The Royal are back with a new video that seems to add a little more nu metal influence to their generally metalcore sound. “Deathwatch” is taken from the album of the same name, out on March 8th, 2019 through Long Branch Records.

Get it here: https://TheRoyal.lnk.to/Deathwatch

Video by BRSA media (James K. Barbosa)
https://www.brsa.me

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Lemmy of Motörhead appears in the 1994 comedy classic film "Airheads" where he states that he edited his school magazine as other people in the crowd admit geeky pastimes in their youth. In that movie, he is credited as "Lemmy von Motörhead".


Happy 49 Heavy Metal and Black Sabbath’s debut

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 1:04 PM (PST)

SO today is the birthday of Black Sabbath’s self-titled masterpiece, remarkable for too many reasons to count. Many have spent much of their lives trying. I was going to say “a lifetime” but the average lifespan now is longer than the 49 years since Earth (see what I did there?) first heard the rumble of these titans. Actually, that’s only a semi-clever/accurate pun because while Sabbath was called Earth prior to re-naming themselves , before that they were called Polka Tulk Blues Band even earlier in ’68 in a rough form. I think we can agree it’s fucking great that they achieved iconic status in no small part to settling on their final moniker (which is more PTBB “shade” and not a dis to a certain awesome modern band called Earth we also know and love). Anyway, in 1970 Black Sabbath’s debut was born and the deal with the devil that birthed the End Times music of Heavy Metal was struck.

Human longevity is not guaranteed so much these days for us as a species, but it is pretty awe-inspiring that Sabbath have had such an impact on so many levels in culture that film, festivals and society as a whole have all been graced by the long shadow cast by “The Wizard” and friends. The fact that Ozzy is still as recognizable as any flavor of the month newfound celebrity who is zombie-cannibalized by the scrutiny of fame’s hungry eyes in our culture of inhospitable impermanence is a sheer miracle (and in no small part also thanks to Sharon, as well as his own talent). BUT I am not here today to talk about individual members of the band over the years and their place in pop culture – though Sabbath is Iommi’s more than anyone’s for sticking it out the entire time as the sole constant – as much as discuss how the first Sabbath album creeping up on 50 years old is something to marvel at.

We’ve come so far together, heavy metal. For better and for worse. You looked so cool and casual and I tried to look the same, but now I’ve got to know ya…tell me who am I to blame?

We have a choice now to take serious stock and make metal more inclusive, as potent a force as ever but even more capable of traversing barriers and resonating beyond the narrow CisHet white male bandwidth than it ever has before (which is nothing against the lads who started the band at all). I was dismayed as heck by the morons in the comments section of a recent article about the power of current female vocalists in metal. Heck, the best cover of the definitive metal title track and first doom metal song has Beth Gibbons singing instead of Ozzy (hear below) and King Woman’s Kristina Esfandiari is arguably the best singer in the melodic yet drony/sludgy side of the genre we know and love currently, IMO. People of all types, genders, races, religions, etc. love rock n roll. Let’s continue to expand that. Remember practically every concert ever Ozzy says ,”I love you all.” It is fitting the band’s final album was called 13 since the album that started it all was born on Feb. 13th, 1970. I mean, could it have been on any other day of the month?

I clean a bar every morning and was playing “The Warning” on the bar speakers today. A different guy than usual delivered the lemons and limes for the cocktails and he was an older dude. The guy’s face lit right up at the music and he said he had seen them years ago for ten bucks and proceeded to tell me all about the gig. We went from being strangers with generational divides to having something we both loved to talk about in common, and while small talk is wack I would gladly talk about Sabbath with anyone any day. That’s a life giving bridge just as much as Sabbath’s music itself has helped so many of us who have ever danced through shadows or struggled with depression.

Anyway, fucking crank this shit today, give thanks to the metal ancestors and remind them that we basically never regretted following them and will be forever metal til the end of time.

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Public Memorial for Bruce Corbitt

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 9:23 AM (PST)

As the metal community still reels from the sad turn of cancer events leading to the loss of Bruce Corbitt, a memorial has been announced for the Rigor Mortis/Warbeast hero.

