2020 Albums

Album Review: Static-X – Project Regeneration Vol. 1 8.5 (Nu Metal)

One of my chief childhood musical crushes, Static X, and its hallowed image somewhat shattered into a million jagged pieces one, as I grew old and two, once Wayne Static accidentally took his own life in 2014 when he took medicine with alcohol. Static X was falling into the pits of insignificance and the flame was slowly but surely dying out in my heart, only rekindled ever-so-dimmer whenever I spun their older stuff like Start a War or Shadow Zone, but when I heard of the Project Regeneration, I jumped for joy. I didn’t have the faintest idea, and honestly didn’t care much, how they were going to pull this project through; what mattered to me most was what the end result would be. And in short, I am hugely satisfied with this product. […]

Doom metal

Microdose: Clouds, Treurwilg, Gospel Of Death & Loviatar

Verdict: I have been a die-hard fan of Clouds ever since their grand opening in 2014 with Doliu and their third album, Dor, was my 2018’s third best album. Durere, however, is miles away from their grandeur and they are clearly not at the top of their game. My take on this issue is that they have spread themselves too thin and they are releasing albums too often to the point that they have begun to repeat themselves and lose their magic. I do want Clouds to sound like Clouds, but I don’t want them to give me the same thing they have always given. I mean the atmosphere, which is the key element in any atmospheric album, is mostly unimaginative and uninspiring and clean vocals have actually worsened (take Empty Hearts as one example). Lyrics, too, remain as heart-wrenching and tear-jerking as ever, but this one is actually a plus and I am totally in favor of that; Clouds’ lyricism has always had a way to my heart. Overall, it is absolutely a worthwhile effort, but somewhat imperfect. […]

2020 Albums

Album Review: Sopor Aeternus And the Ensemble of Shadows – Island of the dead 7.6 (Dark Folk)

Throughout history have existed many artists with a troubled soul (and at times body) who ventured beyond the realms of artistic norms and created their own version of reality and purpose of art. They have worked within all mediums of art and more often than not, their conception of matters has been a somber, and times even, grotesque one. Maybe most famous among them that one can think of would be Vincent Van Gogh, the Dutch Painter whose personal calamities are as legendary as his art is; Alexander Pope, the English physical deformity led to his aggressively pessimistic outlook on life; Sylvia Plath, the American poet whose suicidal inclinations led to her The Bell Jar and of course her demise at the young age of 30. […]

Doom metal

Interview: Aria Moghaddam of Dark Matter

Some time in January this year, the Iranian/international outfit Dark Matter released its debut album Nebula to Black Hole with a star-studded line-up consisting of names like Thomas Helm of Empyrium, Juuso Raatikainen of Swallow the Sun, Daniel Cavanagh of Anathema and Feb Regman of Antimatter among many others. Here is my interview with Aria Moghaddam, the mastermind behind this band. […]

2020 Albums

Album Review: Green Carnation – Leaves Of Yesteryear 9.2 (Prog Metal)

In my adolescence, one band that introduced classy, prestigious metal to me, something to be both hooked on and impressed by and at the same time feel elated to be a fan of, was indeed Green Carnation. It was mid-to-late 2000s and I was steering away from Anathema, in whom I was kinda disappointed, that I stumbled upon this band, simply because I was looking for a band with a death/doom/gothic sound with poetic and touching lyrics. I gave Journey to the End of the Night a listen; I fell into darkness and the rest is my history. […]

2020 Albums

Album Review: Insatanity – Hymns of the Gods Before 6.7 (OSDM)

Insatanity may not be a renowned name in death metal scene these days, but indeed with almost three decades of history in Northeast scene of American death metal, alongside Suffocation, Immolation and Vital Remains, they are old-timers. Forming in 1992, they soon took off and worked on several demo tapes to finally release their first LP, Divine Decomposition, in 1996. But afterwards, they went on a 24-year hiatus until 2020 when they returned with their second studio album. In the meantime, though, they kept themselves quite busy with four Eps, two split albums and a compilation album. […]

2020 Albums

Album Review: Dominia – The Withering of the Rose 9 (Doom/Gothic)

Although more than two decades have passed since Dominia formed in 1999, they have a very sparse but steady discography of only five albums. This shows how meticulous this band is when it comes to artistic production. This, in turn, may have resulted in their current status of obscurity and the fact that they are not well known among listeners to this genre despite all their merits and talents. […]

2020 Albums

Album Review: Sadness – Alluring the Distant Eye 7.5 (Black Metal)

Sadness is an extremely prolific one-man project from Oak Park, Illinois and despite being quite a young band, formed only in 2014, the band’s discography shows 16 studio albums (In 2015 alone, 5 LPs were released)!!! This can only mean that most of the music produced, and Elisa’s approach to this form of art in general, is hit-and-miss. As there are outstanding pieces, there ought to be equal, if not more, negligible (or maybe plain substandard) tracks too. How many world-class pieces can one make in one year in one genre, no matter how young and creative one might be? All said, the current state of affairs points to a more balanced view towards musical production in Sadness, with 1 album in 2018 and 2 in 2019. And 2020 has seen only one album, so far. […]