Say It Ain’t So Kauan Dec13

Say It Ain’t So Kauan

The last several releases from Russia’s Kauan have morphed from the gothic tinged death doom of their early albums into more ambient, progressive soundscapes, culminating in last year’s superb Pirut. And although Pirut is a stellar album in its own right, the fact that it was also the band’s most dynamic, best sounding release to date certainly didn’t hurt matters either. In fact, Pirut sounded so good that it was one of two albums selected for our first ever Production Awards. Given Kauan’s track record of each new release being better than the last in terms of production, I was therefore very curious about how the recently released...

Making Modern Noise Dec08

Making Modern Noise

Many of you may not be aware of this, but Tommy Rogers (Thomas Giles) of Between the Buried and Me fame released a solo album entitled Pulse back in 2011 to much critical acclaim. Pulse proved to be quite an unexpected surprise too, sharing almost nothing musically with anything Tommy has done up until that point. Even more impressive, Tommy arranged, composed, and played all the instruments on this record, proving to fans that he is more than just a pretty face with a mean set of pipes. His recently released follow up, Modern Noise, continues where Tommy left off, offering up another wide range of aural textures to feast on and having him...

Spin The Black Circle

Angry Metal-Fi is a series of articles that are cross posted on Angry Metal Guy and Metal-Fi as a collaborative effort to evangelize dynamics in metal. In my last post for this series back in April, I talked about what vinyl is and what it is not, and what may make it sound better than CD. If you’re thinking about making the jump, I’m here to help. But first, here’s a quick refresher course. Way back when, albums were recorded, mixed, and mastered on consoles using tape. That continued until roughly around 25 years ago, when most artists and studios began to go digital. What that meant for vinyl is that instead of cutting pressings from...

Furia – Nocel Nov19

Furia – Nocel

Over the last few decades, Poland’s extreme underground has been a challenging place for black metal to flourish. Part of the reason stems from the fact that the country’s early extreme metal roots are mired with its NSBM affiliation, with acts like Graveland and Veles gaining notoriety more so for their politics than their riffs back in the early 90s. Couple that with the country’s strict anti-religion laws, it’s no wonder that black metal doesn’t exactly thrive compared to their NATO allies. Yet despite all that, bands like Mgla and Cultes des Ghoules still manage to deliver some of the finest black metal...

Trouble – Psalm 9

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. When one find themselves in a conversation about doom, typically bands like Black Sabbath, Candlemass, St. Vitus, and Electric Wizard get bantered about as the genre’s main leading staples. And rightfully so too, since if you are old enough to vote and reading this, then you probably own at least one record from one of these bands. But if you had to name the top...

Tidal WAV Hits US Shores Oct30

Tidal WAV Hits US Shores

We first talked about WiMP’s new lossless streaming service last year, which at the time was limited to the UK and parts of Western Europe. Rival Qobuz has similar geographical limitations, and recent money problems have put a considerable damper on their expansion plans. Lossless streaming in the US is now a reality though, thanks to a rebrand of the WiMP service under the new name Tidal. The service costs $20/mo, with an available seven day trial, and promises access to 25 million tracks in lossless quality – provided you use the the Chrome web client. As with WiMP, the desktop client is currently limited to lossy formats only, and...