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Wolves in the Throne Room Thrice Woven
The return to darkness for the Cascadian black metal troupe out of Olympia, WA. Thrice Woven sees WITTR moving towards their roots instead of the electronic sounds they preferred on their last release Celestite, in 2014. In short it is very clear WITTR have not lost their touch or dulled in approaching atmopsheric black metal that makes heavy use of dark folky and ambient sounds. Blast beats, throaty ghost vocals, wavering clean backing accompaniments and rich guitars that make you want to drown into a sea of firs and pines. There is strength in the songwriting and flow of the album as the music alternates between walls of dark melancholic gu
Brockhampton Saturation
Simply put one of the best hip-hop records from end to end of 2017. Brockhampton do well covering all the bases from bangin' hype tracks like BUMP to slower, more emotive tracks like FACE and they fill in the space between with plenty of approachable hip hop, pop rap and alt. R&B feels. Many people seem to be set on drawing comparisons to other modern acts but Brockhampton's hip hop boy band description fits very well and as a whole the act just feels extremely fresh. This freshness is great with Kanye, Kendrick and Vince Staples releases dominating popular hip hop as of late. Brockhampton provides a nice contrast to these artists and their i
Progenie Terrestre Pura oltreLuna
A dense, atmospheric blend of proggy black metal with unique electronic elements resulting in a general futuristic, sci-fi moodscape that is ultimately brought down by shoddy production and repetitive vocals. The major strengths of this record lie in the atmosphere they pull off which is spacey, epic and gloomy. Between the music and the cover art the experience brings one into another dimension and the musicians provide a soundtrack to this. The synth does well in the mix and the overall sound has a deathy black metal feel. Also joining in on the fun are flutes, tribal drums and even a dubsteb section all of which work out well in this space
Carach Angren Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten
Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten is a fitting title for the musical package contained in Carach Angren's newest release. The album is first and foremost a symphonic horror story concept and secondarily black metal. Symphonic arrangements are present during the entire 41 minutes and overall the album sounds like a poor man's black metal version of a horror Christmas/holiday movie. Many of the main issues for this album revolve around the frontman. The approach to BM vocals is very dry and stale with hardly any variation. When the lyrics can be deciphered it is often hard to take any of them seriously and they are extremely literal. One momen
Acrimonious Eleven Dragons
Fast-paced and ominous black metal with 66 minutes of aggressive riffs that evoke a satanic, dark feeling reminiscent of BM from the days of old. Eleven Dragons on the surface is primarily black metal thanks to those guitars. Acrimonious is not trying to blend genres as so many do these days but deeper down there are hints of death metal. Right beside the guitars is one of the smoothest basses ever found on a black metal record. The basslines are just phenomenal at times. The album does run on a bit long but repeated listens are extremely rewarding thanks to the depth of the guitars, bass, drums and to a bit of a lesser extent the vocals. The
ostraca last
Passionate and chaotic Screamo that lives up to the name of the genre as the vocalist desperately shreds his throat cords apart for much of the 29 minute runtime. Ostraca are very convincing in their their mission on 'Last' but in the end the repetitive vocals and chaotic, meandering music do not leave all that many individual moments that standout. The album starts off loud and intense and this continues for the first three songs. The true standout here is 'Nausea,' a track that builds up incredibly slowly before exploding with gut wrenching screams for the latter portions. Beyond 'Nausea' the rest of the tracks are very similar and the pass
Oxbow Thin Black Duke
Thin Black Duke requires some patience but with time the cryptic, sombre mix of noisy/bluesy/artsy/symphonic/experimental rock becomes rather rewarding with a combo of strong musicianship and an intense performance by frontman Eugene Robinson. The most interesting part about Thin Black Duke is the juxtaposition and balanced blending of groovy bluesy rock and big orchestral arrangements all backing a manic, erratic vocalist. In the end the songwriting and album's flow are very strong without any reliance on a verse-chorus-verse structure. The album meanders around and the band does a great job creating ebbs and flows that feel very natural bac

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