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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, warped dashes through black metal, summoning the spirit and language of hero Ernest Hemingway alongside the imagery and intensity of singer Phil McSorley’s stints in the U.S. Army. But without McSorley, Cobalt has opened its sound, fully embracing the blues, country, hardcore, and hard rock strains that have long been latent in its music. Slow Forever is as accessible as it is aggressive, with magnetic hooks, shout-along mantras, and sparkling riffs all anchoring this eighty-minute maelstrom. It is an electrifying, enthralling opus.

Cobalt - Slow Forever

Two years ago, it seemed Cobalt would never make another record. Half a decade had passed since the pair’s landmark Gin, when, in March 2014, McSorley announced he was out; a month later, he was back in, set to work on new material with childhood friend and Cobalt co-founder Erik Wunder. But in December of that year, McSorley took a series of brutally misogynistic, homophobic online shots at other bands. Wunder cut him loose.
In retrospect, it seems like serendipity, as Lord Mantis, Charlie Fell’s manic sludge band from Chicago, was publicly splitting at the seams, too. Wunder asked Fell “the only guy that came to mind when I thought about somebody who could replace Phil,” he has said—to enlist.

They spent the third quarter of 2015 reinventing Cobalt in a Colorado recording studio.Those fraught beginnings ripple through Slow Forever, where the songs stem from abject depravity, or from a mindset where nothing goes right and hope is only a useless four-letter word. Images of drug abuse, sexual frustration, emotional exhaustion, self-mutilation, wanton violence, and outright dejection flash by one by one, suggesting a Charles Bukowski biopic produced by David Cronenberg.

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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 […]

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 […]