Reads the public memorial page, “We will come together to celebrate and remember a great man who touched the hearts of so many people in this world. We will show our love and support for his wife Jeanna, his daughter Chyna, his stepson Lyric, and BRUCE‘s amazing mother Glenda. We will celebrate in the most beautiful way possible by honoring BRUCE‘s final wishes to make his memorial just the way he wanted it. Additional details on special presentations, guest musicians, and other surprises are still being worked out. Stay tuned and You Know Damn Well!”

BRUCE CORBITT Public Memorial:

3/09/2019 Ridglea Theater – Fort Worth, TX [info]

Doors: 5:30 pm
Memorial: 7:00 pm

Live performances requested by BRUCE:
Iron Jaw
Rabid Flesh Eaters

MCs:
Debbie Sexxton of 97.1 KEGL
“Thrashin” Alan of KNON Hardtime RadioEulogies by:
Scott Shelby
Thrashin’ Alan
Casey Orr
Harden Harrison

CORBITT played what he thought would be his final show with Warbeast — a special set at the annual Fort Worth Weekly Music Awards Ceremony where the band was inducted into the 2018 Fort Worth Music Hall Of Fame — last July, at the time noting, I’m really excited and thankful to the Fort Worth Weekly for showing us this much appreciation. I’m proud that I’m even feeling good enough right now to be able to attempt it. But I do know my limitations and I will be careful. All I know is I get to experience that feeling of being on stage again… and that’s why I keep on fighting. Because good things do finally happen if you can just hang in there long enough. You know damn well!”

 

Anselmo gave a warm tribute speech and performance at a show with The Illegals for Bruce the day he died that you can see HERE. Regardless of if you are in a camp that forgives Phil or not for the Dimebash incident, I hope we can all agree this was a terrible loss for everyone and that this was the right thing to do for Bruce and cool of Phil and his band who lost a real friend.
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If you are buzzing from High On Fire’s much deserved Grammy win and recognition despite their steadfast riffiness and bad ass gargled biker warlord ogre vocals, let’s keep the good news coming. It is always a great day when we can announce more forward thinking yet riff-tastic albums that keep evolving the scene and subtly challenging the former status quo while still actually rocking your socks off as well. Inter Arma certainly fit in that category and whether they will ever get recognized by music’s most at times clueless night remains to be scene…but they have certainly already had their share of critical hype at the fringes.

The Richmond band continue to follow their own course and new song “Citadel” below is a serious clobber fest. I always love their ability to bridge death and art metal elements with sludge in a concise way that seems seamless instead of like grasping wildly at straws for relevance. Inter Arma always make sure their songs are good and not just style checklists for whatever is hip, it seems. This new track is incredible and lumbers like a brontosaurus beneath screaming banshee demoness pterodactyls flying through geysers of steaming guitar heat!

Anyway, I love this band and have seen them live a few times now. Eager to again. The new album is called Sulphur English ominously and is out April 12th (day after my bday) on mighty Relapse.

Vocalist Mike Paparo comments:

“The lyrics to “Citadel” were written as a sort of clarion call to myself about overcoming depression and the demons that manifest with it. It, like most of the lyrical content on the record, is deeply personal to me.  

For the band as a whole, Sulphur English is an ill-tempered, unrepentant act of defiance towards stagnation and complacency. We create this music on our own terms and we refuse to compromise our collective vision, for better or worse.”

Sulphur English is due out April 12th on CD/2xLP/Digital. Physical packages are available for pre-order via Relapse.com HERE. Digital Downloads / Streaming Services are available HERE.

 

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Album Review: Candlemass – ‘The Door To Doom’

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, February 8, 2019 at 4:04 PM (PST)

It was a cool week for underground music as far as I am concerned. Industrial act Front Line Assembly dropped a killer new record Wake Up The Coma with a hysterical but bold “Rock Me Amadeus” cover featuring Jimmy Urine that I cannot get out of my head (plus a cool title track feat. Nick Holmes from Paradise Lost/Bloodbath).  Obliteration’s Cenotaph Obscure was nominated for a Norwegian Grammy. AND most importantly on a personal level and relevant to being able to write this review, I also finally got to sit, drink tea and then become completely engrossed in the new Candlemass opus The Door To Doom until I grabbed the sides of my head and howled. Holy crow! Everyone just give up now. Don’t release anything else this year. It is over. You aren’t topping this. This is the essence of pure doom brilliance. Johan Langquist (who left the band after singing on the legendary 1986 debut Epicus Doomicus Metallicus) has returned! Much like Sabbath or Vitus or even Alabama Thunderpussy, people love different singer’s eras – but the buck really stops with Johan in this band’s case. Leif Edling and unmerrymen have outdone themselves and made a fucking modern masterpiece of the genre.

