Album Review: Wino’s Forever Gone (Ripple, June 26th)

The best music makes you feel something. It communicates something universal and beyond words. You can’t put your finger on it but you know when you find it. This quality can be traced back and found in the output of artists such as Neil Young and Steve Earle, in country music, in old time American… Continue reading Album Review: Wino’s Forever Gone (Ripple, June 26th)

Album Review: Anthropocene by Deludium Skies

Anthropocene by Deludium Skies is “drone rock fused with industrial and a free jazz spirit” according to its creator, Austria’s Karl Pelzmann. It is a concept record set in a “dystopian” future in which nature has reclaimed the planet from the rubble of civilization following humanity’s decimation. The surviving people have formed small tribes and… Continue reading Album Review: Anthropocene by Deludium Skies

Album Review: Leaves of Yesteryear by Green Carnation

Leaves of Yesteryear provides everything one could hope for in the first new release in 14 years from Norwegian prog-doom-psych-metal titans Green Carnation. Within the first minute of the opening title track we have spoken word samples about loneliness, all-encompassing doom riffs, mournfully longing melodies and necro-prog Floydisms replete with brooding synths. Did I mention… Continue reading Album Review: Leaves of Yesteryear by Green Carnation

Album Review: Phylogenesis by ABYSMAL DAWN (Season of Mist)

Death metal often walks a narrow tightrope. The lyrical themes can sometimes be too didactically political or, on the other hand, too cartoonish to take seriously. Musically, there is also a balancing act. Some bands who try so hard to sound relentlessly punishing can at times end up sounding monotonous and uninteresting. Phylogenesis, the latest… Continue reading Album Review: Phylogenesis by ABYSMAL DAWN (Season of Mist)

Album Review: Jarboe’s Illusory

I don’t remember what year or venue it was, but I cannot forget my first and to date only face-to-face encounter with Jarboe when she guested at a Neurosis concert.  She glided to the front of the stage in a sheer witches dress and in an instant stared us into cowering submission with her piercing… Continue reading Album Review: Jarboe’s Illusory

NERD TALK with DUNCAN EVANS: Thoughts on Cormac McCarthy

Hailing from Leeds, UK, dark singer-songwriter Duncan Evans was kind enough to expound on one of his favorite authors: Cormac McCarthy.  Read on to hear about how McCarthy’s books have inspired him… I first came across Cormac McCarthy’s work about a decade ago when my dad lent me a copy of All The Pretty Horses… Continue reading NERD TALK with DUNCAN EVANS: Thoughts on Cormac McCarthy