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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Goatcraft – Mephistophelian Exordium (2020), Sic Transit Gloria Mundi (2021)

Once upon a time; many, many years ago, there was a kid named Lonegoat who lived in the land of Florida. And as was tradition for Floridian young people around that time, he played in death metal bands. He showed a real talent for playing the piano and keyboards and, in the words of one former bandmate, “brought a much more classical piano sound to the band rather than someone playing chords and some strange sounds here and there […] and it made all of us in the band have to step up our level of playing to a more classical orchestral sound.”

Well, as is often the case, this kid grew up and went on to do grown-up things like serving in the US Air Force for a while. But after coming back and relocating to Texas, Lonegoat struck out as a solo pianist — calling the new musical venture Goatcraft. A few years back, I wrote about Goatcraft‘s 2013 and 2016 albums.

But before that, in 2011 he had put together a CDR demo to hand out at shows. Here we’ll discuss Mephistophelian Exordium which collects those demo recordings and made them available to the broader public for the first time ever, just a little over a year ago. While we’re here, we’ll also take a look at brand-new album Sic Transit Gloria Mundi, and in the process treat our ears to a full decade worth of “Necroclassical” music.

 

GoatcraftMephistophelian Exordium (Hessian Firm, 20 November 2020)

 

GoatcraftSic Transit Gloria Mundi (I, Voidhanger Records, 26 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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Beldam – Still the Wretched Linger (2016), Pasung (2018), Live at the Golden Pony (2021)

Good morning. Kind of gloomy today, feels like a blackened-death-sludge kind of day. Join me for a brief trip down memory lane as we reminisce about the last two Beldam records, in preparation for their first-ever live album coming this Friday!

 

BeldamStill the Wretched Linger (HPGD Productions, 17 June 2016)

 

BeldamPasung (HPGD Productions, 26 January 2018)

 

BeldamLive at the Golden Pony (HPGD Productions, 17 December 2021)

 

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Disemballerina – Fawn; A Stick and a Stone – Root Shock (2021)

Good afternoon! If you’ve been hanging around here for a bit, you’ve probably heard Disemballerina, whose 2014 and 2016 albums were covered here, and A Stick and a Stone who had a release we discussed back in 2017 and one just this past January.

But if you haven’t — both are musical projects that generally tend toward the folk/ambient, sometimes a bit on the experimental side with unusual instrumentations, but always highly expressive, cathartic responses to both inner and outer turmoil. And over the past few months each has released a new single or EP, both of which I’d like to point in the direction of your ears today. Enjoy!

 

DisemballerinaFawn (Riff Merchant Records, 06 August 2021)

 

A Stick and a StoneRoot Shock (Spirit House, 03 November 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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Mark Solotroff – Not Everybody Makes It (2021)

Happy Friday! Here’s a bit of bonus coverage for you, as the vocalist of Anatomy of Habit (whose newly-released album was discussed right here earlier today) happened to put out his own solo record over the summer, which I’ll share with you now.

 

Mark SolotroffNot Everybody Makes It (self-released, 30 July 2021)

 

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Anatomy of Habit – Even If It Takes a Lifetime (2021)

After seven years of relative radio silence following 2014’s brilliant Ciphers + Axioms, today sees the emergence of the first of two anticipated new albums by Chicagoans Anatomy of Habit

 

Anatomy of HabitEven If It Takes a Lifetime (self-released, 10 December 2021)

 

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The Electric Mud – Black Wool; Blue Heron – Black Blood of the Earth (2021)

For your listening enjoyment, a pair of recently-released EPs. One from the coastal swamplands of Florida, the other from the New Mexican deserts, and with sounds that match each location well.

 

The Electric MudBlack Wool (self-released, 25 September 2021)

 

Blue HeronBlack Blood of the Earth / A Sunken Place (self-released, 03 December 2021)

 

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