Finally got around to writing something substantial again, in an attempt to warm-up before the essays and exams begin for the end of semester. The candidate? Gorguts' masterpiece, From Wisdom To Hate.
Also, the album has just gotten a vinyl release (finally!) and is available through various online distros. Obscura will also be getting the vinyl treatment in the near future, as a gatefold double lp. Time to get your wallets out people.
Have a read of the review over here.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
From the album's title and art work, would you guess this is anything but black/death of the most blasphemous variety? Archgoat sure do make it easy for the listener; there's no messing about.
A solid and filthy EP.
Angelcunt (Tales of Desecration)
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
An absolutely essential piece of 20th century classical music, and one of the greatest operas of said period.
Based on the unfinished Woyzeck by playwright Georg Büchner, Berg's expressionist opera conveys the madness and psychological break downs of characters on stage through free atonality. Leitmotifs are also used as perhaps some kind of anchor throughout the piece, but even though music of this kind on such a large scale can be seen as quite opaque, the performances given by the vocalists really demand all attention and guide you through the whole tense affair.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
An overlooked fusion album that should really be in everyones collection.
Great modal jams, with nice grooves and some trippy vocals here and there also. Really cool sound, about as accessible as it comes for the more avant-garde stuff.
Body, Mind & Spirit
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Droning, doomed-out noise rock, with a large emphasis on the noise.
Hypnotic riffs are everywhere, but the few times it goes into more melodic (though still noisy) territory it's just fantastic. Really awesome sound these guys have.
Grandeur of Hair
Monday, April 18, 2011
Solid fucking slab of death metal right here.
Much like their great EP Allegiance to The Will of Damnation, Blaspherian take their Incantation influences, and emphasise the face-pummeling. If that doesn't sound appealing then you probably don't like death metal.
Infernal Warriors of Death
The best electronic release I have heard from 2011 thus far.
Great beats from New York's Drew Lustman, aka FaltyDL. One of the coolest styles to come out of this garage/dubstep craze over the last few years. Nice production, nothing overproduced or silly sounding, just the right amount of ambience and of course, some great beats.
You Stand Uncertain
Sunday, April 17, 2011
So basically if you haven't heard the song "Move On Up" then you are living under a sad and lonely rock. But having heard the song and not checked out Mr Mayfield's music? Also quite sad.
While it's hard for an album to live up to the grand heights of it's most well known single, this is sure as hell a great album, and one of the greatest soul albums of all time. Essential.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Great Polish pianist who died way too young (just shy of 38).
He worked with Roman Polanski, composing many film scores, but unfortunately he didn't have many studio albums to his name. However, Astigmatic makes up for the lack of material, as it's one of the finest European jazz albums I have had the pleasure of hearing.
This recording has that European "cool" sound, which many Americans were going for in the 50's, but mixes it with some more of the avant-garde of the 60's, which sounds great. The half hour title track also features a more free type of improvisation, but again, it's more in the "cool" vein than some of the blowing sessions found in the US at the time. Also, Tomasz Stanko puts in a great performance here on trumpet.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
After their last EP, the slow and sludgy Bleed, Weekend Nachos have returned to stomp your fucking face in with Black Earth, which is back to their older style.
If this is an indication of the forthcoming LP's quality, then it's time to get excited.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
This is one of those time's where judging an album by it's cover has payed off. I thought "ooo, preeetty", then downloaded and enjoyed.
Really cool blending of different electronic styles here, with just enough beats and just enough atmosphere.