I like the beats and I like the yelling: N + Ehnahre, Spellforger, Nekkrofukk

N + Ehnahre: Jacob (2021) Bostonian experimentalists Ehnahre are joined by German drone guitarist Hellmut Neidhardt (aka N) for their latest album ‘Jacob’. It’s a lengthy hodgepodge of post hardcore, drone, ambient, and garden variety experimental offcuts. The result is another keyless foray into the limits of tone, essentially picking up where early Swans left … Continue reading I like the beats and I like the yelling: N + Ehnahre, Spellforger, Nekkrofukk

I like the beats and I like the yelling: Cisza, The Sombre, Bestial Entity, Celestial Sanctuary

Cisza: Ritual of the Wind (2021) The new single from the Polish outfit known as Cisza sees another tight blend of energetic black metal set against a subtle backdrop of post rock. ‘Ritual of the Wind’ carries forward the best elements of their debut EP ‘If It Is True What the Prophets Write’ (2017) and … Continue reading I like the beats and I like the yelling: Cisza, The Sombre, Bestial Entity, Celestial Sanctuary

Metal’s Retromania Part III: The eternal return

After the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, movements within metal tended to follow the same lifecycle of gestation, consolidation, and renaissance. After this creative and artistic peak genres would invariably meet a fork in the road. One path was to court major label attention, who would in turn dictate the terms of the metal’s … Continue reading Metal’s Retromania Part III: The eternal return

I like the beats and I like the yelling: Kodu, Valosta Varjoon, Wharflurch

Kodu: Unusta kõik (2021) Unusta kõik – the debut album from the Estonian black metallers known as Kodu – is one of those albums that adopts a specific philosophy of composition, and uses this to frame the music writing process. Said philosophy is at its most explicit on the closing track ‘Laotus’. A muffled and … Continue reading I like the beats and I like the yelling: Kodu, Valosta Varjoon, Wharflurch

I like the beats and I like the yelling: Olde, Caskets Open, Majestic Mass

Olde: Pilgrimage (2021) The dirty little not-so-secret of stoner doom is that it’s an atmospheric genre at heart. This does not preclude the possibility of chunky riffs by any means, but part of the appeal is the immersive experience, a broad brushstroke of themes and moods as opposed to the forensic riff tessellation and melodic … Continue reading I like the beats and I like the yelling: Olde, Caskets Open, Majestic Mass

I like the beats and I like the yelling: Cruel Life Inside, Sacrilegious Crown, Pustilence

Cruel Life Inside: Eclipsis Vitae (2021) Despite having the name of a mid-2000s emo band, Cruel Life Inside are another package of reforms aimed at making something of “positive” black metal. We could spend all day descanting on what we mean when we say music is “positive” or “negative”, and whether black metal even conforms … Continue reading I like the beats and I like the yelling: Cruel Life Inside, Sacrilegious Crown, Pustilence

I like the beats and I like the yelling: Sinoath, Medieval Demon, Sporae Autem Yuggoth

Sinoath; Research (1995, rereleased on Hessian Firm 27th March) “Reissue” is a dirty word in some circles. A way for labels to suck every last penny out of long dead artists, an endless cycle of dredging up old material in new wrapping. All the more need to reiterate the original and frankly nobler purpose behind … Continue reading I like the beats and I like the yelling: Sinoath, Medieval Demon, Sporae Autem Yuggoth