Bog Wizard – From the Mire (2020), Miasmic Purple Smoke (2021)

Ok y’all, it’s Monday… time for some nerd shit.

Dungeons & Dragons has been called the most effective introduction to the occult in the history of Man.

It is a fantasy role-playing game that teaches demonology, witchcraft, voodoo, murder, blasphemy, suicide, assassination, insanity, sex, perversion, homosexuality, prostitution, Satan worship, gambling, barbarism, cannibalism, sadism, desecration, demon summoning, necromantics, divination, and many other occultic themes… all in living color.

Ready to get started? Roll for initiative…

 

Bog WizardFrom the Mire (self-released, 03 July 2020)

 

Bog WizardMiasmic Purple Smoke (self-released, 03 December 2021)

 

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Mordred – The Dark Parade (2021)

Good morning, and here comes some more music for you all to start off your week with!

Don’t worry, I know how to operate a calendar, and I realize it’s Tuesday. But yesterday was a federal holiday here in the U.S., as well as a snow day, so we lazily decided to have ourselves a nice extended weekend.

But today we’re back on track, and I would like to call your attention to an album I particularly enjoyed when it came out last summer. Again, I assure you, I do know how calendars work, and I do realize we’re now into the third week of the new year. Within the next few days I promise the first review of a new 2022 release will be coming! But we’ve still got plenty of older ones to cover that you shouldn’t miss out on.

Like this one: the fourth album overall (and the first in 27 years!) by San Franciscan band Mordred — who, by the way, will be playing their first hometown show of the year this coming weekend, alongside fellow local thrashers Death Angel. Details on tickets (both in-person and live-stream) to be found below.

 

MordredThe Dark Parade (M-Theory Audio, 23 July 2021)

 

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Prehistoric Pigs – Everything is Good (2015), The Fourth Moon (2021)

All right, y’all — today I’ll be treating you to two heaping helpings of fuzzed-out instrumental goodness, courtesy of la famiglia italiana who constitute the trio Prehistoric Pigs.

 

Prehistoric PigsEverything is Good (The Smoking Goat Records, 26 April 2015)

 

Prehistoric PigsThe Fourth Moon (Go Down Records, 26 November 2021)

 

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Glassing – Spotted Horse (2019), Twin Dream (2021)

Good afternoon. Now comes the part where I would like to draw your attention to Texan ‘postgazecore’ (or something like that) band, Glassing — specifically the last album they released in 2019 and the one that just came out last month.

Enjoy!

 

GlassingSpotted Horse (Brutal Panda Records, 17 May 2019)

 

GlassingTwin Dream (Brutal Panda Records, 05 November 2021)

 

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Rebreather – The Line, Its Width, and the War Drone + Pets / Orange Crush (2021)

My first exposure to Rebreather, from Youngstown Ohio (right across the state border from here via the turnpike), was August 2013 in neighboring Kent Ohio — where they performed at that summer’s Blackout Cookout.

Unfortunately no images survive from that performance, because all my show photos were stored on a Facebook account which no longer exists. But it was a pretty eventful day, where roughly a dozen different bands alternated sets on stages at opposite ends of the venue. Rebreather closed out the night, at which point we were all so completely exhausted and dead to the world, that we could hardly even focus on what was happening. But damn. Even now, eight years later, I can still remember badly wanting to hit the road to get back home, but being sucked in and transfixed by the abject heaviness emanating from that stage.

Luckily, I would eventually see the band multiple times in Pittsburgh and Ohio, so at least once or twice got to experience them while fully awake and slightly more lucid. Anyway, fast-forwarding to 2021, the band has just put out a brand-new record that any fans of noise-rock or grunge or fuzz or post-rock should have on their wish list for Santa!

 

RebreatherThe Line, Its Width, and the War Drone (Aqualamb Records, 03 December 2021)

 

RebreatherPets / Orange Crush (Aqualamb Covid Covers Series, 03 April 2021)

 

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Aquilus – Bellum I; Agnes Vein – Deathcall (2021)

Hey folks, happy Monday! The end of December is really sneaking up upon us, and there’s a distinct chill in the air — like winter has finally (almost) arrived.

For your listening enjoyment today, here are two albums that just came out this month, each living somewhere in the spectrum of atmospheric black metal.

 

AquilusBellum I (Blood Music, 03 December 2021)

 

Agnes VeinDeathcall (Venerate Industries, 17 December 2021)

 

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Pyrexia – Gravitas Maximus (2021)

Yes, there are still a couple weeks left in the year, but I feel fairly confident naming this the Brutal Death Metal album of the year. Get ready.

 

PyrexiaGravitas Maximus (Unique Leader Records, 10 December 2021)

 

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Red Fang – Blade to Waste Video Game (2021)

 

Hey folks. I won’t waste my time or yours trying to introduce you to Red Fang, because obviously you are already familiar with them — American stoner rock band for the past decade and a half, aficionados of cheap beer and good times, probably as well-known for their goofy videos as for their music itself?

Well in case you missed it, earlier this year Relapse Records put out the band’s fifth album Arrows, and as par for the course, the band also filmed a video for the title track “Arrows” (which you can check out below if you haven’t seen it yet).

Once you’ve checked out these four-plus minutes of the bandmates whacking every imaginable object in half with swords, your initial reaction is likely to be how much fun this would be, and how much you would like to try it for yourself. If that’s true, well then you’re (somewhat) in luck…

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LLNN – Unmaker (2021)

It’s been about three and a half years since the last time we checked in on these Danes, shall we see what they’ve been up to lately?

 

LLNNUnmaker (Pelagic Records, 24 September 2021)

 

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