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…

Album review: OMIT Medusa Truth Part 2

There’s a special place in my heart for Omit. It’s one of those bands that basically nobody—even many people deep into this kind of music—seem to know about, but the band puts out consistently great material. Real funeral doom dark horses + Cecilie Langlie is just a phenomenal vocalist. I’m almost always excited to spotlight underground music, but it applies doubly so to Omit.

Read my review of the band’s latest record!

Album review: ALTARS OF GRIEF Iris

This album is jaw-droppingly goodSeriously, this one was quite close to a 10/10. Not quite there, but damn, it truly does not get much better than this. We’ll almost certainly be revisiting this one when Album of the Year season begins. Check out my review and give this record a listen.

A bit short on Content™ this month, but I’ve been busy with a few other things that required creative energy. Three reviews scheduled for April (one of which was  written this month, so hey)  and there’s plenty of stuff to come.