Wednesday, December 10, 2014

End-of-Year Madness

The main site where I write reviews has published its Top 25 albums of the year list, and you can read it right here! I helped contribute to the list, but a number of my top picks aren't on the group list, so stay tuned for our individual lists. I'll be posting blurbs on my Top 20 at least over here, so keep your eyes open. In the mean time, I'll leave you with this lovely piece of music, which took the #12 slot of our staff list.

Of the album, I said this: "Conventional wisdom tells us that one-man black metal projects are meant to be depressive, misanthropic, and self-destructive. With Aura, Andy Marshall proves that not only can they be uplifting, welcoming, and life-giving, they can be truly beautiful. Yes, there is sorrow and longing in the sounds of Saor, but it is a sorrow that cleanses, not destroys. For an hour, Aura uses blasts, tremolos, and screams to make you believe in a better world." Give the whole thing a listen, and join the discussion over on Last Rites!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Witch Mountain - Mobile of Angels

I have a new review up over on This time it's Mobile of Angels by Witch Mountain. And yeah, I loved it. Go read the whole review over there.

Witch Mountain - Mobile of Angels (review by Keith Ross)