Sunday, November 18, 2018

Mixtape 68 - Palm (JPN)

Here is the 68th installment of the Dreams of Consciousness podcast, featuring an interview with Palm from Osaka, Japan.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Mixtape 67 - Punčke

Here is the 67th installment of the Dreams of Consciousness podcast, featuring an interview with Lucija Ivšić, Anja Tkalec, and Goran Nježić of Croatian punk trio Punčke.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Mixtape 66 - Scrotal Vice

Here is the 66th installment of the Dreams of Consciousness podcast, featuring an interview with Extreme Post Op Power Grind band, Scrotal Vice.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Mixtape 65 - Generacion Suicida

Here is the 65th installment of the Dreams of Consciousness podcast, featuring an interview with LA punk rockers Generacion Suicida.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Bandcamp Picks: Solar Temple, Slavehouse, Sainte Marie des Loups, Terranaut/Chaosophy

There's not much info to be found about the clandestine Dutch duo Solar Temple, but their latest release is bound to change that. With two songs lasting over a half hour, Fertile Descent uses droning repetition to hypnotic effect, adding noise and industrial elements that bring the avant inclinations of Swans and Godlesh to atmospheric black metal. I've been listening to this twice a day since it came out and it hasn't gotten old yet. Truly sublime. [€7]

Sadly, purveyor of fine blackened filth Fallen Empire is ending its operations soon, but not before leaving us a few new releases and the taste of ashes in our mouth. After making waves with their demo, masked provocateurs Slavehouse are ready to prove the hype is real with their first album. Taste in Pain wraps bondage gear around some truly vicious black/death 'n' roll, and the results sound like a night out with Craft and the Mentors: Abrasive, unruly, and a hell of a lot of fun. The album is available as a "name your price" download.

French solo project Sainte Marie des Loups keeps it cold and kvlt. The eponymous debut is unabashedly raw and uncompromising, with swarms of angry bees for guitars, drums that sound like they were recorded a town away, and keyboards that are little more than MIDI beeps. Expect nothing more than unpolished, unrepentant, unholy black metal - so pure, so cold. The album is available as a "name your price" download.

It's doubtful anyone will ever fill the void that Fallen Empire leaves behind, but a new split release from Horror Pain Gore Death will keep playlists darker than black. Kicking off the proceedings are Chicago's Terranaut, who elevate themselves above generic second wave proclivities with an assembly of memorable riffs and catchy as hell songs. Wisconsin's Chaosophy opt for a more sinister sound, with a style that borders on death metal and a contempt for religion that spells danger for nearby churches. The war against the light rages on. [$6.66]

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Bandcamp Picks - Convulsing, Imperial Triumphant, Mutilation Rites, Churchburn

Australian solo act Convulsing is one of the most interesting acts in death metal right now. Atonal, atmospheric, and dynamic, sophomore album Grievous never gets stuck in one style or one tempo, taking the listener on a claustrophobic voyage through everything the genre was and could be. Ending the album with a moody re-imagining of Porcupine Tree's "The Sleep of No Dreaming" is perhaps the most indicative window to the man behind the project. This is a death metal meisterwork that deserves to be counted among the best of the year - and since it's available as a "name your price" download, there's no reason not to get it right now.

New York's Imperial Triumphant have been chipping away at the boundaries of death metal from day one, but their latest album takes their ambition to a whole new level. Vile Luxury combines the dissonant, skronking style of past releases and expands it to include a horn section and choir, combining death metal and hard bop in a way that recalls both John Coltrane and Immolation. An Ascension of death metal. [$9.99]

Fellow New Yorkers Mutilation Rites keep their death metal relatively straight-forward and brutal. But Chasm has just enough progressive and and punk rock digressions to its blasting fervor that these six songs never get tedious. And the production (recorded, among other places, at Brooklyn's infamous Saint Vitus Bar) brings the most out of the band's onslaught. Death done right. [$6]

Revolving around Vital Remains co-founder Dave Suzuki of and one-time Grief sticksman Ray McCaffrey, Churchburn sounds pretty much like what you'd expect. On their debut full-length None Shall Live... The Hymns of Misery, the quasi-black metal riffs of early VR are dragged to the depths and slowed to a crawl, resulting in one of the most evil death doom albums of recent years. As grim as a New England Winter. [$8]

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Mixtape 62 - J.R. Fritsch

Here is the 62nd installment of the Dreams of Consciousness podcast, featuring an interview with J.R. Fritsch of Seratus Ribu Records.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Mixtape 61 - Darsombra (Part 2)

Here is the 61st installment of the Dreams of Consciousness podcast, featuring part two of an interview with Brian Daniloski and Ann Everton of Darsombra.