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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 avant-garde sonics and incendiary live performances, Dälek are back and show absolutely no sign of retreating onto well trodden paths or resting on laurels.

Over its seven tracks Asphalt For Eden weighs down heavily on the shoulders of the listener. It is a sonic slab of musique concrete that pummels and warps but without loosing any melodic sensibilities making for an intoxicating listen. A clarion call to arms the lyrical themes on this album are made plain with track titles such as ‘Guaranteed Struggle’, ‘Control’, ‘Critical’, and ‘Shattered’ but without resorting to lazy sloganeering.

dalek - asphalt for eden

MC Dälek’s flo throughout is measured and on point, sometimes slow and measured other times quicker and full of rage with each target of his ire getting shot right between the eyes with pinpoint precision. It is a testament to the production on the album that even though the vocals are deep in the mix they can be heard clearly when needed to and submerged into the darkness when the time calls.

Make no mistake, this is a heavy listen with the brooding menace of ‘Guaranteed Struggle’ and ‘Masked Laughter (Nothing’s Left)’ being the choice cuts here however if you were to strip away all the dense layering of feedback and swirling majesty you fill find the heart of a classic blues album especially on the latter which manages to mix Sun O))) with Leadbelly creating a most modern, stinging love song.

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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 About.com: 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 […]

Album of the Day: Morne – Shadows

Posted on Sunday, August 4th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: Boston quartet Morne has, to date, used its discography like a very public workshop. The band spent the first several years of its existence constructing an elaborate and involved monument of their metallic interests. Their debut, 2009’s Untold Wait, swiveled from lumbering stomp to swooping strings, […]

Album of the Day: Man’s Gin – Rebellion Hymns

Posted on Sunday, July 28th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from SputnikMusic: Colorado native Erik Wunder proves perfectly capable of expressing himself in various musical settings. Aside from the noisy black metal of the highly esteemed Cobalt albums, Wunder also revels in dark Americana of the highest caliber. The first record he released under the Man’s Gin moniker […]