Dang, seriously? It’s been how long since the last article? Longtime readers of this site may remember when I had new stuff up here on the regular, even trying to squeeze in posts on my lunch break at the paying job. Although those pieces would often just be parroting news stories — which got lame after a while and have, in fact, been removed.
Maybe it’s serendipitous that a number of the beast factored in to this reawakening, but honestly, I was just tired of how the site has languished over the last six months and sixteen days. Continue reading
I was either fickle or faithful that night, depending on your point-of-view.
Agalloch had again announced a tour. The pitch-black pastoral Portlandians are rarely seen in real life, so just like back in early 2011, I jumped at the opportunity to catch them. As someone who hosted a weekly live Metal Monday gig and frequented heavy live actions in Vermont or Montreal, I missed the energy, the camaraderie, the completely fucking different feel of my favorite bands in front of me. So of course I’m going to Agalloch. We didn’t say these kind words about them and include the band on three of our ‘Best of 2010’ lists for nothing.
Interesting—although we have received promos for both Ereb Altor and the member-sharing offshoot Isole here at Mind Over Metal, nothing of theirs has ever been reviewed. And if you wanna be technical about it, that’s still true, because you’ll need to hit up MetalReview in order to read this review of Gastrike, the band’s third LP. In both this and my last album reviewed — Witchsorrow God Curse Us — the newer bands acknowledge their lineage… a lot. But I prefer the former’s love of Bathory to the latter’s Cathedral worship, and this may be the crowning musical achievement for its members thus far.
I think Brad liked the 2010 self-titled debut from Witchsorrow a bit more than I enjoyed this sophomore set, but in either case, those with a taste for dripping doom by way of Cathedral will find something to enjoy. Though this is often my speed, and I was certainly in a doom mood, something more was needed for completion —read just how and why, over at MetalReview!
Sometimes albums just don’t speak to me, and the Wizards of Kaos s/t debut (from former sHeavy guitarist Dan Moore) was one of those. This is my lowest-rated of my first four pieces for MetalReview—see just how low I went!
It was really hard to avoid the topic of evolution, considering the artwork, themes, and marked progression of the band. Cattle Decapitation have released their most complete, cohesive statement to date with Monolith of Inhumanity. This is another review I wrote with the benefit of speaking with a band member first; Travis Ryan called in live to one of my last ‘Mind Over Metal’ broadcasts on WRUV, which you can listen to here. I actually have to repost an old one with Travis from 2009… hmm, mental note there. Anyway, read my monstrosity over at MetalReview!