Posts Tagged ‘Album of the day’
Posted on Wednesday, January 21st, 2015
Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: When I saw the German black metal band Ascension at Maryland Deathfest in 2013, they were among the most memorable acts, largely because it was hard to know what to make of them. After being battered with a weekend of booze and an especially pulverizing set from the war metal group Revenge, their performance took on semi-psychedelic qualities.
Their identities remain unknown, which is not all that unusual for a black metal group, but their singer was unmistakable, resembling a zombified ’70s John McLaughlin with longer hair and a creepier disposition. Ascension played as if they were not only trying to lift the crowd out of Sunday sloth, but also trying to redeem them in a blackened fashion. That they played under a white tent only added to the black metal revival vibe. Even if they weren’t consciously trying to be weird, it was one of the strangest performances of the fest that year.
Ascension‘s actual work isn’t quite that trippy. Their 2010 debut full-length Consolamentum was an interesting hybrid of black metal, noise, and spindly guitar work; for a young group, they showed plenty of ambition. With The Dead of the World, Ascension have cut back on some of the more far-flung aspects of their debut in favor of a more streamlined sound, building on an early 2000s Swedish black metal approach pioneered by Watain and Ofermod. This focus favors them in some ways, but they’re still holding themselves back from making a real impact.
‘Deathless Light’ was released as a single in October, and it is easily the strongest song on the record. That opening salvo is where they embrace their black metal roots the most, trance-like and utterly destructive all at once. Drums lull and pulsate; guitars twist in spiky knots without becoming needlessly complex. All of this is Ascension taking their name seriously: this is music for a one-way cannon shot to a higher plane.
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Posted on Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
Praise for Fogg‘s Death from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Folks hankering for their seventies psychedelic biker doom fix need look no further than these Texas downer rock scuzzlords, who it seems took all the time and effort they DIDN’T put in to the cover art of this lp, and instead […]
Posted on Monday, January 19th, 2015
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Ladies and gentlemen we are very definitely floating in space here. From the slow feedback oscillation and filthy bass of instrumental opener ‘I.V.E. I – Circumambulating Mount Meru’ through to the final race to the cosmic finish line at the end of ‘Triads And […]
Posted on Thursday, January 15th, 2015
Lovingly pinched from Dangerdog Music Reviews: One thing to say about the strength and tradition of classic heavy metal is that it’s presence is largely, and happily, indefatigable. Keeping that spirit alive is Bay Area metal retro-men Space Vacation on their latest album Cosmic Vanguard. This is total 1983 deja vu […]
Posted on Wednesday, January 14th, 2015
Lovingly pinched from Ave Noctum: Interestingly this debut release from Swiss instrumental post metallers Corbeaux has been mastered by Magnus Lindberg (Cult Of Luna) and that name drop gives you an inkling of where this band resides musically. It’d be unfair to say that the band covets what Cult Of […]
Posted on Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
Lovingly pinched from Metal Bandcamp: Botanist‘s third full length, Doom in Bloom, included a second disc called Allies, featuring collaborations with other musicians. Those songs stood in stark contrast with Otrebor‘s usual one-man, blackened hammered-dulcimer show. One of those songs, ‘Nymphaea Caerulea’, was with an immensely talented woman going by […]
Posted on Monday, January 12th, 2015
Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: For the noise musician Mark Solotroff, Ciphers + Axioms ends in very familiar territory. For eight minutes, amplifiers and instruments scream the sort of feedback, static, and clipped tones that are endemic both to his caterwauling power-electronics band Bloodyminded and his long-running extreme experimental imprint, Bloodlust! […]
Posted on Friday, January 9th, 2015
Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: The story gets kind of complicated, so stick with me. In 2010, then-Iowa-based psych / prog five-piece Mondo Drag released their Alive Naturalsound debut, New Rituals (review here), which was full of ’70s-style lysergic serenity, open spaced guitars and heady vibes. It was, in short, […]
Posted on Thursday, January 8th, 2015
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Turku, Finland’s Mansion have been consistently impressing listeners with their highly polished, Kartanoism themed, doom rock since their debut single We Shall Live was released in February 2013. The We Shall Live EP followed in June 2013, and the slightly more upbeat The Mansion […]
Posted on Wednesday, January 7th, 2015
Lovingly pinched from Meat Mead Metal: Darkher is a project that is an intriguing, haunting trip through the mind and artistic spirit of Jayn H. Wissenberg. The West Yorkshire-based artist offered up her debut EP The Kingdom Field late last year in Prophecy Production, and it’s an effort that should […]