Posts Tagged ‘About.com: Heavy Metal’

Album of the Day: Wolvhammer – Clawing Into Black Sun

Posted on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from About.com: Heavy Metal: Wolvhammer have operated under the mannerisms of black metal, the spirited attitude of punk, and the crushing spectacle of sludge metal. All of these styles blend and twist as a universal entity, neither one being more important than the other.

Clawing into Black Sun is not a deviation from this, though there’s definitely something different about the band. It’s not new members and it’s not a drastic sonic change, but the songwriting has a fervent nature that focuses things in ways not heard yet from this group.

Wolvhammer - Clawing Into Black Sun

Much of that can be tied to the opener and closer, which bookend the album with a slight melodic undertaking that may throw some people off. The movement between seething rage and restraint is at war on ‘The Silver Key’, a conflict that is won by the former. With low key vocals and a lengthy middle section of stripped-down harmonies, ‘A Light That Does Not Yield’ is the most luminous track on the album.

Though Wolvhammer toy with melody, there is room made for songs with less of a desire to be tuneful. The mid-tempo route ‘Slaves to the Grime’ takes trades in speed for sheer volume. ‘The Desanctification’ saves its eventual breakdown for the final few minutes, where the riffs really get gruesome. The punky charm of ‘In Reverence’ is a noteworthy, yet temporary, shift from the bleak atmosphere overwhelming this album. A short interlude in ‘Lethe’ yields a chilling enhancement to previously said atmosphere.

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Album of the Day: Lord Mantis – Death Mask

Posted on Sunday, June 29th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from About.com: Heavy Metal: Deranged and out for punishment, Lord Mantis are raging out torment on their third album, Death Mask. Though their career started off shaky with their debut Spawning The Nephilim, the sinister undertones of 2012′s Pervertor proved fruitful. Mashing doom, sludge, and black metal together […]

Album of the Day: Corrosion of Conformity – IX

Posted on Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Lovingly pinched from About.com: Heavy Metal: The long and storied history of crossover greats Corrosion Of Conformity continues with more twists and turns with the release of IX, the ninth (you guessed it) full-length from the band. After the release of In The Arms Of God in 2005, Corrosion Of […]

Album of the Day: EyeHateGod – S/T

Posted on Monday, May 26th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from About.com: Heavy Metal: In the annals of “pissed off” metal, few come close to EyeHateGod. And, they’ve good reason to be. Never you mind all of the travails that this band and its various members have gone through over the years: the endless battles with addiction, personal […]

Album of the Day: Morbus Chron – Sweven

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 […]

Album of the Day: Corrections House – Last City Zero

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 […]

Album of the day: In Solitude – Sister

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 […]

Album of the day: A Storm Of Light – Nations To Flames

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 […]

Album of the day: Trouble – The Distortion Field

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 […]

Album of the day: Mouth Of The Architect – Dawning

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 […]

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