Category Archives: avant garde

Traun – “The Lilac Moon,” “The Black Metal Princess” and “Escape from Spa Nine”

For all intents and purposes, the trilogy of releases from Traun called “The Lilac Moon,” “The Black Metal Princess” and “Escape from Spa Nine” make up three parts of a full album. Each of them are roughly 20 minutes long … Continue reading

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Ihsahn – “Ámr”

In my opinion, Ihsahn is a musical genius. I don’t use that term lightly either. The list of people that I classify as a musical genius is short. It’s much shorter when I limit it to living legends. Every album … Continue reading

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Voices – “Frightened”

Concept albums can be a very slippery slope for me. Too many are bloated and corny. Darker concept records seem to appeal to me though. The last album by UK’s Voices was one of those albums. “London” was an album … Continue reading

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Rank ‘Em: Voivod studio albums

Voivod is one of my all-time favorite bands. A discussion with my good friends Russ and Rod led me to decide it was time to try to rank Voivod’s studio albums. I knew this would be hard since I love … Continue reading

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Howling Sycamore – “Howling Sycamore”

Just when you thought all the great band names have been taken, along comes supergroup Howling Sycamore! When I learned that the band was made up of former Watchtower vocalist Jason McMaster and ex-Obscura drummer Hannes Grossmann, I couldn’t wait … Continue reading

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Mark Deutrom – “The Silent Treatment”

Reviewing re-issues isn’t something I do very often. One reason to take a look at the debut album “The Silent Treatment” from ex-Melvins bassist Mark Deutrom is that I love (the) Melvins. Granted they go thru bassists like Spinal Tap … Continue reading

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