[Music] Raphael Weinroth-Browne – Worlds Within

Ladies and gentlemen, I have to be admit to being a bit thrilled to mention this release.  Some time ago, I reviewed a band called Flying Hórses, a band Raphael Weinroth-Browne was a member of, and whose stunning work on the cello made the album so memorable for me.

On January 24, he will release a new album which balances post-rock, contemporary classical music and the most tasteful aspects of metal.  It would have never occurred to me to blend such aspects together, but Raphael weaves things together masterfully.

[Music] 20 Years of Southern Lord’s Dark and Heavy Art

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The label’s roster has always featured a wide breadth of sonic explorers, from ambient artists through very heavy metal and post-metal acts to jazz fusion.

via 20 Years of Southern Lord’s Dark and Heavy Art — Bandcamp Daily

It’s amazing to think that this label has been around for 20 years, and I missed a good fifteen of those due to ignorance. May they have another happy 20.

[Music] Various Artists – Al​-​Mawtin Al​-​Aswad: Arabian Inheritance

Respect to Depressive Illusions Records out of Kyiv, Ukraine, for giving these folks a platform to spread their music out to the broader world, even if metal isn’t quite my cup of tea.

This compilation of Arabian and North African racket bears little resemblance to anything metal-heads in the United States are used to producing. The anger here is palpable to the point of being nearly psychotic in its energy level.  Brutal metal outside of the Middle East doesn’t have anything close to this intensity.

This record isn’t for the faint-of-heart, but for those who have an interest in how music is used as a tool for rebellion under extremely hostile cultural and governmental forces, it’s quite a window into the local metal scene.