Posts Tagged ‘Roadburn’

Album of the Day: Inter Arma – The Paradise Gallows

Posted on Friday, July 1st, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Heavy Blog Is Heavy: Part of what makes metal – slower metal, in particular – such a compelling force to investigate within today’s experimentation-driven musical landscape is that when a band tends to go for a longer record, a coupling of sounds must occur.

That is to say, abrasion on its own is no longer (nor has it ever been, really) enough for a band to create an engaging 45 minutes to over an hour of music. Bands must achieve a combination of elements that all lead to a creative, unique, and attention-holding sound through a delicate balancing act or be relinquished into a vacuum of mediocrity that is nigh impossible to escape.

Inter Arma – The Paradise Gallows

Riffs blend together, vocals lose their punch, drums sound stale and the entire thing collapses in an elaborate maze, never to be fully explored by an listener. Even the most avid of metal fans simply fall to the wayside in the wake of such repetition, meant to be crushing but ultimately just redundant. One must harness variance, expounding on original ideas in new and interesting ways.

Listening to Inter Arma‘s previous works, it’s plain to see that they know this and gleefully take their part in this paradigm: winding passages of blackened sludge give way to bouts of thick, smoky psychedelia, creating an environment that takes the listener over stormy seas before leading them directly into the stoner’s den.

Tinges of drone rock and doom metal creep in, forming a sort of meditative atmosphere that is equal parts pummeling and relaxed, lush in its composition, spacey and grand in its execution. The truly beautiful The Paradise Gallows, the Virginia-based group’s third LP, comes to fruition in the way the band bring together the pulverizing heaviness of slow metal with the softer side of psychedelic rock.

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Album of the day: Iskra – Ruins

Posted on Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from The Line Of Best Fit: Blackened crust punks Iskra are, let’s say, re-releasing Ruins, a fantastic 10-song LP they first self-released a year and a half ago, on Southern Lord. This version, however, collects three originals from a split EP they put out in 2011 and tacks […]

Album of the Day: Mos Generator – Abyssinia

Posted on Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from MaximumVolumeMusic: In the build up to this record, Mos Generator main man Tony Reed has talked about wanting the record to represent some real growth and change. Literally he shook things up after the 2014 album Electric Mountain Majesty and in 2015 there was an entirely new […]

Album of the Day: The Poisoned Glass – 10 Swords

Posted on Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Louder Than War: Looming up out of the frozen wastes like a daemon General at the head a vast undead army comes The Poisoned Glass. With 10 Swords, doom metal veterans G. Stuart Dahlquist and Edgemont Martin, aka Edgy59 – both of whom cut their fangs in […]

Album of the day: Dylan Carlson & Coleman Grey – Falling With A Thousand Stars and Other Wonders From The House of Albion

Posted on Monday, June 27th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Echoed And Dust: Dylan Carlson’s new album is Falling with a Thousand Stars and Other Wonders from the House of Albion. Well, new…  it’s newly released, but old in the tale of its own lengthy crowdfunding history, and old too in the folk resonances of the songs […]

Album of the Day: Bossk – Audio Noir

Posted on Friday, June 24th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Echoes And Dust: I’ve known about Bossk for some years now, having collected their initial forays into recorded output back in 2007. If I recall correctly, I was just starting to explore (mostly) instrumental bands beyond Mogwai and Explosions In The Sky. The gateway to Bossk was […]

Album of the Day: Terra Tenebrosa – The Reverses

Posted on Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

Lovingly pinched from CVLT Nation: Back in 1997, a tour was announced that would forever change the way my then-eighteen-year-old self thought about music. Much could be (and was) said about the awe-inspiring coalition of Entombed and Neurosis, yet it was the off-kilter, crushing darkness of opening band Breach that […]

Album of the Day: Swans – The Glowing Man

Posted on Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Slant Magazine: Ever since Michael Gira reunited his band for 2010‘s My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky, his work as Swans has tended toward increasingly baroque expressions, compounding unvarnished drone minimalism into dizzying configurations. Symphonic in scope, these albums have built on […]

Album of the Day: Nails – You Will Never Be One of Us

Posted on Monday, June 20th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Treble Zine: You’re unlikely to read anything about Oxnard hardcore brutes Nails without seeing repeated use of the word “extreme.” And it’s warranted. Nails are, indeed, an extreme bunch, prone to fits of unbridled rage and teeth-gnashing menace. It’s a complex sort of extremeness though—while every track […]

Album of the Day: Pando – Negligible Senescence

Posted on Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Do you remember the first time you listened to Earth, or at least Sunn O))), if that’s where you started your droning expeditions? Or the first time that Pyramids debut assaulted and caressed your ears at the same time? Or all the other first times you listened to music that […]