The Icelandic duo Gjöll return with their fourth album on Ant-Zen, The Background Static of Perpetual Discontent, another graceful and mysterious offering that establishes them as one of the most truly ...
Some things are frightening simply because they are unfamiliar and difficult to identity. That rings even truer today than when I first wrote this sentence. You do not always have to rely on conjuring images of demons or sounding like you are possessed to terrify people, although Knight Rider begins with exactly that element. Terror […]
Live at Neumos in Seattle, WA | September 29, 2015 Written & Photographed by Tracy T. ___ Serenity is a place and state of mind that music takes us to when it affects us so profoundly – it washes away all tension and uneasiness which has previously stained our consciousness. It is a state which we retreat to in […]
Even the most casual fan of TenHornedBeast will tell you that Christopher Walton‘s decade-old solo project has never been a creature of brevity, making The High Places something of a musical curiosity, if not an outright anomaly. This is the same TenHornedBeast whose self-released debut CD-R topped out at nearly an hour with an epic […]
Displaying a poise that belies its debut status, Dakhma, the first album from Council of Nine, is an exploration into ancient Zoroastrian lore wrapped in a cloak of 21st-century dark ambiance. Lone member Maximilian Olivier has studied the genre and studied it well, but Dakhma doesn’t merely copy its influences—it is a tribute to them. […]
Ripit‘s latest album, Lvnar Xtorxion, is one very aggressive tape with some solid old-school artwork. The Third Type Tapes imprint has been utilizing this very specific style throughout their catalog, and they’ve certainly stuck with the tradition here. It is with Lvnar Xtorxion that Belgium’s analog master, Nicolas Esterle, who’s actually been quite productive this year, has made his return under his primary […]
I had a confused impression after opening up Devil Dust for the first time: the album title, band logo, neon green cover, and portraits inside (which seem like references to classic horror films—Dracula, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, etc.) gave me the impression that Neuropa Records had turned to releasing psychobilly projects. This idea was, of course, […]