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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 of songwriting mettle on their debut album, Out of the Garden.

On it, they pay fervent tribute to early Candlemass and Dio-era Black Sabbath, and already show more personality than many bands who’ve been trying to do this sound for a much longer time.

Crypt Sermon - Out of the Garden

Interestingly, the first three songs on Garden almost follow the trajectory of Epicus Doomicus Metallicus, Candlemass’ first album from 1986. ‘Temple Doors’ is Garden’s Solitude, a lumbering stomp with a slight thrash bent. Doors‘s opening interlude isn’t as iconic as “please let me die in solituuuuuuuude,” but it sets the song’s tone. ‘Heavy Riders’ boasts similarities to ‘Demons Gate’ in that they’re both the meaner, more confident second tracks. What sets ‘Riders’ apart is its biker-like swagger, American toughness to contrast their European influences’ more

Gothic sensibilities. After a moodier opening track, you need a ripper like ‘Riders’ to get momentum going, and it succeeds, with guitarists Steve Jansson and James Lipczynski conjuring up Black Sabbath ‘Neon Knights’ rhythms. ‘Byzantium’ takes pages from Metallicus‘s ‘Crystal Ball’, especially in the high-tension, high-drama opening leads.

While they only last for the introduction, they color the rest of the song, with Jansson and Lipczynski’s trod carrying a more ominous weight. This shift is how subtlety best manifests itself in metal: not by deliberate understating, but by smart songwriting that keeps the album’s vibe intact while giving each song its own character.

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Album of the day: The Body / Thou – You, Whom I Have Always Hated

Posted on Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: The Body and Thou must get bored easily. During the last decade, both of these delirious doom metal squads have issued records at startling clips, the pace sometimes so speedy it’s as if they’re desperate to outrun the doomsdays of which they so often yell. Apart […]

Album of the Day: Ascension – The Dead of the World

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 […]

Album of the Day: Anatomy of Habit – Ciphers + Axioms

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! […]

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 […]

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 […]

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