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Monday, February 6, 2012

Stacey Rozich

I found out about Stacey's work a year ago when the band Earth announced their release of "angels of darkness, demons of light 1" which she did the cover for.  The colors and creatures are great! Very neat!

Check out more:  http://blog.staceyrozich.com/

+ Images here are property of Stacey Rozich+

Necros Christos "doom of the occult"

If there was any death metal album that you should've checked out in the year 2011, it was "Doom of the Occult" by Necros Christos. This german horde has really locked in on the whole doomier death vibe, occasionally tossing in or opening with fast blasts and thrash's, Necros' more often sets the tempo at a mid-pace or slower. This helped in creating one of the most headbanging friendly Death Metal experiences I've had the pleasure of hearing in a while, though that's not to say it's so straightforward. In between each track is a multi-instrumental interlude that sounds like a mix of ethnic middle eastern, Indian, and European music, helping to conjure up images of doom, gloom, and deities of another realm. The production on this guy is perfect! A very crisp sounding record without being over produced, and on top of this all, vocals feature an outstanding echo, giving the deep death growl another dimension. There is absolutely nothing I'd change about "doom of the occult", it's exactly what I look for in Death Metal, it's epic, the vocals are great, the production is spot on, and a plus is that the layout was exceptional, with a gatefold sleeve, poster, and booklet inside! Make sure this slab of death finds it's way into your collection.

Band Origin: Germany
Sample Track: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2MJ37JrHcY
Merch: http://www.theajnaoffensive.com/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&page=shop.browse&category_id=6&Itemid=31

Saturday, February 4, 2012


Tonights revisions and reviews brought to you by:

from left to right

Brewery: Southern Tier
Title: Back Burner
Style: Barley Wine
%: 9.6
Thoughts: Strong, Musty, a solid beer
Stars(out of 5): ****

Brewery: Sierra Nevada
Title: Ruthless Rye
Style: Rye IPA
%: 5
Thoughts: refreshing like an IPA but with the peppery bite of rye! Sierra Nevada has yet to disappoint!
Stars(out of 5): *****

Brewery: Weyerbacher
Title: Merry Monks
Style: Belgian Golden Ale
%: 5?
Thoughts: good try but definitely not made by Belgian monks, needs some refining
Stars(out of 5): ***

Whitehorse "progression" Vinyl and Review

Doom, Dooom, Doooooom! Get the idea? This is what best describes Whitehorse's newest, entitled "progression". This is one hell of a slab of cavernous sounding, sludgy, apocalyptic...you guessed it, doom. "Progression" crawls along at a slow and steady pace, with deep bass-y tones and deep, growling,  reverb soaked vocals, with only a brief foray into a higher pitched, blackened, vocal styling. The guitar tone is super sludgy, sometimes similar to Thou minus any harmonic parts or interludes. This record just keeps grinding away, the tempo is almost constant. The bass is very hypnotic, very similar to the groov-ish bass on the first High on Fire album at times. What I found to be a major plus were the samples that frequently accompanied the other instruments, mostly bits that sounded like cables of bridges snapping and buildings crumbling in the distance, increasing the feeling that this album represents a great decay or a collapse of the society that we know today, a true album for the post-apocalypse!  Overall "progression" holds a similar pace throughout, without any melodic parts or solos. The one exception would be the final track, "remains unknown", the guitar work brings to mind a more death/doom sound rather than sludge. 
  If you like your doom very sludgy with slight nods to slow death and experimental metal, or if you like music that sounds like the world in a post nuclear war state, Whitehorse may have written just what you're looking for. 

Pressing Info>

500 copies, either black or black/blue vinyl on At A Loss Recordings
Mixed and Mastered by James Plotkin
Band Origin: Australia
Sample track: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVgQCTQ4aMo
Whitehorse merch/info. available at:

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Updates for this coming week...

Some things to look forward to over the next week:

Reviews of:
Black Cobra "invernal"
Morne "asylum"
Lilacs and Champagne "self titled"
Occultation's "somber dawn ep"
Subrosa "no help for the mighty ones''

How to:
Winterize that bike and protect those shocks from salt!

And possibly the debut of General Musings.

Stay tuned,

-The Sexromancer

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Dan Grzeca Art

 Thought I'd post about a favorite artist of mine as of late: Dan Grzeca. His work is of the screen printed kind and reminds me of an almost folk style of art, yet adapted to the modern age, with small detailing lines and a gritty texture. He's done work for a variety of bands, from the Black Keys, to the Melvins, and Swans. To be honest with you though, Dan's non-band related prints are my favorite and each one has a story to tell.

 Check out more of Dan Grzeca's art at: http://www.groundup.bigcartel.com/
**featured images are the property of artist Dan Grzeca**