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.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Episode 110 - Child Bite



Here is the 110th episode of the Dreams of Consciousness podcast, featuring an interview with Shawn Knight of Child Bite.

[Cover photo by Trevor Naud]

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Sunday, December 8, 2019

Episode 109 - Aarktica



Here is the 109th installment of the Dreams of Consciousness podcast, featuring an interview with Jon DeRosa of Aarktica.

[Cover photo by Ivy Augusta]

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Sunday, November 24, 2019

Bandcamp Picks 186 - Coilguns, Salvation, Child Bite, Bedtimemagic



Formed by members of the Ocean Collective - who are known for releasing sprawling double disc concept albums  - it's only by comparison that Coilguns is less ambitious. Watchwinders, the band's fourth album, eschews the sludgy, atmospheric metal of their former band, finding itself closer to Breach's forward-thinking, genre-splicing post-hardcore. Moshpits for the mind. [Name your price.]

[Read my interview with Coilguns here.]


Anyone nostalgic for the glory days of noise rock will revel in the ultra muscular sound of Chicago's Salvation. The trio's third album Year of the Fly hammers the listener with its pulsing, percussive riffs and an obvious Nineties bias. It seems AmRep Xmas comes earlier every year. [$7]



Detroit's Child Bite follow suit with their own blend of Nineties heavy alternative. Blow Off The Omens combines the fuzzed out heft of the Melvins and the slithering rhythms of the Jesus Lizard, with Shawn Knight's vocals reaching Mike Patton levels of yodel-yelling. Ipecac and roll. [$9]



Like similar bass/drum combos Lightning Bolt and Radiation Blackbody, Boston duo Bedtimemagic seem intent to prove that they don't need guitars to make a hellacious racket. Pillow Talk is a surprisingly diverse album, encompassing everything from sludgy doom to screamo melody while limiting itself to four strings, keyboards, and an extremely limited drum kit. Minimum resources, maximum results. [$7]

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Friday, November 15, 2019

catching up with Grey Skies Fallen [2019]




It's been a while since Grey Skies Fallen have been on this blog (though the members' other projects have popped up on this site regularly). Since it was recently announced that the band would be releasing their fifth album Cold Dead Lands in a few months, I caught up with my buddy Rick Habeeb to find out what the band has been up to these past 5 years.