Monthly Archives: March 2018

Great Addictions to Blindingly Dark, Worldly Life – Rebel Wizard

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Genre: Death/Thrash Metal
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 9/10
Commentary: On Rebel Wizard’s Bandcamp site there is this tag line, “The new wave of negative metal.” That sounds about right to me. This album is just a perfect blend of references to obscure spiritual gurus, screaming, and groovy thrash metal guitar. So far, this is the best metal album I’ve listened to this year.
More info:
here.
Listen: here.

Lionheart- HC McEntire

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Genre: Country
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 8/10
Commentary: This is just the greatest few months for country albums. HC McEntire’s first solo country album just grows and grows on you. “A Lamb, A Dove” and “Wild Dogs” are both remarkable. At times she seems like she’s channeling Emmylou, but mostly she’s out in her own territory… and it’s really fantastic.
More info:
here.
Listen: here.

Ion – Portal

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Genre: Experimental Metal
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 7.5/10
Commentary:On this album, Portal works hard to deconstruct what we think metal songs (or, songs more generally) should sound like – and the result is a chaotic wall of sound which, surprisingly, works really well. From reading on line, this is apparently Portal’s most “approachable” album to date. Hem.
More info: here.
Listen: here.

Cosmic Crypt – Mammoth Grinder

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Genre: Death Metal
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 6/10
Commentary:Great death metal album from Austin, which includes the drummer (but here playing bass) from Powertrip, who released my favorite metal album from last year. The guitar work is particularly great on this album. I’m not a fan of the vocal mixing thought, vocals are set too far into the background, giving most of the songs an unnecessarily muddy texture.
More info:
here.
Listen: here.