Into Orbit: Caverns

Into Orbit: Caverns German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer shuffled off this mortal coil back in 1860, but not before leaving heartwarming maxims about life like this behind: “Human existence must be a kind of error … it may be said of it, it is bad today and every day it will get worse, until the worst of all happens.” Now, obviously, Schopenhauer wasn’t exactly a laugh riot. Although, like a lot of his philosopher pals, he’d clearly have... 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

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