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Crippled Black Phoenix Gets Bronzed

Coming off their 2015 release, New Dark Age, Crippled Black Phoenix wasted no time putting together what would become their latest, Bronze. While the band follows the droning orchestration of New Dark Age, in Bronze Crippled Black Phoenix uses more structured arrangements and varying atmosphere to create an album that is as all enfolding as their previous releases but […]

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Under The Radar: LateNightTales

Rarely is there a record label that is as interesting as LateNightTales. The label put out one of my favorite records this year–Khruangbin‘s The Universe Smiles Upon You–, another record that is quickly becoming my most played–Sasha‘s Scene Delete–, and most recently David Holmes‘ self-titled compilation. All these releases land somewhere in the instrumental electronica area […]

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Swans’ Final Album Glows

Swans is calling it quits. The band has put out 14 records, and their latest, The Glowing Man, will be their last with the band’s current line-up. And Swans couldn’t ask for a better send off. The Glowing Man, while staying well within the band’s established sound–droning songs, many lasting over 10 minutes–incorporates more world music threads […]

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A Look in The Local Bin: Convoker

It’s no secret that Kansas City and Lawrence have a pretty stellar metal scenes. From Sharp Weapons to Bummer, from Hossferatu to Gnarly Davidson, there’s no shortage on riffage in our Midwestern music diet. Adding its instrumental doom to the mix, Convoker proves the heavy isn’t over in the middle of the country. The band […]

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Beastmaker Has Arrived

Beastmaker‘s debut, Lusus Naturae, has finally arrived on wax. The collection of heavy, Black Sabbath-worshipping, hazed-over riffage was due back in March but pressing issues delayed it until now. As promised by the Fresno based trio’s single, Lusus Naturae is collage of 70s-tinged metal. The whole album focuses on groove over grind for a feel that is dark without […]

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Record Store Day 2016

To us, Record Store Day is all about celebrating the Community that’s supported this little local shop, so this year we’re throwing our biggest party yet. We’ll have in-store specials, ticket giveaways, promo prices, exclusive Record Store Day releases, coffee from Oddly Correct, and donuts from Hana’s Donuts, and much more. We’ll also have 20+ bands playing in our […]

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Mini-Reviews Oscar Edition

So a few days ago, Ennio Morricone won his first Oscar. The composer has been at it for over 500 films and basically a staple for fine scores. The win had me thinking about records that aren’t usually hyped–soundtracks. Whether it’s the droning atmospheric score of Sicario or the compilation feel of Straight Outta Compton, […]

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A Look in The Local Bin: Expo ’70

Originally started by Steven Ervay, A Look in The Local Bin does exactly what you’d think: looks at the cool local records in Mills Record Company. Last time I combed through the local section, I looked at some heavier punk and radio friendly rock. This time I’m looking at Expo ’70‘s latest LP Kinetic Tones. Expo […]

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Fuzz Hits Hard With II

Over the past few years, there’s been a big resurgence in Black Sabbath influenced music–both in terms of song writing and production. Warmer and thicker guitars, chorused and overdubbed vocals, epic builds and climaxes all characterize this movement. That said, this resurgence usually favors the more languid tones–think the slow moving riffs of Windhand or […]

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No Wave Fest This Saturday

This Saturday will mark the first annual No Wave Fest. The fledgling, one day festival will join the ranks of the myriad other festivals in the Kansas City area. Though new, No Wave Fest boasts a heavy hitting roster, featuring local music veterans (Jorge Arana Trio, CS Luxem, Josh Berwanger Band, Riala, and Rev Gusto) […]

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Windhand’s Grief’s Infernal Flower Blooms

In many ways, Windhand‘s latest, Grief’s Infernal Flower, is more of the same–sludgy and droning guitars layered over crash-heavy percussion, unearthly vocals stitching through each track, floor shaking bass tones, and long-winding song structures. In other words, Grief’s Infernal Flower rocks. It’s the perfect album to put on and drop out to. Each song blends […]

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Earth: Primitive and Deadly Review

Earth‘s stony drone came on the scene in the late 80s and early 90s–pioneering the beginnings of drone-metal. Since the band’s formation, they’ve put out a steady stream of albums, all of which incorporate looping, minimal structures and distorted sustained chords. Their latest, Primitive And Deadly, is no different. The record creates heavier than air […]