All posts by Dan Obstkrieg

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

The Living Fields – Running Out Of Daylight Review

Have you ever come across music that just leaves you cold? I don’t mean an album that everyone seems to love that you think is crap; I’m talking an album that you know is good

Rudra – Brahmavidya: Immortal I Review

Singapore’s Rudra has been kicking around in some form since 1992, but it was really with the 2005 release of Brahmavidya: Primordial I (the first in a trilogy that is completed by the album currently

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