Lars Gotrich

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Viking's Choice: Crypt Sermon, 'Will Of The Ancient Call'

Friday, January 30, 2015

Props to a metal band that fully acknowledges its lineage: Philadelphia's Crypt Sermon knows it couldn't exist without Candlemass, Solitude Aeturnus and Dio-era Black Sabbath. On its debut album, Out Of The Garden, the band quickly gets into the business of making majestic doom metal that honors its forebears. ...

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Viking's Choice: Ô Paon, 'Fille Tannée/Fille Tendue'

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Nostalgia is a polar bear in the wild — warm and fuzzy from a distance, terrifying once the reality of its power confronts you. In her music as Ô Paon and in her graphic novels, the Anacortes, Wash.-based Geneviève Castrée often writes about the things that haunt her: violence, ...

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Girlpool, 'Chinatown'

Monday, January 26, 2015

When Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker harmonize, it's like a lightning bolt to the gut. As Girlpool, the two keep the instrumentation spare — just an electric guitar and bass — while infusing their songs with a striking confidence that knows we're all failures, or at least trying not to ...

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First Listen: Title Fight, 'Hyperview'

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sometimes being a punk band means three fast power chords, and everyone's happy because three fast power chords are fundamentals of rock 'n' roll fun. Sometimes being a punk band means evolving from three fast power chords and hoping fans come along for a ride that might get darker and ...

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Viking's Choice: Native Lights, 'Blue Star'

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Sometimes you don't know that you've missed something, like an old friend or a recipe tucked away in a cookbook, until it reappears just when it's needed. In August, I went to see Unwed Sailor's set in Washington, D.C., partly out of nostalgia. I came away not only fortified by ...

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Viking's Choice: Liturgy, 'Quetzalcoatl'

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Monotonic chants, 8-bit four-on-the-floor, MIDI strings... Get your keyboards at the ready, Metal Internet: It's "Quetzalcoatl" from Liturgy's third album, The Ark Work.

Maybe the hints were there all along. After spending years as metal's whipping boy for reasons both ideological and aesthetic, the self-proclaimed "transcendental black metal" ...

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First Watch: Adventures, 'Heavenly'

Thursday, January 15, 2015

There's a good chance that the members of Adventures were still in elementary school when the '90s ended — which is cool, because Supersonic Home culls from an emo and alt-rock era whose output feels eternal. It's another side to three-quarters of the metallic hardcore band Code Orange (they ...

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Viking's Choice: Zs, 'Xe'

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Some noise freaks will have you believe that if the music doesn't kill you, it's not extreme enough. Since 2000, the Brooklyn band Zs and its rotating cast could sometimes be accused of that mentality, as they've looked to the caustic examples of '60s free jazz, '80s No Wave ...

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Viking's Choice: Mind Over Mirrors, 'Calling Your Name'

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

At the center of Mind Over Mirrors' sound lies the Indian pedal harmonium, an instrument that elicits a piercing tone; it's at once devotional and alarming in its presence and volume. Jaime Fennelly typically surrounds these song-driven drones with tape loops and synthesizers, and on The Voice Calling, he's joined ...

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Viking's Choice: Blacklisted, 'Burnt Palms'

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

It's been six years since Blacklisted's No One Deserves To Be Here More Than Me, a gritty hardcore record that outwardly plays with melody, noise and lunging tempos that felt truer to Soundgarden or Nirvana's Bleach than anything else. Now comes When People Grow, People Go, a record ...

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Viking's Choice: Visigoth, 'The Revenant King'

Monday, January 12, 2015

If wizards, battles and crunchy riffs roll your 20-sided die a critical hit, heed Visigoth's call. On its debut album, the Salt Lake City power-metal band looks to Manowar, Judas Priest and Manilla Road ("Necropolis" gets covered here) for that classic '80s sound, but the production is decidedly heavier, with ...

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First Watch: Mount Eerie, 'This'

Monday, January 12, 2015

Phil Elverum has a way of making the universe smaller, our dreams real, our fears empathetic, all without minimizing the gravity of things that often feel intangible. In recent years, his music has expanded with explosive energy, as it constantly threatens to erupt like a balloon filled with knives. "This" ...

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Viking's Choice: The Body & Thou, 'Terrible Lie (Nine Inch Nails Cover)'

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

If you haven't been following along, know that between making gorgeously seething albums, Thou has a thing for cover songs: Soundgarden, several from Nirvana, Alice In Chains, Black Sabbath and Minor Threat, to name a ...

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Bandit, 'Losing In A Sense'

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

It's hard to shake the comparison at first: Bandit's "Losing in a Sense" owes its stylistic cues to Control-era Pedro the Lion, when David Bazan's righteous anger fueled some of his most satisfyingly damning work. Here, the ponderously plucked guitar strings form a minor chord progression and ...

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10 Favorite Metal Albums Of 2014

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

I like to look at 2014 in metal through the lens of two very different, very thoughtful covers projects. In one, Brownout's joyous Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath, members of the Austin, Texas-based music collective took the iconic riffs of Ozzy-era Black Sabbath and surrounded them with a ...

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Viking's Choice: The Year In The Loud And The Weird

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

"I thought I'd kick you in the pants."

And so begins my fairly annual conversation with All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen about the year in metal and what I sometimes call "outer sound," a nebulous grouping of experimental music. You may may have seen — and perhaps been puzzled ...

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Tiny Desk Concert: HMSTR

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

You could never fully steal the show when you're followed by the blown-out spectacle of Sun Ra Arkestra's Tiny Desk Concert. But the opening act kept jumping on the piano and nibbling on the set, literally pulling up the carpet and leaving "presents" on the floor. How ...

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First Watch: La Dispute, 'Woman (Reading)'

Friday, December 19, 2014

Rooms Of The House is an album based on what we leave behind, and what it means when new bodies and new emotions inhabit those places. It's a lofty concept executed with care by La Dispute, whose members are no strangers to poetic post-hardcore. It all comes to a ...

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Hear The First New D'Angelo Album In 15 Years

Monday, December 15, 2014

We woke up to a world with a new D'Angelo album, his first in almost 15 years. For lovers of R&B and soul — hell, for lovers of music that transcends — this is unreal. Black Messiah was teased on Friday with a 15-second video, the ...

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Viking's Choice: Cretin, 'Ghost Of Teeth And Hair'

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

How's this for an opening line? "Gross. They say I ate you in the womb, that Mom had no room." After eight years of other projects, members joining Repulsion on tour, and vocalist/guitarist Marissa Martinez-Hoadley's sex-reassignment process, Cretin has crawled back out of its delightfully gore-obsessed grindcore hole ...

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