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Tales from Bandcamp: Empress/Abscess by Immortal Bird


a2684052136_10I’m not the type of person who often remembers their dreams.  However, I do remember a few.  One of them was from when I was a teenager or something.  Probably after watching The Blob or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I had this dream where I was trapped in a dank sewer trudging through the sludgy sewage while Charon floated in his boat behind me and whacked me with his oars.  Listening to Empress/Abscess by Immortal Bird reminds me of that dream.  It’s dark, sludgy, and smacks you around.  Elements of black metal and thrash round out this roughly 30 minute romp.  The artwork is pretty rad too.

Check it out, share with you buddies, toss some couch change at the band, and let us know what you thunk.  Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!!

Judging a Book by Its Cover


imagesIn my free time when I’m not attached to some video game or repeatedly listening to whatever album I’m currently hot on I like to scour through Bandcamp and Metal State’s Haulix promo pile (for those who don’t know, Haulix is a commonly used streaming/downloading platform for giving reviewers access to promo albums) and see if anything catches my ear.  With literally hundreds of records to choose from at any given moment I don’t have the time nor the will to listen to everything.  So, what do I do to narrow down my selections?  Well, first there are certain P.R. reps we have a good rapport with as well as the very rare, well written review request (for another article, but, independent bands, proofread your shit, keep it short, and use Bandcamp or some other super easy streaming service).  Otherwise, I break a Golden Rule.  I judge a book, errr, album by its cover.

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Tales from Bandcamp: Absolution by Khemmis


a1903371115_10Who needs more doom metal in their life?  Everybody!  That’s who!  Doom is awesome.  Especially when there are so many bands doing cool and interesting spins on the genre.  My latest peruse of Bandcamp has let me to check out Khemmis (clicked on it mainly because that cover art is freaking awesome.  Do you hear that bands?  Even in the digital age, kick ass cover art still sells.)  A crusty layer of fuzzy stoner doom touched with spatterings of old-school hard-core, NWOBHM, and death metal will hammer your eardrums with some wonderfully chunky grooves.  At times you get a tune that is like Pallbearer’s tone crossed with Iron Maiden’s bombastic leads and solos other are a Candlemass’ stomping grooves meets Madball’s beatdown vocals affair.  As crazy as those cocktails sound Khemmis pull them off with ease, gusto, and panache.  Regardless of the stylistic mix they are jamming with Absolution simply rocks hard front to back and is a must listen for any discerning doom fan.  Listen, buy, support, share, doomstomp!!!!!  Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!!

Roundtable Review: Sleep at the Edge of the Earth by Wilderun


a1806077540_10Label: Self-released

Release Date: 7 April 2015

Songs: 9

Length: 54 minutes

Genre: Progressive Folk Metal

Studio Albums: Olden Tales & Deathly Trails (2012)

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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Tales From Bandcamp: Mercy Brown by Mercy Brown


a0466822269_10The piss and vinegar of L7, the snarl of Kitty, the trippiness of Kylesa, and the brutality of a runaway train packed full of dynamite and peanut butter.  Washington quartet Mercy Brown’s debut, self-titled LP is flat-out beastly.  Teetering between sludgy riffs, punk rock attitude, shattering death metal, and psychedelic prog tendencies, this record really took me by surprise.  The vitriol that pours from vocalist Sera Hatchett’s lungs inject so much personality into the already top-notch performance’s of her bandmates.  Whether she’s crooning clean vocals or bellowing death growls, this girl is crushing someone’s skull into the ground while doing so.

Between memorable songwriting and diverse, engaging songs this is a record I wholly recommend you give your attention to and toss some couch change to.  Give it a listen and let me know what you thunk.  Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!!!!

Tales from Bandcamp: Vænir by Monolord


a3503731580_10Picture if you will a scene where an army of Dr. Dooms wielding Swords of Doom +2 agility are battling a horde of Thulsa Dooms brandishing Bastard Axes of Doom +1 charisma atop Mt. Doom for the right to doom the doomed Earth and it’s doomed inhabitants.  That is pretty much the way it is when spinning the Vænir, the new record from Swedish doomsters Monolord.

Sounding like a mix of Yob, Pallbearer, and good ol’ Candlemass this record is relentless in its approach to doom.  The sludgy tones mixed with mammoth riffs will probably make this one of the most crushing doom records I will hear this year.  I particularly like the reverb-y vocals which add in heavy psychedelic elements.

