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March 2016

Panopticon & Waldgeflüster Split

I’m a bit of a fanboy when it comes to the bands on Bindrune Records, particularly Panopticon so if the write up comes off as gushing, I don’t apologize.

The last split Panopticon was on was with Falls of Rauros and it was a masterwork of bands coming together in perfect harmony. If I were to pick another band from Bindrune to be on a split with Panopticon, it would be Waldgeflüster. Their European flavored, folk black metal is Continue reading “Panopticon & Waldgeflüster Split”

TRVE Brewing – Melissa

Melissa

Sour Petite Saison

TRVE Brewing (Denver, CO)

4.7% ABV

Kvlt Rating: 4 out of 5

I don’t get out often for brewery events, but when one of your favorites is releasing a sour saison named after one of the most classic of heavy metal albums, I can try a bit harder to make it. TRVE Brewing put out their Melissa sour petite saison on Saturday and I’m sure it would put a smile on King Diamond’s face. Named after Mercyful Fate’s 1983 classic Continue reading “TRVE Brewing – Melissa”

Kevin G’s Weekly Metal Playlist

Winter decided it was time to dump all the snow it was holding on to all at once this week and reminded us we are completely under it’s control. It shortened the work week by one day but the metal takes no breaks. March has slowed down a bit on the new releases but the quality is not lacking.

NEW STUFF: (Links in titles)

Woman is the Earth – Torch of Our Final Night
I was blown away by this bands 2014 release, Depths, and this one may be even better. Beautiful, mesmerizing passages of incredible black metal. I can’t recommend this band Continue reading “Kevin G’s Weekly Metal Playlist”

Cobalt- Slow Forever

If we’re going to talk Colorado metal in 2016 then we’re going to talk about Cobalt, the split with vocalist and guitarist Phil McSorely and Cobalt’s new album, Slow Forever. Back it up seven years, McSorely was still in the group and Gin was well received. Erase everything that has occurred since and we’re now left with the beginning of Cobalt’s fourth album and Erik Wunder. Joining him for the new album is Charlie Fell, who has a background in oily sludge metal with Lord Mantis.

Continue reading “Cobalt- Slow Forever”

Kevin G’s Weekly Metal Playlist

Winter decided to remind us that it wasn’t quite through us yet as snow engulfed our city at week’s end. It was a good day to hunker down and listen to the shit storm of awesome new metal releases that also blasted us this week.

There was some amazing new music this week from older and new bands alike as well as a long promised, highly anticipated release so no more fucking around, let’s get to it…

NEW STUFF (Links in titles)  Continue reading “Kevin G’s Weekly Metal Playlist”

Sacrilegium – Anima Lucifera

Polish band Sacrilegium has made an overdue return after 16 years since they last did a split with two other Polish black metal groups, North and Neasit. North is still active, but Neasit ceased releasing new music seven years ago. Now Sacrilegium has returned.

Sacrilegium released, in my opinion, a classic black metal album way back in 1996 with Wicher. Their pagan themed fueled, nature oriented sound was on par especially for a time when the Continue reading “Sacrilegium – Anima Lucifera”

Kevin G’s Weekly Metal Jams

I warned you March was going to be a heavy month for new metal releases and this past week was determined to prove me right. The month has barely even begun and I’m already overwhelmed with new music. Some of my main picks for the month haven’t even dropped yet. Satan All Mighty, I love the metal. It’s always so generous.

NEW STUFF: (Links in titles) Continue reading “Kevin G’s Weekly Metal Jams”

“Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult” is a must-read for metalheads

A book review? Yup, that’s what we have on our hands here. I finally finished Dayal Patterson’s labor of love (and metal) “Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult” and it’s a must have addition to any black metal fan’s collection.

This is far and away better than “Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground” by Michael Moynihan. There’s a lot of overlap between the two, especially the Norwegian scene and what influenced it in the early ‘90s. I’m not saying “don’t read Lords of Chaos,” because it’s a good read as well, but Patterson’s “Evolution of the Cult” does a better Continue reading ““Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult” is a must-read for metalheads”

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