Review: Lingua Ignota – Caligula

“Biblical” in the both senses of the word. This is an immense, inspiring, frightening, absorbing genre-defying meisterwerk (yep, I’m going down the rabbit hole, be warned). The traces of classical, opera, industrial, Black Metal, medieval and choral music in these eleven astonishing pieces are all melded together in service of Hayter’s incredible vocal range. From…

Review: Steep Leans – Naukeag

Naukeag has a comforting old school indie rock vibe to it. On his second album, Steep Leans (Jeffrey Gray Somers) creates a lovely atmosphere that brings to mind earlier Wilco and The Replacements. The music is original but those are my reference points for Steep Leans’ sound and why I enjoyed this record so much.…

Review: Cigar for Castro – S/T

Typically a prospect of listening and describing extra-long tracks/jams fills me with dread - an hour of unvaried harsh noise, anyone? Not so much in the case of this peculiarly named New Jersey trio - information on the band is minimal and this self-titled LP might well end up being their first and last recording,…

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