All posts by Dan Obstkrieg

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

Falloch – Where Distant Spirits Remain Review

Probably the last thing a new band dropping its debut album needs is a nagging clamor of snickering and hand-wringing from such an incessant bunch of dashing and affable sweethearts jerks as metal writers, but

Hammers Of Misfortune – 17th Street Review

Turbulent times make for desperate and inspired art. Whether it’s the Vietnam War informing Hendrix’s guitar screaming out the national anthem in gestures of agony and bomb blasts, or the dismal economic and political climate

Reverse Polarity – Breakcore Is A Frozen Shithole

Aaron Funk is a bad man. The Winnipeg native has been bashing out top-notch electronic albums under the name Venetian Snares at a rather astonishing rate over the past decade, but always with a devilishly

Root – Heritage Of Satan Review

The career of the Czech Republic’s long-running black metal weirdos Root has experienced both the benefit and detriment of odd timing. Having missed the first wave of black metal (Venom, Bathory, Hellhammer, early Mayhem, the

Tsjuder – Legion Helvete Review

Sweet wind-surfing Moses, has it really been seven years since these Norsk bastards dropped Desert Northern Hell? Now, hold on, before you get your fact-checking nerd rage in full flush, it’s mostly a rhetorical question,

Bosse-De-Nage – II Review

The fault-lines between a traditional and an experimental take on a particular style of music are usually quite clear. There’s little chance one would mistake Cannibal Corpse for Portal, or Immortal for The Axis of

KEN Mode – Venerable Review

Since the clamoring of the barbarians at the gates has become increasingly indignant about the tardiness of this KEN Mode review, let me tell you a little story about why you all should be utterly

Reverse Polarity – Take The A ‘Trane

Welcome, intrepid reader, to the first in what will be an ongoing editorial series highlighting albums and artists well outside the realm of heavy metal that might still make the seasoned headbanger pause their recently-unearthed