All posts by Dan Obstkrieg

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

Dan Obstkrieg’s Best Of 2016 – Let Them Bells Ring

Has anyone ever asked you why you listen to heavy metal? It happens to me, from time to time, and I always find myself without an answer. It’s not that I’m indignant at the question,

Anaal Nathrakh – The Whole Of The Law Review

A question that is not as off-topic as it likely seems: are nihilism and humanism necessarily incompatible philosophical doctrines? Should we continue to believe in reason and progress when presented with constant suffering and apparent

Auroch – Mute Books Review

Some bands wander by mistake. On their third album Mute Books, Canada’s Auroch have made an album that, while not exactly bad, is very much not an album I want to listen to. On its

Lotus Thief – Gramarye Review

The most important fact to dispense with here is that Gramarye is a beautiful album. No prefix, no qualification, no caveat: beautiful, full stop. Although two of Lotus Thief’s members also play in Botanist, the

Neurosis – Fires Within Fires Review

Fires Within Fires feels like aging. Now, hold up. I’m not talking about the ages of the members involved, or at least not directly. Neurosis’s music, at least from Enemy of the Sun onward (and

Stilla – Skuggflock Review

Skuggflock is the third album in four years from Sweden’s Stilla, and although its potential appeal is wide-ranging, it will be of particular interest to anyone already invested in the unique micro-niche carved out by

Vanhelgd – Temple Of Phobos Review

The open question: Do Vanhelgd play fashionable death metal unfashionably, or unfashionable death metal fashionably? On the one hand, Vanhelgd’s melodicism and (in particular) the potently reverbed vocals sometimes suggest a kinship with such peripatetic

Hammers Of Misfortune – Dead Revolution Review

To be an ardent fan of heavy metal in 2016 is a curious thing. By many metrics, there has never been a better time to follow this music, whether judged by the sheer volume of