Religiously Irreligious Sep19

Religiously Irreligious

What’s funny is that after ten albums under their belt, Moonspell is still one of those bands that I have a hard time picking exactly which record of theirs is my ultimate favorite. Before I started writing this article, I was absolutely positive their magnum opus was 2008’s Night Eternal. Now before you file a court order to commit me (Too late! -Dave), I am quite cognizant of the fact that most Moonspellians will cite the band’s debut, 1995’s Wolfheart and its follow-up, 1996’s Irreligious, as the alpha and omega of this Portuguese collective’s career. And looking back, justifiably so, since Night...

Vinyl Follow Up: Katatonia – The Fall Of Hearts

I’m sure everyone has their favorite Katatonia album. For me, it’s 2006’s The Great Cold Distance that reigns above all others, with both album tracks like “Soil’s Song” and “July,” as well as B-sides “Unfurl,” “Code Against The Code,” and “Dissolving Bonds,” remaining not just some of my all time favorite Katatonia songs, but favorite songs full stop. I would also say that the latter are superior to any of the tracks on Night Is The New Day (That’s not saying much. -Alex). Happily, the band rebounded after that disappointment in 2012 with Dead End Kings, but I think it is this year’s release, The Fall Of Hearts, that is their...

Review: Nordjevel – Nordjevel Sep05

Review: Nordjevel – Nordjevel

Meet Nordjevel, a melodic black metal band formed in 2015 when a two like-minded miscreants from the North, vocalist Doedsadmiral and bassist/guitarist Nord, found common ground over their fervor for life, liberty, and the pursuit of the occult. Soon after, their search for a full time drummer led them to float their newly formed concept with F. Widigs of Marduk fame, who apparently jumped on-board immediately after hearing just a few rough demos. A year later, their self-titled full length debut popped out via Osmose and here we are. Before I go any further, let me get this off my chest: Nordjevel’s debut is probably the catchiest...

All Your Schiit In One Place Sep02

All Your Schiit In One Place

Schiit has already launched a number of new products this year, so when I learned about another Schiit Show being held again in Marina Del Ray, I figured they had something big up their sleeve. Instead of several new launches as per last year’s show, this time it was just one: the Jotunheim – the Land of the Giants in Norse mythology. Schiit has always resisted combining a DAC and headphone amp into a single box for several reasons. Obsolescence is a major one, as DAC technology improves much faster than amp technology, and if everything is in one box and you want to upgrade the DAC, you have to replace everything. A typical...

Forgotten Legends: Morbid Saint – Spectrum of Death

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 I was growing up, my whole world revolved around Megadeth, Metallica, and to a lesser extent, Slayer. That’s it. They were the be all, end all of metal, and ignorance was as they say, bliss. However, as I grew older, my metal tastes slowly evolved and I started to take my metal more seriously. That’s one of the reasons why in fact I started to read a...

Spotify Gets Metal Aug19

Spotify Gets Metal

Spotify announced the creation of twelve new original shows earlier this year, covering a wide range of genres and aspects of music culture. One of the shows, which Spotify is calling “Landmark,” is a documentary style format covering important artists, groundbreaking albums, and big moments in music history, and kicking off the whole thing is “Landmark – Metallica: The Early Years,” which explores the creation of the band through the release of Ride The Lightning in four parts. Metallica’s early days with Mustaine on lead guitar and a couple of other guys who were in the band for about ten minutes is hardly untrodden territory, but it’s...