The much hyped collaboration track with mighty Tony Iommi of course lives up to the hype. “Astorolus – The Great Octopus” is like the Poseidon arranged wedding between the “Children of The Sea” and something from even darker and heavier depths. It’s way stompier and doomier than “Children…” with absolutely no uplifting parts, haha…but maybe I just needed an oceanic comparison to house the giant tentacles mass of this tune.  Iommi plus Candlemass is obviously a match made in Heaven and Hell (see what I did there?) and fans are going to be shook. For real, this album surpasses Sabbath’s 13 with ease (and I liked plenty of moments on that record even with the flaws and shamefully no Bill Ward). I am SO glad this collab happened.

“Bridge of The Blind” is a reprieve song of sorts, a dreamy sad song with incredible guitar tones. Johan takes the relatively straight-forward closing lines ,”What would I find, if I open my eyes? Will you be waiting on the other side?” and injects so much emotion into them that you feel a huge gulf of loss or like you have just listened to a traditional ballad people have held close to their heart’s for hundreds of years. “Death’s Wheel” is an anthemic war charge from the opening riff, pulverizing everything in sight and getting heavier and more dizzying as it goes. The solo on that song shoots vertically into the sky, defying the heavens boldly. “House Of Doom” like Cathedral’s Swan Song The Last Spire recalls medieval despair via cool sound effects (a tolling bell here) before thundering home. The organ drenched bridge of the song is one of the most epic moments of many on the album.

I honestly would be startled as hell if anything tops this in 2019. It just hits so many checkmarks from hot anticipation to a triumphant reunion of classic members to, most importantly, completely bad ass NEW songs that only add to the band’s legacy forevermore whilst perfectly nailing what is best in a genre. Ghost, who have a history of taking out top notch talent from the much missed Purson to Marissa Nadler, have Candlemass with them in Europe at present on the road. No offense to Ghost but I am really glad some of their more genre-tourist fans are gonna get their fucking asses schooled by some OG doomage of the purest molten kind.

 

So I was half watching Season 4 of The 100 (I still fuck with that show, love the cast) and simultaneously scrolling Instagram absent-mindedly like an overstimulated, over-worked semi-human in 2019. Suddenly some awesome, huge alt-rock guitar and an unmistakable voice reached my ears and made my eyes open wide. Listen HERE.

So I stare at my tiny phone screen and how friggin’ stoked am I to realize it is Chris fuckin’ Traynor of Bush and most importantly one of my all time favorite bands Orange 9MM (who I dropped out of college to open for like an idiot, but he wasn’t in the band at that point. PS. It was still worth it -lol). And yes, he was collaborating in the studio with Grey Daze , a project Chester was involved in throughout his life. In addition to the massive song Chester did with Mark Morton that just came out, this little Grey Daze audio clip gave me huge chills and everything sounds brilliant and emotive. The held out notes over the big guitar sounds so soulful. An older Grey Daze tweet from December makes it sound like much of the tracks are older and finally being completed.

Even cooler, Traynor responded to me on Twitter and IG about it. I’m over the moon!

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Wading Weird Waters: Rivers Of Nihil, Those Darn Gnomes news items

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 1:10 PM (PST)

Those Darn Gnomes like to hide in a purple haze…

Hello friends. A variety pack of sonically pernicious and delicious specimens to steer your ears towards today. These are bands who have not been afraid to experiment with constraints in recent times.

