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Graded on a Curve: Laura Baird, I Wish I Were a Sparrow

<b>Thus far, it’s been Meg who’s cultivated the highest musical profile outside the Baird Sisters, but now multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter,</b> …

Library of Congress

Rituals of Doom: Inside Amenra's Singular Vision of Religion, Modern Society

Man's curse of consciousness — with its nagging questions of, Who are we and why are we here? — has haunted humanity since the days when we scrawled …

Spirituality

Letter of Recommendation: Pallbearer

Many years ago, before I owned a proper stereo, I listened to records on an all-in-one phonograph I salvaged from a preschool. The phonograph had a thick plastic stylus — audiophiles are now destroying this magazine in a rage — and four speeds; my favorite was 16 r.p.m.<p>Listening to my favorite LPs …

Black Sabbath

Bell Witch's New LP Is a Loving Tribute to Former Drummer Adrien Guerra

Stream the funeral doom duo's ghostly new nearly 84-minute, single-track album, 'Mirror Reaper,' and read about how it came to life.<p>Dylan Desmond, singer and bassist of Seattle doom metal duo Bell Witch, has been singing about the dead since the band started. "It is always ghost stories," he says. …

Ghost Stories

Bell Witch spill darkness over gargantuan 83-minute track on devastating epic ‘Mirror Reaper’

Photo by David ChoeCavernous sadness, depression, and suffering are ideas that cannot be shoved to the side. One can’t just “feel better” or “smile.” …

Prurient – “Naturecum”

Two years ago, Dominick Fernow, the New York noise architect who records as Prurient, released the ambitious double album Frozen Niagara Falls. A lot …

New Albums

DUDS – The first British band to ever sign to Castle Face sound like “a slinky rolling down the stairs”

Over the past forty years, Manchester has become synonymous with ambition, with its perennially active music scene celebrated like no other in the …

Sweden

Graded on a Curve: Nazoranai, Beginning to Fall in Line Before Me, So Decorously, the Nature of All That Must Be Transformed

<b>Nazoranai is an international supergroup consisting of sui generis Japanese guitarist Keiji Haino, Australian electro-acoustic composer and noise</b> …

Guitar

Arizona Doom Project Spirit Adrift Returns with a Surprisingly Aggressive New LP

Stream their new album, 'Curse of Conception,' and read founder Nate Garrett's thoughts on energy, anger, and Joe Arpaio.<p>Mesa, Arizona cuts a stark contrast from Fayetteville, Arkansas: justsk Nate Garrett, the man behind the soaring doom metal of Spirit Adrift. Garrett grew up in Fayetteville, a …

Joe Arpaio

OCS – “The Fool”

California psych-rock institution OCS -- fka Oh Sees, fka Thee Oh Sees, fka the Oh Sees, fka the Ohsees, fka Orange County Sound, fka Orinoka Crash …

Orange County

Spirit Adrift – Curse of Conception Review

Call me old-fashioned, but I enjoy it when bands take their time with their songwriting and recording schedule. Sure, pumping out songs, EPs, and …

Top 10

Podcast 168: Laura Baird / Richard Jones-Bamman

This week’s podcast is a banjo double-header of sorts: First up, we talk to musician Laura Baird (the Baird Sisters) about her debut solo album, <i>I</i> …

Podcasting

Acephalix: Decreation Album Review | Pitchfork

By the time the Oakland death metal quartet Acephalix released 2012’s <i>Deathless Master</i>, they had already moved on to exploring their chosen sound in other ways. Vocalist Daniel Butler and bassist Luca Indrio focused on Vastum, which honed in on slower tempos and themes of sexual depravity, and …

Death Metal

Album Premiere: Monolord, Rust

The sludge masters return with their third full-length album.The post Album Premiere: Monolord, <i>Rust</i> appeared first on MetalSucks.

