Posts Tagged ‘About.com: Heavy Metal’
Posted on Friday, February 28th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from About.com: Heavy Metal: Morbus Chron’s sophomore album Sweven sounds like it came from a completely different band than the one that wrote Sleepers In The Rift. Thing is, there hasn’t been a radical lineup change; the same guys that did that album composed this one. Almost nothing from Sleepers In The Rift is transitioned over to Sweven.
What once was crusty and raw is now spacey and a tad progressive, with traditional death metal as its foundation. No one could have predicted this from Morbus Chron, and that’s what makes this album so remarkable. The band could have written more grotesque jams in the vein of their first full-length and gotten a positive response, but Sweven is a true evolutionary step for the Swedish foursome.
The production is much more natural to suit the cleaner tones the guitars use for extended outros, like the brilliant jam at the end of ‘Towards a Dark Sky’. Fully formed instrumentals ‘Berceuse’ and ‘Solace’ also benefit from more subdued guitar playing.
Though much of the album works within the confines of airy sound pieces, the primitive side of the band jumps out just as much. The vocals are put to the side often, as dirty-sounding riffs drive the roaring ‘Aurora in the Offing’ and the death / doom throwback ‘Terminus’.
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Posted on Thursday, November 7th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from About.com: Heavy Metal: Few words frighten metal fans more than “supergroup” and “experimental.” Supergroups fall flat on their faces quite often, and in general we resist change. Which brings us to Corrections House, a band that combines both terms as an experimental supergroup. Consisting of Mike IX […]
Posted on Sunday, November 3rd, 2013
Lovingly pinched from About.com: Heavy Metal: Sweden’s In Solitude capitalize upon the visibility generated by their opening slot on the 2012 Decibel Magazine Tour with the release of their third album, Sister. In Solitude made a name for themselves with their first two albums by treading the nether regions of […]
Posted on Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from About.com: Heavy Metal: Perhaps A Storm of Light mastermind Josh Graham is best known as the former visual artist for Neurosis, but the multi-talented Graham has now turned his focus exclusively to ASOL. Graham has taken everything he’s learned from previous experience and joined forces once again with […]
Posted on Thursday, July 18th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from About.com: Heavy Metal: Classic legends of melodic doom metal, Chicago’s Trouble return after a six year absence with The Distortion Field. Only their second album released since 1995, it shows a few changes in the band’s lineup with Kyle Thomas of Exhorder fame (amongst others) once again […]
Posted on Tuesday, July 16th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from About.com: Heavy Metal: Few bands can pull off the balance between the cavernous and the cathartic as well as Neurosis, but Ohio natives Mouth of the Architect have been doing a pretty bang-up job of it ever since they first debuted with Time & Withering back in […]
Posted on Sunday, June 30th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from About.com: Heavy Metal: Oakland’s Autopsy return with a new full-length The Headless Ritual, the second such album since they returned from a long hiatus. One of the true progenitors of gore laced death metal, Autopsy also inject a great deal of crushing doom into their assault as […]
Posted on Wednesday, June 19th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from About.com: Heavy Metal: High On Fire‘s Spitting Fire Live Vols. 1 & 2 is not a secretly re-recorded and overdubbed idealization of what the band hopes it sounds like live. They are glorious bootlegs. Spitting Fire Live Vols. 1 & 2 consist of two different shows recorded […]
Posted on Thursday, March 21st, 2013
Lovingly pinched from About.com: Heavy Metal: Intronaut’s hometown Los Angeles area is a gargantuan stew pot of 14 million people. In this boiling mass, 10 million people play in 20 million bands. Most inevitably drown in the stew. Every so often, a great band like Intronaut rises up from the […]
Posted on Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from About.com: Heavy Metal: Orange Goblin’s first ever live album, A Eulogy For The Fans: Orange Goblin Live 2012, opens up appropriately enough with vocalist Ben Ward barking into his microphone over the rumbling of rager ‘Red Tide Rising:’ “How are you doing Bloodstock? We’re Orange f—ing Goblin, […]