STREAMING: Fin’amor "Memories of Flesh"

STREAMING: Fin’amor "Memories of Flesh"

Brooklyn-based doomsters Fin'Amor, which translated to 'courtly love', were formed in 2008 to bring down the world and make its citizens perpetually glum. That is to say: No Fun. No Smiles. No Happy. No Sunrises. Along with Fin'Amor's doom bringing they're also taking in goth, progressive music, and death metal. Essentially, fans of My Dying Bride, Draconian, and Swallow the Sun are in for a true (and rare) American treat.

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Tracking Down Metal from Not-So Metal Places: Anuryzm Interviewed

Tracking Down Metal from Not-So Metal Places: Anuryzm Interviewed

Hailing from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, progressive power thrashers Anuryzm are set to release their second full-length on June 15th, All is Not For All. I got in touch with guitarist John Bakhos and vocalist Nadeem Michel Bibby in order to explore my on-going curiosity about metal from places not normally associated with metal and to discuss the band’s forthcoming album.

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Hall of Fame Countdown: Isis's Oceanic

Hall of Fame Countdown:  Isis's Oceanic

Oceanic was truly magical, a confluence of songwriting and tone quality and pacing that signaled a new depth for this rapidly evolving musical collective.  Opinions will differ about the quality of what came next, but it’s hard to deny that Oceanic marked an exciting developmental stage for Isis, when burly distortion was still a thematic element rather than an accent piece and contemplative crescendos built themselves into stunning peaks.

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Decibrity Playlist: Starkweather

Decibrity Playlist: Starkweather

Back in 2005, I talked to Starkweather guitarist Todd Forkin about his band's then new album for issue #16.  It was one of my first freelance pieces for the magazine after leaving the friendly confines of 1032 Arch.  At the time, Croatoan was the band's third LP and first since 1995's Into the Wire.  While the Philadelphians have dropped another LP and split in the intervening years, April saw the re-release of their first two records via Translation Loss. So 113 issues later, it's fitting in some way that vocalist Rennie Resmini closes out this little series after the break. To every one who has contributed to or read even one word of these playlists over the last three plus years -- thank you.

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Full EP Stream: Pyrrhon's Growth Without End

Full EP Stream: Pyrrhon's Growth Without End

Pyrrhon caught our attention last year with their excellent album The Mother Of Virtues, which combined technical yet chaotic death metal with frontman Doug Moore's staccato prose poems. A lot has happened in the ensuing year. The album made many year-end lists but the band split from Relapse and has since teamed with David Hall and Handshake for a new EP.

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