Posts Tagged ‘black metal’

Album of the Day: The Howling Wind – Vortex

Posted on Saturday, September 7th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: By their very name, side projects entail second-class status. They’re not a musician’s main act, or, at the very least, they’re the other outlet that’s taking attention away from the reason we care about said musician in the first place. They’re a “project,” too, an experiment taken up with no certainty that the results will work or pay off or be worthy of elevating it to a “profession.” Side projects, though, often possess a clear raison d’etre– a musician isn’t getting everything they need from the mothership, so they start a new group to provide that opportunity.


There’s an idea behind the new band, then, a goal that’s approachable and often aided by their previous cumulative experience. The Howling Wind is the black metal side project of multi-instrumentalist Ryan Lipynsky and drummer Tim Call, respective East Coast and West Coast metal musicians with exhaustive résumés. During the last two decades, Lipynsky has cycled through a series of related acts, from the black metal benders Thralldom and the futuristic sludge crew Unearthly Trance to the newly slow and brutal Serpentine Path.

Thralldom’s best moments came when they treated black metal as a textural starting point and not a technical endgame, meaning Lipynsky has long worked for nearly 20 years in music that’s specialized in deliberate, tectonic quakes. Relatedly, Call seems to spend most of his time locked in distended doom epics; he toured as the drummer in Mournful Congregation earlier this year, plays with down-tuned Pacific Northwest outfit Shadow of the Torturer and powers the creeping majesty of Portland’s great, funereal Aldebaran.

But as the Howling Wind, they’ve made four albums of knotty, atavistic black metal that’s shaken off the tempo torpor of their other outfits. But that’s not to say that they treat the imprint of their other acts as anathema; in fact, Vortex, their latest and fourth, succeeds because it weaves the touchstones of their résumés into these eight tracks very occasionally but very well, too.

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Album of the day: The Ruins Of Beverast – Blood Vaults – The Blazing Gospel of Heinrich Kramer

Posted on Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Heavy Metal: The Ruins of Beverast have been an impressive one-man band since their wrenching Unlock the Shrine debut. Former Nagelfar drummer Alexander von Meilenwald has been stretching the limitations of black metal with much success, and he’s now gone four for four with Blood Vaults […]

Album of the day: Regarde Les Hommes Tomber – Regarde Les Hommes Tomber

Posted on Monday, June 17th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Infernal Masquerade Webzine: Rounding up our promo package from LADLO productions, today we have another exciting new outfit from France under the moniker Regarde Les Hommes Tomber. With their self-titled debut release, this band manages to blend elements of Neurosis and Amenra and create a very tight […]

Album of the day: Ash Borer – Ash Borer (CD)

Posted on Saturday, January 26th, 2013

Praise for Ash Borer‘s Self Titled from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Originally released as a super limited cassette on Psychic Violence in 2011, then a little later, on Pesanta Urfolk as a limited LP, and now finally, this killer collection of avant, droned out, post rock flecked, West Coast black […]

Album of the day: Blut Aus Nord – 777 – Cosmosophy

Posted on Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Metal Review: When news came out that blackened French masters Blut Aus Nord would be unleashing not one, not two, but a full trilogy of albums within a short time span, the skeptics immediately started crying foul that they couldn’t possibly have that much staggering material ready. […]

Album of the day: Krallice – Years Past Matter

Posted on Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: Don’t be surprised if, at least at first, the latest and best album by New York black metal reconstructers Krallice sounds like a blur. Though Years Past Matter is the band’s shortest record to date, it is also their most relentless and unforgiving, comprising six tracks of impossibly choreographed and […]

Album of the day: Ash Borer – Cold of Ages

Posted on Saturday, August 25th, 2012

Praise for Ash Borer‘s Cold Of Ages from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: A brand new record from Arcata black metallers Ash Borer, and more importantly, their first album with a title!  On Cold Of Ages, the band continue to hone their sound, still delivering their black buzz missives in the […]

Album of the day: Nihill – Verdonkermaan

Posted on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Metal Sucks: It’s impossible to mention Nihill without bringing up Dodecahedron. Well, no, it’s absolutely possible, but it’s harder now that the latter band have released one of the more fascinating and challenging metal albums of the year. The link between the two is Michiel Eikenaar, provider […]

Album of the day: Winterfylleth – The Threnody of Triumph

Posted on Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Lovingly pinched fromThisIsNotAScene: England’s Winterfylleth have slowly been making their distinct mark on the black metal world for around five years and somehow completely outdo themselves with each successive album release. 2010s The Mercian Sphere heralded a massive step up from their debut and their third full length The Threnody […]

Album of the day: Locrian – The Clearing/The Final Epoch

Posted on Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Heavy Metal: For the past eight years, prolific experimental / noise trio Locrian have been generating imaginative sounds and gaining ecstatic reviews for their multi-genre, atmospheric interfusions. The band’s first release for new label Relapse, The Clearing / The Final Epoch, is a CD re-release of […]

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