i am obsessed with modern day drum n bass... the darkness it conveys is very specific to itself... while modern techno can sound like a shed full of power tools left switched on and unattended, drum n bass by contrast always has a groove... it always plays with the elasticity of time... it makes you want to move your body: bop your head, shake your hips and stomp your feet. and somehow it still sounds murderous. this is a fine compilation of various artists from a fine label.
_DJ Mink Nun
I've been listening to a lot of metal recently. Listening to a lot of jazz records these days left me feeling like Dave Thomas on those 80's Wendy's commercials. Where's the beef? Where are the tunes here? You "cats" sure can play, but um, am I gonna be tested on this? Am I allowed to have my own independent thoughts and feelings on this or are you just showing me how hard you can blow? Then I stumbled upon the music of Finlayson and it just clicked. There are tunes here to sink your teeth into. This record might even cause you to have some feelings. I've been listening to this on repeat for the past week every day since the day I got it.
imagine if young ozzy performed for the first time in the 2000s instead of 60 years ago and you have an idea of what to expect here. look at the thumbnail of the hand holding the knife on this cover. look at the newborn on this cover and you have an idea of what to expect here from these ghoules.
_DJ Mink Nun
The information Age can have the tendency to both elevate the marginalized and to marginalize the elevated. A subculture such as black metal has been lifted from the shadowy margins of its origins and is now more accessible than ever before. And yet now that this proliferation has occurred, few people can seem to agree upon who are the artist's at the vanguard of the art form. Ars Magna Umbrae are a band at the razor's edge of black metal. Just listen to that guitar tone, man.
p.s. This record gets my vote for best album cover of the year.