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Album of the Day: The Poisoned Glass – 10 Swords

Posted on Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Louder Than War: Looming up out of the frozen wastes like a daemon General at the head a vast undead army comes The Poisoned Glass. With 10 Swords, doom metal veterans G. Stuart Dahlquist and Edgemont Martin, aka Edgy59 – both of whom cut their fangs in the legendary mould-breakers Burning Witch, then infected a panoply of projects with their scurrilous energy before recombining for this latest venture – have carved out an obsidian monolith of a record that is as shamelessly overpowering as it is original in its execution.

The Poisoned Glass - 10 Swords

Eschewing guitars and drums almost entirely for a set of compositions driven by Dahlquist’s immense bass and Martin’s sub-zero synth drones, with the latter’s sneering vocals injecting a suitably final note of despair, 10 Swords grabs from a sonic palette that ranges through early avant-garde electronica, proggy Giallo jams and John Carpenter’s 80s horror soundtracks as well as from heavy music of all persuasions. That it always stays firmly within the twisted branches of Metal’s charred family tree is testament to the focus and determination of its creators, who have transformed the limitations of their methodology into grim triumph.

That’s not to say The Poisoned Glass aren’t out on their own when it comes to taking the blowtorch to the Metal rulebook. Once upon a time it would have been almost treason to suggest chucking out the guitars to any band that hoped to identify with Metal in any of its forms, so integral are riffs and shredding are so integral to the genre. Yet outfits as diverse as Botanist’s hammered dulcimer and drum attack and the ongoing shapeshifting of Ulver – there are plenty more examples – have shown that you can meddle with the blueprint without losing credibility, and even evolve in the process

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Album of the day: Dylan Carlson & Coleman Grey – Falling With A Thousand Stars and Other Wonders From The House of Albion

Posted on Monday, June 27th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Echoed And Dust: Dylan Carlson’s new album is Falling with a Thousand Stars and Other Wonders from the House of Albion. Well, new…  it’s newly released, but old in the tale of its own lengthy crowdfunding history, and old too in the folk resonances of the songs […]

Album of the Day: Bossk – Audio Noir

Posted on Friday, June 24th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Echoes And Dust: I’ve known about Bossk for some years now, having collected their initial forays into recorded output back in 2007. If I recall correctly, I was just starting to explore (mostly) instrumental bands beyond Mogwai and Explosions In The Sky. The gateway to Bossk was […]

Album of the Day: Terra Tenebrosa – The Reverses

Posted on Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

Lovingly pinched from CVLT Nation: Back in 1997, a tour was announced that would forever change the way my then-eighteen-year-old self thought about music. Much could be (and was) said about the awe-inspiring coalition of Entombed and Neurosis, yet it was the off-kilter, crushing darkness of opening band Breach that […]

Album of the Day: Arctic – S/T

Posted on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Ave Noctum: Californian stoner riff worshippers, Arctic have just landed their self-titled debut after a number of years touring.  Taking their cue from classic names such as Blue Cheer, Black Sabbath, Sleep and Jimi Hendrix, they’ve served up a slab of fuzz laden, effects drenched, head banging […]

Album of the Day: Swans – The Glowing Man

Posted on Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Slant Magazine: Ever since Michael Gira reunited his band for 2010‘s My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky, his work as Swans has tended toward increasingly baroque expressions, compounding unvarnished drone minimalism into dizzying configurations. Symphonic in scope, these albums have built on […]

Album of the Day: Nails – You Will Never Be One of Us

Posted on Monday, June 20th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Treble Zine: You’re unlikely to read anything about Oxnard hardcore brutes Nails without seeing repeated use of the word “extreme.” And it’s warranted. Nails are, indeed, an extreme bunch, prone to fits of unbridled rage and teeth-gnashing menace. It’s a complex sort of extremeness though—while every track […]

Album of the day: Wode – Wode

Posted on Friday, June 17th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Echoes And Dust: It’s hard for a label like Broken Limbs Recordings to exceed expectations, especially since I’ve come to expect great releases from them, but Wode may just be the best album they’ve ever released. It literally blew me away, and that’s not an easy feat […]

Album of the Day: West, Space & Love – Vol. II

Posted on Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: A few years ago, in the always-curious and amorphous orbit of Denmark’s Øresund Space Collective there appeared lifesigns from an entity known as West, Space & Love. Further investigation revealed an album of improvised, richly organic space rock, pared down from some of the expansive […]

Album of the Day: Pando – Negligible Senescence

Posted on Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Do you remember the first time you listened to Earth, or at least Sunn O))), if that’s where you started your droning expeditions? Or the first time that Pyramids debut assaulted and caressed your ears at the same time? Or all the other first times you listened to music that […]