Guitar

Monolord - Rust

By Calen Henry. In fine Swedish tradition Monolord's sound starts with a Boss guitar pedal. The Boss Hyperfuzz is the backbone of their world …

Guitar

Wolves in the Throne Room - Thrice Woven

It may be hard to remember now, but there once was a time when <b>Wolves in the Throne Room</b> were considered rather controversial. Black metal, for all …

Black Metal

How Wolves in the Throne Room Channel Energy of the Forest Into Black Metal

Wolves in the Throne Room have been walking their own unique path since the band's inception in 2003. Eschewing the typical black-metal tropes of …

Black Metal

Wolves in the Throne Room: Thrice Woven Album Review | Pitchfork

<i>Celestite</i>, the fifth album from Wolves in the Throne Room, was a major departure for the Olympia, Washington, black metal group, foregrounding synths and drones and forsaking most traces of metal. Drummer Aaron Weaver reveled in the change, explaining how Detroit techno was black metal’s spiritual …

Black Metal

Shannon Lay : Living Water Album Review | Pitchfork

A plainspoken mysticism rules heaven and earth on Shannon Lay’s remarkable <i>Living Water</i>, a quiet, mostly acoustic album that is bigger and stranger than its hushed dynamics and finger-picked sparkle might suggest. Crack open the Los Angeles singer-songwriter’s unassuming lyrics and you’ll find …

Guitar

Full album stream: Acephalix return after five years with “Decreation”

<b>Acephalix</b> have been away for five years, but the San Francisco death metal band haven’t missed a beat, following up 2012’s <i>Deathless Master</i> with</i> …

Death Metal

Wolves in the Throne Room: Thrice Woven

Wolves in the Throne Room return in blazing fashion with <i>Thrice Woven</i>, a work that defines the very substance of the black metal band.Wolves in the …

Black Metal

Wolves in the Throne Room’s New LP Echoes the Grandeur of the Natural World

‘Thrice Woven’ finds the band returning to black metal with a story of death and rebirth, and a lupine monster sent to kill the gods.<p>Since their beginnings nearly a decade and a half ago, Wolves in the Throne Room have dealt in a sort of worldly magnificence. Over the years, they've dealt in the …

Black Metal

Jawbreaker made a triumphant return at Riot Fest (review, pics, videos, setlist)

In true <b>Jawbreaker</b>-fan fashion, there were punks who didn’t even want them to reunite. Whether it was because they already saw Jawbreaker in their …

Shannon Lay - Living Water - Albums - Reviews

This is an absolutely stunning album that will brighten the day of those among us who are rabid fans of the <i>acid folk</i> records of Vashti Bunyan, …

X.Y.R. Unveils the Third Volume of His 'Warm Pulsations' Mix Series

While <b>X.Y.R.</b> already has two new records on deck for this fall—next week’s <i>Tourist</i> LP and a New Age tape for Sounds of the Dawn—we’re still wearing out …

Hear Gatecreeper Members Unleash Crushing Psych Doom on New Spirit Adrift Song

"All gods suck. Worship the riff, not gods."<p>"If something happens, it'll happen organically and naturally, but I kind of don't think it …

It's Hard Being a Fan of the World's Coolest Dad Rock Band

Guided By Voices have released two albums in 2017 but will they ever tour outside North America again?<p>Guided By Voices have released two albums this year, virtually back-to-back. This in itself is not unusual as GBV honcho Robert Pollard has released a lot of albums. Many albums. <i>August By Cake</i>, the …

Rock Music

Hear Swedish Psych-Doom Trio Monolord's New Song "Dear Lucifer"

Guitarist Michael Amott: "I think all the best metal bands have ballads"<p>Photographer Angela Owens takes you into the pit and onto the stage<p>"It's not …

Wolves in the Throne Room – “Mother Owl, Father Ocean”

Black metal band Wolves in the Throne Room has premiered "Mother Owl, Father Ocean" off their upcoming LP <i>Thrice Woven</i>, one of our most anticipated …

Oceans