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Album of the Day: Zeal and Ardor – Devil Is Fine

Posted on Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Nine Circles: By now, chances are you’ve heard of New York’s Zeal and Ardor and if you’re anything like me you absolutely cannot get enough of second full length Devil Is Fine. It’s an amalgamation of so many different types of music — black metal, spirituals, hip hop, and bluesy folk — that on the surface shouldn’t work but it does and tremendously so. It’s a dark, satanic, and thoroughly engaging album and is a must for anyone looking for something far outside the standard lines of music.

Zeal and Ardor – Devil Is Fine

Zeal and Ardor is the creative outlet for Manual Gagneux and after one spin through this album it’s shocking that only one man is responsible. Indeed, one man bands have done some amazing things but here there is so much going on it’s hard to imagine one person tackling it all. Much like the way his 2014 self titled debut came out of left field, so does this one, but from even further out.

It’s so off the wall that the first spin was a complete shocker, but once it sank in my reaction was the same as the first time I heard King Dude. With the multitude of repeat plays that followed, the initial shock turned into elation over finding something so completely hypnotizing. Even though these two are totally separate artists they share the same dark and sinister feel.

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Album of the Day: Fange – Purge

Posted on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Echoes And Dust: Man, this is dark. Like buried-alive dark. Dark like you’re trapped in a box, with not even a sliver of light to provide respite. Guttural, tortured screams, blood-curdling, atonal guitars, a downtuned, feedback-drenched, gory cacophony… just the thing for a lazy summer afternoon. Put […]

Album of the Day: SubRosa – For This We Fought The Battle Of Ages

Posted on Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Echoes And Dust: SubRosa’s last release More Constant Than The Gods justifiably garnered itself a ton of attention in the metal universe and found its way onto many album of year lists for 2013. (Including mine!) So the scrutiny on their new release, For This We Fought […]

Album of the Day: Blues Funeral – The Search

Posted on Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: A fervent undercurrent of metal runs beneath the progressive atmospheres of The Search. It extends even to the liner notes of the CD, which not only contain the full lyrics, typed out clear with credits, but notes included for which of the two guitarists — Maurice […]

Album of the Day: Svvamp – Svvamp

Posted on Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Echoes and Dust: With their self-titled debut album, Svvamp have produced a sound that could slide straight in with the classic rock acts of the mid-70s. This is a vintage sound that still sounds good, and for those that enjoy that era of rock music it is […]

Album of the day: Big Business – Command Your Weather

Posted on Monday, August 15th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: Save some late-career marketing miracle, the loud-and-proud duo Big Business will forever be billed as a metal band, bound to inherently intractable tags such as sludge, doom, or stoner. In many respects, drummer Coady Willis and guitarist Jared Warren have asked for it: They issued their […]

Album of the Day: Tesa – GHOST

Posted on Friday, August 12th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Echoes And Dust: Tesa piqued my interest when I found out they’d been handpicked by Neurosis to be their tour support in August, and when I saw positive comparisons between them and the mighty Pelican. This coincided nicely with an opportunity to review their latest record, a […]

Album of The Day: Spirit Adrift – Chained To Oblivion

Posted on Thursday, August 11th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from New Noise Magazine: I’ve been waiting for what feels like an eternity for this first full-length release from Arizona’s Spirit Adrift. After hearing the man’s former work in Take Over and Destroy (TOAD) as well as the long defunct local act Queen Beast (yeah, I remember that […]

Album of the Day: Panopticon – Revisions of the Past

Posted on Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: Panopticon, the solo vehicle of Minnesota-via-Kentucky black metal musician Austin Lunn, has created an identity for himself by never sticking to one template or root influence in his work. As of late, he’s fashioned himself to the closest thing America will get to mid-period Bathory, where […]

Album of the Day: Darkher – Realms

Posted on Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Ave Noctum: We have been waiting patiently to be taken into Dark(h)er Realms with this debut album following on from sublime EP release The Kingdom Field in 2014. Luckily a couple of enchanting live performances at Doom Over London and with Ahab have bridged the gap between […]