Nov 082017


In May of this year a duo from Fresno (California) who took the name Malefic Levitation released their first single, “Warlord Rites“. It caught my ears, mangled them, and produced enough savage excitement that I spilled some equally mangled words about the track. Since then, Malefic Levitation made the acquaintance of Sentient Ruin, who will leave Thanksgiving in ruins by releasing the band’s debut album, The Ancient Plague, on November 24. It will also be released in the EU by Dawnbreed Records.

And here we are with “Warlord Rites” again, although this is the re-recorded version of the song that will appear on the album, engineered by Jacob Lee at the Wolf Chamber in Easton, CA. It hasn’t gotten any more merciful or any less rampantly destructive. If anything, it’s more punishing and pestilential. Continue reading »

Jun 042017


More than a week has passed since the last time I compiled a round-up of new music for our site, the delay mainly caused by my MDF trip to Baltimore. As I look at the over-stuffed schedule of premieres lined up for the coming week, it may be another week before I can do another one.

Needless to say, I have a dramatically large list of new and newly discovered music from which to make selections. There’s not much rhyme or reason to my choices for this round-up, except of course that I like all of them — and hope you will too.


I’ve been a devoted fan of Sólstafir for many years, staying with them as their music has evolved and their fame has grown. Yet we’ve written very little about the band’s new album Berdreyminn. I suspect one reason is that when most of us here decide what to write about, we tend to favor bands who could use a little extra support rather than those who are already getting voluminous amounts of attention from sites with a far broader reach than ours. And Sólstafir are certainly in that category now. Continue reading »