All posts by Dan Obstkrieg

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

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.

Grabunhold – Unter Dem Banner Der Toten Review

As a person writing about heavy metal on the internet, I am almost legally obligated to hurl myself in front of a bus if I ever get the urge to suggest that I am engaged

Turilli / Lione Rhapsody – Zero Gravity Review

Friend, I was just as surprised as you when I learned that Turilli / Lione Rhapsody, the imaginatively named new group bringing together Luca Turilli and Fabio Lione, was trading in their bombastic, symphonic-leaning power

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