Is every track on this 53 track compilation perfect? Of course not, but there are incredibly satisfying gems sprinkled throughout, and it serves a veritable atlas of Europe’s current underground metal scene.
Although he has kept the original arrangements almost entirely in tact, Stetson has completely augmened the instrumentation by utilizing his own skills on the saxophone, integrating black metal-inspired tremolo guitars and dungeon synths, and his sister’s incredibly powerful mezzo-soprano voice.
"Despite the death and occult imagery one immediately associates with such a shocking and provocative album title and artwork, ONLY THE YOUNGEST GRAVE is a stirring, subtle work of breathtaking humanity." Read more: www.xfdrmag.net/youngest-grave-lost-salt-blood-purges/
The combination of the simple video loops and ONTARIO GOTHIC’s rich, dreamy soundscapes is absolutely meditative. Very rarely is a musical experience this entirely absorbing, soothing, and appealing. If you’re in need of a new way to unwind and lose yourself, ONTARIO GOTHIC will wrap you up in a warm blanket of sound just when you need it most.
"Who doesn’t need some Brazilian jazz-electronica fusion in their life? FANK! is a groovy, sexy, and occasionally freaky record; the cool mystique of electro blends with latin rhythms to craft an immensely captivating record."
"Possessing an impressive propensity for effortless rhythm shifts and longer-form instrumental jams (“Edge of Time”), L.M.I. III is a stellar five-track that manages to be both accessible and inventive."
" The devastating walls of guitar noise prove to be an elegant canvas for Coltrane’s more rapid fire and manic saxophone work. Coltrane takes on a new menace he never would on his own, while Sunn O))) becomes surprisingly more poignant." Read more: www.xfdrmag.net/bandcamp-picks-week-182016/
"Rather than using lo-fi and friendly melodies as a crutch, or to polish sonic turds, Dey showcases unique endeavors with these tropes, creating a vibe teetering between Bjork glitch pop heaven and Xiu Xiu depths of depressive insanity."
"The nihilistic anger Ugly Mane unleashes on track after track can be a grind to get through, but the precision with which he executes his rhymes is so awe-inducing that the listener inevitably comes back for more."
"Listening to this record as a whole can best be described as living through a hurricane from within the confines of an extremely stable cabin. While doom and destruction loom large on REVISIONIST, it’s the odd combination of peace and melancholy that really make this record noteworthy." Read more: www.xfdrmag.net/top-albums-2015/
"To put it bluntly, this project is downright evil and corrodes even the purest of souls with an atmosphere far more scary than most every album this year. This brutally unforgiving black metal onslaught is complete with rapidly discomforting instrumentation and atmosphere that depicts an endless descent into oblivion."