• Mini-Reviews from Around the Bowl: 01/20/17

    Ugh, Fridays. And Thursdays. And Wednesdays. And all the days. Today though, dive ear-first into Tragic Cause, Ekpyrosis, Ashenspire, Absent in BodyExhausted Prayer, Burials, Wrath of EchoesAmbivalenceScience of Sleep and Cross Vault.
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    January 20, 2017 • Reviews • Views: 648

  • SRiHKAL 2016 – Short Releases I Have Known And Loved (Part Two)

    Around this time last year I ran a four-part series highlighting some of my favourite short releases that I found particularly intoxicating throughout 2015. The format was loosely based on the chemical cookbooks of Alexander Shulgin (TiHKAL & PiHKAL), because in the modern age dominated by the imposition of neo-conservatism, draconian drug laws mean the only legal way to experiment with anything fresh is through music. Thankfully the past 12 months saw another veritable glut of EPs, demos, splits and the like pulse through my bloodstream, often altering my consciousness in an inexplicable manner. As I’m sure you’ve already got on board with many of the more well-known short releases from the likes of Dead Congregation, Gorguts, Deathspell Omega, etc. I’m going to cover some of the bands that I think deserve some (more) coverage. As always, adjust your dose based on your age, weight, tolerance, and fingernail length.

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    January 18, 2017 • Metal, Reviews • Views: 531

  • Max Gorelick, son of Kenny G, takes up The Mantle

    Get in here right now and listen to the finest instrumental shred record of 2017.

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    January 18, 2017 • New Stuff, Reviews • Views: 1161

  • Review: Viles Vitae — IV (Spoiler: It Rules)

    It is time to place Iceland on notice: If Portugal ever gets its shit together it just might prove the next geographical hotbed of awesome black metal.

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    January 17, 2017 • Metal, Reviews • Views: 581

  • Review: Gone Is Gone – Echolocation

    I am absolutely pathetic when it comes to keeping track of new releases. I often browse through the Toilet’s numerous posts highlighting such material, making notes to return to various releases on Bandcamp and such and then neglecting to. Inevitably, when the end of the year arrives, which my calendar informs me was quite recently, I scroll through the end of year lists of various Toileteers and remember that I have, once again, failed at keeping up with awesome new music. But alas, new year means new me, right?! To hell with all those posers who are going to spend two months in the gym and then quit. I’ll spend those months in front of computer, actually keeping up with new music…and hopefully I won’t quit. For now at least, I’m still on the horse, and I’m here to tell you my thoughts about the new album, and first full-length, from Gone Is GoneEcholocation.

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    January 16, 2017 • Metal, Reviews • Views: 559

  • Review: Arriver – Emeritus

    On December 2 of 2016, Arriver mysteriously dropped a surprise bomb on me with their album Emeritus. I had never heard of the band and upon listening to the first song for the first time, I wasn’t exactly hooked. But over a brief amount of time that lack of interest transformed into true admiration. So I’m going to share that story with you and then give it a high score.

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    January 13, 2017 • Reviews • Views: 878

  • Bells, Whistles & Blastbeats: A Review of Laster’s Ons Vrije Fatum

    Is it just me or has 2017 already come out of the gates swinging? Isn’t January synonymous with down time? Here I am, still trying to pay due respect to my favorite releases of last year; and here comes Laster, kicking up dust, shaking the walls and rattling the cookware. If you like your black metal with a side of…well, all kinds of other shit, then come on in and help yourself to Laster’s new sophomore album, Ons Vrije Fatum. Continue Reading

    January 13, 2017 • Metal, Reviews • Views: 1205

  • Mini-Reviews from Around the Bowl: 01/12/17

    Once more we find ourselves at the beginning. Profound quote about how time is but a man-made construct. Get your first fix of the year with Ritualization, ShaarimothDraugsólSoothsayerBlack Therapy, Xoth, Serpentine DominionTemple of HallucinationsKoljosen TiekiistaReligious Observance and Wayste.
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    January 12, 2017 • Reviews • Views: 1199

  • Doomthousandseventeen: Gravestone Gardens pt.1

    For all your depressive and prog rockin’ (?) needs. FFO: Shape of Despair, Cross Vault, Throes of Dawn Continue Reading

    January 11, 2017 • Metal, Opinion, Reviews • Views: 712