At the start of the week, I had the idea that I would try and focus on more beautiful, hopeful music this week. Yet, as you’ll see, by Tuesday that idea was long gone – and by Thursday, and the way the American government seemed to be treating survivors of sexual assault, nothing felt appropriate save absolute rage. Fuck the patriarchy. Burn it all down.
Album of the Day for the past week took on a distinctly death metal flavour as the week went on, but there’s still plenty of variety to be found, with as much emotional heaviness and there is musical. Enjoy!
Published a few weeks ago now, my review of one of the most crushing records of the year is up on Summoning Spirits.
“Considering the pedigree of the bands involved, it’s almost stunning how little publicity there has been over this release. The Body made a small mention of it on their Facebook page, whilst also posting about their recent, excellent collaboration with The Haxan Cloak. Thou have one line about it on their website, and nothing on their fan-run Facebook page. The label it is released on, Vinyl Rites, eschew many of the mechanisations of modern labels, having no social media sites that I could find. In an age where almost everyone is looking to sell their product, here comes a record by two of modern doom’s most notable bands that is being put out in the most quiet, undramatic fashion imaginable. It’s almost a shame, as the four songs contained on Released From Love are superb and deserve to be heard, being some of the best examples of the ugliness and beauty of doom heard in some time.”
Read the full review here.