San Diego jazz/metallers Those Darn Gnomes have signed with Nefarious Industries. The group are a perfect fit for the open minded label, which includes everything from Gridfailure to A Fucking Elephant to Globelamp to Bangladeafy and more. Really looking forward to hearing more from this outfit. From the press release:

Since their formation in 2013, the bombastic THOSE DARN GNOMES collective has blurred the lines between noise, metal, and free jazz. The group formed initially with the lineup of Mark Steuer (vocals), Christian Molenaar (guitar, flute), Russell Case (bass), and Bryon Wojciechowski (drums), releasing their debut album The Years independently in 2015. The band followed up with their second full-length, The Zodiac, in 2016. While their debut more heavily emphasized the band’s roots in avant-garde metal and hardcore, The Zodiac stripped away any pretense of being a metal band in favor of a new, even more aggressive sound incorporating further elements of free improvisation and harsh noise. The band released a fully improvised single-track EP, Peeling, as a limited cassette in 2017, before playing shows throughout North America with like-minded experimental acts such as Ehnahre, Sult, Hypnagogue, Dischordia, and many more.

Calling Whitetails To A Tuned Bow is THOSE DARN GNOMES’ first release for Nefarious Industries and sees a further expansion and refinement of the band’s sprawling, genre-defying sound. Here, the group explores the outer reaches of progressive metal, free improvisation, and avant-garde sound design through the incorporation of algorithmic compositional techniques derived from mold cultivation, homemade instruments, and a greater focus on abrasive weirdness.

Watch for the full details on Calling Whitetails To A Tuned Bow to be released shortly with a springtime release date imminent.

Also watch for details on the collaborative album between the band’s Christian Molenaar and labelmate Gridfailure’s architect David Brenner to be issued in the coming days.

Due to popular demand, RIVERS OF NIHIL will play their latest album, Where Owls Know My Name, in its entirety at every date of their upcoming North American tour. The band will be bringing saxophone player Patrick Corona on the road to perform each set and guitarist Jonathan Topore will be handling additional keyboard duties. Don’t miss this very special opportunity to witness this critically-acclaimed album played live as it was meant to be heard. The tour — which marks RIVERS OF NIHIL‘s first full headlining journey — runs from March 1st through April 6th. Support will be provided by Entheos, Conjurer, and Wolf King. See all confirmed dates below.
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Sunn O))) announce “Life Metal”, worked with Albini

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 2:15 PM (PST)

…And the big news of the day (everyone try not to freak out):

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Necrot announce Decibel off-dates with Blood Incantation

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 1:45 PM (PST)

West Coast Death Metal kickers of ass Necrot are part of a monstrously stacked Decibel Magazine Tour this year alongside Morbid Angel, Cannibal Corpse, friggin’ Immolation and Blood Incantation. That is an insanely quality package by any deadly measure. Necrot and Blood Incantation have a well-earned underground buzz at present and thus it is awesome that additional dates have been added where you can catch the two acts together doing, I presume, slightly longer sets. The performances will take place in Feb. and March during off dates from the bigger tour.

You’ll want to catch them live because as we all know, Necrot delivered a no holds barred rifferendum to the scene in a manner that was far from riffgurgitated on their celebrated Blood Offerings.

Suffice to say, you’d “Rather Be Dead” than miss this!

Dates BELOW.

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Gideon surprise release new 2 song EP via Equal Vision

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 9:11 AM (PST)

photo by Ryuji Segawa

Alabama hardcore crushers GIDEON have released a 2 song EP called No Love/No One. The EP is just the tip of the iceberg for what’s to come from Gideon, as the band enters the studio to record a full-length due out later in the year. The band will also be making an appearance at Rock USA this summer.

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ELUVEITIE reveal title track epic video for ‘Ategnatos”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, February 4, 2019 at 6:21 PM (PST)

Folk metallers Eluveitie have returned with a massive new video for “Ategnatos’, the title track from their forthcoming album. This will more than suffice for a mental escape if you need one today.

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Queensryche announce “The Verdict” European Tour

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, February 4, 2019 at 4:22 PM (PST)

Metal and hard rock institution Queensryche have a slew of new dates below for both the US and newly announced European tour dates. Loving  the lean and mean classic replicating sound of “Man The Machine.” This version of the band just gets more and more refined somehow. Grateful to have such a killer Queensryche in 2019 as a longtime fan!

“We are very excited that we will touring Europe again! Really looking forward to seeing you all in support of our new album! Thank you all for your embrace and support,” states singer Todd La Torre.

