Category Reviews

Sextile, “A Thousand Hands” Review

Before anything can be said about how good the debut album, “A Thousand Hands”, by Sextile is, I feel compelled to note that Felte is quickly becoming a new favorite record label. It should have been clear that I am…

Ritual Howls, “Turkish Leather” Review

“Turkish Leather” by Ritual Howls is dark, post-punk, gothic rock the way it was meant to be done. These guys are representing Detroit in the best way imaginable: It is dark, gritty, properly brooding and utterly atmospheric. I am entirely…

UNDISCLOSED, “7C858C” Review

“7C858C” is the first in the UNDISCLOSED series, an intriguing and compelling release concept curated by Headphone Commute. The idea is to find an existing, somewhat notable artist, strip away all branding and identity and let them release music that may…

Kreng, “The Summoner” Review

Kreng might make the scariest music on Earth. This is a bold statement when I consider my listening habits, but I find myself pleasantly disturbed sitting here listening to Kreng’s new masterpiece, “The Summoner”. Most of the tracks are named…

Adrian Aniol, “Obscura”

“Obscura” is an original score composed by Adrian Aniol for a theatre production. This must have been a frightening production as the music is utterly dark, tense and horrifying. This music is scary in the same way the Penderecki compositions…

Chelsea Wolfe, “Pain Is Beauty”

Chelsea Wolfe’s album “Pain Is Beauty” is epic, bold, ethereal and beautiful. This is a full fledged, fully realized rock album, covering all the gothic torch-bearing attributes one could ever hope to find in one album. The instrument selection bounces…

Lustmord, “The Word as Power”

Lustmord’s “The Word as Power” is an appropriately potent album that departs musically from the drones that make up his previous albums. This album still has Lustmord’s signature drones and dark ambiance, but is accompanied by extremely rich vocal performances.…

Lycia, “Quiet Moments”

The legendary ethereal band Lycia returns with “Quiet Moments”, their first full length CD in over ten years. It is comforting to see the return of a band so close to my heart. Despite having been inactive so long, they…