Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Drottnar - Stratum

It's been a while since I posted something really complex and technical (especially in the Black Metal realm), but here it is.  Drottnar remind me very much of late-era Mayhem and Satyricon's most underrated Rebel Extravaganza.  It's ultra-modern Black Metal with musicianship seldom heard in the genre.  I feel obligated to inform you that Drottnar are a christian band.  Turn you off?  Too bad.  This band kills it.  And I'd rather listen to this than any of the shit Varg is farting out these days.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Inside Project - A History of Violence

What we have here is my favorite Hardcore album of the season.  This shit is tough-as-nails and packs enough surprises to keep the interest high.  There's just enough tasteful spits of blast beats and Death Metalish riffs to break up the mosh.  The production is nice too.  True, the lyrics are at times misogynistic, but I think most of you won't notice or care.  If you do care, feel free to skip it.  I mean, tough Metalcore like this is usually sketchy in some way or another.  It's good, but it ain't Posi-core.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Hell Theater - Reincarnation of Evil

Hello again!  Sorry for the long pause, but I've been hella stressed with the process of moving.  I'm getting more settled in now so I should be approaching the sad attempt at regularity that I'm known for.

So here's an album that I downloaded a couple weeks ago.  Hell Theater remind me a lot of Portrait (whom I posted a while ago).  There's a strong Mercyful Fate influence and an overall early 80's vibe.  They don't bring that vintage feel as well as Portrait does, but this is still a valiant effort.  They do, however, succeed in combining their Black, Speed, and Classic Metal influences into one cohesive whole.  In reality, those sub-genres really were not that different from each other 30 years ago.  The inherent cheesiness, aggression, and epic sensibility that Metal represents is well displayed here.

dude, I'm on the rag

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Lene Lovich - Stateless

An unusual post for me, but also totally run of the mill as far as my tastes go.  Lene Lovich is a true heroine in the Post-Punk, Proto-Goth, "crazy girl" scene of the late 70's.  I always thought of her as the American equivalent to Nina Hagen.  She may not have the classical chops of Nina, but she still has attitude and character for days.  The songs are simple yet strange with Lene's voice always as the focal point.  You really have to hear this to know what I'm talking about.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Konkeror - The Abysmal Horizons

Greetings, poglodytes.  I'm now transmitting from the "Rose City" Portland, Oregon (soon to be renamed "Bro's City").  That means that I'm now living in a place with an actual scene.  I might even start doing concert reviews, who knows?  

So anyway, there's this new record that I got on my computer and it's pretty good.  Konkeror play moderately melodic Death Metal and do so very well.  Their style is vaguely reminiscent of The Chasm and Necrophobic, yet more brutal and modern.  You might like it.