Sunday, May 24, 2020

Episode 132: J.J. Anselmi



Here is Dreams of Consciousness Podcast Episode 132, featuring an interview with J.J. Anselmi, the author of Doomed to Fail: The Incredibly Loud History of Doom, Sludge, and Post-Metal.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

an interview with Formless Master


Formless Master is one of several new projects that heralded Gridlink guitarist Takafumi Matsubara's return to health and grindcore. Joined by members of Invidiosus, Deterioration, and Cognizant, the project is a loving tribute to no-frills grind and Bruce Lee. Since they have a new split EP out through Horror Pain Gore Death, I reached out to the band to find out more about their high-kicking "karate grind". Vocalist Matthias Joyce was kind enough to answer my questions.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Episode 131: Wailin Storms

Wailin Storms


Here is Dreams of Consciousness Podcast Episode 131, featuring an interview with Wailin Storms.

[cover photo by Andy Marino]

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Bandcamp Picks: Vader, Ulcerate, Azath, Venomous Skeleton



Emerging from death metal's primordial era and never stopping since, Vader have been more consistent and prolific than any of their peers. Not quite a return to the sonic overload of the Litany period, their 12th album Solitude In Madness is nonetheless a brisk slice of thrashy death metal, allowing the band to graft some catchy Bay Area hooks and mid-paced Priest-styled bangers unto their blast-heavy style. The empire chugs along.  [$11]

Listen to my interview with Vader here.




Since they pioneered dissonant death metal with their third album (and inspired a legion of imitators in the process), it's easy to understand why Ulcerate would want to mine their own territory before going in search of new ones. With its pandemic-appropriate title, Stare Into Death And Be Still fleshes out the band's distinctive style a panoply of dischordant riffs, atmospheric interludes, and Jamie Saint Merat's disorienting, amorphous drumming technique. An album of the year contender, for sure.  [€7.77]

Read my interview with Ulcerate here.




Like Vader, newcomers Azath plant themselves in the fertile delta where death and thrash metal meet. Committed to the joys of pure speed, Through a Warren of Shadow recalls the frantic thrashing of Merciless and Grotesque, with a garage-worthy production to maintain that old school fidelity. Quibbles about the recording budget aside, this is one of the more enjoyable debuts I've heard in the last few years. [$7]



If a new Ulcerate album isn't enough to fill your atmospheric death metal needs, Tel Aviv's Venomous Skeleton should scratch that itch with their first full-length. Drowning in Circles lets tremolo guitars slither over mid-paced beats and through heavy reverb, resulting in an intensely claustrophobic, near-psychedelic album. Bad vibes from across the dead sea. [€7]

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Episode 130: In The Company of Serpents


Here is Dreams of Consciousness Podcast Episode 130, featuring an interview with Grant Netzorg of In The Company Of Serpents.

[cover photo by Colleen Donley]

The podcast is available through the following streaming services (click to listen):
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Sunday, May 3, 2020

Episode 129: Like Rats



Here is Dreams of Consciousness Podcast Episode 129, featuring an interview with Todd Nief of Like Rats.

[cover photo by Peter Cook]

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Saturday, May 2, 2020

Bandcamp Picks - Cult of Fire, Spectral Lore/Mare Cognitum, Bezwering, Khôra



2020 can't be all bad if it brings a new album by criminally underappreciated Czech band Cult Of Fire. Despite a concept derived from Eastern religions, Moksha follows the Slavic black metal playbook faithfully, weaving the band's characteristic melodies through blastbeats, mid-paced shoegazing sections, and classic metal histrionics alike. Who says yoga metal has to be mellow? [€6]



Topping one of the best atmospheric black metal releases of the last decade is no small undertaking, but Mare Cognitum and Spectral Lore attempt do so with their new split release; if anything, Wanderers: Astrology Of The Nine is even more ambitious than their previous collaboration. In defiance of A-Side/B-Side conventions, the two bands alternate tracks, each dedicated to a planet in our solar system, and most of which stretch past the 10 minute mark. When they're not blasting at full speed, the Athens-based Spectral Lore dips into slow, goth adjacent dark metal akin to Katatonia. Holding off on their usual atmospheric sections, Mare Cognitum employs discordance and haunting melodies to create their post rock-inflected celestial black metal. The two solo artists combine their talents on the final two tracks - one being an ominous (and expected) ambient composition, and the other a trebly ode to both Pluto and blackened thrash. As cold, dark, and vast as space itself. [€9]



Newcomers Bezwering join the list of Dutch black metal bands giving their scene an identity distinct from its Scandinavian forbears. Their debut Aan de wormen overgeleverd makes a focal point out of their vocalist's baritone sprechgesang, putting it front and center during mid-paced rock outs and pure blasting sections alike. Throw in some eerie atmosphere and jagged post-punk rhythms for a commendably varied album.  [€1]



Like our current pandemic, progressive black metal project Khôra has spread across continents, bringing together contributors from Ukraine, Norway, Greece and the US. Timaeus bears the distinct influence of Arcturus and the later Emperor albums, with vocalist Kranos turning in a startlingly accurate imitation of Ihsahn's yowling rasp, as well as the soaring tenor of ICS Vortex. The orchestration gives some genre appropriate grandiosity, along with some forgivable Dimmu Borgir-acity. [€7]

Friday, May 1, 2020

an interview with Ulcerate




For over a decade, New Zealand's Ulcerate has pushed death metal past its self-imposed boundaries; in so doing, their atmospheric and dissonant style inspired a horde of imitators. With their album Stare Into Death and Be Still newly released through Debemur Morti Productions, I reached out to the band to find out more about their approach to songwriting and the creation of their latest release. Drummer Jamie Saint Merat was kind enough to answer my questions.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Episode 128: Black Pestilence



Here is Dreams of Consciousness Podcast Episode 128, featuring an interview with Valax of Black Pestilence.


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Saturday, April 25, 2020

an interview with Auroch




Sharing members with Mitochondrion, Canadian band Auroch should be familiar to any black and death metal fan with a fondness for the esoteric. Since their first new release in 4 years just came out through 20 Buck Spin, I reached out to the band to find out about their history and the philosophies behind their music. Guitarist/vocalist Sebastian Montesi was kind enough to answer my questions in record time.