Sunday, September 15, 2019

Mixtape 99 - Earth

Here is the 99th installment of the Dreams of Consciousness podcast, featuring an interview with Dylan Carlson of Earth.

[cover photo by James Rexroad]

Listen on Apple Podcasts (IOS)

Listen on Stitcher Radio (Android/IOS)

Monday, September 9, 2019

an interview with Cloud Rat

Michigan grind trio Cloud Rat has been a fave of this blog for years. Their various splits, albums, and compilations have been a staple of my Bandcamp Picks column for almost as long as I've been doing it. Since their third album Pollinator is due to be released on September 13th, I finally hit the band up for an interview. Guitarist Rorik Brooks, drummer Brandon Hill, and vocalist Madison Marshall were kind enough to take turns answering my questions while on tour.

Friday, September 6, 2019

catching up with Ross Sewage

The last time I got tangled up with Creepsylvanian thrashers Ghoul, they threatened to kill and eat me. Frankly, I was lucky to escape with my skin (even if it was covered in food colouring). But when they announced they would be releasing their first comic book, written and drawn by Exhumed/Impaled bassist Ross Sewage, I had to find out more. Ross was kind enough to fill me in on how the idea for the book came about, its Kickstarter campaign, and the likelihood of a sequel.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Mixtape 98 - Exhumed

Here is the 98th installment of the Dreams of Consciousness podcast, featuring an interview with Matt Harvey of Exhumed.

Listen on Apple Podcasts (IOS)

Listen on Stitcher Radio (Android/IOS)

Programming Note

You've probably noticed some changes to the format and content of the Dreams of Consciousness podcast. Starting with the Richard Hoak episode, I've been conducting my interviews over the internet instead of in person; this means that I'm able to get "guests" whose music I've been listening to for years (in some cases, decades) without having to wait for them to tour through South East Asia.

For subscribers to the podcast, I'll be adding bonus episodes from time to time. I won't be promoting them through social media; they'll just be uploaded without warning whenever I have the time and extra content that warrants a listen (but not an episode number).

If that sounds appealing (or you just want to support the podcast), you can subscribe through Apple Podcasts (IOS) or Stitcher Radio (Android/IOS).

My thanks to everyone who has supported the podcast through the years. I have some big guests planned for upcoming episodes, and hope you'll enjoy them.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

an interview with No/Más

Washington D.C.'s No/Más are a band that should be on the radar of anyone who likes their grindcore short and catchy. Like Nasum and Pig Destroyer, this new(ish) band aren't averse to imbuing their abrasive deathgrind with groove and a hardcore-like simplicity. Since the band's newest EP Last Laugh is about to drop through Horror Pain Gore Death, I reached out to No/Más to fill me in on their background; the band's guitarist John was kind enough to answer my questions.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Mixtape 97 - Richard Knox

Here is the 97th installment of the Dreams of Consciousness podcast, featuring an interview with Richard Knox of Gizeh Records, A-Sun Amissa, Glissando, and Shield Patterns.

Listen on Apple Podcast (IOS)

Listen on Stitcher Radio (Android/IOS)

Bandcamp Picks - Mylingar, Crimson Moon, Horror God, Murk Rider


I was previously unfamiliar with Crimson Moon - though the band were pioneers of USBM, they've since relocated to Germany, issuing almost a dozen releases along the way. It's clear that even if the Nineties let them slip by unnoticed, the feeling wasn't mutual - Mors Vincit Omnia holds fast to the principles of second wave black metal, combining a raw guitar tone, choral vocals, and icy keyboards to create songs that could have been featured on any of the Blackened compilations. Bonus points for that cheeky nod to The Shining score. [€7.77]

Don't expect much in the way of melody or groove from Sweden's Mylingar. On its third album Döda Själar, the secretive one-man project turns in a disorienting maelstrom of atonal riffs and inhuman growls, hearkening back to the early Mitochondrion albums. One of the most unrelenting and brutal takes on dissonant death metal that I've heard, showing the way forward for the style isn't necessarily slower or more ambient. [Name your price.]

Russian trio Horror God are another commendable addition to the discordant death metal canon. Cursed Seeds evokes Ulcerate with dissonant guitarwork and atmospheric interludes, but holds its own with its frenetic riffing and stellar drumming. And as a sign of their progressive mindset, the band got Gorguts/Dysrhythmia guitarist Kevin Hufnagel to contribute a curiously Azagthoth-ish solo to the song "They Were Behind the Barbed Wire ". [€7]

Say this about California's Murk Rider: They are not lacking in ambition. Their debut full-length Exile Of Shadows showcases the dynamic potential of black metal by utilizing a female vocalist, spoken word segments, a brass section, and actual bass-lines to create an album that warrants repeated listens. Broken into three parts and running almost 80 minutes in total, this is as much a Campbellian journey in execution as it is in concept. [$9]

Friday, August 16, 2019

an interview with Mammoth Storm

I've been shilling for Sweden's Mammoth Storm for years now - their debut EP is one of the heaviest slabs of stoner doom to be released in the last decade; and with their subsequent releases (2015's Fornjot and the recently released Alruna) the band expanded their sound while retaining their commitment to rumbling low end. Bassist/vocalist Daniel Arvidsson was kind enough to answer my questions about the band's history and their latest album.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019