Wizard Rifle—Speak Loud Say Nothing

Wizard Rifle–Speak Loud Say Nothing Wizard Rifle are an extraordinary, two-piece, ruckus-making outfit from Portland, Oregon. The band is signed to infallible label Seventh Rule, and their debut, Speak Loud Say Nothing, is a rollercoaster ride of non-stop riotous shred-fests. Equal parts Amp-Rep pandemonium, quarrelsome tech-metal, and grinding noise tumults, Wizard Rifle’s genus might be vaguely familiar, but they have all the attributes... Read More

Sutekh Hexen—Larvae

 Sutekh Hexen—Larvae  Sutekh Hexen are a blackened noise outfit from San Francisco, California, which sounds simple enough. ‘Blackened’—we all know what that means. Frenetic tremolo riffing, evil intent, and astringent vocals. And ‘noise’—that’s also easy to define. Gloriously harsh and atonal cacophonies. It seems like a basic equation, but as with any acquired taste, and Sutekh Hexen are definitely one of those,... Read More

Atriarch—Forever the End

Crawling out of Portland with their debut album Forever the End, Atriarch envelope you in a claustrophobic mix of über-grinding doom, bewitching atmospheres and icy black metal remoteness. Drawing rave reviews from all quarters, and even a nod from the Melvins’ Buzz Osborne, Atriarch’s debut is a first-rate slab of ill-tempered noise and a fine lesson in what can be achieved when the dismal totality of ritualistic and esoterically inclined... Read More

Revocation—Chaos Of Forms

If Chaos Of Forms doesn’t push Revocation to the front of the technical thrash pack this year it will be an utter tragedy. Their new album is a leap forward creatively with riffs and solos galore, all delivered with mathematical precision. Blending meticulously structured thrash, jazzy breakdowns, vintage flashes (horns and 70s keyboards)—all embellished with a technically progressive finish—Chaos Of Forms is stunningly complex, completely... Read More

Tombs—Path of Totality

Waves of corpulent riffs, understated gothic splendor and a fair amount of post-metal escapism greets you on Path of Totality, the sophomore album from New York trio Tombs. It’s a sagacious, intricate release—Tombs have taken those disparate elements and influences that defined their debut, Winter Hours, honed their already imposing songwriting prowess, and released an album that is intensely corrosive, yet has a tantalizingly delicate heart. Tombs... Read More

Avichi – The Devil’s Fractal

  The Devil’s Fractal is album number two from this US black metal wizard Andrew Markuszewski. While he’s also a contributing member of post-punk and progressively-inclined underground metal superstars Nachtmystium, his releases under the Avichi moniker comprise infinitely sterner and bleaker sermons, with a core sound closer to the primal thrust of orthodox black metal (along with a welcome dose of avant-garde thematic complexity).... Read More

Aosoth- III

  Maybe it’s just the nostalgia talking, but there was a time when listening to black metal was a lot less complicated. Nowadays the pressure’s on to redefine your listening experience. Is what you’re listening to hyperborean? Are you being drawn into the ever decreasing, cataclysmic and stupefying void of nihilism, or are the wide-open steppes of poetic and spiritual transcendentalism on the horizon? Personally, I’m tired of that argument... Read More

Thurston Moore- Demolished Thoughts

Thurston Moore—Demolished Thoughts (Matador Records, 2011) Thurston Moore has been throwing back his flopped fringe, screwing up his cherub face and bashing out frenzied guitar noise as co-founder of the hugely influential New York outfit Sonic Youth since 1981. On this, Moore’s new solo outing, and following up his gentle 2007 album, Trees from the Academy, he dives even deeper into the barrio of folk and Americana. To produce the new album,... Read More

Sunn O)))- Black One

Sunn O))) – Black One (2005 – Southern Lord) There are only two things that really unnerve me. One of them is this album. The other is when I walk into my son’s room and find him sitting on his bed alone whispering under his breath. It fucking creeps me out, I get the vague feeling he’s planning my demise. So yes, Black One is frightening, although perhaps ominous is a more apt description. It hints at something very very bad lurking... Read More