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Album of the Day: Woods of Desolation – As The Stars

Posted on Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: Known as D., the musician behind Woods of Desolation has been a prolific member of the Australian metal community for years, gaining notoriety for two now discontinued projects, Forest Mysticism and Grey Waters (with Tim Yatras of Germ). Woods of Desolation’s catalog serves as a logical bridge between the rawer, stripped-down black metal of Forest Mysticism and the atmospheric bummer rock tendencies of Grey Waters —the latter’s influence is given a place of honor on As the Stars.

Woods of Desolation - As The Stars

While the band’s always embraced black metal’s melodic potential, the shift from depressive black metal toward something brighter and more refined has been underway for years. The sophomore album, 2011’s Torn Beyond Reason, toyed with shoegaze, and now this third album rocks far more than it rages. That said, As the Stars is still wonderfully atmospheric and melancholy in the deepest of ways.

While Woods of Desolation is ostensibly a one-man operation, D. has a history of collaboration. This album was created with the help of several musicians, including Ukrainian drummer Vlad (Drudkh), and fellow Aussies bassist Luke Mills (Nazxul, Pestilential Shadows) and vocalist Old of Drohtnung, which left D. free to concentrate on those sublime ringing guitar tones that drive the album forward and upward. Post rock’s trademark tremulous builds and joyous crashing crescendos make up a huge part of the seven compositions, lending a triumphal feel to the overarching despair.

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Album of the Day: Big Business – Battlefields Forever

Posted on Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: Unless you’re a devotee of the Seattle heavy rock/light metal trio Big Business, you’ve probably never heard of Gold Metal Records, the label behind the release of their excellent fourth album Battlefields Forever. The record, after all, is GM003, or the imprint’s third title. It follows […]

Album of the Day: Russian Circles – Memorial

Posted on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: It’s impressive what Russian Circles can do with a basic guitar, bass, and drum setup. There are plenty of metal-leaning instrumental bands who dial up big climaxes, but you’d be hard-pressed to find one that creates such an array of textures and emotions with so little. […]

Album of the day: SubRosa – More Constant Than the Gods

Posted on Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: ‘Fat of the Ram’ —the pugnacious and swirling fourth track on the new album from fascinating Salt Lake City doom metal band SubRosa—is a folk song. Never mind the weighty guitars that hang like thick shadows or the forceful drums that punch through them. Forget the […]

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 […]

Album of the Day: Chelsea Wolfe – Pain Is Beauty

Posted on Friday, September 6th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: The slightest decision can haunt an artist. This much is true of Chelsea Wolfe, an L.A. singer-songwriter whose records have synthesized doom folk, wasteland noise, and noirish experimentation. Wolfe‘s 2010 cover of ‘Black Spell of Destruction’ by black metal outfit Burzum may follow her forever. Her […]

Album of the Day: Lustmord – The Word As Power

Posted on Sunday, August 18th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: Here’s a decidedly old-fashioned request: Listen to The Word as Power, the first-ever vocal-oriented album from dark ambient pioneer Lustmord, multiple times in short succession, as though it’s the only new album you’ll hear all month, or at least all week. Don’t just listen to it […]

Album of the Day: Yellow Eyes – Hammer of Night

Posted on Friday, August 9th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: Remember back when “Brooklyn black metal” was a slur, serving as a snide dismissal of any number of the Big Apple’s rotten exports? That niggling image of smug gentrifiers with combo amps and spanking new Burzum shirts captured the collective metal imagination several years back, buoyed […]

Album of the Day: Morne – Shadows

Posted on Sunday, August 4th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: Boston quartet Morne has, to date, used its discography like a very public workshop. The band spent the first several years of its existence constructing an elaborate and involved monument of their metallic interests. Their debut, 2009’s Untold Wait, swiveled from lumbering stomp to swooping strings, […]

Album of the Day: Wrekmeister Harmonies – You’ve Always Meant So Much to Me

Posted on Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: Who will lay claim to You’ve Always Meant So Much to Me, the second proper album from Chicago sound art project Wrekmeister Harmonies? During its sole, 38-minute track, the dozen-member ensemble led by J.R. Robinson builds from asymptotic silence into space-age electroacoustic drone, and from browbeating […]

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