All posts by Dan Obstkrieg

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

Big|Brave – A Gaze Among Them Review

Loudness is a crutch. “Maximum volume yields maximum results” is a fine bit of sloganeering, but as a guiding principle for music, its pithiness belies its hollowness. Of course, the act of listening necessarily requires

Hypoxia – Abhorrent Disease Review

Look, Jack, I love forward-thinking freakjazz just the same as you. My loins glisten just the same as yours at the dulcet tones of avant-garde doomfolk. Ambient ethno-funeral grind floods my dopamine receptors just as

Deafkids – Metaprogramação Review

Let’s begin with a pair of tentative maxims: 1) If you only ever look for the new—the cutting edge, the bold, the progressive, the iconoclastic—in music, you are likely a sad-hearted doofus who has never

Nasheim – Jord Och Aska Review

Although it’s doubtful whether there ever existed a music industry business model as homogenized as the popular imagination has it, it’s equally doubtless that in 2019, nobody anywhere has any goddamn idea what music looks

Avantasia – Moonglow Review

Heavy metal is not, nor has it ever particularly been, a single thing. Those in search of some mythical heavy metal purity, some Ur-text that forms a blueprint from which all deviations are heretical, are

Diamonds & Rust: Cradle Of Filth – The Principle Of Evil Made Flesh

No, really, I’m not here to make you care about Cradle of Filth. If you’ve wandered the dusty hallways of heavy metal for even a relatively scanty amount of time, Cradle of Filth has been

The Forest Whispers My Name – A Nordvis Produktion Spotlight

Of the many elements of a successful record label, perhaps one of the most difficult to achieve is a unified aesthetic. While it’s not a prerequisite for success – and certainly, the larger the label,

Yerûšelem – The Sublime Review

For a band that was originally shrouded in a fair bit of mystery and anonymity, Blut Aus Nord has come perilously close to oversaturating its own relatively niche market. Although Vindsval and company have slowed