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Only Death Is Real #4

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Only Death Is Real #4

Posted Nov. 12, 2019, 3:05 p.m.
Only Death Is Real

Choosing five releases for Only Death Is Real gets harder with each iteration and this fourth column was no different. The list grew greater each time I heard something great but I chose five releases in each column so far and I’m not one to break my own arbitrary rules. Here, then, are five incredible releases that are worth your time and support - there's raw black metal, gorgeous post-metal shades and grindcore with a important message. AARA - Anthropozän (I&II) (Debemur Morti Productions) Having formed only last year, Switzerland’s AARA have already released one excellent full-length (So fallen alle Tempel on Naturmacht Productions) before moving to Debemur Morti and putting out this incredible ten minute long ...

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The creative process in the aural sphere

Regular Columns The creative process in the aural sphere

Posted Oct. 28, 2019, 2:08 p.m.
Beyond Casual Observation

In this installment of Beyond Casual Observation the moving picture becomes a partner with technological advancements and forges an enduring storytelling medium. Filmmaking is a ...

Only Death Is Real #3

Regular Columns Only Death Is Real #3

Posted Aug. 27, 2019, 3:42 p.m.
Only Death Is Real

The third iteration of Only Death Is Real is perhaps its darkest yet. Oppressive black metal, frozen winds and French melancholy all feature with the ...

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Guest Column: Amy Oden - Demystification: A Lesson in DIY

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Guest Column: Amy Oden - Demystification: A Lesson in DIY

Posted Nov. 17, 2011, 10:04 a.m.

Amy Oden is a Washington, DC musician, grad student, and filmmaker. Her recent documentary From the Back of the Room explores women in DIY punk, considering such issues as sexism, motherhood, sexuality, activism, and more—encompassing a broad take on the role women take in the scene. While Oden is game for talking about gender issues at any time, we opted to give her a break from the film’s subject matter to talk about other DIY topics. Demystification: A Lesson in DIY  Over the past fifteen years, my personal romance with DIY culture has waxed and waned. Participating in ...

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Meeting Moose (Howardian)

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Posted July 2, 2019, 3:42 p.m.

Scene Point Blank’s latest column is more than a column about life as a musician. Yes, it is that ...

Hip-Hop vs Punk

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Posted May 26, 2019, 11:58 a.m.
era vulgaris

Hmmm, anti-authoritarian views and addressing social concerns and issues related to the government and public affairs? Tick! DIY ethic? Tick ...

Guest Column: Lamniformes - Sisyphean Director's Commentary

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Posted May 11, 2019, 1:40 p.m.

Released this March on Furious Hooves, Lamniformes’  Sisyphean is equal parts post-metal soundscape exploration and emotional, striving indie rock. The ...

Only Death Is Real #2

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Posted April 20, 2019, 6:40 a.m.
Only Death Is Real

Welcome to the second instalment of Only Death Is Real. This time round we swing from power electronics to decaying ...

Guest Column: Nick Soulsby - "Let the Sun Come in"

Regular Columns Guest Column: Nick Soulsby - "Let the Sun Come in"

Posted March 16, 2019, 3:19 p.m.

Swans Defy Music’s Law of Diminishing Returns Author Nick Soulsby picks nine highlights from the band’s extensive catalog ...

Guest Column: Knaaves - "The Road To Return, The Path Of Forgiveness"

Regular Columns Guest Column: Knaaves - "The Road To Return, The Path Of Forgiveness"

Posted March 2, 2019, 2:52 a.m.

Amanda Daniels is a Milwaukee-based musician and dedicated vegan. She has had the opportunity to tour the United States, Europe ...

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