Prurient – Frozen Niagara Falls Profound Lore Records, 2015

As an amateur noise enthusiast, I was vaguely interested in Dominick Fernow’s main project Prurient back in his long-haired howling feedback with a microphone and an amplifier days, but it wasn’t until Bermuda Drain that I became enraptured. That album is basically a darkwave/noise crossover record, a nightmarish vision of synthpop, and I was very into it. Frozen Niagara Falls feels like a magnum opus for […]

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Torche – Restarter Relapse Records, 2015

While I couldn’t help but fall in love with Torche’s previous full-length, Harmonicraft, that record did represent a conscious shift toward the band’s poppier and more accessible influences. Despite the warm day-glow punk euphoria of that album, the lack of their signature crunchy “bomb string” guitar was noted with some sadness. Their Harmonslaught single from that same year […]

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