lot of artists talk about the idea of channeling negative emotions such as fear, anxiety, pain, and sorrow into their art. This process can often be cathartic and even healing for both artist and witness. Perhaps the process of facing these difficult topics and feelings via the medium of art allows… Continue reading Album Review: The Call of The Iron Peak by The Devil’s Trade

Single Review: X-Ray Love’s “Sha La Love”

Speculation and debate about the death of rock ’n’ roll has been rife for decades now. Whenever we feel certain that it is time to close the lid on the casket, another set of bands arrives to show us that rock ’n’ roll his in fact very much alive. New York City’s X-Ray Love are… Continue reading Single Review: X-Ray Love’s “Sha La Love”

EP Review: All The Pretty Little Horses by Henry Derek Ellis

Metal is often ignored by the mainstream media and sometimes belittled by those who can’t see past the loud and seemingly unwelcoming surface of the music. In spite of this — or perhaps, because of it — the metal community has continued to thrive as a supportive and welcoming scene. In the past, though, there… Continue reading EP Review: All The Pretty Little Horses by Henry Derek Ellis

Album Review: Pale Divine’s Consequence of Time (Cruz Del Sur, June 19th/26th)

Consequence Of Time marks 25 years since Pennsylvania doom metal stalwarts Pale Divine began their career. The fantastical album cover features a scythe-endowed wizard-type figure and the press release contains references to classic prog rock and metal. The promo photos feature the band with a woodland background in all their leather jacketed, long-haired and bandana-wearing… Continue reading Album Review: Pale Divine’s Consequence of Time (Cruz Del Sur, June 19th/26th)