Sunday, February 16, 2020

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Episode 116: Bedtimemagic




Here is the 116th episode of the Dreams of Consciousness podcast, featuring an interview with Nicholas Pentabona and Morgan Berns of Bedtimemagic.

[cover photo by Coleman Rogers]

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Sunday, January 26, 2020

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Bandcamp Picks 188 - Porta Nigra, Umbra Conscientia, Ragnarok, Ainsoph



German trio Porta Nigra aren't particulary grim or frost-bitten, but they are adept at crafting engaging albums. Their third album Schöpfungswut integrates NWOBHM histrionics into driving and upbeat melodic black metal (a la Lord Belial or Necrophobic). Singing entirely German keeps the music authentically guttural. [€7]



A collaboration between members of Costa Rica's Corpse Garden and Germany's Dysangelium, Umbra Conscientia unites the blasphemous intentions of two disparate scenes. The project's first release Yellowing of the Lunar Conciousness is a no-frills assault, with only the first and last tracks providing a respite from its single-minded blast - though the occasional headbanging groove does slip through. One of 2019's sleepers. [€7]


A product of Norway's black metal explosion who missed the success of their peers, Ragnarok are nevertheless still at it, and still staying true to the principles of the second wave from which they emerged. There are no female vocals, shoegazing riffs or rock and roll parts to be found on Non Debellicata - just blistering speed and frostbitten riffs. Sometimes a story can be both old and told well. [$7.90]



Speaking of female vocals and shoegazing riffs, Dutch newcomers Ainsoph have no qualms about throwing as many different elements into their metal as needed. Ω - V runs the gamut from black, doom, and post punk, topped by singing that seems like it was teleported from a different, more indie friendly album. Ignoring the rules is the real blasphemy. [Name your price]

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Episode 113: Arvas



Here is the 113th episode of the Dreams of Consciousness podcast, featuring an interview with V-Rex of Arvas.

[Cover photo by David Anthony]

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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

2019


I don't really know what value year end lists have anymore. In the past, they were valuable as a consumer's guide -  once the hype of an album's hype had passed, magazines took a more restrained view of the biggest albums of the year. [It probably helped that at there was less pressure to give an album a positive review at the end of the year - after the tie-in interview had been published.] But as with most things, the internet has made that redundant. The idea of "buying" or "owning" an album is asinine to someone with a Spotify or Apple Music account. [Anyone who doubts that millenials are trending towards socialism should consider the ways their music apps embody Marxist ideas about owning private property.] These days, "best of" lists seem designed to signal a reviewer's coolness - compiling the "best" albums of the year, as determined by the message board or reddit thread you most want to impress.

Credibility is an easy thing to fake if your past opinions weren't publicly recorded through a website or a magazine. [My own past lists included Machine Head and PJ Harvey. I regret nothing.] I try to be honest about my listening habits, and have no interest in being another dittohead parotting public opinion. Like the saying goes: Honesty is my only excuse.

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Episode 112 - Jarboe



Here is the 112th episode of the Dreams of Consciousness podcast, featuring an interview with Jarboe.

[Cover photo by La Salle]

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Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Bandcamp Picks - 2019 Stocking Stuffer Edition


Here's a run down of the best free metal albums on Bandcamp that were released this year, to ensure that you have the blackest of Xmases. All releases were available as "name your price" downloads at the time of posting.