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Album of the day: Teitanblood – Death

Posted on Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: Spanish duo Teitanblood have never cared much for niceties, preferring to lambast their hapless listeners with walls of horrific noise. Death, their second full-length is a bitter pill to swallow. Their sound is ugly and intense; it’s not all black metal, and though some of the more warped moments sound like someone’s left a copy of Incantation‘s Onward to Golgotha outside in acid rain, it’s not entirely death metal, either.

Teitanblood - Death

Instead, it’s a weaponized hybrid of the two genres, as the majority of the band’s guitar work remains an impenetrable mass, a near-constant stream of wild, squealing leads and solos come howling out from beneath the murk. Their technique illustrates just how much Teitanblood owes to thrash metal’s frantic ferocity. As has been his custom since the band’s inception in 2003 (save for their first demo, which featured current Proclamation guitarist Usurper of Eternal Condemnation and Inverted Crucifixion), NSK handles bass, guitar, and vocals. He’s had over a decade to perfect that balance, and it shows. There’s a cold-blooded method to his madness.

The powerful rhythm section is the weighty altar upon which Teitanblood consecrate their rituals. The drums never let up for a moment; J’s movements are so focused and intense that he often seems on the verge of spontaneous combustion. NSK carries the majority of the weight, but it must be noted that J’s heavy lifting fuels the album’s beating black heart.

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Album of the Day: Swans – To Be Kind

Posted on Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: Swans were hardly the first 1980s underground-rock fixtures to resurface in the new millennium, and they’re not the only ones who’ve resisted the nostalgic trappings of reunion tours to make a respectable showing as a rebooted recording act. But they are the rare band of their […]

Album of the Day: Oren Ambarchi, Stephen O’Malley and Randall Dunn – Shade Themes From Kairos

Posted on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: Yes, indeed, Shade Themes from Kairos includes a gorgeous metal-plated drone, the sort of 21-minute electric yogic saga you might expect from the triumvirate responsible for this five-track album. Though Stephen O’ Malley, Randall Dunn, and Oren Ambarchi have exhausting rosters of collaborations and contributions, their […]

Album of the Day: Agalloch – The Serpent & The Sphere

Posted on Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: For a band that’s spent the last 15 years gracefully and aggressively testing the limits of the sound that heavy metal makes, Portland’s Agalloch have committed very few errors. From 1999’s primitively produced but ambitiously built Pale Folklore to 2010’s arching and magnetic Marrow of the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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