All posts by Dan Obstkrieg

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

Elitist – Fear In A Handful Of Dust Review

Elitist is a four-piece band from Portland, Oregon, but for all intents and purposes, you may as well just think of the band members as four spiky signposts pointing the quickest road to Hell. This

Dark Castle – Surrender To All Life Beyond Form Review

I’ll be the first to admit: the first time I listened to Dark Castle’s enigmatic second album Surrender To All Life Beyond Form, it left me almost completely cold. In fact, it seemed like such

My Dying Bride – Evinta Review

Let me paint you a picture: A chill autumn wind rustles leaves like dry bones as it creeps across the fog-enshrouded fields of verdant Mother England. There is a small house at the top of

Boris – Attention Please Review

Japanese power(ful) trio Boris is one of those bands that is constantly accused of nonstop musical shape-shifting. While I’m more likely to identify these shifts as different ways of investigating the same basic aesthetic, it’s

Panzerchrist – Regiment Ragnarok Review

Let’s start things off with a quick confession: yours truly was pretty severely bummed out when long-running Dutch death metal merchants God Dethroned announced that they were calling it quits. God Dethroned had always been

Coffins – Ancient Torture Review

First-rate Japanese miscreants Coffins have racked up quite the reputation for a consistently excellent output of utterly filthy and punishing death metal that flirts with the same smattering of skullcrushing doom that launched early greats

Tombs – Path Of Totality Review

Tombs’ second album stares the notion of a ‘sophomore slump’ straight in the face, politely clears its throat, and then sets said notion on fire using nothing but its will and an unlit match. But

A Storm Of Light – As The Valley Of Death Becomes Us, Our Silver Memories Fade Review

Full-length number three from Josh Graham’s A Storm Of Light finds the band smoothing off some of the rough edges from previous albums, but coming off the worse for the polish job. There is a