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Scriv’s Favorite Albums of 2018: Anachronism, Orogeny

It’s high time I finished my 2018 favorites list (or at least the thorough reviews).

Every year, I try to get into a new style that pushes my appreciation of extreme music just a little bit further.  In 2017, I took a deeper dive into grindcore with some classic Napalm Death and Agoraphobic Nosebleed.  This past year, I attempted to grasp the appeal of the super-dissonant side of death metal.  Portal are probably the best known band in this style right now and are still well beyond me, but I think I’m more invested at wrapping my head around Gorguts at this juncture, as their melodic sensibilities are more pronounced and I’ve been a Colin Marston fan ever since I first heard “You Will Be Reincarnated As An Imperial Attack Space Turtle”.

That said, after 2018, I think Anachronism might have been the band I was looking for this whole year.  After hearing the first couple tracks of Orogeny, which I believe to be their second album, I was pretty sure Anachronism would be a great gateway into the thick, murky, dissonant ends of the death metal spectrum.  Orogeny ended up exceeding my expectations on every front and was one of the strongest albums I heard this year.  (Also before the cut I need to tell you that this album shares a name with the magic system in N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth Trilogy, which you absolutely must read if you’re up for some heavy-hitting fiction.)

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Scriv’s Favorite Albums of 2018: Rivers of Nihil, Where Owls Know My Name

Alright, let’s say you’ve got an album by a band called Rivers of Nihil (spooky), and they’ve got a real spiky logo (at least it’s legible) and the album cover is a Dan Seagrave (he’s done all their album covers)–you, and most everybody else, will probably conclude that this is a metal album.  But from the very first chord, if you’re even remotely familiar with the genre, you can further guess that Where Owls Know My Name isn’t going to be just another metal album (and if you’re not, you’ll come to the same realization around when the first saxophone solo kicks in).  Even then, you still might not expect how beautifully written, how emotive, how powerful an experience it ends up being.

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Album Review: Nine Inch Nails, Bad Witch

I’m probably past the point of providing an unbiased review of a Nine Inch Nails release. Over the years, I’ve immersed myself in Trent Reznor’s music to such a degree that I feel I can address his work in totality, with a scope encompassing the ongoing life cycle of Nine Inch Nails, and, to a degree, industrial music in general.  Given that, I regret to report that Bad Witch is kind of a lackluster release, and presents a less-than-fulfilling conclusion to the trilogy of EPs that began with Not The Actual Events and continued with Add Violence.

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O!susume RadioBeat: Yorushika

Broadcast 3: Yorushika

Welcome back to O!susume RadioBeat with our 3rd broadcast, after a bit of a hiatus! You’ll be happy to hear that a small-ish part of this haitus was spent perusing the rental aisles of Tsutaya and GEOS in Saitama, Japan, and Nagi (that’s me) has returned with a whole new haul of recommendations for y’all.

Years Active: 2017 – Present

Core Members: n-buna (guitar/composer), Suis (vocals)

Point of Origin: Gifu Prefecture

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Going Around: Recent Reads

Okay, so, we’re really preaching to the choir on this one; if you’re a regular here, you’re probably something of a bookworm, or have been one in the past.  That said, books are more underrated than ever nowadays as a substantial form of entertainment.  Herein are the literary weights we at BLP have been using to flex our imagination muscles.

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In Which Scriv Gets Mad About A Film

Assuming you haven’t already, don’t go see Infinity War.

In order to preserve suspense and enjoyment for a first watching, we sometimes provide spoiler alerts. There is no suspense in this film, nor, outside of some one-liners, is there anything to be enjoyed. I trust you to make the right choice for you about whether or not to continue reading.

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O!susume RadioBeat: Anly

Broadcast 2: Anly

Welcome back to our second broadcast of O!susume. I started off with an older band, so this time I decided to go with someone (much) fresher on the scene. Gotta hit those, uh, younger demographics or something.

Years Active: 2014 to Present

Core Members: Anly (singer/songwriter)

Point of Origin: Ie, Okinawa

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O!susume RadioBeat : Do As Infinity

Broadcast 1: Do As Infinity

Welcome to the very first broadcast of O!Susume RadioBeat, Nagi’s personal music blog project that lets him jaw on and on about his fav Japanese artists and tries to get you, dear readers, to give them a spin as well.

After a lot of deliberation about who would take the honorary spot of this inaugural episode, Do As Infinity won out.

Do As Infinity

Years Active: 1999 to 2005, 2008 to present

Core Members: Tomiko Van, Ryo Owatari, Dai Nagao

Point of Origin: Tokyo

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The Rest of Scriv’s Favorite Albums of 2017

Turns out I had a little more to say about each of these albums than I though.  It also turns out that rapid-fire publishing nine posts over eight days isn’t a great idea, so I’m clumping most of my favorite albums of 2017 into this post on this final day of the year.  Here are my takes on weirdo-pop icon Fever Ray, prog theatrics from King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, a slab of supermassive riffs from Ground, a lightning-fast thrash assault from Lich King, and Igorrr, dear god, Igorrr, what have you wrought?


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