All posts by Dan Obstkrieg

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

Neptunian Maximalism – Éons Review

The Belgian collective Neptunian Maximalism is not, apparently, interested in half-measures. Éons, their full-length debut, spools its more than two hours’ worth of music across three conceptually separate discs which span genres and blend improvised

Dauþuz – Grubenfall 1727 Review

In just a few short years, the German duo Dauþuz has established itself as a powerful voice in atmospheric black metal. Since its start in 2016, the band has released three full-length albums and two

Aara – En Ergô Einai Review

Here’s something that sounds like a shitty non sequitur of a lead-in to a review of an excellent black metal album: The quest for perfection often inhibits the quest for betterment. We want the best

Worm – Gloomlord Review

A few preliminaries: before note one of Worm’s Gloomlord plays, it is recommended that the canny listener pause a moment and wonder at its tremendous title and cover art. Are you a gloomlord? Am I?

Best Of 2019 – Dan Obstkrieg: This Is A List

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Nile – Vile Nilotic Rites Review

Whoever you are out there, I don’t know what thrills you. I don’t know what desperate yearnings fill your sleep-starved restlessnesses, or what calamitous hunger claws at the belly of your mind. However, if, out

Runemagick – Into Desolate Realms Review

In music, true economy is rare. There are, of course, essentially an infinite number of ways to make a musical point. Variations in instrumentation, melody, rhythm, harmony, tone, and so on enable musicians to paint

The Neptune Power Federation – Memoirs Of A Rat Queen Review

This is a bit of a Choose Your Own Review review. Turn to section A for sass, turn to section B for elegiac nonsense, turn to a different browser if you are a no-account doofus.