Archive for September, 2014

Album of the Day: Snailking – Storm

Posted on Monday, September 29th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Metal Injection: Watching a time lapse videos of say, a building being constructed or something going through the various stages of decomposition, is plenty interesting. The video might be a little bit on the long side, but you know everything you’re watching is slowly working toward some grand finale in its various stages and.

Plus, if the video were to be dissected into separate frames, each component would be worth staying on for a little bit because it’s something slightly different and new while staying topical. What I’m getting at here is a slow-moving piece of art that goes from Point A to Point B without straying from the task at hand can be amazing if it’s done right.

Snailking has done exactly that with Storm. What?

Snailking - Storm

With the shortest song clocking in at about six-and-a-half minutes and the longest clocking in at about seventeen, at first glance it might seem like Snailking are just going with the whole “power of the riff” mentality and filling the sonic space with noise labeled as substance, rather than substance labeled honestly. Instead, the band takes the time lapse video approach to their music: start off with a riff or object and slowly mutate and contort it until it reaches what it should be while maintaining the essence of the starting point.

It’s a weird analogy to make, but that’s the way Storm comes off to me. Even the longest song on the album, ‘Requiem’, is purely hypnotic in the way it transforms from riff to riff to the point where you’re not even aware seventeen minutes just snuck quietly by you.

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Album of the Day: Electric Wizard – Time To Die

Posted on Sunday, September 28th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Heavy Metal: It’s been four years since the mighty Electric Wizard brewed up a full-length album in Black Masses. As the Wiz’s devoted fan base awaited their return in the form of new album Time to Die, the band itself took on a different form. Jus […]

Album of the Day: Winterfylleth – The Divination Of Antiquity

Posted on Saturday, September 27th, 2014

Lovingly pinchd from Echoes And Dust: Winterfylleth are a very interesting proposition, and first introduced themselves with an incredible album called Ghosts of Heritage, which truly was a thing of wonder, with lyrical content that was based and seemingly more than keen on the middle ages history – or more […]

Album of the Day: Botanist VI – Flora

Posted on Friday, September 26th, 2014

Praise for Botanist VI‘s Flora from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Another mysterious missive from the verdant realm, which can only mean one thing, the return of Botanist , our local eco-terrorist drum and dulcimer black metal band, who in fact, have actually expanded into a proper band, and have been […]

Album of the Day: My Brother The Wind – Once There Was A Time When Time And Space Were One

Posted on Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Sea of Tranquility: Once There Was A Time When Time And Space Were One is the third release from Swedish instrumental outfit My Brother the Wind, now coming out via Free Electric Sound, the instrumental division of The Laser’s Edge roster of artists. All I can say […]

Album of the Day: Death Penalty – S/T

Posted on Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: He’s blessed us with the classics – Forest Of Equilibrium, The Ethereal Mirror, The Carnival Bizarre, Endtyme – the list goes on; as the main songwriter and penultimate “riff-finder general” for legendary doom outfit Cathedral, the name Gaz Jennings has been synonymous with skull […]

Album of the Day: Yob – Clearing The Path To Ascend

Posted on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: It’s been a long, hard road for Yob, an uphill journey beset with obstacles – the first lineup of the band breaking up, subsequent legal issues around mainman Mike Scheidt’s interrim band Middian and Scheidt’s own struggles with his personal demons – but ever […]