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January 2016

“When Animals Dream” (2014)

Not all horror films are created equally. Some go for that visceral gut-punch of arterial spray, while others aim to showcase the horrors of the human condition. Both approaches can be equally effective, but much like beauty, the effectiveness is in the eye of the beholder. “When Animals Dream” falls into the latter category, with not much viscera to be found. That’s OK, for Continue reading ““When Animals Dream” (2014)”

Borknagar – Winter Thrice

Borknagar is a name I’ve come to associate with quality. They’re such a well-oiled machine at this point. That’s not to say they’ve fallen into complacency. Not by any means. They still put out engaging, intricate, well written, progressive black metal and sure as shit when I see the name, I know it’s got to be on my must hear list. What else can you expect from a band made up of such talented players, especially in the vocal Continue reading “Borknagar – Winter Thrice”

New Headbangers – January 2016

Let some new metal crack across your speakers this Thorsday with these releases on Bandcamp. Stream them for free and in the case of the Naðra album, download it for free if you’re feeling cheap. January has seen some good releases, and below are a few real solid albums I’ve put through my ears.

Existence

The Lion’s Daughter – Existence is Horror (blackened sludge metal) USA

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Eli Roth’s “The Green Inferno” (2015)

Eli Roth’s languishing cannibal flick, “The Green Inferno” has made it to Blu-ray after a short release last fall and I got around to watching it last night. As some of you may know, this is his ode to the cannibal movies of the 1970s and ‘80s, especially the cult classic, “Cannibal Holocaust.” So I’m approaching this movie with that in mind. If you haven’t Continue reading “Eli Roth’s “The Green Inferno” (2015)”

Fin – The Furrows of Tradition

Fin is a prime example of how much quality metal lays beneath the surface. If only I had discovered this album earlier it would have definitely ended up on my year end list.

This Chicago duo rip through just about an hour of blazing hot and furious black metal that by the time you reach the conclusion you’ll feel pummeled with its sheer tenacity, which is suiting Continue reading “Fin – The Furrows of Tradition”

Local Albums I Missed in 2015: Skeið – Skeið

Continuing on in my exploration of albums I missed for my 2015 list of Colorado Metal Releases is black metallers, Skeið. Now, I don’t know where the cover art came from, but it’s a cool scene of Vikings in a boat headed for shore, surely into battle. I’m a big fan of the Viking/black metal motif, which has gone together quite well ever since one of my favorite bands, Bathory, created the sub-genre in the late ’80s/early ’90s.

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Odd13 Brewing – Professor Hops

Professor Hops

India-style Saison

Odd13 Brewing (Lafayette, CO)

7.2% ABV

Kvlt Rating: 3.5 out of 5

North of Denver -in the relative nowhere of Lafayette- is a special brewery, Odd13, that not only has really good, original beers, but also fantastic comic book style labels. I am a sucker for cool label art and as someone who grew up with comics, I can appreciate the work that went into them.

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Local Albums I Missed in 2015: Call of the Void – Ageless

It was inevitable that I would have some oversights in my Colorado metal release list,  so I’m diving further into an exploration of the local albums I missed from 2015. This is Boulder’s Call of the Void and their almost year old release, Ageless. One word describes this album: aggressive.

I can handle some ‘core-like bands and Call of the Void’s Ageless is ok by me because they don’t fit that mold like you’d expect. From start to finish, expect to just bang your head and Continue reading “Local Albums I Missed in 2015: Call of the Void – Ageless”

“Bone Tomahawk” -“The Hills Have Eyes” meets “The Searchers”-

Kurt Russell, Western, cannibals. Sold!

Caliber Media Company’s new Western-Horror, “Bone Tomahawk,” was released in October and I just had a chance to view this brutal western rescue. The story is about Sheriff Hunt (Russell) who leads a small posse on a rescue mission to retrieve three people Continue reading ““Bone Tomahawk” -“The Hills Have Eyes” meets “The Searchers”-“

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