ALBUM REVIEW: White Stones – Kuarahy


If you know, have interacted with me through social media, or have seen my list of top albums of 2019, you would already know that I’m an Opeth fanboy. I love, basically, everything that the band has released. You would also probably know that I’m a bass player and (yes, you guessed it!) Martin Méndez is my favorite bass player and one of my top inspirations to play the four-stringed instrument. So, when I heard that he was releasing a new Death Metal project, called White Stones, I was equally excited and confused. When talking about the release of the infamous Heritage (Roadrunner Records), Mikael Åkerfeldt, singer, songwriter, and guitar player from Opeth, stated that they wrote a Death Metal record as a follow up for Watershed (Roadrunner Records), which is their last heavy record, but Méndez talked him out of it stating that was not the music that he should be writing for Opeth. Can you understand my confusion now?
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Enslaved Readies New Album “Utgard”, Reveals Artwork

Progressive Metal legends Enslaved will release their new album, Utgard, in the fall via Nuclear Blast. The disc was tracked in Bergen in Duper Studio and next door at drummer Iver Sandøy’s Solslottet Studio before it was mixed at Fascination Street in Örebro, Sweden with Jens Bogren. The band made a post to Instagram with the artwork. The filmed a new music video at the South Coast of Iceland and Reykjanes. For the new clip, frontman Grutle Kjellson spent five days in Iceland with video producer Gaui H from Gaui H Pic, his production assistant Marita Joensen and the actors Striga and Kolbeinn. Their last album, E, came out in 2017, also via Nuclear Blast.  Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Kilter – Axiom

Coronavirus, quarantines, lockdowns… This seems to be the only thing we are reading all through social media around the world. Though a very serious and sad situation (stay home!), there are other ways to battle the probable lack of activity that you may be going through at home and, if you feel adventurous, you should press play to Kilter‘s Axiom (Alter-Nativ). The Brooklyn trio composed of Kenny Grohowski (Imperial Triumphant) on drums, Ed Rosenberg III on sax, and Laurent David on bass brings a very exciting, weird record that combines the heaviness of their obvious Metal roots with the strange soundscapes that Jazz can bring. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Intronaut – Fluid Existential Inversions


We’re three months in 2020 already and a lot of crazy stuff has happened. Dealing with all the craziness of being an election year, Coronavirus, natural disasters (Puerto Rico had hundreds of earthquakes for the whole month of January), and a bunch of other strange situations seem to keep happening every day. But the question coming in the year was: “are the music releases going to keep coming as solid as they did in 2019?” and I believe that Intronaut’s Fluid Existential Inversions (Metal Blade Records) assure us that the year will still be as solid as the previous ones where we’ve been getting real quality music from bands that are consistent. Intronaut gives us a very interesting album that proves the musical dexterity of each one of the members of this Los Angeles band. Adding the services from drummer Alex Rudinger (ex-The Haarp Machine/ex-The Faceless) gives this record a major boost in the percussive side and makes the overall musical experience a very enjoyable one.
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PODCAST: Episode 75 – Gary Alcock Chats with Jared Klein of Rivers of Nihil

Ghost Cult caught up late last fall with drummer Jared Klein of Rivers of Nihil on their sold-out tour of Europe, supporting their stellar 2018 album Where Owls Know My Name (Metal Blade Records). Chatting with our own intrepid correspondent Gary Alcock, Jared discussed touring behind the full-album performance, the benefit of helpful tour mates, ascending to headliner status in a short span of time, their fondness for Conjurer UK, how the band appreciates the healing power of music, Jared on being a singing drummer, and the bands’ progress on new Rivers of Nihil music! Continue reading

Elder Streams New Single “Embers”, Pre-Orders for “Omens” are Available Now

Desert Fest NYC, The Well, Brooklyn NY.

Elder has streamed a brand new single, ‘Embers’ via Stereogum. The track comes from the forthcoming new album Omens releasing via Armageddon Shop/Armageddon Records this coming April 24th. You can preview the album artwork and pre-orders are now live at Armageddon and various partners at the links below. The band will also hit the road with Bask this srping to support the release. Check out ‘Embers’ now! Continue reading

With Our Arms To The Sun Share Album Artwork Painting Timelapse Video

Arizona Progressive Metal band With Our Arms To The Sun have shared an incredible timelapse video on YouTube of the creation of their current album artwork for The Mogollon Monster. The art and video was created by Jason Farmer (@EvolvingEye). A totally DIY release, the band fully funded the new release with a Kickstarter campaign, the band also launched a Patreon and a Podcast worth checking out. The new album is the follow up to the bands’ acclaimed last album Orenda. Watch the video and purchase the album at the link s below. Continue reading