Burzum – Belus

Byelobog Productions, 2010 Belus, the latest album from one man black metal machine Burzum, carries with it a great deal of baggage before even the first note is heard. The most infamous detail surrounding Burzum (aka Varg Vikernes; formerly Count Grishnakh) is the fact that he recently spent a decade and a half behind barsContinue reading “Burzum – Belus”

Emeralds – Does It Look Like I’m Here

Editions Mego (2010) While very enjoyable, last year’s What Happened was a somewhat ephemeral delight, awareness of its quality fading into the dark recesses of memory. Perhaps a very clever reference to the inherent temporary nature of beauty. Or not. Whatever the case, that fact occurred to this reviewer when listening to Does It LookContinue reading “Emeralds – Does It Look Like I’m Here”

Emeralds – Does It Look Like I’m Here

Editions Mego (2010) While very enjoyable, last year’s What Happened was a somewhat ephemeral delight, awareness of its quality fading into the dark recesses of memory. Perhaps a very clever reference to the inherent temporary nature of beauty. Or not. Whatever the case, that fact occurred to this reviewer when listening to Does It LookContinue reading “Emeralds – Does It Look Like I’m Here”

Dillinger Escape Plan – Option Paralysis

Season of Mist (2010) How disappointing can a very good album be? Along with Converge, the Dillinger Escape Plan are the big survivor of the late 1990s short sharp shock that was Noisecore. Like Thrash metal laying waste to all that preceded in the 1980s, Noisecore was another razing of the rock establishment. DEP prettyContinue reading “Dillinger Escape Plan – Option Paralysis”