Wild Nothing’s lead singer, Jack Tatum, came up with the album art for his second album. He wanted to have alternate covers with a classic and elegant look to them, but he felt like things were missing from album packaging. He created six distinct covers for the vinyl release of the album, all individually beautiful art that embody the dream-pop sounds that flow through Nocturne. (x)
is the first album by band Necrophobic. It was Released in August 2.
Necrophobic is a Swedish band formed in 1989 by drummer Joakim Sterner and now-deceased guitarist David Parland. It is believed that the band named themselves after a Slayer song from the 1986 seminal album Reign in Blood. The pair played with a ‘revolving door’ line-up of musicians until the permanent addition of bassist Tobias Sideg?rd. This addition occurred prior to recording their debut 7" Single, The Call, in early 1992.
this is classic albums and there are cult albums. The Nocturnal Silence is both, one of the best early statements of the Swedish death metal uprising of the early to mid 90s.
Anders Strokirk Tobias Sidegard David Parland Joakim Sterner
I’ve been waiting for this day for a very long time, having fallen deeply in love with indie rock and dream pop act Wild Nothing back in 2012, when the Jake Tatum lead band from Virginia released their sophomore album, Nocturne. There were rumors and mentions earlier this year that Wild Nothing had a new album brewing, and I’ve been anticipating this day since. Today, they made the big announcement. New album Life Of Pause will be out February 19th on Bella Union, and we get not one, but TWO tracks to listen to off the album. To Know You, above, is as shimmering hazey and swirly good as I had hoped. The post punk meets dream pop song is lavishly layered and heavily permeated with gazey guitar riffs, making me a very happy Wild Nothing fan indeed. For a more jaunty, mischievious track, stream TV Queen below, which has an Arcade Fire Reflektor like groove underneath its glossy sheen. Both songs appear on a music video titled The Living Album Art Of Life Of Pause, in which everything does seem to be on a slow motion pause. The film is described as “a walk through the world of the band’s forthcoming album”.
is the second album by band Marduk. It was released in October. It is the first album the band produced in a proper black metal style, as opposed to the blackened death metal approach of their 1992 debut, Dark Endless. Those of the Unlight is the last Marduk album to feature Joakim Göthberg on drums, as he would purely assume vocal duties by the next studio album, Opus Nocturne, and the last to feature Magnus “Devo” Andersson on guitar until his return in 2004 (where he assumed bass duties thereon).
“Burn My Coffin” was originally the title for a track that would appear on Mayhem’s De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas, the title was changed by Per Yngve Ohlin before he died. Marduk later adopted the title for the song on this album.
So is this worth getting? Only if you’re a black metal fan, and you should be if you’re reading this. And I can guarantee you complete satisfaction, as this can run with the best in black metal. True Swedish Black Metal at its finest, no doubt about it. It might take a good number of listens to really get to understand this album more though. All in all, this is an improvement by Marduk. At the time they were building their glorious future.
Joakim Gothberg Morgan Hakansson Magnus Andersson B. War
Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker reviews Grace Potter’s new album, Midnight:
“I like Midnight much more than any Grace Potter and the Nocturnals album because this solo project truly sounds like the breakaway from formula that it is. For once, all the anthems of self-empowerment are rooted in something real: an artistic and business move that captures that feeling of escaping what you’re expected to be in favor of exploring what you could become.”