As regular visitors to our site know, I didn’t post anything yesterday, which was the result of me sleeping in (sleeping way in) and then having to devote hours to my fucking day job, which sometimes views Saturdays and Sundays as just more work-days. I’m not going to post a SHADES OF BLACK column [...]
NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: MR. BUNGLE, THE OCEAN, MORTA SKULD, SODOM, EMMA RUTH RUNDLE & THOU
Mr. Bungle by Buzz Osborne (Gonzo brings us another Friday selection of new songs.) We talk a lot at NCS about how utterly fucking wild this year has been. As September winds down and we all welcome the fall (that’s autumn, not the imminent collapse of society), it seems like the metal community is [...]
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ANDY SYNN’S BIG GAME HUNT (WITH DEFTONES, ENSLAVED, AND THE OCEAN)
(In this post Andy Synn reviews three albums being released today or in the near future — by Deftones, Enslaved, and The Ocean.) As anyone who’s been following this site for, ooh, more than five minutes, will know, we tend to aim our collective focus at the more underground and/or underappreciated albums and artists [...]
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AN NCS ALBUM PREMIERE (AND A REVIEW): CRÉPUSCULE D’HIVER — “PAR-DELÀ NOIREGLACES ET BRUMES-SINISTRES”
Par-Delà Noireglaces et Brumes-Sinistres, the new album by the French band Crépuscule d’Hiver, is a time machine for the mind. It brings back memories of the more mysterious and fantastical strains of black metal from the ’90s, and also sends the imagination looping much further back, into a medieval age — or at least [...]
AN NCS PREMIERE: CEREMONIAL BLOODBATH — “PRIMITIVE”
Gluttons of the most malignant and mutilating strains of death metal, open your maws wide and prepare to become engorged in your feeding. Everyone else, get ready to cower in the corner. Because on October 23rd Sentient Ruin Laboratories will release the debut album of Vancouver’s Ceremonial Bloodbath, aptly named The Tides of Blood. [...]
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PROPAGATING DARK AND DEVASTATING TONES SINCE 2009