Album review: ANAAL NATHRAKH A New Kind of Horror

Anaal Nathrakh was the first band I covered on this website. The Whole of the Law was so good that I just needed to cover it, even if it was on some dumb blog that nobody was going to read. I thought that maybe it could be the start of something good…

I’ve had a few milestones with these guys. Primarily the VICE article I wrote earlier in the year about the band, which was my first major freelance article I had published.

Reviewing the new record feels sort of like coming full circle. It’s masterclass stuff, by the way. Spoilers for the review, I guess. Here’s my review.

I was fortunate enough to get an advance copy of the record several months ago, so I have had a lot of time to listen to it and do a really deep dive into all its various aspects, which I hope reflects in the article. That also means I am 100% confident in my score. A New Kind of Horror is truly a modern classic.

Album reviews: PIG DESTROYER Head Cage & SKYHARBOR Sunshine Dust

hello it has been a minute.

It was a busy two months, with things like weddings, get togethers with college friends, battling a bout of asthma, sickness, trying to move out of an apartment that lacks workable internet and is in…the not-so-nice part of town.

Regardless, a little break from what has been a fairly consistent reviewing pace for almost two years couldn’t hurt.

My reviews of the new Pig Destroyer and Skyharbor records are up at Metal Injection. I’ll also be reviewing an album that I’m particularly ecstatic about near the end of the month. So…I guess I should start writing it. Be back soon.

p.s. Pig Destroyer was a particularly difficult one to write. Some of its songs “House of Snakes,” “Army of Cops” (surprisingly, it grew on me!), and a few others are genuinely 10/10 instant classics in my book but a significant chunk of the album is pretty boring filler. Still, I can’t discount the resounding high quality of the record’s high points so…The score is what it is.

ALSO, I couldn’t find a way to fit it in the review but it’s gotta be said somewhere: “Permanent Funeral” on the band’s Book Burner record opened with a blatant “Raining Blood” knockoff riff. “House of Snakes'” obviously pillages from “Blackened.” So will the closer on Pig Destroyer’s next record take from Anthrax or Megadeth? Will report back in half a decade when the next album is out…

Throwback Thursday: TRANSCENDING BIZARRE?’s The Serpent’s Manifolds is One of Black Metal’s Overlooked Oddities

(doing the clap after every other word thing) STOP DRINKING A GALLON OF COFFEE AND THEN VOLUNTEERING FOR ASSIGNMENTS

Ahem. I filled in for Metal Injection’s usual #TBT columnist last week and used the opportunity to discuss a band that I chanced upon in high school and have been listening to semi-regularly ever since. Transcending Bizarre? is a great band and this is pretty much the only time I can think of to relevantly write about them. This is cliche and certainly applies to a lot of the metal stuff I write, but if you told me one decade ago that I’d be able to hype up this completely unknown music group for one of the web’s largest metal publications, I’d laugh you out the door.

I was also excited to be able to talk to Haris, who served as the band’s keyboardist, for the article. Loved the standout memory he shared with me. Haris, if you’re reading this, thanks for the quick turnaround and in-depth answers! You rock.

Album review: TOMB MOLD Manor of Infinite Forms

I didn’t really get why people were so enamored with Tomb Mold’s 2016 debut. It was good, but this new one is definitely great stuff and I’m 100% on board now. The instrumentation is just phenomenal! I think Of Feather and Bone’s new record is still my favorite album the genre has offered in 2018 thus far but this is sitting very pretty at #2.

It is morally imperative that you read my review then buy the record.

Going forward, been mulling over doing a recap of stuff I wanted to cover but couldn’t in the last six months. Nothing big, probably just quick riffing on new music that mostly ranges from mediocre to decently OK. Also partaking in a joint Metal Injection feature that’ll also be out sometime this month. Should round out June.

Album review: SERUM DREG Lustful Vengeance

OK, done. The Gauntlet of April Reviews is complete. Check out the review.

For the first time in months I don’t have any freelance writing projects planned. I’m forcing myself to take a mini-vacation because the creative gears need a bit of rest. Been a trying few months and distracting myself by writing through it isn’t sustainable any more.

I have an idea for a larger freelance project that I’m really excited to pitch but that’s likely a fair bit out on the horizon. And I’m sure I’ll find some new music to cover shortly. I’ve missed a few cool records that have come out recently, so maybe there’s another quick recap to publish in the near future. Maybe. Until then…