Posts Tagged ‘ Heavy Metal’

Album of the Day: Panopticon – Roads To The North

Posted on Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Lovingly pinced from Heavy Metal: Austin Lunn has always maintained a visionary take on black metal with his Panopticon project. The last few albums have seen him perfect the combination of a folksy atmosphere with the jagged fury of raw black metal. That pairing is further experimented on during the band’s fifth album Roads to the North. Though not as outgoing as Kentucky was with its covers of traditional folk tunes, the integration of Lunn’s melodic side is just as profound.

Panopticon - Roads To The North

Like every Panopticon release, Lunn handles most of the instrumental work. This doesn’t just include the guitar, bass, and drums, but also the banjo, mandolin, and even a Native American flute.

A few guest vocalists, plus the return of violinist Johan Becker, accentuate the music. Having this much control proves to be a defining method to the album’s success, as every note leads to something monumental. Sometimes it takes a few minutes to reach that plateau, while some songs hit it instantaneously.

There will be attention given to the three-parter ‘The Long Road’, which together takes up almost 24 minutes. Starting out with the acoustic-only ‘One Last Fire’, which is the closest thing the album gets to a sound akin to ‘Bernheim Forest in Spring’ from Kentucky, the trilogy spreads out to include a euphoric sense of mystery in ‘Capricious Miles’ and an edgy riff that trades in dissonance for tuneful attributes in the last part.

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Album of the Day: Wolvhammer – Clawing Into Black Sun

Posted on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from 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 […]

Album of the Day: Lord Mantis – Death Mask

Posted on Sunday, June 29th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 […]