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Album of the Day: SubRosa – For This We Fought The Battle Of Ages

Posted on Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Echoes And Dust: SubRosa’s last release More Constant Than The Gods justifiably garnered itself a ton of attention in the metal universe and found its way onto many album of year lists for 2013. (Including mine!) So the scrutiny on their new release, For This We Fought The Battle Of Ages I would expect to be very high.

Fret not fans, in my opinion it exceeds expectations and polishes the strong vibrant sound SubRosa are known for, honing it into a more focused, potent and captivating, dynamic doom ride. Like More Constant Than The Gods, …Battle Of Ages has some very long tracks. On the new release four tracks clock in at over 10 minutes. SubRosa’s tracks are epic journeys through staggering emotional highs that transition into sudden raw abrasive lows that hit like an ethereal sonic slap to your soul.

SubRosa – For This We Fought The Battle Of Ages

The SubRosa journey is beauty then darkness, tranquillity then crushing, serenity fading into the ominous. If you enjoy riding turbulent musical waves then …Battle of Ages is a must. The album makes a clear effort made to expose the wonderful vocals of Rebecca Vernon, Sarah Pendleton and Kim Pack on …Battle of Ages. Their vocal harmonies and solos are lush and palpably enticing and often precede a contrasting descent into a murky metal foray.

SubRosa’s use of electric violin is a main factor in their unique sound. What impresses me about the e-violin is the many unnerving tones it creates and how profoundly it shapes SubRosa’s eerie unsettling sound. Throughout the album the unique mournful, serious inflections from the e-violins add a sombre character and venerable sophistication to their music. The contribution of the dual e-violin attack by Pendleton and Pack constantly warrants your attention.

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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, […]

Album of the Day: Dälek – Asphalt For Eden

Posted on Monday, June 13th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Louder Than War: So it has been seven years since Dälek’s last opus, Gutter Tactics. In that time the experimental hip-hop trio disbanded and then reformed with the new line up of MC Dälek, DJ rEK, and Mike Swarmobts. Hailed for their melding of hip-hop beats and […]

Album of the Day: Vanum – Realm Of Sacrifice

Posted on Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Praise for Vanum‘s Realm Of Sacrifice from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: To those bleak metal heathens whom dwelleth upon the white and winter mountaintops, take heed!!! Vanum is a brand new ongoing project from K. Morgen and M. Rekevics (of highly acclaimed black metallers Ash Borer and Fell Voices / […]

Album of the Day: Bell Witch – Four Phantoms

Posted on Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Praise for Bell Witch‘s Four Phantoms from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Lament ye doomsters!!! For a sorrowful judgment is cast down upon thee from the realms of mist strewn Seattle, courtesy of that mournful town’s most downcast constituents: Bell Witch! It’s hard to believe that this is only the second […]

Album of the Day: Witch Mountain – Mobile of Angels

Posted on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: Certainly the announcement that vocalist Uta Plotkin will leave Witch Mountain following their Fall US tour with Nik Turner’s Hawkwind places Mobile of Angels, the band’s fourth album overall and third with Plotkin fronting, into a different context. If nothing else, it lets lyrics longing […]

Album of the Day: Monarch – Sabbracadaver

Posted on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Meat Mead Metal: There are certain sounds and styles of music that can induce nightmares. You experience these sounds that are out of the ordinary, maybe even in conflict with your own psyche, and they can lead to you experiencing terrifying stories in your head while you […]

Album of the Day: Wolvhammer – Clawing Into Black Sun

Posted on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Heavy Metal: Wolvhammer have operated under the mannerisms of black metal, the spirited attitude of punk, and the crushing spectacle of sludge metal. All of these styles blend and twist as a universal entity, neither one being more important than the other. Clawing into Black Sun […]

Album of the Day: The Atlas Moth – The Old Believer

Posted on Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Heavy Blog Is Heavy: Three years after An Ache for the Distance, Chicago-based post-metal monsters The Atlas Moth return to bestow unto us The Old Believer, a 50-minute marathon across ten massive-sounding tracks. Having reached untold heights with their sophomore album, The Atlas Moth now turn to […]

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 […]