Ready To Ragnarok Aug22

Ready To Ragnarok

In our last post about the latest from the mad geniuses at Schiit Audio, we mentioned that one of the new prototypes Schiit had on display at T.H.E audio shot in Newport was an amp called the Ragnarok. Until now, Schiit has kept their focus on very affordable products focused mainly around headphones, as those tend to be the preferred listening method of the younger audience that Schiit is targeting. The Ragnarok is a bit of a different beast, and beast is an apt word as the thing weighs 32 pounds, nearly three times as much as the step down Mjolnir. Why so heavy? Well the Mjolnir peaks at 8 watts into low impedance headphones. That’s a...

maudlin of the Well – Bath/Leaving Your Body Map

Forgotten Legends is an ongoing series where we look back on those extraordinary yet often overlooked albums that are essential to any serious metal collection. They can be of any format, released at any time. As always, a dynamic range measurement is provided for reference. Kayo Dot is one of those bands whose music almost always evokes some kind of instant, visceral reaction from their listeners. There are those that even on a cursory listen get completely overwhelmed by the music’s noise-based roots and general disregard for the riff, while others find Kayo Dot’s genre-hopping compositions uniquely mesmerizing, especially in...

Casualties Of War Aug15

Casualties Of War

One of the biggest surprises of 2012 was Sorrow and Extinction, the debut album from Arkansas’ Pallbearer. The surprise was not that it was a truly exceptional piece of music; a lot of vintage doom bands have been setting a really high bar lately, and Sorrow didn’t outmatch the very best. No, the surprise was the production by engineers Chuck Schaaf and Dan Lowndes. Nobody told them they had to compress the album to hell in order for it to sound “modern” or “heavy enough,” and so they didn’t do it. And as you might expect, the album sounded great as a result. So how about their follow up, Foundations Of Burden? Has lightning struck twice?...

Mastodon – Remission (Reissue) Aug13

Mastodon – Remission (Reissue)

Up until Mastodon’s recently released sixth full length, Once More ‘Round The Sun, the band’s discography could be described as the following: You have the holy trinity in the form of Leviathan, Blood Mountain, and Crack of the Skye, all of which follow their now patented formula of progressive sludge mixed with a healthy dose of traditional stoner rock riffs, and then you have their bookends, Remission and Hunter, which serve as both release and aesthetic bookends to the band’s aural spectrum. One one side of the spectrum you have Remission, which is not only the band’s debut but represents the band in their...

Titan Vinyl Follow Up Aug12

Titan Vinyl Follow Up

This is one that we’ve had a few requests for, so I’m pleased to be able to finally bring it to you. My favorite Septicflesh albums, at least from a musical rather than production standpoint, are Sumerian Daemons, the band’s final release before their split in 2003, and Communion, which arrived a year after they reformed in 2007. I was therefore very excited for 2011′s The Great Mass, but ultimately that album left me a bit cold. It was unquestionably good in parts, but I noticed a lot more skippable material than was present on Communion, particularly the cringe-worthy “The Undead Keep Dreaming.” I was...

Hypocrisy – Virus

Classic Wax is a recurring series covering exceptionally great sounding metal releases on vinyl. As all of these albums are classics, our usual music and sound scores are superfluous. Dynamic range measurements are still provided for reference. The last time I brought up Hypocrisy in this series was with their 1997 release The Final Chapter, the album that was originally intended to be their last. They really put in the effort to get that one right, but after deciding to stick around after all, the next few weren’t quite so successful. Two years after The Final Chapter, the band released the self-titled Hypocrisy, which many consider to be...