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I am listening to the uplifting pop infused vocal of “Mercy Mirror” from my promo copy of the new album Resist from the internationally influential act Within Temptation. It is a great record, another victory for a band with many who have never been shy about aiming for epic bombast where others have their eyes lower to the ground. The follow up to 2014’s excellent Hydra (has it been so long already?!) was worth the interminable wait for fans and is sure to be a major release of the quarter. The album contains guest appearances by singer Jacoby Shaddix (Papa Roach), Anders Fridén (In Flames) and Jasper Steverlinck (Arid), which is chill, but the band don’t need cameos for the whole album to stand strong. Sharon and the gang sound very inspired and ready to add to their legacy.

Get the album as of February 1st! It is still a few hours before release day as I write this.

From the cinematic “Endless War” with a piano-outro to live for to the already popular with fans rallying cry “Raise Your Banner” to the stomping crunch of “Trophy Hunter”, this record will fill a big void for a lot of people wanting to feel lifted up during some very depressing times right now. Some people listen to the most angry stuff in times of trouble but also it is good to remember hope and a sweeping sense of history, which Within Temptation provide in ample doses throughout. They truly just come off as very professional and next level grandiose (but I mean that as a compliment in their case).

The band comment on their new futuristic direction:  “We were done with orchestras and classic metal riffs. We’ve done it a thousand times before! This time we’ve expanded our horizon and started listening to powerful artists from other genres that implement bombastic sounds and huge basses into their tracks. All of a sudden we thought: we need these new exciting sounds too – but not the slick artificial feel that so often is connected to it. We started finding ways to roughen up these modern sounds, resulting in a surprisingly new musical world that is heavier, dirtier and more futuristic than we’ve ever created before.”

“Supernova”, my favorite song on the record, proves by itself that this was not a risk that was taken in vain. Amazing, huge stuff.

Tour Dates below.

WITHIN TEMPTATION:
2/28: Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
3/1: Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
3/2: New York, NY @ Playstation Theater
3/3: Boston, MA @ House of Blues
3/5: Montreal, QC @ Olympia
3/6: Toronto, ON @ Rebel
3/8: Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
3/9: Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theater

3/11: Denver, CO @ The Summit
3/12: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
3/14: Portland, OR @ Roseland Ballroom
3/15: Vancouver, BC @ The Vogue Theater
3/16: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
3/18: San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
3/19: Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern Theater

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“Meet me in outer spaaaace…”

Death metal prog tech current crop (circle?) leaders with otherworldly talent? Of course we are talking about Allegaeon. They rock, yo! Man, those dudes really in hindsight now completely won that Mish Way argument. Hard to have the moral high ground complaining about some death metal band crowdfunding when you are writing “Dad of The Moment” puff pieces about Jordan friggin’ Peterson and calling Ben Shapiro an intellectual, blughhh. I am not linking to that but it is in Penthouse if you must know. Anyway, tangent…Allegaeon have revealed details for their new album Apoptosis! Via Metal Blade:

On April 19th, Allegaeon will release their new album, Apoptosis, via Metal Blade Records. A near-perfect symbiosis of technical, progressive, and melodic death metal, Apoptosis is a record that is as crushingly heavy as it is inventive, lithe and intelligent, and marks a significant leap forward in the band’s songwriting. To watch the video for the first single, “Stellar Tidal Disruption” (directed by Robert Graves // http://www.ashadowbeyond.com/), please visit: http://metalblade.com/allegaeon

I was certain “Stellar Tidal Disruption” is actually a secret rallying cry to Incubus fans who are sadly just not that good at surfing, but I might just be having a flight of fancy. Blame the moon! Seriously though, this song goes hard. That solo section at 3:35, woo boy.

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Album Review: Surachai – Come , Deathless

Posted by Kriegmaster Hatesturm on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 12:46 PM (PST)

Y’KNOW WHAT. FUCK IT MASK OFF. I LOVE THIS. HOLY SHIT.

THE PROJECTS BANDCAMP READS “SURACHAI PIVOTS FROM FULL ENSEMBLE BLACK METAL OUTFITS TO SOLO KEYBOARD EXPLORATIONS”. AND USES THE WORDS AVANT GARDE. I THINK USING THE PHRASE AVANT GARDE IN AN ERA OF NOISE WHERE SELF MUTILATION IS A POPULAR ELEMENT IS OVERSTATING IT. BUT THIS GOES.

