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Album of the day: Big Business – Command Your Weather

Posted on Monday, August 15th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: Save some late-career marketing miracle, the loud-and-proud duo Big Business will forever be billed as a metal band, bound to inherently intractable tags such as sludge, doom, or stoner. In many respects, drummer Coady Willis and guitarist Jared Warren have asked for it: They issued their earliest records on the boundary-testing metal bastion Hydra Head.

BB - Command Your Weather

Not long after becoming Big Business, Willis and Warren also became active members of the Melvins, an outlandish metal institution with decades of international influence and a die-hard cult of converts. And their music has always been heavy, what with Warren’s burly tone, Willis’ busy drumming, and surly harmonies that sometimes suggest a peculiar folk-rock band on an unexpected hair-metal kick.

But even more than its devilishly deviant predecessors, Command Your Weather Big Business’ fifth album, second since Hydra Head essentially crumbled, and first as a basic duo since their debut— evades heavy metal’s stylistic stronghold. Instead, it confirms anew that Big Business remain a band without comfortable genre quarters, as indebted to power pop and psychedelic rock as they to sludge or stoner metal.

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Album of the Day: Panopticon – Revisions of the Past

Posted on Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: Panopticon, the solo vehicle of Minnesota-via-Kentucky black metal musician Austin Lunn, has created an identity for himself by never sticking to one template or root influence in his work. As of late, he’s fashioned himself to the closest thing America will get to mid-period Bathory, where […]

Album of the Day: Russian Circles – Guidance

Posted on Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: For five albums now, the Chicago-based trio Russian Circles have made great use of post-rock most familiar’s dynamic tricks—loud and quiet; stop and start, swell and subside. But they’ve never had qualms about splicing elements of everything from metal and noise-rock to krautrock and post-hardcore into […]

Album of the Day: Wreck and Reference – Indifferent Rivers Romance End

Posted on Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: Want, the previous record from California duo Wreck and Reference, was a metal record at war with metal’s allergies to adaptation. Felix Skinner’s sampler and Ignat Frege’s drumming made bare piano as sharp as any HM-2-blasted riff, and Skinner weaponized existential dread with his commanding vocal […]

Album of the Day: Cobalt – Slow Forever

Posted on Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: When do you last remember a respected band replacing a lead singer and actually getting better? This is the central anomaly of the brilliant and brave Slow Forever, the first album in seven years from the reborn metal duo Cobalt. For a decade, Cobalt made mad, […]

Album of the Day: Dead to a Dying World – Litany

Posted on Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: For a moment, you think that the onslaught is over, that after eight minutes of dramatic strings and overdriven guitars, punishing drums and punished vocals, the big Texas metal band Dead to a Dying World will at last offer a respite.  After all, they’ve already detailed […]

Album of the day: Chelsea Wolfe – Abyss

Posted on Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: When people talk about Chelsea Wolfe, they’ll often mention that the Los Angeles musician covered the controversial Norwegian black metal artist Burzum‘s ‘Black Spell of Destruction’ a few years ago, and that though she plays folk music she counts plenty of metalheads among her fans, including […]

Album of the Day: Ecstatic Vision – Sonic Praise

Posted on Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: Ecstatic Vision want to get you high. On the band’s five-song and very fun debut LP, Sonic Praise, the three Philadelphia bros holler about an “astral plane where our herb will suffice,” urge their audience to forego homes and bosses for a trip “through the astral […]

Album of the Day: Tribulation – The Children of the Night

Posted on Friday, May 29th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: The Children of the Night, the glorious third album from Swedish metal charmers Tribulation, begins with an invitation. A backdrop of cello, church organ and piano gives way to a midtempo full-band rumble, and then Johannes Andersson grunts like a mad old man curling a finger […]

Album of the Day: Crypt Sermon – Out of the Garden

Posted on Monday, March 9th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: If you’re a newer band playing a classic form of metal, you need to be concerned with songwriting. With such a strong history behind you, putting together songs worth playing twice is more important than preserving vibes. Philadelphia doom quintet Crypt Sermon prove they’ve got plenty […]