Death Grips – The Powers That B

Note:  The Powers that B is one album with two parts:  Niggas on the Moon and Jenny Death. Since Niggas one the Moon came out about 9 months prior to Jenny Death, I am going to give them individual scores, then one total score for the entire album. Niggas on the Moon Having been out for a couple of months now, this first half of the album, Niggas on the Moon, had plenty of time to sit with me. My initial thoughts have definitely changed, but not for the worse. This part of the album is the glitchy and more electronic-focused. … Read More

Ghost Bath – Moonlover

Moonlover is currently available on Ghost Bath’s Bandcamp site. A wider release is planned for April 10, courtesy of Northern Silence.

Thomas’ Favorite Albums of 2014

#11: Behemoth – The Satanist #10: Full of Hell – Full of Hell & Merzbow #9: Artificial Brain – Labyrinth Constellation #8: Murmur – Murmur #7: Kamijo – Symphony of the Vampire #6: Swans – To Be Kind #5: Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2 #4: Hotelier – Home, Like Noplace is There #3: Death Grips – Niggas on the Moon #2: Iceage – Plowing into the Field of Love #1: IDYLLS – Prayer for Terrene

Full of Hell – Full of Hell & Merzbow

Grindcore is a hell of a thing. I understand the need for it—earnest communication in the form of anything other than blood curdled screams in these truncated days seems more than a little ambitious—but I’ve never latched onto the method itself. If hardcore’s purpose was to bring a pummeling sense of stabilization to the nihilism of punk, then what’s the role of grindcore? To tear it all back down again? Is it atavism, reversion to the punks of yesteryear, only this time with more neutered shrieks to better resonate with the postmodern cacophony? And is there a way to do ... Read More

A Beginner’s Guide to Black Metal

Anyone who is remotely familiar with the genre of black metal knows how difficult it can be to get into. With musicians of the genre focusing on creating music as far away from mainstream artists as possible (essentially “anti-music”), there are a lot of core elements of the genre that can be very hard on the ears to listeners. Musical techniques like shrieking/screaming, tremolo riffs, blast beats, dark lyrics, and very raw production can take some getting use to. With this short list of great albums, I aim to help ease you in on these individual elements that make up … Read More

Iceage – Plowing Into the Field of Love

Diversity is one hell of a technique, and one that can make or break a band. If a group stays with the same sound for their whole career, fans are bound to become displeased at some point when each pointlessly repetitive album is released. This is not to say that bad things don’t come up when a band makes the effort to change their once great sound into something utterly dreadful. With their newest record, Plowing Into the Field of Love, post-punk band Iceage decides to take the plunge of really changing and advancing their formula. The question is, did this … Read More

Death From Above 1979 – The Physical World

I remember my introduction to the band Death from Above 1979. I was sitting at my lunch table back in high school when my good friend sits down next to me wearing a pink shirt featuring two faces with elephant trunks. I asked, “What’s up with your shirt?” He let me know that it was from a band called Death from Above 1979,  one of his favorite bands that I should definitely check out. You would think a band name like that matched with the image on the shirt would stick with me, but it took a good year before … Read More