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EXCLUSIVE: Premiering Kinit Her’s New Video for “Fathering/Conception”

It’s been a quiet couple of years for Nathaniel Ritter and Troy Schafer.  While Wreathes has fallen into absolute silence, and their respective solo projects, Circulation of Light and Rain ...

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Premiering the Teaser Video for Malignant Records / Kalpamantra’s “The Earthen Siphon”

Every year since 2012, we have been treated to a quality collaborative compilation between the iconic Malignant Records—a label that I recently described as “the leading name releasing the new ...

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EXCLUSIVE: Premiering the Video for Theologian’s “Surface of the Real”

The new Theologian album, A Means by Which to Break the Surface of the Real, is nearly upon us and here is an exclusive peek through the kaleidoscopic eye of ...

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An Onslaught From Old Europa Cafe: Merzbow & M.B., MZ.412 vs. Folkstorm, Slogun + Wertham, EVITAXAL + Le Cose Bianche, Rosa Rubea, and Roma Amor

Forthcoming OEC releases first offered at the X Congresso Post Industriale, if ...
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Sacred Music Duo Ariadne Release Audio / Visual Debut “Tsalal” On MicroSD Cards

Tsalal, which is Hebrew for the concept “to grow or become dark,” ...
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Steinklang Industries: Wappenbund, Allerseelen, Order of Victory, and TSIDMZ

‘Zeitenwende’ is a wild trip of bombastic overload, dark symphonic graces, insane ...
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Coming in September, ‘Lair of the Glowing Bantling’ by Woven Skull on Eiderdown Records

With artwork by Karen Browett, sounds by Woven Skull, the LP version ...
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Netherworld and Rapoon to Play at UP TO DATE Festival Poland on 5th September

 Final Line Up of Up To Date Festival Białystok 4 – 5.09.2015r. ______________ Scena ...
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Markus Reuter & Zero Ohms ‘From Worlds Unseen A Light Yet Streams A Sound Replete ‘ on Relaxed Machinery

“Seldom do two ambient music masters get together and not produce great ...

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Nechochwen – Heart of Akamon

Listening to Nechochwen‘s Heart of Akamon, I am distinctly reminded of a time three years ago when I first heard Panopticon‘s Kentucky album. For me, Kentucky was more than a great folk-black metal album; it was the first time I’d heard a predominantly American folk influence on a black metal album. To be honest, I’m surprised […]

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Luciferian Rites – When the Light Dies

Luciferian Rites are, unequivocally speaking, a part of the old-school. Theirs is the kind of sound that’s been around since the glory days of Darkthrone and Burzum, and it wouldn’t be far-fetched to assumed those rank among the chief influences of this Mexican group. It’s worthwhile to mention that, listening to When the Light Dies, […]

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Tlic – The Inaccessible

There’s no rest nor waste of time—or wax—on this one. Tlic’s final release for 2014, The Inaccessible EP on Germany’s Minor, kicks in with a powerful beat and specifically focused, precise, and experimental rhythmic structures are to be found as its basis. If you follow my writing here, you can probably imagine just how good […]

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Netherworld – Zastrugi

Alessandro Tedeschi’s Glacial Movements label has carved out a certain niche in ambient music. Influenced by the Isolationist ambient movement and inspired by places frozen, forgotten, and inaccessible, the label has established itself as one of the premier sources for cold, minimal sounds that evoke the suffocating beauty of the polar regions. It’s oddly specific, […]

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Micromelancolié – It Doesn’t Belong Here

Whether they be perceived as symbiotic, imaginary, or ultimately personal, Micromelancolié‘s It Doesn’t Belong Here is, more than anything else, an album of relationships. The rather intriguing artwork that is presented in its six-panel sleeve hints at this, as each photo incorporates two distinct elements which contrast one another yet are somehow reliant in the […]

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Tunnels of Āh – Thus Avici

While I can never be certain of it, Thus Avici grips me as a very personal record.  The second album from Tunnels of Āh, David Āh Burroughs‘ musical reinvention—following his fronting of Head of David—is rife with religious, mythological, and ritualistic overtones.  Burroughs’ aim feels quite sincere and sacred, which is not surprising as he has […]

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Giftstrauch – Unternehmen

In the summer of 1997, Rammstein’s second album, Sehnsucht, was released, and its impact and influence was tremendous in both Rammstein’s native Germany and across North America. This album ushered in the Neue Deutsche Härte genre of music, which combined with the burgeoning internet and services like Napster, saw a huge influx of other carbon […]

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Sopor Aeternus & the Ensemble of Shadows – Mitternacht

The cliché is that certain artists are ahead of their time, but I’ve always enjoyed music that is ahead of reality. Sopor Aeternus, the darkwave project of one Anna-Varney Cantodea, accomplishes just that, translating her own form of existence into the music and art within this, her latest offering, the beautifully packaged Mitternacht. Thus far, […]

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Live Report: KMFDM, CHANT & Ravens Moreland in Los Angeles

Live at the Regent Theater in Los Angeles CA – July 23rd 2015 Written by Nicholas Diak | Photographed by Michele Brittany ___ A new revolution / the ultimate war / KMFDM is back for more   KMFDM is certainly back in the U.S.S.A., full steam ahead on their “Salvation Tour 2015”, which encompasses 29 […]

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Paleowolf – Primordial

When people say ‘simplicity is key’, is it because, by virtue of just being simple, something resonates with the widest range of people? This is the principle of the ‘lowest common denominator’, which traditionally has derogatory implications but which can, on occasion, simply refer to something that is so primal, so essential, that it speaks […]

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