Jan 082016

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(TheMadIsraeli prepared this round-up of music from yesteryear that’s been keeping him company lately.)

The scarcity of my writing last year stemmed partially from a desire to go back and listen to shit I liked or loved from past years, whatever it was, and fuck being musically relevant. This is something I hadn’t done in a long time, and I have to admit that doing this just about saved me from burning out on music altogether. This music blogging thing, it can become genuinely tiresome in the race to try and keep up with what’s worth noting. Listening to albums that may or may not be worth the time you just spent listening to them, to find out whether they are or not, can take a lot out of you sometimes.

I decided it’d be cool to write a piece here and there where I give some commentary on those older albums I’ve listening to, hence the title “Irrelevant Listening”. Maybe this could be a monthly thing, but as much as I intend to get back on the horse in regards to everything else, I’d hate to try and schedule this in any way. However, I have been noticing a pattern where I tend to change my “irrelevant listening” playlist every month or so.

So here are the records that had my attention this past December. Continue reading »

Jan 132014

(In this post TheMadIsraeli reviews the 2013 debut album by Germany’s Aeons Confer.)

This was one of the best albums of 2013 and somehow it completely flew under my radar.


No seriously.  Aeons Confer bring the fucking business.  This shit is like being in the blast radius of a grenade that opens a black hole upon explosion.  Their debut Symphonies of Saturnus is frigid scorn-borne fury and death incarnate.  It’s rare you hear a melodic death metal record this apocalyptically explosive and dimension-devouring.

To be more exact, Aeons Confer play a clusterfuck style of symphonic industrial blackened death metal.  Not only is the core sound in itself vicious, the way the band play with their sound results in an album that’s quite diverse while also being monstrous in its crushing impact. Continue reading »