SOM – The Shape of Everything

SOM – The Shape of Everything

In the fall of 2019, I attended Post Fest in Indianapolis. At one point, my friend Chris and I had walked down to the burger joint down the street from the theater for a lunch break—and reprieve from the often-punishing levels of sound from the bands, many of which...
K Amon K – Arca Ende Aeterna

K Amon K – Arca Ende Aeterna

Black metal and I have an odd relationship. I generally can’t stomach “traditional” black metal. The more “kvlt” it is, the more it restricts itself to the conventions of the subgenre, the less interest I have. But add just a bit of other influences, and it makes the...
Aquilus – Bellum I.

Aquilus – Bellum I.

There’s no shortage of metal acts trying to create tension by juxtaposing beauty and harshness. Just look at the popularity of the blackgaze movement,fronted by bands like Alcest and Deafheaven. But very few of them do it as well as Melbourne’s Aquilus does on Bellum...