All posts by Dan Obstkrieg

Happily committed to the foolish pursuit of words about sounds. Not actually a dinosaur.

Sinistro – Semente Review

Semente is the second full-length from Portugal’s Sinistro, but the first full-length with vocalist Patrícia Andrade as an official member of the band. (Sinistro and Andrade collaborated on a 2013 release before she joined.) Stylistically,

Cult Of Luna And Julie Christmas – Mariner Review

The received wisdom is that post-metal is dead. Regardless of one’s affinity for the style, it shouldn’t be terribly controversial to note that we are now more than a decade past the most creatively fertile

Zun – Burial Sunrise Review

The appeal of desert rock as a musical genre has to be understood not just in musical terms, but in terms of the deep vein of imagery and mythology that its evocation of the American

Wode – Wode Review

With only a single, three-song demo from five years ago to their name, the UK’s Wode is a relatively unknown quantity, which can be a welcome rarity in a musical culture that tends toward oversaturation

Cantique Lépreux – Cendres Célestes Review

Two simple truths to begin: 1. Cantique Lépreux are very good at what they do. 2. What they do is play Quebecois black metal. For most of you, those two brief sentences are likely sufficient

Obscura – Akroasis Review

Listening to Obscura is a little bit like standing in front of a smooth, rotating metal sculpture glinting in the sunlight. It looks different from every angle and feels impressive, but it remains slippery and

Rotting Christ – Rituals Review

Given that heavy metal as a discrete set of sounds and practices has been around for roughy as long as the duration of the Cold War, the casual music fan can be forgiven for assuming

Oranssi Pazuzu – Värähtelijä Review

When Oranssi Pazuzu‘s debut album, Muukalainen Puhuu, touched down in 2009, it was a shock to hear such a fully formed vision. Despite the fact that plenty of black metal bands had exploded the genre

Aluk Todolo – Voix Review

How do you know what music is about? It seems like a silly question, but the answer often strongly influences how one experiences a given piece of music. The easiest clue is usually lyrical: if

Avantasia – Ghostlights Review

This is, I swear, a review of the new album from Avantasia. It just… well, sometimes it takes a minute to get to where you end up wanting to go. Bands like Avantasia seem to