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Ahab – The Divinity of Oceans

The Divinity of Oceans (Napalm, 2009) is a remarkable album about a remarkable subject: the sinking of the American whaleship Essex in 1820. (A book about the event inspired Moby Dick, which inspired Ahab's first album, The Call of the Wretched Sea, as well as Mastodon's Leviathan

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Summer Slaughter ’09

Frank Mullen gets Wired

According to Suffocation frontman Frank Mullen, the Summer Slaughter tour was this year's "death metal stimulus package

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Sodom – Agent Orange

Happy 20th birthday, Agent Orange. Evidently, it is the best-selling German thrash record ever. In Germany alone, it shifted over 100,000 copies

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Cannon – Metal Style

This post is really just an excuse to show the cover art. But what art it is! Click on it to enlarge it. There is so much to absorb. Top: Pac-Man font

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Seamount – ntodrm

You may now put away your playlists. Turn "shuffle" off. Stop buying iPhone apps. Stop Twittering. Start making a difference. Start with your life

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Streaming music may lead to the apocalypse

'90s rock group The Presidents of the United States of America have introduced a $2.99 iPhone app that allows users to stream the band's entire catalogue

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Kreator – Hordes of Chaos

Hordes of Chaos (SPV, 2009) has the same ingredients as Kreator's post-'90s, return-to-thrash records: politically correct (and fairly awful) lyrics, some melody, slick production

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Animosity & Drumcorps – Altered Beast

by Cosmo Lee

When I saw Animosity play in Berlin last year, I ran into Drumcorps (aka Aaron Spectre). He told me that Animosity had commissioned him to remix songs from their latest record, Animal (Metal Blade, 2007)

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Black Shape of Nexus – Self-Titled

by Cosmo Lee

In doom metal, the usual words tossed around pertain to size - "lumbering," "massive," etc. While Germany's Black Shape of Nexus are certainly those things - they tune down to a bowel-shaking B flat - they exhibit surprising nuance

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The Ocean – Precambrian

Speaking of The Ocean, I've reviewed their album Precambrian at Pitchfork. It came out last November, so it didn't make many year-end lists (if I ran a label, I would finish each year's release schedule by October for such purposes)

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