IT WAS HANDED TO ME AS “SOMETHING DIFFICULT TO PINPOINT STYLISTICALLY”. BUT THIS IS A POST VENETIAN SNARES SOCIETY AND I HAVE HOURS OF HAM-FISTED “DARK DUB 1HR MIX” PLAYLISTS ON MY LAPTOP. SO WE HAVE THE WORDS FOR THIS KINDA THING NOW, LET’S FUUUUUUCKIN USE THEM. IT’S DECONSTRUCTED DARK LIQUID DNB WITH BREAKCORE ELEMENTS AND THE SOUND DESIGN REMINDS ME A LOT OF THE PANACEA. IT’S LIKE IF A LIMEWAX ALBUM WAS WRITTEN BY XANAX. WHICH IS A COMPLIMENT I PROMISE. THOUGH DECIDEDLY NOT HEAVY OR STRUCTURED ENOUGH FOR “OUTSIDER” CROSSOVER HARDCORE LABELS LIKE NEKROLOG1K OR PRSPCT. THE MARKET FOR WEIRD WITCH HOUSE AMBIENT SHIT NOW IS HUGE, AND THIS IS THE COOL KID LEATHER JACKET CIGARETTE SMOKING END OF THAT.

THE SHEDDING OF USEFUL SKIN, OTHER THAN BEING A TOTALLY FIRE TRACK NAME OPENS LIKE BACKGROUND MUSIC TO A CLUB SCENE IN A DYSTOPIA FILM WITH A REAL BUMMER OF AN ENDING. LEANING INTO PAIN (ANOTHER HOT TRACK NAME) HELPS BRIDGE THE GAP TO THE HALFWAY PARTS OF THE ALBUM WHERE STRUCTURE REALLY BEGINS TO COME APART. DECIPHERING WHISPERS FROM A WIND (A LESS HOT TRACK NAME) SOUNDS LIKE SOMETHING THAT WOULD LOCK ME TO THE FLOOR OF MY APARTMENT AFTER LISTENING TO WITCH HOUSE PISS DRUNK AT 3AM. I’M REALLY INTO THE GRATING BITCRUSHING SOUNDS THAT BITE AT THE UPPER END OF THE REGISTRY ALONG THE WAY. THOSE ARE HARD TO USE WITHOUT GETTING ANNOYING BUT MAKE FOR A MORE PAINFUL RAW SOUND AND I AM FUCKING HERE FOR IT. THERE’S REALLY A LOT TO BE SAID FOR SOME OF THE SOUNDS

IF I WAS TO ENTERTAIN THE IDEA OF CRITICIZING PARTS OF THIS ALBUM I WOULD SAY SOME OF THE TRACK NAMES FEEL UNCONSIDERED AND LIKE “GENERIC SPOOKY” WHERE OTHERS REALLY HAVE THAT HEAT. AND ALSO THAT I THINK EVERY GOOD ASTRUCTURED AMBIENT-ISH ELECTRONIC MUSIC ALBUM NEEDS A REALLY FOCUSED CLIMAX THAT PICKS UP A LITTLE MORE SPEED, AND THIS ONE TOOK MORE OF A PLATEU APPROACH. I THINK ALSO WITH THAT PLATEAU APPROACH, THE ALBUM FEELS A LITTLE LONG. SOME HUGE SQUARE WAVE KICKS RIGHT AROUND TRACK NINE WOULD HAVE MADE THE LAST FEW TRACKS FEEL LIKE A WIND DOWN AND LESS OF A DRAG.

I CAN’T DECIDE IF PUSHING THE ALBUM COMPLETELY DEVOID OF AUDIO SAMPLES OR VOCALS IS A REALLY CLEVER AND MAKES IT FEEL MORE ALIEN OR IF THAT’S PLAYING IT SAFE AS SOMETHING THIS FOCUSED WOULD REQUIRE EXTREMELY CAREFUL CURATION. BUT THIS IS THE PROJECT’S SEVENTH STUDIO ALBUM, SO I’M CERTAIN THEY’RE MAKING EXACTLY THE KIND OF STUFF THEY WANT TO AT THIS POINT.

4.5/5 STARS. I ACTUALLY BOUGHT THE VINYL FOR THIS.