RSSAuthor Archive for J.D. Considine

Review: Damona Waits — Eschatology

Review: Damona Waits — Eschatology

“Eschatology” may be the theological study of end time beliefs, but don’t come to this album expecting death-metal sturm und drang. Instead, the sound this quartet delivers is more along the lines of Tool’s approach: moody and intricate, full of carefully manicured guitar textures, evocative vocal melodies, and thoughtfully modulated rhythmic shifts. The album occasionally […]

Review: Eluveitie — Origins

Review: Eluveitie — Origins

For a band whose focus is the forgotten life of the ancient Swiss, Eluveitie is pretty exciting. Marrying death-metal aggression with Celtic folk lilt, the music weaves shredding guitar and skirling bagpipe into a cohesive and engaging fabric. It helps if you’re enough into creative anachronism to recognize a hurdy-gurdy or appreciate lyrics sung in […]

Review: Evile – Five Serpent’s Teeth

Review: Evile – Five Serpent’s Teeth

Because they’re so obviously influenced by such classic thrash acts, the standard take on this English quartet is that they’re throwbacks, a retro act for headbangers still stuck in the ’80s. But their third album suggests an alternate reading—that Evile are actually thrash classicists, intent on perfecting, not merely imitating, first-gen thrash. Sure, the songs […]