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Bang On A Can All-Stars In C
Bang on a Can try out Terry Riley's classic minimalist piece. It's an unsurprisingly skillful
reinterpretation using the 'Bang format.
Internazionale The Pale and the Colourful
Spooky ambient background beep boop synth hssshh. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [OUTER SPACE!]
Wolves in the Throne Room Thrice Woven
The tinny guitar tone doesn't fit the music and the production is really questionable in parts. There are times where riffs fall flat because they simply lack the oomph that a more natural sound would've given them, or the rhythm guitar is turned down low in the mix for no reason. While previous albums had really organic sound and full atmosphere, "Thrice Woven" just lacks that kind of depth. The album does help WitTR expand their sound a little bit (there are a few second wave-y/punk riffs, and spoken word sections by Steve Von Till), but its sound presentation unfortunately doesn't do it any favors.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Luciferian Towers
More solid post-rock interspersed with that noisey drone chamber classical ambient that I love. Godspeed have opened up their style a little bit on Luciferian Towers, opting for some actual instrumental harmonies and arguably more coherent drone sections. It's a little bit different, but nothing really unexpected.
Ultha Converging Sins
A bit too weighty and meandering, but hard-hitting when it wants to actually hit. Black metal.
Myrkur Mareridt
Myrkur is getting an idea of where she wants to be as an artist, as well as where her strengths currently lie. While "Mareridt" is still a slightly disorganized record, you can really feel how the pieces are starting to come together into an honestly cohesive and identifiable sound for the artist, despite this time sounding more like Enya-meets-Chelsea Wolfe, rather than Ulver. The clear homages to Wolfe do make this in parts feel a bit less original, but Myrkur more often than not put enough of their own spin on tracks like "Funeral" (which features Wolfe on vox) and "The Serpent" to still feel like their own. This is a good, all-around s
Havukruunu Kelle Surut Soi
I can only imagine that Quorthon would be proud of Havukruunu's continuing his legacy of epic viking metal. "Kelle Surut Soi" is epic pagan black metal with far more Bathory influence than one would typically expect of the style, which definitely helps set it apart from genre mainstays like Nokturnal Mortem and Moonsorrow. There are plenty of epic clean choruses, as well as bounding blasting black metal, with some notable thrash/early black metal riffs thrown in as well (thank you, Bathory). Easily one of the better black metal albums of the year.

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  • Wizard New WITTR production is fine, just really boring faster Burzum-esque stuff mixed with boring doomier passages. IMO they mastered it on Two Hunters and couldn't recapture the magic.
    September 21 09:48 AM
  • Xenophanes Hmm okay that's interesting. The art looked like a joke at first lol
    September 19 08:56 PM
  • Evokaphile bro sir dude friend man, Ultha is non-stop hard hitting. I wasn't thrilled first time I heard it but it grew on me HARD
    September 14 07:26 PM
  • mryrtmrnfoxxxy dam haha that's so cool lol
    September 11 09:59 PM
  • mryrtmrnfoxxxy dam. woulda been cool tho
    September 11 07:18 PM

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