Essay: Venom – Black Metal

Few albums have been so influential that they immediately spawned an entirely new genre of music. Newcastle, England trio Venom have arguably the largest claim to the creation of the genre of which this record is its namesake; the 1982 powerhouse Black Metal. Coming as a musical progression from thrash and the new wave of British heavy […]

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Review: Sufjan Stevens, et al – Planetarium

  ★★★★☆ Gustav Holst, in his Planets suite, perfectly captured a sense of grand power and majesty which reflected the scale of an entire solar system in his composition. On Planetarium, the result of a collaboration between singer/songwriter Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner and James McAlister. This is the modern-day equivalent of Holst’s opus, trading the bombast […]

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Essay: Rush – 2112

The Canadian trio were at a crossroads after the lukewarm reception that their 1975 album Caress of Steel garnered; Maintain creative freedom or opt for a safer commercial approach? What came next was one of the greatest rock albums of all time. “2112 (I. Overture; II. Temples of Syrinx; III. Discovery; IV. Presentation; V. Oracle: The Dream; VI. […]

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