All posts by Chris C

Achelous – Tower Of High Sorcery Review

Achelous’s The Icewind Chronicles seemingly came from nowhere. Charming, I called it, back in the yesteryear that was 2022. Icewind was a strikingly confident and engaging collection of songs that felt, if nothing else, lovingly

Witch Vomit – Funeral Sanctum Review

From the bookend EPs Poisoned Blood in 2017 to Abhorrent Rapture in 2021, Witch Vomit has been a good and sometimes great band. I don’t own a ton of death metal on vinyl, but I

Ecclesia – Ecclesia Militans Review

As Ecclesia would tell it, their sound recalls Candlemass, Solstice, and Tony Martin-era Black Sabbath. And, yes—all of that is true. But there’s also something more going on here. It’s that something more that sold

Traveler – Prequel To Madness Review

Coming four years after Termination Shock, and boasting a new rhythm section, no less, Traveler’s third album is, strangely, a bit of a wild card. Yes, the self-titled debut and the band’s sophomore release were

Best Of 2023 – Chris C: A Little Spicy

I thought that as I got older—accounting for the assumed wealth of experience I would undoubtedly have by this advanced age—my tastes would expand. I would become this living, breathing Encyclopedia of all things refined.

TEMIC – Terror Management Theory Review

As a prog fan, listening to TEMIC’s Terror Management Theory for the first time is not unlike sliding into a new pair of slippers that somehow feel like you’ve lived in them for years. That

Sepulchral Curse – Abhorrent Dimensions Review

It’s sort of a given that album release PR is going to be loaded with a lot of exaggerated praise—you temper much of that as both a listener and a critic. But here, with respect

Wolves In The Throne Room – Crypts Of Ancestral Knowledge Review

Not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, I reluctantly accept that the twenty minutes of music Wolves in the Throne Room recorded for this EP is likely all we’ll have heard from