Archive for July, 2012

Album of the day: Evoken – Atra Mors

Posted on Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Lovingly pinched from CVLT Nation: Upon regrettably missing Evoken’s recent performance at Martyrdoom Festival, I felt it was only appropriate to do an in-depth review of their latest full-length Atra Mors, distributed by Profound Lore Records and scheduled to be released on July 31st.

Upon the first few listens of Atra Mors, my impression towards this record gives off a very large amount of improvement and musical experimentation to leave listeners astounded and spellbinded into a state of sorrow and personal empowerment. Evoken have created a record that almost puts me beyond words, as it reminds me of the crushing, funeral doom endeavors of Mournful Congregation and also the somber, solo echoing guitar riffs stand out and tell stories of their own.

Atra Mors has successfully embedded a vivid distinction of human emotion into music, a very powerful doom metal record which immediately stands out and flows in a rhythmic pattern from one song unto another.

It starts off with the first track which is titled same as the album and prepares you for a journey towards a personal apocalyptic dreamland. It is a somber starting point which guides listeners into various chambers of one’s own haven of dreams and nightmares alike.

From this onward, song after song John Paradiso’s harsh vocals and somber guitar solos embark through various personal visions of times past those to be foretold, expressively as a personal ultimatum as well as the end of all things. All previous pessimistic parables channeled into these recordings and embedded into every structure of what Atra Mors stands for.

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Album of the day: Nachtmystium – Silencing Machine

Posted on Monday, July 30th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Heavy Metal: Nachtmystium mastermind Blake Judd knows his business. First, he understands black metal. Not just his early attempts at the primitive forms of the genre from Nachtmystium’s first couple of records, but with his understanding of how scathing music is to be constructed, and, yet, […]

Album of the day: Wicked Lady – Psychotic Overkill

Posted on Sunday, July 29th, 2012

Praise for Wicked Lady‘s Psychotic Overkil from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: As promised last list, here’s the second of the two volumes of collected wah-wah overload and heavy fuzz freakout from this legendary underground UK hard psych power trio, circa 1969-1972, who were doomy and proto-metallic, but also fairly melodic […]

Album of the day: shEver – Rituals

Posted on Saturday, July 28th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Having been in existence since the early Noughties, Switzerland’s shEver have produced several self released albums and put in a good account of themselves at the usual festivals like Roadburn and Doom Shall Rise before joining the Totalrust Music stable to release this year’s […]

Album of the day: Scott Kelly & The Road Home – The Forgiven Ghost in Me

Posted on Friday, July 27th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: The idea of putting The Forgiven Ghost in Me, the new mostly-solo outing from Scott Kelly, in any kind of proper context is ludicrous. It’s like trying to cover a mountain with a tarp. For the better part of 30 years, Kelly has stood alongside […]

Album of the day: Tempestuous Fall – The Stars Would Not Awake You

Posted on Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Lurker: A common pitfall of performing in a style closely linked to a specific time and place is that an overwhelming proportion of contemporary bands do their best to sound exactly like those sub-sub-sub-genre founders. But not Dis Pater, a wretched hermit from Brisbane, Australia, who busies […]

Album of the day: Ulaan Markhor – S/T

Posted on Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Praise for Ulaan Markhor‘ S/T from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Ulaan Markhor is the latest sonic incarnation of longtime aQ fave Steven R. Smith, who over the years has given us some amazing records, from projects and groups as varied as Thuja, Hala Strana and Ulaan Khol. Ulaan Markhor seems […]

Album of the day: Botanist III – Doom In Bloom / Allies

Posted on Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: I’m always drawn to the rampant individualists in music, those brave souls who go out on a limb and plough their own furrow regardless of outside pressures or whether or not what they do is considered ‘cool’ by others. They’re in it simply in […]

Album of the day: SWANS – The Seer

Posted on Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Lurker: There are a couple of clear messages in Michael Gira’s statements regarding The Seer and his ultimate goal with the band that also go hand in hand with the reasons behind their reunion two years ago. If one listens to the hectic, dense delivery of this […]

Monday Song: Deep Purple – You Fool No One

Posted on Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Every Monday morning we’ll post a kick-ass song to get your week going. (In remembrance of Jon Lord).