Skullflower – Strange Keys To Untune Gods’ Firmament

Neurot (2010) I tried. I listened to it on low volume, to see if that noise-as-ambient (and vice versa, for that matter) rule worked. I played it hella loud, hoping an unholy black maelstrom would sweep me up in its infernal clutches. I tried because Matthew Bower has released some impeccably powerful music in hisContinue reading “Skullflower – Strange Keys To Untune Gods’ Firmament”

Converge – Axe to Fall

Epitaph (2009) Massachusetts-based Converge offer a convincing case for best metal band of the decade. Consistently brutal, intense, intelligent and aesthetically astute, they effectively put a lid on the 90s noisecore subgenre with their epoch-defining Jane Doe, in 2001. Essentially a concept album about a relationship gone horribly wrong, it was followed up three yearsContinue reading “Converge – Axe to Fall”