Archive for July, 2016

Album of the Day: A.M.S.G. – Hostis Universi Generis

Posted on Friday, July 29th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Meat Mead Metal: Most people generally don’t think of spirituality when it comes to heavy metal, and that’s with good reason. Just about all Christian bands are not very good at all (Stryper is the lone great one, and don’t you fucking argue with me), and much of the orthodox metal for the dark side often is well shrouded and wouldn’t seem very explicit to someone not in the know.

A.M.S.G. - Hostis Universi Generis

But you have your exceptions, such as with Canadian black metal destroyers A.M.S.G., who have returned with their punishing second record Hostis Universi Generis, about to land like a fireball from Profound Lore Records (they also brought you their 2013 full-length debut Anti-Cosmic Tyranny). This band and this album immerse themselves in absolute darkness and worship of death, and they do so in a bizarre and twisted way that could chill your cells.

The band’s name stands for Ad Majorem Satanae Gloriam (For the Greater Glory of Satan), so they’re not just putting up scary imagery and selling you records based on a marketing scheme. It does go beyond this, as the band seeks to achieve higher levels of consciousness and revels in cosmic power, but it all blends together very well.

This band lives this way, and the more you read about the groups and scan interviews with leader Angelfukk Witchhammer, they don’t sound like people you necessarily want to hang out with. And I’m pretty sure they’d have it no other way.

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Album of the Day: Radio Moscow – Live In California

Posted on Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Echoes And Dust: It must have been one hot night in California when San Diego heavy psych veterans Radio Moscow rolled into town. Full of smoking riffs and barking vocals, the years since Hendrix last laid waste to Monterey were rolled back and the spirit of ‘69 […]

Album of the Day: Causa Sui – Return To Sky

Posted on Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: It may be in part because it’s so steadfastly instrumental that Danish four-piece Causa Sui‘s output hits with such an evocative effect on the listener. The material, as on Return to Sky, the band’s latest and upwards of ninth full-length, depending on what you count […]

Album of the Day: Wreck and Reference – Indifferent Rivers Romance End

Posted on Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: Want, the previous record from California duo Wreck and Reference, was a metal record at war with metal’s allergies to adaptation. Felix Skinner’s sampler and Ignat Frege’s drumming made bare piano as sharp as any HM-2-blasted riff, and Skinner weaponized existential dread with his commanding vocal […]

Album of the Day: Kayo Dot – Plastic House on Base of Sky

Posted on Monday, July 25th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Echoes And Dust: I have to admit, I’ve sat on this review a while. A good while, in fact. The review copy dropped ino my inbox on the 9th of May and I thought that I’d have plenty of time to listen, absorb and ruminate. Followed, of […]

Album of the Day: LLNN – Loss

Posted on Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Lovingly pinched from The Sound Not The Word: It takes all of 35 seconds for Loss to force its way in to the centre of your attention. The desperate scream that marks the end of the introduction heralds the point where LLNN begin to show just what they mean by […]

Album of the Day: Sanford Parker – Lash Back

Posted on Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Lovingly pinched from The Monolith: Sanford Parker might sound a little bit like a midrange paper company, but the man has a huge musical pedigree; as well as being a member of Minsk, Corrections House and Buried at Sea, in a separate capacity he’s a stalwart producer. Having been on […]

Album of The Day: Harakiri For The Sky – III Trauma

Posted on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Ave Noctum: It’s been a couple of years since the last Harakiri For The Sky album and it’s fair to say from the evidence here that they’ve been honing their chosen craft into a fine art. What it is exactly about Harakiri For The Sky that makes […]

Album of the Day: Schammasch – Triangle

Posted on Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Dead Rhetoric: The question sometimes arises, how do you follow-up a double-album release? Well, in the case of Schammasch you dig even deeper and come back with a triple-album. The aptly named Triangle is no mere gimmick. Containing three varied albums (truly the only way to approach […]

Album of the Day: Hammers of Misfortune – Dead Revolution

Posted on Monday, July 18th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Meat Mead Metal: That’s a major reason I’ve always had a sloppy soft spot in my heart for Bay Area traditionalists Hammers of Misfortune. Their style shoots you way back to the ’70s and ’80s, when heavy metal really was starting to understand what it could be, […]