If you like your doom metal filthy and thicker than frozen peanut butter do yourself a favor and grab this beast.  You won’t be disappointed, Scouts Honor.  Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!!

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Tales from Bandcamp: A Few Nature Metal Albums I Quite Like


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhat exactly is ‘nature metal’?  I don’t know, it’s just a label I slap on stuff that has heavy themes of nature either in the lyrics or music itself.  Often it turns out to be some kind of trippy black metal band, but I don’t just restrict it to that.  Today being Earth Day and all I thought I’d post about some albums I really enjoy from this ‘genre’ as it is one of my favorite subgenres of metal.

Since I like Bandcamp a lot as well and thick everyone should be buying from there, I am restricting this post to records that are available there as well as streamable in full so you guys can give them as listen.  Also, one record per band and stuff that is somewhat modern.  If you have any ‘nature metal’ albums you’d like to recommend to me, please, I’d love to hear about it in the comments!  Enjoy!!  Peace Love and Metal!!!

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Tales from Bandcamp: Sleep at the Edge of the Earth by Wilderun


a1806077540_10Here’s a fun one for you guys.  Parts sword swinging, beer swilling folk metal, nut crunching death and black metal, parts Opeth-ian prog dynamics, and parts shatteringly beautiful nature metal.  Pretty much, for me, everything this record does check off on my unwritten list of this that make me love a record.
I really don’t have much to say other than I just wanted to make you all aware of this kick-ass batch of tunes.  Great songwriting that is brutal, beautiful, and above all, absolutely fun to listen to over and over again.  Well worth the 7 clams.  Fans of Opeth, Ensiferum, Turisas, and Eluvetie should not skip this one.  Don’t think, trust me, buy it!!!!!
Give it a spin and let us know what you thought.

Tales from Bandcamp: Moonlover by Ghost Bath


a0529726240_10It’s rare that something can execute being so violently melancholic and at the same time life-affirming and uplifting.  Last time I can think I’ve had those feels hit me this hard simultaneously was when I first saw the first ten minutes of the Pixar film ‘Up’.  It’s quite the enigma of emotional cocktails.  Ghost Bath masterfully pulls at heartstrings with the aptly titled Moonlover.  Whirlwinds of chaotic black metal peppered with lush soundscapes of post-rock all meld together to create this unique, indescribable sound of heart-wrenching beauty.  It’s just something that has to be heard to be understood.

And with that, I’ll leave this post short and let you all have at it.  If you fancy bands such as Deafheaven than this is mandatory listening.  All others, do give this masterpiece a shot.  Be prepared for some feels.  Let us know what you think!  Peace Love and Metal!!!!!

Tales from Bandcamp: The Ark Work by Liturgy


a2971740128_10On Liturgy’s Bandcamp page for this album there is a solitary (for now) user review which says “Haven’t decided yet, if this is total crap or genius 🙂 Favorite track: Follow.”  That pretty much sums up my thoughts on the latest from Liturgy.

Firstly, The Ark Work is totally nowhere close to what I was expecting as a follow-up to the hipster black metal darling (and I honestly do mean that in a complimentary way), Aesthetica.  I mean, Hunter Hunt-Hendrix stoically raps over a MIDI chiptunes blaring black metal tremolo riffs.  There’s fanfare horn sections, techno beats, ambiance, and a noticeable lack of black metal rasps (which are replaced with this kind of grunge era brooding singing/mumbling).  Very little of what I loved about the black metal aspects of Liturgy made it over to this record, and yet this record is 110% Liturgy.  Pretentious, experimental, ‘transcendental’.  Yet, each time I give it a spin I ask myself, what the fuck am I listening to?

And somehow, I keep putting it on.  It engages me every time.  There is something absolutely genius in the confounding directions each song takes.  The confusion is both infuriating and relaxing.  Some of the performances are absolute shit, namely the vocals, but I’ll be damned if I didn’t say everything all fits together perfectly.  It’s kind of like Steve Buscemi, a beautiful train wreck.

I think I lean more towards the opinion of genius on this one, but the cat’s still in the bag.  I don’t know.  I’m confused.  Maybe it needs a more spins.  But why do I continue to fucking listen to this album?

Let me know what you think of this mindfuck down in the comments.  Enjoy! Peace Love and Metal!!!!